You may have the in-laws over, your own family in town or feel like doing something special this year for Christmas in Abu Dhabi. Why not try out one of Abu Dhabi’s feasts? We’ve done the homework for you, all you need to do is choose and book!
Take the family for an afternoon tea session at the Rosewood to get into the festive spirit. The Majlis Lobby Lounge serves all your Christmas favourites from the 14th to the 26th of December.The St. Regis on Saadiyat also has a festive afternoon tea at The Drawing Room, from the 4th of December until the 7th of January.
Christmas Eve Dinner
On Christmas Eve, Fairmont Bab al Bahr will serve up quite the spread at CuiScene with their buffet. Turkey, oysters and desserts until you can eat no more! You can also head to the Viceroy where Origins serve up their usual splendid buffet and have added all the traditional favourites you can think of to enjoy with your loved ones.
Up for something a little more spicy? Who said you can’t have Indian food for Christmas? Try out the special menu at Avasa at The Collection at Saadiyat Island. At Toshi at Grand Millennium Al Wahda, not only do you get to enjoy an Asian buffet, but there will be carolers as well. Hoi An at Shangri-La will have a special Vietnamese set menu ready for you.
Christmas Day Brunch
Jones the Grocer is serving a set menu for Christmas this year, until the 3rd of January. It of course includes a traditional roast turkey as well as a beef tenderloin and for dessert there’s mince pie or a special cheesecake!
Why not try something a little more exotic and head to Koi at The Collection at St. Regis on Saadiyat? Think yellow tail sashimi, crab tempura as well as dessert classics such as mince pies. The best of both worlds!
Up for a little road trip to show the family the desert? Then go for brunch at the Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara with lots of live stations, roasts and every Christmas dish you can think of.
Or make Christmas into a party with friends. Buddha Bar has some creative dishes, great music and some surprises to make it into a festive day.
If you can’t choose, and want to make sure there’s something for everyone, the InterContinental open the doors to all their restaurants (Chamas, Circo and Belgian Café) for a big joint buffet.
If you have kids coming along, consider trying out La Vendome at Emirates Palace. They have games and activities planned, as well as a visit from Santa himself, while you work your way through the huge spread.
Boxing Day Brunch and Lunch
If you’re still hungry, or dying to get out after spending the last few days stuck inside, Market Kitchen at the Meridien have a special Boxing Day Lunch with, of course, more turkey.
Find more venues to celebrate Christmas in UAE by reading our article A little bit of magic – where to celebrate Christmas in the UAE this year!