It doesn’t matter if you’re flying for the holidays, Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts are having a “Not Your Normal” 12-day celebration, complete with festive specials at 35 of their signature restaurants. Which means you’ll get to enjoy a three-course festive feast at restaurants including Scape at Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Rockfish at Jumeirah Al Naseem and more.
Visit Jumeirah.com/12days to book online. Dec 5-17: from Dhs130 per person.
Al Muntaha, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah
This is not your typical first-class foray. Take your seasonal festivities to new heights and feast on a sumptuous showcase of imaginative modern French cuisine, complemented by the most spectacular views in Dubai from 200 metres above the Arabian Gulf. The views are stunning and so is the cuisine.
Sun Dec 24 and Mon Dec 25: six-course degustation menu: Dhs995 per person. 7pm-midnight.
Arboretum, Jumeirah Al Qasr
Not only is this venue an ambassador for Arabian dining, culture and cuisine, it’s also a hub of great international food. This festive season, Arboretum offers opulent experiences to celebrate with family and friends.
Mon Dec 25: Al Qasr Christmas brunch featuring The Hide, Arboretum and Al Hambra: Dhs850 (house beverages) Dhs375 (kids aged four to 11), free (kids under four). 12.30pm-4pm.
Visit Madinat Jumeirah’s Festive Market from Friday December 15 to Wednesday 27 and enjoy incredible activities for the young and the young at heart. From a snow fight zone to bungee jumping, there is something for all ages. While the kids are having fun and taking in the spirit of the occasion (including visits from Santa every day at 5pm and 7pm, and cookie-decorating to name just a few), parents can enjoy an array of festive food and beverages.
Dec 15-27, Sun-Wed from 3pm, Thu-Sat noon until late. Fort Island, Madinat Jumeirah Conference Centre, Umm Suqeim
A refined restaurant for connoisseurs of the finer things in life, get a taste of opulence this festive season with the ultimate international Christmas buffet designed for you.
Sun Dec 24: Dhs350 (glass of bubbly on arrival). Mon Dec 25: Dhs475 (soft drinks), Dhs795 (house beverages and bubbly). Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah.
La Parrilla, Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Authentic Latin American cuisine and live entertainment give this signature restaurant a warm, welcoming atmosphere for Christmas. Enjoy stunning views from the 25th floor. The popular brunch opens the festive season with flame-grilled cuts and Argentinian favourites.
Fri Dec 22: Pre-Christmas Fiesta brunch: Dhs495 per person. 1pm-4pm; Sun Dec 24: à la carte Christmas dinner: 6.30pm-11.30pm; Mon Dec 25: Christmas Day Fiesta brunch: Dhs750 per person. 1pm-4pm.
Madinat Jumeirah Festive Market
Enjoy 12 days of activities for the young and young at heart. Whether it be the snow fight zone or bungee jumping, there’s something for all ages. While the kids are having fun, adults can enjoy an array of festive food and beverages. A celebration not to be missed.
Dec 15-27. Sun-Wed 3pm-late (Dec 24 and 25 noon-late); Thu-Sat noon-late. Fort Island, Madinat Jumeirah Conference Centre.
Mundo, Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Enjoy a world of flavours at this globetrotting gourmet feast, featuring Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Indian and Asian flavours.
Dec 22-23: pre-Christmas brunch: Dhs225 (soft drinks), Dhs300 (house beverages), Dhs475 (unlimited bubbly), Dhs125 kids aged four to 11; free kids under four. 1pm-4pm.
Nomad, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel
It’s all about the special moments with close ones at Nomad. From turkey stations and a succulent carvery to extraordinary Christmas desserts, everyone’s festive favourites will be available. Expect the live band to be as good as ever, getting everyone up and singing. The kids activities will keep the little ones happy, too.
Mon Dec 25: Christmas brunch, Dhs550 per person (including house beverages), Dhs330 per person (including soft drinks), Dhs175 (kids aged four to 12), free kids under four. 1pm-4pm.
PLAJ, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
Enjoy scrumptious barbecued meats and a selection of beverages while you listen to the live band’s tunes in the open air.
Mon Dec 25: Christmas Day barbecue: Dhs425 (including soft beverages), Dhs545 (including house beverages), Dhs755 (including house beverages and bubbly). 1pm-4pm.
Villa Beach & Beach Lounge
Create precious memories with family and friends over a lavish Christmas Day barbecue. Feast on succulent seafood and meat cooked up at live stations, all within a setting by the water. Enjoy the lively atmosphere and uplifting DJ set and savour a festive celebration unlike any other. From Saturday December 23 to Monday 25, you can also enjoy a festive menu featuring some of our finest seafood dishes over an intimate lunch or dinner.
Dhs685 (Italian bubbly), Dhs750 (bubbly). Mon Dec 25, 12.30pm-4pm. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim.
Not Your Normal Christmas Prep
Relax and put your feet up this Christmas and let Jumeirah look after your stressful dinner preparations. You, your family and friends can savour a feast comparable to the most majestic of banquets, but all in the comfort of your own home. Plus, there’ll be enough left over for seconds, and thirds...
Visit jumeirah.com/festiveturkey to order online
Not Your Normal New Year’s Countdown
Al Fayrooz Lounge, Jumeirah Al Qasr
Count down to the New Year on the terrace overlooking Burj Al Arab Jumeirah and create timeless memories with a violinist and pianist duo setting a soothing soundtrack.
Dhs800 (including canapés and a bottle of bubbly per couple), Dhs600 (ages 12 to 20), Dhs400 (kids aged four to 11). From 9pm. Jumeirah Al Qasr, Umm Suqeim.
Views of the Madinat Jumeirah waterways, the Arabian Gulf and the majestic Burj Al Arab Jumeirah make this a prime location to ring in the year ahead. Complement the vistas with an intimate atmosphere, a live band, a lively crowd and groovy beats, and your recipe for a remarkable night is complete. Over 21s only.
Dhs995 per person (flying buffet, bottle of bubbly per couple and free-flowing selected beverages). Sun Dec 31 8pm. Mina A'Salam Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim.
Burj Al Arab Jumeirah
The eyes of the world look on year after year as the luxurious hotel takes centre stage for an exhilarating fireworks display. Begin the evening with bubbly on the Burj Al Arab Terrace, accompanied by live entertainment and stage performances. The evening continues with a dinner in your choice of one of five signature restaurants. Celebrations continue on Burj Al Arab Terrace after dinner, where you’ll count down to the New Year with a variety of beverages and bubbly. There will be sensational performances, and the spectacular fireworks at midnight will be the highlight of your year, let alone your evening.
From Dhs8,000. Umm Suqeim.
Get the party started at the Latin-inspired Cu-ba this New Year’s Eve, with light bites and free-flowing drinks served on the rooftop terrace. Enjoy fine views of the Dubai skyline with a live DJ to entertain you as you see in the New Year in style. You’ll also enjoy a spectacular fireworks display as the clock strikes 12. Over 21s only.
Dhs495 (house beverages), Dhs695 (premium beverages). Sun Dec 31. Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Garhoud.
Do it the British way this New Year’s Eve and dig into a family-style carvery menu with your mates and close ones. With live entertainment setting the tone for the last night of the year, it doesn't get any better than this.
Dhs1,200 (house beverages), Dhs900 (for kids aged 12 to 20), Dhs550 (kids aged four to 11). Sun Dec 31. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim.
A sought-after spot to watch one of the world’s best New Year’s Eve fireworks displays, the ornately decorated Koubba Bar is nestled within the regal Jumeirah Al Qasr hotel. With indoor and outdoor seating, a shisha-terrace and entertainment to get the party going, this venue will host an incredible finale. Over 21s only.
Dhs995 (canapés and house beverages). Sun Dec 31, 8pm. Jumeirah Al Qasr, Umm Suqeim.
Latitude, Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Enjoy a flavourful spread of festive dishes and sip on selected beverages at the open bar this New Year’s Eve. The vast outdoor terrace, landscaped gardens and views of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah will add a touch of elegance to the evening and the live band will ensure the celebrations continue well into the night. With a dedicated children’s buffet and kids’ entertainment, sit back, relax and see in 2018 happy in the knowledge that everything is taken care of.
Dhs1,695 per person (including house beverages and a glass of bubbly), Dhs1,395 (ages 12 to 20), Dhs550 (kids aged four to 11). From 8pm. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim.
Zheng He’s, Jumeirah Mina A’Salam
Enjoy a lavish family-style dinner, impeccably presented like a traditional Chinese feast. This will be a culinary voyage to savour before you head to the after-party of the year at Shimmers.
Dhs1,150 (including unlimited selected beverages and a glass of bubbly at midnight), Dhs900 (ages 12 to 20), Dhs450 (kids aged four to 11), free (kids under four). From 8pm. Jumeirah Mina A'Salam, Umm Suqeim.
Burj Al Arab Jumeirah (04 301 7600); Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Madinat Jumeirah (04 432 3232); Jumeirah Creekside Hotel (04 230 8458); Jumeirah Zabeel Saray (04 453 0444); Jumeirah.com/festivedining.