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Celebrating Christmas in Dubai: A Desert Wonderland

December 24 @ 8:00 am December 26 @ 11:30 pm

Celebrate Christmas in Dubai
Celebrate Christmas in Dubai

Christmas in Dubai may not bring forth images of snow-covered streets and cozy fireplaces, but it does offer its own unique charm and a host of festive activities. Despite being an Islamic city, Dubai embraces the festive spirit of Christmas with open arms, creating an enchanting desert wonderland that visitors and residents alike can enjoy. Here’s a guide to celebrating Christmas in Dubai, where the sun shines, the palm trees glisten, and the city lights twinkle with festive cheer.

Christmas Decorations: Citywide Sparkle

Dubai becomes a city of lights during the festive season. Malls, hotels, streets, and even the desert camps are adorned with Christmas lights, trees, and decorations. The dazzling display at the Dubai Festival City Mall, featuring the record-breaking IMAGINE show, is a must-see. Meanwhile, Madinat Jumeirah offers a traditional festive market amidst its Arabian-style buildings.

Christmas Shopping: Gifts Galore

Dubai is a shopper’s paradise, and during Christmas, it goes the extra mile. Malls and shopping centers offer significant discounts, making it the perfect time to pick up gifts for your loved ones. Don’t miss the Dubai Shopping Festival, which usually coincides with the Christmas season and offers citywide sales, entertainment, and incredible prize draws.

Christmas Dining: A Culinary Feast

Dubai’s dining scene comes alive during Christmas, with restaurants and hotels offering festive menus and extravagant Christmas brunches. Whether you crave a traditional Christmas dinner with turkey and all the trimmings or prefer a more exotic feast, there’s a venue to suit your palate. Notable places for Christmas dining include the Bubbalicious Brunch at The Westin Dubai and the Christmas Day brunch at Bread Street Kitchen in Atlantis, The Palm.

Christmas Events: Fun for All

There’s no shortage of Christmas events in Dubai. Ski Dubai transforms into a winter wonderland, featuring a meet-and-greet with Santa Claus himself. The Irish Village hosts a Christmas tree lighting event with carol singing, mince pies, and mulled wine. The Dubai Opera presents seasonal concerts and ballet performances, adding a touch of culture to the festivities.

Christmas Services: Spiritual Solace

For those who want to celebrate the religious aspect of Christmas, Dubai offers numerous churches that hold Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services. St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oud Metha and the Holy Trinity Church in Oud Metha Road are among the many churches that welcome congregants during this festive season.

Christmas in Dubai may be a far cry from the traditional snowy scenes usually associated with the holiday, but it offers a unique and unforgettable festive experience. With its citywide decorations, festive dining, fun-filled events, and grand New Year celebrations, Dubai ensures a magical festive season under the winter sun. So, come and immerse yourself in the unique Christmas charm that only Dubai can offer.

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