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Christmas in Dubai
Dubai is a city and emirate in the United Arab Emirates known for luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture and a lively nightlife scene. Burj Khalifa, an 830m-tall tower, dominates the skyscraper-filled skyline. At its foot lies Dubai Fountain, with jets and lights choreographed to music. On artificial islands just offshore is Atlantis, The Palm, a resort with water and marine-animal parks.
Rate: $1100 per adult
Rate: $958 per child
• UAE visa
• Return flight ticket
• Return airport transfers
• 04nights accommodation
• Daily Breakfast
• Legoland and motion Gate water park
• Underwater Zoo and Aquarium
• Marina dinner Cruise
• Desert Safari
Note: Rates are subject to change and availability.
What you need to know
Christmas in Dubai may not sound like the snow-strewn ideal the festive period is popular depicted as, but it can be absolutely bucket loads of fun. In fact, there’s nothing about a Christmas in Dubai that means you’ve got to miss any of your traditions – from the snow to the stuffing. If it’s your first Christmas in Dubai, here’s what you need to know.
Yes, you’re going to have a sunny Christmas Day
The skies are blue, the clouds are cotton wool, the weather is perfect for the beach (average highs of 26˚C, lows of 17˚C), and outdoor eating and drinking are ON.
Out? On Christmas Day? You read that right. For those who live in Dubai, spending Christmas in the city is just another big Friday brunch. With jingle bells on. Restaurants, bars, and hotels across the emirate pull out every single last stop – right down to jolly Santas and gingerbread grottos. Prices range depending on the swank-factor (think Dhs350 to Dhs850, on average), but most put on all the classic Christmas dishes, in addition to a sprawling buffet of seafood, salads, grills, desserts and cheeses, and special festive-themed beverages.
Speaking of going out, the whole city stays open
Hypermarkets, shopping malls, bars – Christmas Day is business as usual across the city. So whether you’ve forgotten the cranberry, or to buy your beloved wife of 20 years a present (or aren’t celebrating the occasion at all), it’s no big deal.
You can go to church if you want to
The UAE may be a Muslim country, but it is a proudly religiously tolerant one too. Around Christmas and in the lead-up, you’ll find many services available for different denominations at Dubai’s churches. St. Mary’s in Oud Metha is one of the city’s largest, while if you’re staying at the southern end of the city you’ll find St. Francis a bit closer.
There are loads of festive markets, fairs, and events
Schools across the city host festive fairs, as does The Irish Village at its hugely popular annual tree-lighting (complete with free mince pies – get there early to make sure you get in). Dubai’s Madinat Jumeirah and Winter Festival are two of the big ones, though the latter is not often all that well-executed. Smaller-scale tree-lighting events take place at hotels across the city, typically within the first two weeks of December.
Legoland and motion Gate water park:
Motiongate Dubai is a Hollywood-inspired theme park located in Dubai Parks and Resorts, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, showcasing themed areas and attractions based on DreamWorks Animation, Columbia Pictures, Lionsgate, and The Smurfs and was opened on December 16, 2016
Underwater Zoo and Aquarium:
Underwater tunnel under a huge shark- & ray-filled tank, plus a creepy crawly zone with snakes.
Marina dinner Cruise:
Enjoy an award-winning dinner cruise with your family, friends. Enjoy an International buffet created and served by the 5 Star Address Hotel Marina.
Get the best out of the desert during this safari from Dubai. Start out with an adrenaline-pumping dune bashing session in a 4x4 vehicle followed by time to sandboard down the golden dunes. Then ride a camel, smoke some shisha, get a henna tattoo, and more at a desert camp. Cap off your evening with a delicious buffet dinner while watching belly dancers, a fire show, and a folk dance.