The weather outside is certainly not frightful, and The Meydan Hotel (and beyond) preparing quite a few seasonal celebrations that you’ll find delightful. So, if you have no place to go…
The five-star hotel welcomes all celebrators in Dubai so step inside its festive wonderland, featuring everything from a Christmas brunch and special events to ring in the New Year, to delicious takeaway turkeys.
Even better, early festive planners can get an exclusive 20 percent discount on bookings for the many places below if they book before Tuesday December 10.
What are you waiting for? Have a gander through the list below and kick off the celebrations in style.
The Meydan Hotel
Turkey Takeaway at Millennium Lounge
Who needs to spend hours in the kitchen preparing a Christmas turkey when you can treat yourself to a turkey delight made for you? The culinary team at Millennium Lounge have you covered for your festive feast, with a whole roasted turkey served with chestnut stuffing, roast potatoes, roast root vegetables, buttered Brussels sprouts, chicken sausages in blankets, gravy and cranberry sauce with trimming. Oh, and some sweet treats.
Small Turkey package – Dhs750 (small turkey), Dhs850 (large turkey), Dhs1,200 (complete turkey), Dhs65 (additional trimmings). Millennium Lounge, The Meydan Hotel (04 381 3111).
The Meydan Festive Brunch at Farriers
Fancy tucking into the only Christmas brunch in Dubai overlooking the marvellous Meydan Racecourse? Of course you do. For Christmas Day, guests can take on an international selection of buffet and live cooking stations – all served up against a backdrop of stunning views, and accompanied by great entertainment from Farrier's resident DJ and a live saxophonist. Little ones will have plenty of surprises and activities to check out, including a visit from Santa. Can’t make it? No worries, as Farriers will also be hosting a Pre-Christmas Brunch on Friday December 20.
Dhs375 (soft drinks), Dhs475 (house beverages), Dhs535 (sparkling), Dhs810 (bubbly). Wed Dec 25, 1pm-4.30pm; Fri Dec 20, 1pm-4.30pm. Farriers, The Meydan Hotel (04 381 3111).
NYE Dinner at Farriers
To ring in the New Year, feasting on international favourites with family and friends at Farriers is a brilliant shout. Taste an array of world cuisines while a live DJ spins the decks with a saxophonist and violinist. Youngsters can play around in the dedicated children’s area featuring a fun buffet and activities, and even an indispensable bouncy castle. Fun times await.
Dhs590 (soft drinks), Dhs690 (house beverages), Dhs750 (sparkling), Dhs950 (bubbly). Tue Dec 31, 7pm-midnight. Farriers, The Meydan Hotel (04 381 3111).
NYE Five-Course Dinner at Prime Steakhouse
Your last meal for the final day of the year should be a great one, and Prime Steakhouse has just the meaty dishes to satisfy. Guests can dig into a five-course set menu, paired with specially selected grape and a welcome glass of bubbly. A Pianist will also keep you entertained all the way until the final countdown.
Dhs1,250 (house beverages, sparkling), Dhs1,900 (bubbly). Tue Dec 31, 7pm-midnight. Prime Steakhouse, The Meydan Hotel (04 381 3111).
New Year’s Eve after party
The party doesn’t stop when the clock strikes midnight. In fact, it’s only just beginning at The Meydan Hotel’s huge after party. This year the party will be taking place in the courtyard of Farriers Restaurant, featuring a live DJ with a saxophonist and violinist to keep everyone dancing until the early hours.
Dhs200 (minimum spend), free entry (hotel and restaurant guests). Tue Dec 31, midnight-3am. Farriers, The Meydan Hotel (04 381 3111).
Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa
A Very Merry Brunch at Al Forsan
Have yourself a merry little Christmas by brunching in Al Forsan’s dazzling festive wonderland at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa. What doesn’t this festive brunch offer? Expect plenty of games, pony and camel rides, a dazzling magician, petting zoo, international four-piece band, special kids buffet and of course, a delicious roast turkey with all the trimmings. The man in red himself will also drop in – carrying gifts for little ones.
Dhs495 (soft drinks), Dhs695 (house beverages), Dhs250 (kids ages six-12), free (kids below six). Wed Dec 25, 1pm-4.30pm. Al Forsan (04 809 6194).
New Year’s Eve Gala Celebration at Al Hadheerah
Leave the city behind as you escape to the vast desert of Dubai, and you’ll find Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa’s signature restaurant, Al Hadheerah. Pulling out all the stops to make sure that you and your loved ones have a wonderful experience, its special New Year’s Gala Celebration is not to be missed. From a delicious Middle Eastern feast to international flavours, classic beverages, Arabic singers, a horse show, camel caravan, tanoura dancers and a contemporary DJ spinning the decks until the early hours and fireworks – New Year’s Eve here is a no-brainer.
Premium seating: Dhs1,450 (soft drinks), Dhs1,850 (house beverages). Regular seating: Dhs Dhs1,200 (soft drinks), Dhs1,600 (house beverages), Dhs900 (kids ages ten-16), Dhs450 (kids ages six-eight), free (kids below six). Tue Dec 31. Al Hadheerah, Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, www.babalshams.com/festive.
New Year’s Eve at Al Forsan
Wave hello to 2020 with a glamorous soirée at Al Forsan in Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa. Nestled within the dunes, this New Year’s Eve celebration is sure to be one to remember thanks to an elegant dinner, live band, international DJ, saxophonist, carnival show and a dance floor that will have you sashaying until the early hours.
Dhs550 (soft drinks), Dhs750 (house beverages), Dhs275 (kids ages six-12), free (kids below six). Al Forsan, Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, www.babalshams.com/festive.