Because really, there’s no need to be in the kitchen today.
It might not be a classic Christmas here in a lot of ways, but there’s no reason you can’t share a slightly over-the-top meal with your nearest and dearest.
Will there be snow? Well no. But there could well be a truly hideous festive jumper, and that’s what counts. These Dubai institutions (and new favourites) are putting on holiday meals you won’t want to miss.
One and Only Royal Mirage
There are a couple of options at this super-plush resort, but we’re thinking you could do worse than chandeliers and Palm views at Celebrities. Their white-glove (sounds fancy) Christmas day brunch includes oysters and smoked salmon as well as roast turkey with chestnut stuffing and black truffle sauce. Wow. It’ll set you back Dhs740 with drink pairings. Check out their full offering here (opens to a PDF).
One and Only Royal Mirage, Dubai Media City. Christmas day brunches from Dhs610 with sommelier selection. Tel: (04) 399 9999. oneandonlyresorts.com.
Fancy Christmas at Dubai’s most expensive hotel? It’ll be a day to remember for sure. Both Il Cafe and Il Ristorante at Bulgari are offering Christmas day services, and they sound pretty fabulous. At Il Cafe, Natale brunch takes on a festive feel. It runs from Dhs450 with soft drinks to Dhs650 with house beverages. Il Ristorante’s three-Michelin-starred Chef Niko Romito has put together a four-course set menu that includes one glass of bubbly. It’s what Bella Hadid would do, and it’s Dhs650 per person. More details in this PDF.
Bulgari Resort Dubai, Jumeira Bay Island, Jumeira 2. Christmas menus from Dhs450 per person. Tel: (04) 777 5555. bulgarihotels.com.
Folly by Nick & Scott
If you’re after an elevated British Christmas dinner, this is your option. Award-winning chefs Nick Alvis and Scott Price have put together a special menu including barbecued chestnuts and a halibut course alongside the traditional turkey. It’s bound to be gorgeous, and it runs from 4-8pm on Christmas day.
Folly by Nick & Scott, Madinat Jumeirah. Dhs495 or Dhs845 with matched beverages. Tel: (04) 447 0219. folly.ae.
Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa
Brasserie 2.0’s Friday brunch is one of our favourites, so we’re thinking their Christmas day offering will be special too. It’s a buffet (but much nicer than they sometimes are) so you’re free to pick and choose, plus the setting is truly lovely. For December 25, they’re putting on roast turkey, a live band, and an after-lunch party.
Brasserie 2.0, Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, JBR. Packages from Dhs475 with soft drinks, Dhs625 with selected beverages, Dhs950 with sparkling. Tel: (04) 316 5550. leroyalmeridien-dubai.com.
The Scene by Simon Rimmer
How does a five-course Christmas lunch and three hours of free-flowing drinks sound? British classic The Scene promises a festive and family-friendly spot for the day, with kids dining for Dhs99. Marina dwellers have probably got their tables booked already.
The Scene by Simon Rimmer, level 4, Pier 7, Dubai Marina. Packages from Dhs375 with soft drinks, Dhs550 with house beverages and Dhs650 sparkling. Tel: (04) 222 2328. Metro: Dubai Marina thescenedubai.com.