Time Out Dubai has a guide on where to buy Christmas trees in Dubai, including fake Christmas trees and real Christmas trees from garden centres and more.
First things first, you need to decide what kind of tree you want. Each tree offers something a little bit different. Here are your main options.
Fir trees Firs and spruces appear quite similar, but look to their needles to know what’s what. Fir trees have longer needles that are softer and flatter and can’t be easily rolled between your fingers. People tend to go for fir trees because they are long lasting and have a nice, fairly sweet fragrance. This year Uber will be delivering them to your door. A live 2-2.5 metre (7-8 ft) Frasir Fur UberTree is available on demand for Dhs300 in the UAE. Teaming up with Oleander, they'll come with a stand and extra help assembling. Request between 2pm – 8pm on Sunday, from the “UberTreeDXB” option via Uber app and the tree will be delivered within minutes. Availability is limited and on a first ordered, first served basis.
Spruce trees The original Christmas tree, spruce’s needles are shorter and sharper than those of the fir and can be easily rolled between your fingers. They have a very traditional Christmas tree shape and the blue spruce has a lovely colour that reflects lights and decorations perfectly. The pine needles have a strong scent – similar to a minty/lemon concoction – but the needles tend to drop quickly, so don’t buy this one more than a week before Christmas Day.
Pine trees Pine trees are a good Christmas choice, and white pines are great for people with sensitive noses as they are less pungent than the other options. Don’t go for this if you have a lot of heavy ornaments though, as the bouncy branches are best suited to smaller decorations.
Imitation trees The most cost effective choice, these trees keep for years, don’t drop needles, are flame retardant and require no maintenance. Avoid trees made out of PVC as this harsh plastic is hard on the environment and your health.
So you’ve decided what kind of tree you want, now comes the tricky part of finding the perfect one. Follow these tips when browsing for a tree.
1. Measure the height of the ceiling and remember you’ll also need to factor in a tree topper and tree stand.
2. A good tree should be full from top to bottom with no bare patches.
3. Look for sap – the freshest trees will still be producing it and will have some visible sticky patches.
4. The top branch should shoot straight into the air.
5. Choose a tree with a nice base colour – silver or blue will nicely reflect your lights and decorations.
6. Remember that longer branches can hold heavier decorations, whereas branches that are further apart can hold bigger ornaments.
Caring for your tree
Now that you’ve tracked down your ideal tree and got it home, you need to give it the care it needs, especially if it’s a real one * When you bring your tree into the house for decorating, make a cut across the trunk one to two inches from the bottom. This allows the tree to take in water, keeping it hydrated.
* Keep in mind that these Christmas trees can by thirsty creatures, drinking up to four litres of water a day. Be sure to check the water level in the tree stand daily and keep it topped up.
* Position your tree away from fireplaces, heaters, televisions direct sunlight or any other source of heat, and turn off tree lights when you’re not at home.
* Safety first! Don’t use any flammable decorations, even if your imitation tree tells you it’s fire retardant. Turn off the lights before you go to sleep, and never decorate it with lit candles.
The Sheikh Zayed Road and Festival City warehouses are your one stop shop for everything to spruce up your house this Christmas. For trees, Ace stock the full range of fakes and firs, bigs and smalls (10ft to 12 inches), while they’ve got lights, decorations and other trinkets to dot around the house. Also in Sheikh Zayed Road (04 341 1906).
Expected to be delivered in time for December, competition for one of the Nordman Spruce pines will be fierce when they arrive at Dubai Garden Centre. The fresh tress direct from Denmark will measure in between 2-2.5metres and set you back up to Dhs850.
Set just off the Al Awir Road, this little oasis in the desert is packed with everything to improve your garden all year round. But this December, overlook the collection of ornate Asian pottery and exotic plants, and find a natural tree to fit your house. Be prepared to haggle to bag a bargain.
One of Dubai’s oldest florists have bulk ordered a selection of Canadian balsam firs that are due to arrive before the end of the month. Coming in at around 7-8ft, they will cost up to Dhs500 without a stand, or Dhs650 with. Delivery is free.
We think you really need to get your hands on a tree to make sure it feels right for your home. But for those who want to cut out the endless indecision, there are online delivery options. But both DXBflower.com and Christmastreesdubai.com will deliver direct to your door in December. The latter have a three day window (December 8 to 14) but are taking orders now. Prices for the 7-8ft Canadian Fraser Firs start from Dhs699.