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Eat, drink, be merry

The season to be jolly is upon us, and with it comes the round of festive treats from some of the most exclusive venues… picture

Christmas at the Park Hyatt

Celebrate in style at the luxury waterfront retreat next to the Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club.

Sweet and savoury

Seasonal specialties abound at the Pistache pastry shop - from traditional Dresdner Christmas stollen, Christmas fruit cake, panettone and gingerbread houses, to handmade chocolate truffles - all gift wrapped if you wish. There’s also home made foie gras terrine, organic smoked salmon, fine de claire oysters, Tasmanian salmon fillet, roast butterball turkey, honey glazed pork ham, roast goose and roast beef rib eye, all with accompaniments. Telephone Nurgul Sultanova on 04 6021234. 

Fine food with a flamboyant flair

The show’s on at Traiteur with a chef’s kitchen on stage and a ceiling suspended bar.  Choose your style of dining rooms, or the cave privee, perhaps the largest wine cellar in Dubai.

Christmas Eve

Treat yourself to a four course dinner. Savour the sumptuous black winter truffle and pear salad with Abbaye de Troisuaux cheese toasted butter brioche. Then its the seared escalope of foie gras with puy lentils and Madeira infused veal jus followed by black peppered monkfish, globe artichokes, confit of shallots and basil sauce. 

There’s also a tradional choice with a twist. It’s forest honey roasted butterball turkey, with apricot stuffing, gratin potato and thyme jus.  The sweet ending is glazed Grand Cru Maracaibo chocolate mousse with praline and raspberry. Dhs350 net per person, excluding drinks (half price for children from 6 to 12 years old).

Christmas Day

Make the day special with a four-course Christmas lunch or dinner as featured above. The Terrace, Cafe Arabesque and The Thai Kitchen will serve their popular a-la-carte menus all through the festive period. For all Park Hyatt restaurant reservations please dial 04 3712222.

Bavarian winter at Hofbraeuhaus

Join the JW Marriott in traditional Bavarian festivities throughout the month of December at Hofbraeuhaus. The a la carte menu is a hearty feast with genuine HB beverages and the classic Bavarian Christmas carols will make your winter evenings magical.

There’s also a Bavarian Christmas market selling Gluehwein, gingerbread hearts and roasted chestnuts.

Another two recommended winter warmers at Hofbraeuhaus are the fondue and raclette night on Saturdays and the Bavarian night on Wednesdays, which features a selection of Bavarian dishes including seafood and unlimited beverages for Dhs165.

Live entertainment from Joe & Sylvie starts at 9pm daily except Sundays. For reservations call 04 6077977

Feast of extravaganzas at Wafi City

Wafi City is offering an exciting range of fantastic experiences to celebrate Christmas in all of its superb venues.

Enjoy Christmas with a Mediterranean twist at MEDZO as they offer a tempting festive feast, including exquisite honey-crusted beef carpaccio and delicious roast turkey to Italian hams, cheeses and Christmas pudding, for Christmas Day lunch for Dhs 175 per person, Dhs 80 for children.  For an alternative experience, why not eat al fresco on their beautiful terrace?

PLANET HOLLYWOOD offers plenty of family fun with a fantastic array of festive offerings.  Santa’s Christmas Day Buffet features all his favourite dishes, and he’ll be along to enjoy them himself between 12pm and 3pm.  He’s also checking up on children Friday 22nd December too at the weekly ‘Wild Brunch’.  The price is Dhs 95 including a glass of mulled wine, Dhs 50 per child under 12, and free for children under 6 (one per adult).

You can still make a reservation for CARTER’S amazing Christmas brunch spread, with special guest Father Christmas full of festive cheer.  Including a complimentary glass of Bucks Fizz on arrival, the price is Dhs 145, and Dhs 60 for children. 

Celebrate pre-Christmas at CARTER’S regular brilliant value brunch with turkey and all the trimmings on Friday, 22nd or on Christmas Eve at Sensual Sunday night beginning at 8pm with Happy Hour until 10pm and an extra couple of free drinks for the ladies between 10pm and 12midnight.  What better way to round off some last minute shopping in the Mall!

VINTAGE has already started celebrating Christmas with traditional old-fashioned splendour this year, providing a perfect warm and intimate festive venue for your pre-dinner drink or enjoy one of their Fondue Evenings.  And SEVILLE’S is the ideal venue for any Christmas party.

For all bookings and enquiries call 04 3244100

Nad Al Sheba Golf Club, Dubai

Get into the festive mood with a Festive Friday Roast on Friday 22nd December in the MILLENIUM GRANDSTAND from 12noon until 4pm.  Roast turkey with all the trimmings plus bouncy castle, face painting and climbing frames to keep the little ones amused and all for Dhs 85 per adult, Dhs 45 per child.

You can head back there again for a Family Christmas Day Lunch in the MILLENIUM GRANDSTAND from 12noon until 4pm.  There will be a traditional roast turkey buffet with all the trimmings, regular beverages, Santa’s grotto with gifts for the children together with their usual entertainment to keep the kids amused.  Cost Dhs 225 per adult, Dhs 95 for teenagers (13-17 years) and Dhs 55 for children (4-12 years).

LINKS STEAKHOUSE AND TERRACE will be serving a traditional Christmas Day Luncheon from 12noon until 4pm.  Five course set menu with regular beverages for Dhs 375 per person.

For all reservations call 04 3363666 or email:

Burj Al Arab, Dubai

Until 23 December 2006 the Burj Al Arab is offering a selection of festive buffets at all it’s venues. 

AL IWAN will feature a sensational array of the finest fare this Christmas for lunch and dinner. Lunch Dhs 320 and Dinner Dhs 350 per person.

BAB AL YAM with its relaxing atmosphere and fantastic views of the Gulf is the ideal location for a more casual festive dinner buffet at Dhs 350 per person.

AL MAHARA’s underwater extravaganza, including travel via submarine to get there, offers a five course dinner menu each evening, for Dhs 750 per person. Their extraordinary restaurant is also open for lunch with the regular menu.

AL MUNTAHA, suspended 200 metres above the Arabian Gulf, offers you the chance to enjoying sumptuous seasonal delicacies at their three course, festive set lunch menu for Dhs 450, or should you prefer dinner, an even more indulgent four course evening feast for Dhs 550.

SAHN EDDAR atrium lounge lets you watch the world go by whilst sampling their special festive afternoon tea from 3.00pm to 6.00pm. Sip a glass of mulled wine and enjoy seasonal treats including gingerbread, fruit cake and other traditional Christmas pastries, priced at Dhs 280 per person.

SKYVIEW BAR makes you feel like you’re sitting on top of the world! On the top floor, make time for a splendid Christmas tea in the afternoon (except for Fridays), from 3.00pm to 5.00pm, priced at Dhs 280.

Reservations are essential for all their outlets. For bookings or further information, please contact Restaurant Reservations on 04 3017600 or email:

On 24 and 25 December 2006 the Burj Al Arab offers some outstanding festive choices to enjoy…

Al MAHARA has a fabulous festive three course lunch menu for Dhs 520 and festive five course dinner menu, for Dhs 850 per person.

AL IWAN offers traditional Arabian flair whilst you enjoy an extensive array of delicious flavours from their festive buffets.  Lunch at Dhs 380 per person and dinner at Dhs 450 per person.

AL MUNTAHA lets you indulge in a spectacular lunch for Dhs 490 whilst enjoying breathtaking views over Dubai’s beautiful coastline. In the evening, Al Muntaha will offer a splendid four course festive menu. Guests can select their preferred dishes, from a choice of two per course, priced at Dhs 690 per person.  On Boxing Day brunch will be Dhs 450.

SKYVIEW BAR (only on 24 December) will be offering a glass of mulled wine on the top floor to complete a splendid Christmas tea in the afternoon from 3.00pm to 5.00pm, for Dhs 280.

BAB AL YAM, with its fantastic views of the shoreline, is the ideal location for the more casual Christmas Day experience. For Dhs 390 per person, sample a festive dinner buffet with special seasonal treats.

SAHN EDDAR will resound to the sound of Christmas Carols in the background. Choose from the festive cake trolley, or indulge in a delicious afternoon tea, completed by a glass of mulled wine for Dhs 280.

Reservations are essential. Please contact Restaurant Reservations on 04 3017600 or email:

Jumeirah Bab Al Shams Resort and Spa, Dubai

AL FORSAN RESTAURANT will be serving a mouthwatering international buffet dinner overlooking the dunes on 24th December. The relaxed and family-orientated environment, festive choir and the promise of a truly memorable feast make this the perfect family venue for a Christmas Eve meal from 7.30pm until 11.30pm at Dhs 225 per person.  The festivities continue during the day on Christmas Day, with an international buffet lunch 12.30pm-4.30pm against a breathtaking panoramic view of the Arabian desert.  The special entertainment, a festive choir, will be sure to fill you with the spirit of the season.  Cost Dhs 250 per person.

For those with a taste for the exotic flavours of India, MASALA, set against a backdrop of lush desert gardens and traditional Indian background music, will be serving a special set menu of Northern Indian dishes on Christmas Eve, slow cooked in traditional style, 7.00pm-11.30pm, Dhs 225 per head.  An à la carte menu is also available.

With renowned Arabic hospitality, YA HALA Lounge will be serving roasted chestnuts and warm mince pies from 3pm until 6pm, 23rd-26th December, accompanied with your choice of either a glass of mulled wine, or afternoon tea. Unwind and relax in the courtyard overlooking the water well or in the traditional Arabic majlis.
Cost Dhs 125 per person.

For reservations call 04 8326699 or email:

Jumeirah Beach Club, Dubai

Celebrate Christmas Eve at PRASINO’S - to start the festivities in style on 24 December 2006, Prasinos is hosting a gala evening featuring a superb 4-course Mediterranean gourmet set menu.  The evening includes a pre-dinner aperitif at Indigos and an exceptionally delicious dinner in their elegant Mediterranean restaurant, 7.30pm-11.00pm, Dhs 360 per person. 

Or, if you prefer your festive celebration on Christmas Day, indulge in an exclusive 4-course gourmet set menu from 12noon until 3pm, inclusive of a seasonal aperitif. Dhs 340 per person.

For a more casual, but no less delicious lunch on 25th December, head for THE CLUBHOUSE. The magnificent buffet will include all the traditional favourites along with more contemporary dishes. This relaxed environment is ideal for families, and a very special visitor will be surprising their younger guests with a gift.  Cost Dhs 195 per person, 12.00noon until 3.00pm.

For all reservations call 04 3445333 or email:

Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai

The hotel choir will be performing daily until 26th December to entertain whilst you delight in a festive Christmas High Tea served with mulled wine at the PALM COURT, Jumeirah Beach Hotel lobby for only Dhs 90 per person.  Providing a superb view of the Hotel’s lush gardens, and adorned with colourful decorations, Palm Court will ring with Christmas cheer.

Call 04 4068999 or email:

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