As the big day looms closer, you’ll want to be sure you’ve got everything just perfect for the ultimate Christmas Day to remember. Yet with so many brunches to choose from in Dubai, it’s not always that easy to find the perfect setting, great entertainment to keep the children happy as well as a fabulous Christmas Day dinner. Lucky for you, we’ve done all the hard work – so you can sit back, relax and make the most of a magical Christmas Day.

The Ritz Carlton Dubai’s Legendary Christmas Day Brunch

With a prime beachfront spot (and boasting pretty much unsurpassed entertainment for the kids) The Ritz Carlton Dubai’s Legendary Christmas Day Brunch might well be the only place to be seen this Christmas! With their spectacular al fresco setting on the Gulf Lawn, your relatives back home will be feasting their eyes not only on what you’ve been eating – but the jaw-dropping views of Dubai’s beaches too! Highlights include a chilled seafood bar and sushi counter, artisan cheeses as well as a carvery and desserts that are simply top-notch! Ritz Kids will entertain the little ones while you relax and there will be a bouncy castle and loads of games, with a special visit from Santa delivering gifts too!

Open from 1pm until 4pm, prices are AED 575 per person inclusive of a lavish buffet and soft drinks, (children are AED 290 from 6-11 years with 5 years and under going free), and for AED 680, you’ll receive house beverages and welcome bubbly upon arrival on top, or for the ultimate splurge AED 890 includes premium French bubbles!To book, email festive.dubai@ritzcarlton.com, call +971 4 318 6150 or visit
www.ritzcarlton.com/dubai

The Croft, Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites

When the best day of the year has finally arrived, there will be no lack of feeling at home away from home at this popular British spot tucked away in Dubai’s bustling Marina. The Croft is going all-out this Christmas to offer a very reasonably priced Christmas Day 3 course set menu, including a dessert buffet that will still leave you rolling out of the door when you’re done!

You can book your table for whatever time suits your family best as they’re open from 12:30pm right through to 11pm and for just AED 199 per person, (and half price for children 6 and over), it hardly makes it worth attempting to do Christmas Day dinner yourself! Choose from firm British favourites like oven roasted turkey or roast beef and if you prefer, select a 2 hours unlimited drinks package for just AED 299 per person. To book email eatatharbour@marriott.com or call 04-3194000

Christmas Day Brunch at Boardwalk

Nestled on the shores of the peaceful, idyllic waters edge, Boardwalk in Dubai Creek Yacht Club offers what is arguably one of Dubai’s most picturesque spots for dining. This Christmas Day, the Boardwalk deck will be open from 12pm until 4pm and will play host to a fully supervised children’s area that will be filled with activities for kids of all ages. You’ll be able to sit back and take in a traditional Christmas lunch including turkey and all the trimmings, whilst a special visit from Santa Claus will make the day even more magical.

Prices are AED 285 per person for Christmas Day brunch and soft beverages, AED 395 for house beverages, AED 495 for sparkling bubbles and AED 145 for children aged 6 to 12 years with 5 and under dining free. To book email boardwalk@dubaigolf.com or call 04 295 6000 

White Christmas Day Brunch at Lakeview, Dubai Creek Golf Club

For a sophisticated Christmas at one of Dubai’s most-coveted hidden gems, Lakeview at Dubai Creek Golf Club is opening up its terrace to welcome families brunching this Christmas Day. Their delicious festive buffet will feature Christmas Day favourites such as roast turkey and all the trimmings and you can take in the ambience of this trusted spot listening to the live band who will be playing Christmas tunes. Popular with both young and old alike, there will be plenty of activities to keep the little ones entertained in their dedicated children’s area, with Santa making an appearance later in the afternoon.

Brunch at Lakeview runs from 12.30pm until 4pm and costs AED 280 per adult for brunch including soft beverages, AED 400 for house beverages, AED 500 for house drinks as well as sparkling bubbles and children aged 6 to 12 dine for AED 155 with 5 years and under going free. To book email lakeview@dubaigolf.com or call
04 205 4670

Christmas Day Brunch at Prime68, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai

For a Christmas Day with a twist, Dubai’s premium award-winning steakhouse and super-stylish restaurant Prime68, is hosting a special Christmas Day Brunch where you can first take in the panoramic views of Dubai’s glistening skyline from the 68th floor of the world’s tallest 5 star hotel. As you feast on a delicious brunch menu (in James Bond style no less), you can unleash your inner Bond and experience even more of the Dubai high life at this exciting brunch for all the family. With a license to grill, the huge range of food on offer will satisfy even the most discerning palates as they’ll have traditional oven roasted turkey as well as all their renowned steakhouse fare. While sipping on one of their prized signature cocktails, you can take in Christmas day festivities as cool as a cucumber, and shaken not stirred, of course!

Christmas Day brunch at Prime68 runs from 1pm until 4pm and is priced at AED 650 per person, including house beverages, with children aged 6 years and upwards costing AED 495 and 5 years and under going free. To book email jwmmrr@marriott.com or call +9714 414 3000 

Sheraton, Mall of the Emirates

If there’s one thing Sheraton, Mall of the Emirates do well, it’s most definitely Christmas time! With gingerbread houses and truly spectacular chef’s artistry, friends and families can sit down to this friendly Christmas Day Brunch at cosy Besh restaurant on level 5 of the Sheraton, Mall of the Emirates.

Festive favourites include oven roasted turkey breast with all the trimmings, stolen cake and a classic selection of mince pies – as well as the beauty of having Besh’s HUGE selection of famous deserts right under your nose! A children’s entertainment area is included that has a selection of games, console stations, balloon bending and face painting and whilst the kids are soaking up all the action, adults can revel in the festive environment that will be playing throughout. (Oh, and we also have it on good authority that Santa Claus will be stopping by to give a big Ho Ho Ho and hand out special treats to all guests.)

Christmas Day Brunch runs from 1pm until 4pm and costs AED 199 for soft beverages, AED 299 for house beverages and just AED 99 for children aged 6 to 12 years with 5 years and under dining free. To book, email dining.sheratonmoe@sheraton.com
or call 04 377 2353 

Anise at Intercontinental, Dubai Festival City

If you fancy a Christmas Day to remember with a little international flavour (alongside the turkey and traditional trimmings), then firm family-favourite Anise at the Intercontinental, Dubai Festival City is celebrating the magic of Christmas with an abundance of amazing, authentic flavours from all across the world. Not only can you make your way around as many as eight live cooking stations that will be full of festive delights, but there’s a huge array of international cheeses and desserts that will leave you finishing off your Christmas dinner nicely! Enjoy the Anise Christmas Day brunch with the sweet sounds of a live band and there will be plenty of children’s entertainment going on including festive games, loads of fun and a visit from Santa Claus for all the children.

Running from 1pm until 4pm, the price per adult is AED 375 including soft drinks, AED 450 including house, hops, grapes and bubbles and there’s a nominal charge of just AED 50 for children aged 6-12 years with 5 and under dining free. Hard to resist hey?
To book visit 
https://www.experiencedfc.com/festivegoodies or call 04 701 1127 

Jones The Grocer, Emirates Golf Club

If you’re a fan of Jones the Grocer, Emirates Golf Club at the best of times, then you’re going to love what’s cooking this Christmas Day at Jones’ family-friendly branch overlooking the lush green fairways of Emirates Golf Club.

This gourmet grocery that’s popular with Dubai’s hip breakfast crowd comes with its’ own café that serves modern world cuisine made from fresh and wholesome ingredients. They’ve been busy specially crafting a superb four course Christmas menu that comes complete with turkey, mulled wine and a glass of sparkling for just AED 195 per adult or you can enjoy selected house beverages for AED 350.

They’re open from 12:30 pm until 3:30 pm and it is AED 99 for children aged 6-12 years! Children under 5 years dine for free. To book, email emiratesdining@dubaigolf.com or call 04 417 9999

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