The festive season is mainly about two things: spending time with the people you love most in the world, and eating so much at brunch that by Boxing Day you’re already planning your New Year’s diet.
Fill up at these extraordinary brunches this Christmas.
Burj Al Arab Jumeirah: This is the world’s most extraordinary Christmas.
Le Grand Petit Dejeuner de Noel
Anybody who has spent the festive season in Dubai knows that Christmas Day brunch is a fine tradition in this part of the world. We’ve got more brunches for you to come, but if you want a truly special feast, head to Al Muntaha at Dubai’s most iconic hotel, the Burj Al Arab. With an imaginative showcase of modern French cuisine, and some of the most spectacular views of the Jumeirah Coast and Arabian Gulf. If you want your Christmas Day to be something totally extra, you know where to book.
Dhs750 (brunch with softs), Dhs850 (brunch with glass of French bubbly). Wed Dec 25, 10am-3pm. Burj Al Arab, Umm Suqeim (04 301 7600).
Bab Al Yam
Celebrate the season poolside from the Bab Al Yam terrace while you indulge in rustic flavours from Europe and across the Middle East.
Dhs495 (lunch buffet), Dhs550 (dinner buffet). Wed Dec 25, 12.30pm-3pm, 6pm-11.30pm. Burj Al Arab, Umm Suqeim (04 301 7600).
Jumeirah Al Nassem: This is the coolest Christmas.
The Palmery buffet
Discover a refreshing Christmas dining experience with a laid-back yet refined feel and an incredible selection of international dishes and festive favourites.
Dhs595 (house drinks), Dhs495 (softs), Dhs190 (kids under 12), free (kids under four). Wed Dec 25, 1pm-4pm. Jumeirah Al Naseem, Umm Suqeim (04 432 3232).
Jumeirah Beach Hotel: This is Christmas for the whole family.
Celebrate this festive season with an alternative brunch featuring pan-Asian delicacies on the deck with stunning views of the beach and Burj Al Arab Jumeirah.
Dhs720 (house beverages), Dhs785 (bubbly). Wed Dec 25, 1pm-4pm. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Sequim (04 432 3232).
Kitchen Connection brunch
Next door to the Burj Al Arab, this brunch at Jumeirah Beach Hotel is offering unlimited global cuisines, classic Christmas dishes and more in Christmas Eve and Christmas Day buffets. Prices start from Dhs340 per person from 6.30pm until 11pm on December 24 and 25, while the Christmas Day brunch will set you back Dhs720 per person.
From Dhs340 (buffet), Dhs720 (brunch). Dec 24-25. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Sequim (04 432 3232).
Villa Beach barbecue
Buon Natale traditional Tuscan Christmas at Villa Beach. Embrace the season with an al fresco Italian Christmas barbecue by the beach with magnificent views of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah.
Dhs720 (including house beverages and sparkling grape), Dhs785 (bubbly). Wed Dec 25, 4pm-12.30am. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Sequim (04 432 3232).
Jumeirah Al Qasr: This is Christmas in palatial luxury.
Al Qasr Brunch
A cross-resort Christmas Day brunch at this famous five-star hotel will serve up dishes from steakhouse The Hide, Arabic cuisine from Arboretum and a range of Mediterranean grub from Al Hambra.
From Dhs695 (soft), Dhs795 (house), Dhs895 (bubbly), Dhs310 (kids under 12), free (kids under four). Wed Dec 25, 12.30pm-4pm. Jumeirah Al Qasr, Umm Suqeim (04 432 3232).
Jumeirah Mina A’Salam: This is Christmas by the water.
Mina A’Salam Brunch
Next door to Al Qasr, Christmas Day brunch features Mexican restaurant Tortuga (and those gorgeous Madinat waterway views), and Hanaaya, the Arabic all-day dining restaurant.
From Dhs500 per person (soft), Dhs750 (house), Dhs850 (bubbly), Dhs200 (kids under 12), free (kids under four). Wed Dec 25, 12.30pm-4pm. Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, Umm Suqeim (04 432 3232).
Hanaaya is an Arabic word for happiness and the restaurant and the restaurant couldn’t be more true to its namesake this Christmas. Enjoy a Christmas dinner buffet with picturesque views of the waterways.
Dhs325 (adults), Dhs165 (kids under twelve). Wed Dec 25, 6.30pm-11.30pm. Jumeirah Mina A'Salam, Umm Suqeim (04 432 3232).
Jumeirah Creekside Hotel: This is Christmas in the real city.
A visitor from the North Pole awaits at this lavish buffet with an enormous spread of dishes that will get you and the whole family in the Christmas spirit.
From Dhs395 (house), Dhs120 (kids under 12), free (kids under four). Wed Dec 25, 1pm-4pm. Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Garhoud (04 230 8458).
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray: This is an enchanting Christmas.
Ring in the festive season within the opulent halls of an Ottoman palace. Enjoy a lavish spread at the stunning Palm Jumeirah restaurant.
Dhs525 (soft), Dhs645 (house), Dhs795 (bubbly). Wed Dec 25, 1pm-4pm. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (04 453 0444).
Jumeirah Emirates Towers: This is a downtown Christmas.
The Rib Room
Carnivore? Head to The Rib Room and dig into a selection of grilled meats, cooked to your liking, in a chic and sophisticated setting. There’s an à la carte menu to try on both Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.
Prices vary. Dec 24-25 6.30pm-11pm. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 432 3232).
To find out more head to www.jumeirah.com/thisisfestive.