Why bother spending hours slaving over a hot stove on a hot day when these guys will do it for you? Pack the family into a taxi and head for one of these amazing Christmas Day offers in Dubai. Meet Santa, join in with carol singing and eat a lot more than just plain ol’ turkey. Merry Christmas!
Dhs100-199 Certo: Expect carol singing and a truly Italian Christmas menu. Dhs175 (food only), Dhs249 (selected house beverages and pink bubbly). 12.30pm-4pm. Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 366 9111).
Chef’s House: Head here for traditional favourites and Oriental flavours. Santa will also make an appearance and there’s cotton candy, popcorn, face painting, balloons, and fun in the kids’ corner.
Dhs169 (soft drinks), Dhs249 (selected house beverages and pink bubbly). 12.30pm-4pm. Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 366 9111).
Harry’s Place: The pub is offering a sparkling Christmas set menu with one glass of bubbly.
Dhs129 (one glass of bubbly). 6.30pm-11.30pm. Crowne Plaza Dubai Deira, Salahuddin Road, Deira (04 262 5555).
Zaytoun: A fun, festive family brunch on the outdoor deck. Kids can enjoy a bouncy castle and face-painting.
Dhs195 (food only), Dhs295 (selected house beverages). 12.30pm-4pm. Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City (04 701 1127).
Azur: Enjoy a Christmas Day roast, plus a menu of traditional favourites and special entertainment for the children.
Dhs299 (food only), Dhs449 (house beverages) Dhs150 (children aged six to 11), free for children under six. 12.30pm-4pm. Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (04 324 8888).
Cabana: Chef Alain Gobeil will fire up the barbecue, while the DJ spins contemporary classics.
Dhs295 (selected house beverages), Dhs225 (soft drinks). 12.30pm-4pm. The Address Dubai Mall, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 888 3444).
Cavendish: A family event, featuring a visit from Santa, and there will be live music performed during the course of the afternoon, including some Christmas classics.
Dhs295 (food only), Dhs445 (selected house beverages), Dhs100 (children aged four to 12), free for children under four 12.30pm-4pm. Bonnington, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (04 356 0600).
Ember: Sample steak cuts and seafood to the sound of the live band. Children will also be in for a surprise visit fom the man in red.
Dhs345 (selected house beverages), Dhs245 (soft drinks). 12.30pm-4pm. The Address Dubai Mall, email@example.com (04 888 3444).
Horizon: An extensive international buffet with guest appearance from Santa, and great views.
Dhs249 (soft drinks), Dhs299 (selected house beverages), Dhs125 (children aged six to 12). 12.30pm-3.30pm. Amwaj Rotana, JBR (04 428 3087).
Mazina: A festive brunch filled with traditional favourites such as roast turkey, mince pies, classic pastries and eggnog. Dinner is also available.
Dhs395 (brunch; soft drinks, eggnog and mulled grape), Dhs220 (dinner; soft drinks). 12.30pm-4pm (brunch), 6.30pm-11pm (dinner). The Address Dubai Marina (04 436 7777).
Palermo: Featuring a special Christmas Day brunch.
Dhs249 (soft drinks), Dhs379 (selected house beverages), Dhs469 (selected house beverages and half a bottle of bubbly). 12.30pm-3.30pm. Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club (04 361 8111).
Rostang: The Christmas Day’s lunch set menu will include country-style foie gras terrine, baby scallops with spinach siubise and Avruga caviar butter sauce, roast turkey with chestnuts, followed by mandarin chocolate bûche de noël and pear sorbet.
Dhs295 (food only). Noon-4pm. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
Seafire: Try a Christmas lunch of roast turkey. There will also be slow-roasted striploin, roast lamb and baked fish pie, with Christmas pudding, lime pie and Mississippi mud pie for dessert.
Dhs295 (food only). Noon-4pm. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
Spice Island: A lavish Christmas buffet awaits and there will be live music courtesy of the resident band, Sugar Free. Father Christmas arrives at 8pm. Same deal is available on Christmas Day.
Dhs249 (soft drinks), Dhs299 (selected house beverages), Dhs349 (premium bevereages), Dhs99 (children six-12). 6.30pm-11.30pm. Crowne Plaza Dubai Deira, Salahuddin Road, Deira (04 262 5555).
Thyme: A Christmas lunch buffet with live entertainment.
Dhs280 (selected house beverages), Dhs395 (half bottle of bubbly), Dhs70 (children under 12), free for children under six. 12.30pm-3.30pm. Oasis Beach Tower, The Walk, JBR (04 315 4200).
Dhs300-399 Al Iwan: This festive buffet at the Burj Al Arab runs from December 11-25, and offers an intimate setting to enjoy the festivities of the season and savour Arabian delights.
Dhs395 (food only). 7pm-11pm. Until December 25. Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 301 7600).
Bubbalicious at The Westin: Features food from Blue Orange, Hunters and Spice Emporium restaurants. There’s also entertainment for kids and a visit from Santa.
Dhs390 (soft drinks), Dhs590 (premium bubbly), Dhs300 (children aged six to 12). 1pm-4pm. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi (04 511 7139 ext 7139).
Ewaan: Festive brunch featuring traditional roast turkey, stuffing and seasonal vegetables, as well as delicious game, caviar, fresh seafood and much more.
vDhs390 (soft drinks), Dhs500 (selected house beverages). 12.30pm-4pm. The Palace Downtown Dubai (04 428 7806).
Fazaris: Festive buffet spread with views of the Burj Khalifa. A festive dinner is also on offer.
Lunch: Dhs390 (soft drinks), Dhs575 (selected house beverages). 12.30pm-4pm. Dinner: Dhs275 (soft drinks), Dhs375 (selected house beverages). 7pm-11pm. The Address Downtown Dubai (04 436 8799).
Glasshouse: Festive brunch and dinner.
Dhs395 (selected house beverages and bubbly), half price for children under 12. 12.30pm-3pm (brunch), 7pm-10.45pm (dinner). Hilton Dubai Creek, Deira (04 212 7551).
Majilis Al Bahar: Feast on barbecued Mediterranean favourites on the Burj Al Arab’s beach.
Dhs350 (lunch; food only), Dhs395 (dinner; food only). Noon-3.30pm (lunch), 7pm-midnight (dinner). Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 301 7600).
Neos: Enjoy canapés and selected beverages with breathtaking views of Downtown Dubai and the Burj Khalifa.
Dhs325 (soft drinks), Dhs475 (selected house beverages). 12.30pm-4pm. The Address Downtown Dubai (04 436 8799).
Dhs400-Dhs499 Carnevale: Try an Italian set menu including a glass of bubbly, grape and bottled hops.
Dhs450 (selected beverages). Dhs400 (children aged 12 to 20), Dhs225 (children aged four to 11). 12.30pm-6am. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, www.jumeirah.com/dubaifestive (04 348 0000).
Prime Steakhouse: Enjoy a four-course Christmas set menu. Mention Time Out when making your reservation and get
a 20 per cent discount on food and drinks.
Dhs420 (includes one glass of champagne). 7pm-11.30pm. The Meydan, Nad Al Sheba
(04 381 3111).
Spectrum on One: A feast of favourites, with roast carving stations alongside oysters, king crab, wagyu beef and desserts.
Dhs440 (soft drinks), Dhs540 (hops and grape), Dhs695 (premium bubbly), Dhs150 (children aged six to 12), free for children under six. Noon-3pm. The Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, firstname.lastname@example.org (04 311 8316).
Table 9: Christmas Day lunch and dinner involves a seven-course festive menu that brings a little piece of ‘home’ to Dubai.
Dhs495 (food only). Noon-3pm, 7.30pm-10.30pm. Hilton Dubai Creek, Deira
(04 212 7550).
The Exchange Grill: A five-course Christmas set menu, including slow-roasted turkey and Angus beef. For a special yuletide treat, enjoy dinner with premium grape pairing.
Dhs445 (food only), Dhs995 (includes grape pairings). 7.30pm-midnight. The Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 311 8316).
Al Muntaha at Burj Al Arab: Enjoy an international buffet and festive foods at this impressive seven-star venue, located 200 metres above the sea.
Dhs580 (food only). 10am-3pm. Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 301 7600).
Bateaux Dubai: Christmas Day cruise featuring three-course lunch and live entertainment.
Dhs580 (selcted house beverages), Dhs230 (children under 11). 1.30pm-4pm. Bateaux Dubai, Dubai Creek (04 399 4994).
Rivington Grill: A traditional festive feast, complete with music, crackers and presents.
Dhs500 (food only; adults), Dhs250 (children aged four to 10), free for children under four. Noon-4pm. Souk Al Bahar (04 423 0903).
Mina A’ Salam: Al Muna, The Wharf and Zheng He’s combine to put on a massive festive brunch.
Dhs620 (selected house beverages), 25 per cent off for those aged four to 20, free for children under four. 12.30pm-4pm.Mina A’ Salam, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 8888).
Dhs1,000+ Ossiano: A set menu featuring king crab salad, hen consommé, langoustine with baby onion purée, turbot a la plancha, wagyu tenderloin and espresso guanaja terrine as dessert. The same deal also runs on Christmas Day.
Dhs1,500 (includes one glass of bubbly). 7pm-12.30am. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).