Cool weather, magnificent sunshine and plenty to do – Dubai is a great place to spend Christmas. But if, like us, your relatives have caught on to this, you might be facing an unwelcome influx of family members and the daunting task of cooking everyone Christmas dinner.
But why work yourself into a festive fluster with a last-minute dash to the supermarket and a horribly singed turkey? Since so many of us here in Dubai love eating but not necessarily the legwork that precedes it, a number of venues around town are offering tasty Christmas takeaway and delivery services, so that you only need to make a few phone calls, leaving you free to concentrate on important matters such as putting together a yuletide playlist or choosing what classic Bond movies to watch.
To make things even easier, we’ve picked out and tasted some of the more interesting dishes on offer (so you don’t get too tired of turkey) for your dining pleasure. Good tidings (and recommendations) we bring, to you and your kin.The Fairmont Dubai
The ever-reliable purveyor of turkey treats has been offering a festive take-home menu since the middle of November and will continue to do so until December 27 (just in case you wake up on December 25 having forgotten it’s Christmas). Dishes include alternative treats such as chilled Gulf prawns with pumpernickel bread, imported cheeses, and fillet of smoked salmon with traditional condiments. In terms of dessert, there are freshly baked treats such as shortbread, Christmas cookies, gingerbread houses and yule logs.
There are three turkeys on offer, the smallest costing Dhs595 (serving eight to 10), followed by Dhs695 (serves 10 to 12), and Dhs795 (serves 12 to 15). Gulf prawns with pumpernickel cost Dhs215 (for 12), and fillet of smoked salmon costs Dhs450 (serves 10).
When should I order?
Orders must be placed 48 hours in advance.
The Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, email@example.com
(04 311 8316)