With the world slowly opening up again, we can think of no better time to gather our family and friends together to celebrate Christmas how it should be celebrated – with one another. If you’re expecting a full house this year, then why not hang up your oven gloves and head to one of these fabulously festive venues and enjoy a delicious Christmas dinner without the washing up afterwards. Ditch those marigolds and don your party dress for a Christmas brunch, Dubai style.

Admire stunning views of the Burj Al Arab at Bastion, Jumeirah Beach Hotel

If you’ve got friends or family visiting over the holidays, then why not pull out all the stops on Christmas Day with a fine dining experience at the fabulous Bastion. The restaurant boasts stunning views of the Burj Al Arab whilst serving a sumptuous 4-course festive feast including Langoustine, Foie Gras and delicious French cheeses. You can enjoy this beautiful menu on both Christmas Eve from 7pm-10pm and Christmas Day at either the earlier sitting 1pm-4pm or the later sitting from 6pm-9pm. There’ll also be entertainment on both days courtesy of a festive DJ.

Prices start from AED 550 for soft beverages, AED 795 for house beverages, AED 995 for the champagne package and AED 295 for kids ages 7-12 years old, whilst children 6 years and younger join in for free. To book please call 04 432 3232 or email restaurants@jumeirah.com.

Christmas Day in the Desert at The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah – Al Wadi Desert

Between 12.30pm and 4pm, enjoy a Christmas dinner in the dunes and let the culinary experts at the award-winning The Ritz-Carlton, Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert take you on a festive journey this Christmas Day. You’ll be spoilt for choice with their delicious menus available across their restaurants.

Let the jingle bells ring as you indulge in a variety of delicious food and beverage options at the resort’s Kaheela restaurant, with prices starting at just AED 325 for the soft drinks package and AED 450 for house beverages.

For a more family style brunch, the Farmhouse restaurant provides an amazing setting where you can gather with friends and family over a scrumptious festive menu while overlooking the incredible RAK desert. Prices for the family style brunch start at AED 225 for 6–12 year olds (under 5’s are free) AED 450 for the soft drinks package and AED 550 for house beverages.

For reservations, please call 07 206 7777 or visit the website.

Live la dolce vita this Christmas Day with an Italian festive celebration at Torno Subito – Buon Appetito!

For a true feeling of relaxing on the Italian Riviera this festive period, spend your Christmas Day dining al fresco at the beautiful Torno Subito, W Dubai – The Palm. Soak up the sun on the stunning terrace or immerse yourself in the 1960’s Italian décor inside whilst enjoying their Torno Sabato – Festive Edition. Available from 1pm-4pm enjoy free flowing beverages, delicious food and live entertainment. Prices start from AED 379 for soft drinks and AED 499 for house beverages. 

From 24th-26th December, 7pm-12am Torno Subito is also offering their festive set menu of homemade ravioli, organic roast meats, the freshest seafood and traditional Pampepato, priced at AED 499 – this includes a welcome cocktail on arrival too!

To book your table now for over the festive break, please email tornosubitodubai@whotels.com.

For a Christmas Day with an Italian twist try Trattoria at Souk Madinat, Jumeirah

If you’re looking for something a little different to the usual Turkey dinner this Christmas Day, then why not head to one of our favourite restaurants Trattoria for an authentic Italian feast. Overlooking the waterways of the Madinat you can enjoy a delicious sharing menu of fish, cold cuts, risotto and pizza, whilst the Vegetarian menu is perhaps one of the most extensive we have seen. There will be a real Christmas atmosphere with live music and festive tunes.

This Italian Festive Brunch runs from 12pm-4pm on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and prices start from AED 255 for soft beverages, AED 365 for house beverages, AED 455 for the prosecco package and AED 95 for children.

To book for either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day please call 04 432 3232 or email restaurants@jumeirah.com.

Jingle all the way into the Merry Christmas Brunch at Olival, Habtoor Grand Resort

This fabulously festive Christmas Day brunch at Olival offers a selection of International delicacies from around the world, as well as the much loved roasts and live grills for a modern take on the traditional Christmas dinner. From 12.30pm-4pm there’ll be a live band plus a delightful Christmas choir singing all of your favourite carols. There’s a bouncy castle and a few other treats in store from Santa himself for the kids too.

Prices start from AED 325 for soft drinks, AED 425 for festive cocktails and house drinks, AED 625 for the champagne package and kids below 10 are complimentary. To make a reservation, please call 04 408 4257 or email hgrs.fbreservation@habtoorhospitality.com.

Family friendly dining at Hillhouse Brasserie, Dubai Hills

Come one, come all to deck the halls at Hillhouse Brasserie this Christmas Day. With stunning views over Dubai Hills Golf Course, this great family friendly venue is offering live entertainment all day courtesy of the fabulous Ciaran Fox, plus a sharing style festive feast featuring all your traditional favourites plus some scrumptious new ones.

The festive nibbles starter includes the now infamous Duck Hook scotch egg, duck liver pate and smoked salmon, whilst the middle course sees the return of a real crowd pleaser, the prawn cocktail, a turkey, chestnut and cranberry salad as well as a palate cleansing wild mushroom risotto ahead of the main event, Roast Turkey with all the trimmings. If you’ve still room for dessert or even if you haven’t, make an exception and try the trio of puds, a delicious Christmas or sticky toffee pudding and a blast from the past with a chocolate fudge arctic roll. For the veggies amongst us, you’ll start with crushed avocado and poached egg on bubble and squeak, with a main of Beyond Sausages and a huge Yorkshire pudding.

Packages start from AED 295 for soft drinks, AED 495 for house beverages, AED 595 for fine wines and AED 745 for their Veuve Clicquot package. Kids aged 4 and under dine for free and 5-12 years dine for just AED 95.

For more information or booking, please contact 04 432 3232 or email restaurants@jumeirah.com.

A waterside dining experience at Boardwalk, Dubai Creek

December brings with it some of the best weather in Dubai so why not enjoy an al fresco, waterside dining experience this Christmas Day. Boardwalk offers breath-taking views of the city skyline amidst the spectacular setting of Dubai Creek and this year sees a traditional Christmas brunch buffet with all the trimmings plus some of the classic Mediterranean dishes they’re famed for too.

There are a range of different packages available starting from AED 175 for children aged 6-12 years old, AED 445 for soft beverages, AED 595 for house beverages and AED 645 for house beverages and bubbles. Christmas Brunch is served from 12pm-4pm and children under 6 years join for free.

For more information, please visit the website or to make a reservation please click here.

For a hearty British Christmas dinner with a scenic view look no further than The Dhow & Anchor, Jumeirah Beach Hotel

British Gastropub Dhow and Anchor is just the place for a laid-back Christmas Day with the family. Choose from two sittings from 12pm-3pm or 6pm-9pm and enjoy a traditional feast of lobster cocktail, roast Turkey, pigs in blankets and Christmas pudding, with veggie options also available. There’ll be live music for the afternoon sitting and a DJ for the evening sitting and an arts & crafts area for the kids plus the big man himself, Santa will be paying a visit too.

Prices start from AED 495 for the soft drinks package, AED 645 for the Alcohol package and just AED 295 for kids aged 4-12 years old. For bookings please call 04 432 3232 or email restaurants@jumeirah.com.

Have a cracker celebrating Christmas Day at JA The Resort’s Palmito Garden

Celebrate this Christmas Day pool and beachside at Palmito Garden at the beautiful JA The Resort, with a brunch filled with festive dishes, live cooking stations and live entertainment. The little ones will be kept busy with loads of fun and games, plus there’ll also be a visit from the man in red himself bearing gifts for the children.

This fabulously festive brunch is from 12.30pm-4pm and prices start from AED 350 for soft drinks, AED 495 for house beverages and AED 175 for kids aged 6-12 years. Children aged 5 and below dine for free. To book you Christmas Day Brunch please call 04 814 5604 or email the team at restaurant.reservation@jaresorts.com.

Celebrate Christmas Day at the beautiful Bonnington Hotel this year

Retreat to the warm and vibrant Cavendish Restaurant at the Bonnington Hotel for the most family-friendly Christmas Day to remember. Sit back and relax whilst enjoying all of your favourite dishes, Christmas cocktails and fun packed kids’ entertainment without any of the tidying up afterwards – perfect.

There is one exclusive service on Christmas day from 12.30pm – 3.30pm and prices start from just AED 225 for the soft drinks package and AED 349 for the alcohol package (including bubbles) and the best part is that children under 12 years old eat for free! The children’s entertainment will cater for each individual child so please specify your child’s age when booking – this Christmas Brunch is all about the kids.

For bookings please call 04 356 0536 or email dine@bonningtontower.com.

Eat, Drink and be Merry at Reform this Christmas Day

This Christmas Day let the folks at Reform Social & Grill look after you with their fabulously festive brunch where eating, drinking and making merry is actively encouraged. With food to appeal to all palates and appetites this is definitely the spot if you’re looking for something in addition to the traditional roast. There will be a seafood and oyster bar, BBQ station, Pork spit, and a Carvery for those who still fancy a turkey dinner. For afters head to the Cheese stand and dessert bar – there’s always room for dessert after all.

As well as a huge choice of food to indulge in, there’ll be live music, activities for the kids and a very special visit from Santa himself.

Prices start from AED 200 for kids ages 10-16, AED 450 for the soft drink package and AED 650 for the house package. Kids under 10 eat for free.

For bookings please call 04 454 2638, email reservations@reformsocialgrill.ae or visit www.reformsocialgrill.ae.

‘LIV a little’ this Christmas Day and enjoy a laid-back dining experience with LIV at W Dubai – The Palm.

With views over the chilled pool area and beach beyond, LIV offers a relaxed vibe with a delicious festive spread for Christmas Day with the family. Running from 1pm-4pm this Christmas Day brunch is priced at AED 550 per person inclusive of selected grape, hops, bubbly and house beverages and just AED 125 for kids ages 6-12 years, kids under 6 eat for free.

To reserve your table please call 04 245 5800 or email the team at wpalmdining@whotelsworldwide.com.

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