If you want to lighten the cooking load, or change things up this year, consider dining out on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Sure, it’s less conventional, but that’s kind of what makes it refreshing. Not to mention lots of Dubai restaurants are open for business, more on Christmas Eve than the Big Day, but even on Christmas itself you’ll find a solid selection of thoughtful menus and carefully curated holiday hospitality.
We’ve compiled a short list to showcase the kind of creativity going on around Dubai this Christmas.
1. UBK Dubai
Celebrate at [u]bk’s Christmas brunch buffet with tasty turkey carvings, roast beef & yummy Christmas desserts, all this with a side of beautiful weather, unlimited drinks & glühwein. Live performance by Ben from 2 pm.
3. McGettigan’s JBR
There’s a three-course menu and festive tunes at this Irish bar in JBR.
Dhs399 (house beverages), Dhs450 (draft). Fri Dec 25, 7pm-10pm. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, JBR (04 318 2319).
4. 99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant
Boasting stunning views of Downtown Dubai and the iconic Burj Khalifa this top sushi restaurant is hosting a special Christmas Day brunch, plus you’ll get an automatic upgrade, meaning bubbly is Dhs399.
Dhs399 (bubbly), Dhs599 (bubbly and Japanese beverages). Fri Dec 25, 1pm-5pm. Address Downtown, Downtown Dubai (04 547 2241).
5. Seven Sisters
There’s a special festive brunch at this terrace in Business Bay. Dishes include veggie gyoza, sushi, turkey and more. There will be festive entertainment, too.
Dhs199 (soft drinks), Dhs349 (regular house beverages), Dhs499 (premium). Fri Dec 25, 3pm-7pm. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay (056 775 4777).
6. Lucky Voice
There’s Christmas crowd karaoke and more at this festive party brunch.
Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs250 (house beverages), Dhs350 (sparkling). Fri Dec 25, 2pm-5pm. Grand Millennium Hotel, Barsha Heights (800 58259).
7. Garden on 8
A proper pub garden brunch, with classic dishes and a friendly feel.
Dhs299 (house beverages), Dhs399 (premium bubbly). Fri Dec 25, 1pm-4pm; 4pm-7pm. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).
Where are you planning to enjoy your Christmas brunch.