When it comes to the festive season, there’s always plenty of choice. The team at the dmg events have pulled together a choice of ten top things to do in Dubai this December 2016:

Where to stay…

Kempinski Mall of the Emirates – Aspen Ski Chalets
There is nothing quite like it, a selection of ski chalets in the middle of the desert! The stunning Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates underwent a $100 million renovation program, re-launching in December 2015 to critical acclaim. Coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the hotel’s opening, the property unveiled its luxury Aspen Chalets in April this year. For the first time, guests can enjoy the unique, authentic experience of a ski lodge in the heart of Dubai with views of the powdery slopes of Ski Dubai. 

Where to drink…

Treehouse – Taj Dubai is an intimate bar and lounge with its design features lending themselves to be the ideal spot for the festive period. Handcrafted wood elements and a huge fire place create the perfect environment for you to lounge with friends and family.

If you looking for an indoor venue, Boca in DIFC could be the place for you. In the basement you will find a cosy cellar, perfect size for an intimate gathering, surrounded on all sides by wrought iron racks housing rustic wooden crates and row upon row of bottles of grape.

Where to eat…

Festive Afternoon tea at the awardwinning Al Fayrooz Lounge, Jumeirah Al Qasr with its terrace overlooking Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah. Its terrace offers one of the best spots to enjoy Madinat Jumeirah’s breathtaking firework display taking place from the 17th to the 26th December 2016.

For meat lovers, Ruth Chris Steak House is the place to go for a four-course Christmas extravaganza that guarantees to add some sizzle to your festivities. Alongside the popular à la carte choices, Ruth’s Chris has a traditional Christmas menu available on the evenings of the 23rd to 25th and lunch on the 25th December.

Where to shop…

Dubai Mall – the biggest shopping mall in the world – is the ideal venue for Christmas shopping for all of the family to enjoy, with plenty of shops to choose from and features within the mall such as the indoor ice rink, aquarium and the famous Dubai Fountains. There are also new launches from Victoria’s Secret, Kate Spade and L’OCCITANE over the festive period so definitely get yourself to Dubai Mall and experience everything that it has to offer.

Where to ski…

Ski Dubai
, located within Mall of the Emirates, is the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East. An amazing mountain-themed wintery setting where you can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, take part in many snow events and meet and play with Ski Dubai’s newest residents; the Snow Penguins! Offers this season include experiencing, unlimited snow ball rides, penguin encounter, ski slope session, a set menu for lunch or dinner at the St Moritz café and free parking for just 510 AED.

Where to go with family…

Al Habtoor City’s Winter Garden Market is taking place in the gardens of the new St. Regis Hotel near Business Bay and it has no entry fee! There are several retailers there making it a great venue for buying unique presents for loved ones, Father Christmas is said to arrive in a Bentley every day, and there is Mulled Wine for the tasting. Timings: Weekdays from 17.00 – 21.00; Weekends from 15:00 – 21.00.

Where to go with friends…

W Lounge & Wet Deck at the new W Dubai Al Habtoor City is set to become a winter wonderland, serving the merriest festive drinks and mouthwatering canapés. Experience stunning views of the Arabian Gulf or chill by the poolside lounge with Shisha for an all-inclusive package of 345 AED per person.

Where to go with work colleagues…

Escape Quest, the prefect combination of fun and team building to enjoy with your colleagues. It’s a race against time and you have 60 minutes. You must use every inch possible to hunt for clues, crack codes and solved the secrets which will ultimately lead to your escape. The challenge is 120AED per person and located in Jumeirah Lake Towers, Cluster M.

Where to see Christmas lights…

Bab Al Shams, Desert Resort & Spa are hosting their tree lighting ceremony on the 16th December.  Listen to Christmas carols, walk past the gingerbread house and eat ginger bread cookies, winter pies, hot chocolate and mulled beverages.

Where to buy a turkey…

Jumeirah Beach Hotel one of the most famous hotels in Dubai has you covered in regards to bringing the festivities home. From turkeys and Christmas dinners to a tantalizing array of delectable goodies for the Festive and New Year season, Latitude Creations offers full festive dinners for pre-order including traditional sides, customary sauces and a wide choice of desserts and table center-pieces. Forget the stress this Festive Season and have your Christmas meal pre-made with gourmet excellence, ready for collection when best suits you. Roast Turkeys start from 850AED with ‘holiday extra’s’ starting at 85AED. Download your Turkey order form from the Jumeirah website.


JW Marriott Marquis: Life-size Gingerbread house and Festive Market

Made using 600kg of flour, 500kg of honey, 150kg of sugar, 30 litres of milk, 60kg of spices, 250kg of icing sugar, 150 litres of egg and 5 litres of lemon juice, the impressive Gingerbread house makes for serious eye-candy. Discover the atmospheric Festive market, where guests can enjoy exquisite cakes made by the acclaimed cake artist, a roasted chestnut cart, hot toddies, mulled wine and more. Guests can even purchase festive hampers to take home or give away as gifts.

The Palace Downtown: A Private Luxury Celebration at Al Bayt

Welcome the New Year in the private palatial luxury of Al Bayt. Secreted away in an exclusive venue just for you, savour a tailor-made menu carefully crafted by their Executive Chef. With atmospheric music from a live band, and breathtaking views of the Burj Khalifa and Burj Lake.

  • Private venue for 10
  • Bespoke menu tailored to preferences
  • Live band and exquisite views

Entertainment: The atmosphere is set by a private live band
Date: December 31st, 2016
Time: 8 pm to 3 am
Price: Minimum spend of AED 25,000 for 10 guests

Written by talkabouthospitalitycom

Senior PR Manager, dmg events Middle East, Asia & Africa hospitality portfolio. Find out more about our core events: www.thehotelshow.com / www.theleisureshow.com

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