Abu Dhabi There’s lots going on in the capital so why not head to The Monte Carlo Beach Club on Saadiyat Island for a festive break close to all the action. And with the resort hosting Christmas Day lunch with lots of festive starters and mulled grape, or early Christmas brunch with turkey and all the trimmings, you’ll easily get into the Christmas spirit. Dhs270 (brunch with soft drinks); Dhs400 (brunch with bubbles); Dhs275 (Christmas Day lunch with soft drinks). Monte Carlo Beach Club, Saddiyat Island (02 656 3500). Around 75 minutes’ drive from Dubai.
Ajman Just a short drive from Dubai, The Kempinski Ajman feels like its a million miles away. With palm lined beaches, spas, a bowling alley and lots of leisure facilities you’ll be spoiled for choice for things to do. Enjoy an Advent dinner buffet at Café Kranzler every Sunday in December, treat kids to the Teddy Bear High Tea with hot chocolate, eggnog and festive treats or go Italian on Christmas Eve at Sabella. Dhs1540 (festive double room with breakfast and dinner). Valid December 6-25.Kempinski Ajman, Sheikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi Street, www.kempinski.com/en/ajman/hotel-ajman (06 714 5555. Around 30 minutes’ drive from Dubai.
Oman Head to Oman’s capital for the festive season and enjoy lots of fun events. With a festive Christmas Eve dinner that includes a visit from Santa and lively Christmas carols, or a bubbly Christmas Day lunch with upbeat Christmas tunes and the option of a sunset dhow cruise, you’ll be spoiled for choice at the Sifawy Boutique Hotel. Dhs600++ (Sifawy Room). Sifawy Boutique Hotel, Jebel Sifah Marina, Muscat (+968 24 74 9111). Flights with Flydubai (www.flydubai.com) take just under an hour from Dubai.
Beirut Around four hours from Dubai, Beirut is a party city that’s perfect for a Yuletide getaway. There are festive markets, Christmas trees, restaurants galore and plenty of places to dance the night away and get you into the festive spirit. The Rotana Gefinor is a great spot if you want to be close to the action and has festive offers this December. Dhs650 (plus tax, holiday rate valid December27-January 2 inclusive breakfast and airport pickup), Rotana Gefinor, Clemenceau Street, Beirut (+961 1 371 888). Flights with Fly Dubai (www.flydubai.com) or Emirates (www.emirates.com).
Qatar If you fancy venturing out of the emirates, but are short on time, why not try Qatar’s capital this Christmas? The W Hotel in Doha has some exciting festive events going on and has put together a package that includes early check in and late check out, breakfast, discounts on spa treatments and festive bites. Enjoy the Mingle to Jingle brunch or La Siga by Paper Moon’s Jazz Night then sip on beverages at laid-back Wahm poolside lounge. Rates from Dhs907 (Festive Season Amplified package). W Doha Hotel and Residences, West Bay, Doha (+974 4453 5353). Flights with Qatar Airway(www.qatarairways.com) or Fly Dubai (www.flydubai.com) take around one hour.