Christmas in Dubai 2019: Your ultimate guide to buying a Christmas tree in Dubai

Real Christmas trees, fake trees and where to buy them this year

Christmas in Dubai 2019: Your ultimate guide to buying a Christmas tree in Dubai

Buying a Christmas tree in Dubai is a big deal. Before you even start worrying about how you’re going to decorate it there’s a big decision to make. Real or faux tree? Fret not, there are heaps of options for where to find real Christmas trees in Dubai, as well as artificial ones too (if you’re not a fan of sweeping up those needles). And you can even get Christmas trees delivered to your door.

It’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas, so here’s where to buy your Christmas tree in Dubai this year. For more fantastic festive events, click here.


Real Christmas trees


Ace Hardware

Ace is, erhm, ace, for all of your house and design needs – from tools, DIY products, hundreds of appliances – and Christmas trees. There are plenty of artificial trees already in stock but if you’re on the hunt for the real thing, they’ll be available from Monday November 25 onwards.
Opening times vary. Various locations including Dubai Festival City, Dubai Motor City, Ibn Battuta Mall, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.aceuae.com (800 275 223).

Bloombox

Get a fresh noble for Christmas tree delivered straight to your door in just a few clicks. The trees have been flown in from Oregon in America and prices start from Dhs650.

Smallest
Noble fir Christmas tree (5ft-6ft) – Dhs650

Mid-range
Noble fir Christmas tree (6ft-7ft) – Dhs750

Tallest
Noble fir Christmas tree (7ft-8ft) – Dhs950
From Dhs650. www.bloombox.ae.

Christmas Trees UAE

This family-run business have been importing Canadian Christmas trees to the UAE for nine years now and the fir trees are flown in from Québec. You can buy a 6ft-7t tree for Dhs520 or a 7ft-8ft one for Dhs625 and larger trees are also available upon request. You can also buy stands for Dhs150 and wreathes staring from Dhs210 from this one-stop shop. The first batch are expected to arrive during the first week of December and you can opt for either collection or delivery.

Mid-range
Premium Heavy Density Fir Christmas Tree (6ft-7ft) – Dhs520

Tallest
Premium Heavy Density Fir Christmas Tree (7ft-8ft) – Dhs625
From Dhs520. www.christmastreesuae.com.

Dubai Garden Centre

If you're proud of your green fingers, you’re probably a regular at Dubai Garden Centre on Sheikh Zayed Road. The popular spot for all things flora is expected to receive its shipment of fresh-cut Christmas trees during the first week of December so keep your eyes peeled.
Open daily 8am-10pm. Sheikh Zayed Road, www.dubaigardencentre.ae (04 590 4333).

Spinneys

More than 2,000 Nordmann fir trees have been ordered by Spinneys to arrive from Denmark this Christmas, and they’re due to arrive on Thursday November 21 (see more about their journey here). Three of them are fitted with GPS trackers, so you can follow the trees’ journey from Denmark to the UAE and anyone who buys one of the three lucky trees with trackers on will win instant vouchers worth Dhs2,000 to spend in Spinneys stores on everything from decorations to lights and festive food.



Smallest
Nordmann Fresh Christmas Tree (100cm-125cm) – Dhs195

Mid-range
Nordmann Fresh Christmas Tree (150cm-175cm) – Dhs295
Nordmann Fresh Christmas Tree (175cm-200cm) – Dhs395
Nordmann Fresh Christmas Tree (200cm-225cm) – Dhs495

Tallest
Nordmann Fresh Christmas Tree (250cm-300cm) – Dhs695
Various locations in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, www.spinneys-dubai.com.

Artificial Christmas trees

Ace Hardware

Smallest
Kids tree (61cm) – Dhs21.75
Cedar tree (1.2m) – Dhs29.25

Mid-range
Artificial Christmas Tree (1.8m) – Dhs74
Noble mixed pine tree (1.8m) – Dhs149
North Cote pine tree (2.4m) – Dhs299

Tallest

Natal fir tree (275cm) – Dhs599
Tiffany pine with berry cones (305cm) – Dhs824
Opening times vary. Various locations including Dubai Festival City, Dubai Motor City, Ibn Battuta Mall, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.aceuae.com (800 275 223).

Home Centre

Mid-range
Artificial Bavarian Snow Christmas Tree (6ft) – Dhs369 (25 percent off)

Tallest
Artificial Bavarian Snow Christmas Tree (8ft) – Dhs669 (25 percent off)
Artificial Exeter Christmas Tree (8ft) – Dhs319 (60 percent off)
Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm, Thu-Sat 10am-midnight. Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha, www.homecentre.com (04 341 4441).

IKEA Dubai

Smallest
Vinterfest (140cm) – Dhs65

Mid-range

Vinterfest (175cm) – Dhs175

Tallest
(Vinterfest) 220cm – Dhs245
Open Sun-Wed 10am-11pm; Thu-Sat 10am-midnight. Dubai Festival City, www.ikea.com/ae (04 203 7555).

Dubai Garden Centre

Smallest
Artificial Christmas tree bullet drop shape (120cm) – Dhs105

Mid-range
Artificial Christmas tree bullet drop shape (240cm) – Dhs495
Artificial Christmas tree pine cone (240cm) – Dhs595

Tallest
Artificial Christmas tree pine cone (300cm) – Dhs950
Open daily 8am-10pm. Sheikh Zayed Road, www.dubaigardencentre.ae (04 590 4333).

What type of Christmas tree to buy?

Fir trees
Christmas trees come in different shapes, sizes and types. 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.

Spruce trees
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
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.

Imitation trees
The most cost effective choice, these trees keep for years, don’t drop needles, are flame retardant and require no maintenance. Avoid Christmas trees made out of PVC as this harsh plastic is hard on the environment and your health.

So you’ve decided what kind of Christmas tree in Dubai 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 Christmas tree topper and tree stand.

A good Christmas tree should be full from top to bottom with no bare patches.

• Look for sap – the freshest Christmas trees will still be producing it and will have some visible sticky patches.

The top branch should shoot straight into the air.

Choose a Christmas 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 Christmas ornaments.



Caring for your tree

Now that you’ve tracked down your ideal Christmas 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 Christmas 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 Christmas 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.

For more fantastic Christmas things to do in Dubai, click here.

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