Some may have made plans already, some may be thinking about it now and some will undoubtedly leave it till the last minute, however with the festive period not so far away now, a few of Dubai’s hotels and restaurants have let us know what their offers and packages are, and what to expect from the different events they are putting on for us. If you are one of those people that wants to get ahead and organised in advance, take a look at our first round up of dinners, lunches and brunches from Thanksgiving through to New Years Eve. Don’t worry if you haven’t found exactly what you want here, we’ll be adding quiet a few more in our next issue
Christmas Is Greener At Jigsaw, Avani Deira Dubai
Avani Deira is spreading its ‘Green Christmas Cheer’ through its sustainable theme this year. The hotel will showcase eco-friendly and hand-crafted decorations, as well as feature food and beverage choices that are healthier and environmentally responsible during its Christmas Eve and New Year’s Gala dinners at Jigsaw Restaurant. Christmas Eve Dinner price starts at Dhs 130 and New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner is priced at Dhs 385. Call 04-6013952/ 3999.
Festive Brunch At Al Forsan Garden, Bab Al Shams
Escape the city and spend an afternoon full of festivities at the desert resort’s Al Forsan Garden. Tuck into a delicious roast turkey with all the trimmings, and children will have plenty of games to keep them smiling all day long. Face painting, magic shows and a mini zoo are just a few of the surprises in store for the little ones; with an appearance from Santa Claus himself. On 25 December from 1 to 5pm, Packages start at Dhs 495.
Christmas Eve Dinner, Canvas At Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort
From a jolly Christmas choir performing carols at 8pm to a buffet glistening with traditional delicacies featuring turkey with all the trimmings and festive beverages, there’s no shortage to joyous splendour. 24 December, from 6.30pm to 10.30pm. Prices start at Dhs 160. Call 09-2041111.
House Of Noodles New Year Dinner
Located on the ground floor of Two Seasons Hotel and Apartments Dubai, House Of Noodles’s 5 course family style set menu is inclusive of water, soft drinks, chilled juices and mocktails. The set menu will offer an authentic Asian experience with a true Asian atmosphere from the team to the decoration. A menu deriving from the Far East to the West of Asia, using its products and spices. The packages start at Dhs 250. Call 04-3818181.
Shores Christmas Brunch At The Delta By Marriott, Jumeirah Beach
Celebrate Christmas Day at Shores with a lavish festive themed brunch with authentic specialties including a selection of roasts, turkey with all the trimmings. Expect a visit from Santa with many surprises for the little ones! From 12.30pm to 3.30pm. Packages start at Dhs 175. Call 04-4398881.
The Lido Christmas Dinner At QE2
The Lido Restaurant is the ultimate place to gather with friends, family and loved ones in anticipation of Santa’s arrival. For those who can’t get enough of it, the extensive buffet features the traditional roasts with all the trimmings and, for those who are saving turkey for the big day ahead, a myriad of international delicacies to start the festive feasting. From 7pm to 11pm on Tuesday, 24 December. Packages start at Dhs 195. Call 04-5268811.
Christmas Day Brunch At FireLake Grill House
Indulge in Christmas brunch done the American way here with some flaming BBQ stations and live music while enjoying the great breath of the terrace overlooking amazing Dubai waterfront views. It also includes a live band playing the American Country and Rock covers, Santa Claus’s visit and a children's playroom full of entertainment. From 12.30pm to 4pm. Packages start at Dhs 300. Call 04-2497800.
Plated Turkey Dinner At Clinton St. Baking Company
This festive season indulge in carved roasted turkey, 3 pieces from the breast and 3 pieces from the thigh roulade served with creamy mashed potato, homemade gravy, truffled brussels sprouts, maple glazed carrots, pecan crumb sweet potato and organic cranberry sauce accompanied with a mini butter milk biscuit and a mini jalapeno cornbread. The meal is concluded with a slice of homemade pie. The festive dinner is available on American Thanksgiving on 28th November and winter holidays in December. Priced at Dhs 150. Call 04-3440705.
Couqley French Bistro Festive Meal
Running until 15 January, Couqley French Bistro will be getting into Thanksgiving then holiday mode to prepare feasts that customers can enjoy at the cosy venue or in the comfort of their own home. This feast will include a traditional turkey with wild mushroom stuffing with sides such as roasted brussels topped with crispy veal bacon, sweet potato gratin, potato purée, fresh sautéed string beans, roasted baby carrots, cranberry coulis, and rosemary turkey gravy. Fall turkey orders can be made until 15 January and the turkey single portion will also be available for the entire month of December. A 48-hour notice in advance is required. Call 04-5149339.
Christmas Day Lunch Cascades At Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road
Indulge in a lavish buffet spread of holiday specials such as our slow-roasted turkey with all the trimmings on a live-cooking station, foie gras terrine, a decadent selection of festive desserts and a unique corner brimming with treats for children. 25 December, from 12.30pm to 4pm. Packages start at Dhs 300. Call 04-3118316.
Takeaway Roasts And Dine-in at Chival, La Ville Hotel And Suite City Walk
Savour a traditional festive roast in the warm settings of your home, or preorder and dine at Chival. Cooked to perfection, the traditional roast options include turkey and beef, along with stuffing and gravy. The savory sides include cranberry sauce, roasted honey-glazed carrots, buttered mashed potatoes, chestnuts, braised red cabbage, and glazed Brussel sprouts. The dinner ends with a delicious Specoloos Cheesecake for dessert. Available from 1 December to 25 December. Christmas orders to be placed by 6pm 22 December. Half a roast turkey is priced at Dhs 400 and a full roast at Dhs 700. Call 04-4033111 .