Bateaux Dubai: This is certainly one of the most scenic ways to spend Christmas in the city. Take a lunchtime cruise down the creek and enjoy a festive buffet and unlimited house beverages (the kids will also get a gift from Santa, who has promised to make an appearance). It may not be the best option for foodies, but the experience is sure to delight regardless.
Al Seef Road, opposite British Embassy (04 399 4994). Dhs550 per adult, Dhs250 per child.
Exchange Grill: Why slave over a stove when you can dine on beef at the best steakhouse in Dubai? The Exchange Grill is serving up a four-course dinner, including a traditional roast turkey accompanied by optional extras such as caviar, champagne and other luxurious additions. For the quality of the food (positively excellent), the price is a bargain.
Fairmont Dubai (04 332 5555). Dhs550.
Glasshouse: Verre’s executive chef, Matt Pickop, will stuff guests silly on Christmas Day with a six-course menu inspired by Gordon Ramsay, featuring classic staples such as stuffed turkey and Christmas pudding with brandy Anglaise. One of the best spots for a classic Blighty holiday.
Hilton Dubai Creek (04 212 7551). Dhs615.
Hunter’s Room & Grill: This is one for the carnivores. This venerable steakhouse is serving up four courses this Christmas (mmm… why have turkey when you can eat wagyu sirloin?). We predict some luscious dishes. Plus, you can’t beat the warm, welcoming environment.
Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi (04 399 4141). Dhs450.
Indego: This Christmas, Grosvenor House is flying in Michelin-starred celebrity chef Vineet Bhatia to host a six-course festive feast at his Grosvenor House restaurant. Expect Christmas dinner with an Indian twist – definitely the best choice if you’re looking to spice up the holiday meal.
Grosvenor House (04 399 8888). Dhs550.
More Café: You don’t necessarily need Michelin stars to offer a brilliant Christmas meal. More Café is not only dishing up an ace traditional festive brunch, lunch and dinner, but it’s doing it at a reasonable price. Brunch has turkey, lamb, beef, trimmings and desserts (plus a salad buffet). If you’re going with a group of six or more, try the festive menu (available at all locations except The Dubai Mall), which includes three courses. Payment must be made 48 hours in advance.
Al Murooj Rotana (04 343 3779). Other locations: Garhoud (04 286 0224), Gold & Diamond Park (04 323 4350), The Dubai Mall (04 339 8934). Dhs125 for brunch, Dhs110 per person for festive menu.
Nineteen: The Address Montgomerie (formerly the Emirates Golf Club) offers a great setting for a family outing. Its flagship restaurant, Nineteen, has long been a favourite spot for the pastel- and hat-wearing set, and with good reason – the food’s tasty and reliable. For Christmas, it’s offering a brunch buffet with all the festive favourites.
The Address Montgomerie (04 390 5600). Dhs350 with unlimited soft drinks, Dhs485 with unlimited selected drinks.
Rivington Grill: One of the city’s most beloved restaurants is cooking up a traditional British four-course lunch. Expect game pâté, roast turkey, sherry trifle and more. The price includes a welcome glass of champagne, and you can also watch the Dubai Fountain dance as you tuck into your Christmas feast.
Souk Al Bahar (04 423 0903). Dhs450.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House: Ruth’s Chris is planning a tasty Christmas meal with an American slant (at an amazingly reasonable price to boot). Get roast turkey with all the trimmings, including sweet potato casserole and New Orleans gravy. We knew the Yanks were good for something.
Monarch Dubai (04 501 8666). Dhs220.