Smallest tree: Kid’s Tree (2ft) – Dhs39
Mid-range: Noble mixed pine tree (6ft) – Dhs149
Kerry fir mixed pine artificial Christmas tree (7ft) – Dhs499
Tiffany Pine with Berry Cones Artificial Christmas Tree (10ft) – Dhs899
Tallest tree: Maryland with Berries & Pinecones (12ft) – Dhs1,299 (currently out of stock)
Sandringham Tree (12ft) – Dhs1,349
Opening times vary. Various locations including Dubai Festival City, Dubai Motor City, Ibn Battuta Mall, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.aceuae.com (800 275 223).
Crate and Barrel
Smallest Tree: Forrester Christmas tree (6ft) – Dhs499
Zilina Christmas tree (6ft) – Dhs699
Mid-range: Forrester Christmas tree (7.5ft) – Dhs699
Zilina Christmas tree (7.5ft) – Dhs999
Tallest tree: Forrester Christmas tree (8.5ft) – Dhs999
Zilina Christmas tree (8.5ft) – Dhs1,499
Open 10am-10pm. Various locations including Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Mirdif, www.crateandbarrel.com (04 399 0125).
Smallest tree: Christmas pine tree (3ft) – Dhs24 (Dhs99 with lights)
Mid-range: Christmas pine tree (8ft) – Dhs325
Tallest tree: Christmas pine tree (9ft) – Dhs395 (Dhs495 with lights)
Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Sat 10am-midnight. Various stores including Ibn Battuta Mall, Dubai Festival City Mall, The Dubai Mall, www.daisome.com.
Dubai Garden Centre
Nordman fir tree (8ft) – Dhs750
Trees available from Thu Dec 6. Open daily 8am-10pm. Sheikh Zayed Road (04 590 433).
Smallest tree: Exeter Christmas Tree (4ft) – Dhs249
Tallest tree: Christmas Tree with Cones and Berries (6ft) – Dhs499
Open Sun-Wed 10am-midnight; Thu-Sat 10am-1am. Mall of the Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.homecentre.com (04 341 4441).
Smallest tree: Forrest fir tree with cones and 500 LED lights (6ft) – Dhs4,499
Mid-range: Forrest fir tree with cones and 800 LED lights (7.5ft) – Dhs6,499
Tallest tree: Forrest fir tree with cones and 1,000 LED lights (9ft) – Dhs8,999
Opening times vary. Various locations including Mall of the Emirates, Mirdif City Center, Deira Outlet, www.iddesignuae.com (04 609 7533).
Smallest tree: FEJKA artificial Christmas tree (1.3ft) – Dhs25
Mid-range: FEJKA artificial Christmas tree (4ft) – Dhs59
FEJKA artificial Christmas tree (4.5ft) – Dhs75
FEJKA indoor/outdoor artificial Christmas tree (6ft) – Dhs195
Tallest tree: FEJKA indoor/outdoor artificial Christmas pine tree (7.5ft) – Dhs225
Open Sun-Wed 10am-11pm; Thu-Sat 10am-11.59pm. Al Rebat Road, Dubai Festival City www.ikea.com/ae/ (04 203 7555).
Smallest tree: Nordmann fresh Christmas tree (3.5ft) – Dhs180
Mid-range: Nordmann fresh Christmas tree (7ft) – Dhs400
Tallest tree: Nordmann fresh Christmas tree (10.5ft) – Dhs680
Prices from Dhs180. Order by Thu Dec 6. Various locations including JLT and Dubai Marina. For more information, go to spinneys-dubai.com.
Your ultimate guide to buying a Christmas tree in Dubai
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.
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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 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.
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.
- Measure the height of the ceiling and remember you’ll also need to factor in a tree topper and tree stand.
- A good tree should be full from top to bottom with no bare patches.
- Look for sap – the freshest trees will still be producing it and will have some visible sticky patches.
- The top branch should shoot straight into the air.
- Choose a tree with a nice base colour – silver or blue will nicely reflect your lights and decorations.
- 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.