Festive feasts from chefs at Rivington Grill and The Ivy
Time Out Dubai Staff
Cheesy classics at West Beach Bistro Best for: Anyone with a taste for unadulterated cheese. There’s something unavoidable in the air at Christmas that raises one’s appreciation for all things cheesy. Enjoy ’80s and ’90s favourites into the night at this JBR venue. Dhs120 with buffet and selected beverages. 8pm-2am, December 24-25. Mövenpick Jumeriah Beach, JBR (04 449 8888).
Spend Christmas Uptown Best for: Couples who want to spend an intimate evening together. Christmas is meant to be about family, but for many homesick expats that means just one person – your other half. Enjoy a romantic Dubai Christmas of jazz, cocktails and canapés away from the nagging relatives, and take in the views of Dubai at this lofty bar. Free. 7pm-2am, December 24-25. Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 406 8999).
Laid-back pints at The Irish Village Best for: A no-nonsense, homely festive beverage. The glitz and glamour of Dubai sometimes seems to stand at odds with the simple, homely memories many of us associate with Christmas. This may be why The Irish Village manages to create one of the most festive vibes in town, with nothing more than a house band, a huge Christmas tree and plenty of brews. Free. 4.30pm-2am, December 25. The Irish Village, Garhoud (04 282 4750).
Sunday Sirens at XL Beach Club Best for: Thirsty ladies with a taste for bubbles and the beach. This glitzy beach bar lets you boogie on the beach from noon to the small hours – with girls getting a head start of three glasses of bubbly courtesy of the venue’s weekly Sunday Sirens ladies’ night. Free. Noon-3am, December 25. Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa (056 640 6161).