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Cirque de Cuisine’s Christmas edition is back

Mark your calendars for the return of this festive favourite.

Whether it’s cafés, restaurants, pop-ups or supper clubs, three years running translates to a lifetime in Dubai’s dining scene, where things appear and disappear before you can say, “fickle diners”. It’s very telling, then, that not only has Cirque de Cuisine been around for three years at Atlantis, The Palm, but it also sells out every time its festive edition rolls around. Aptly entitled Cirque de Cuisine: Christmas Edition, the annual bash offers revellers a taste of ten world-class restaurants alongside free-flowing beverages, immersive entertainment and exhilarating experiences at every turn. As for festive treats at an awe-inspiring aquarium? Just the cherry on top.

Cirque de Cuisine

So what do we know about this year’s edition? Well, it will take place on Thursday, 9 December, with tickets to the all-you-can-eat-and-drink concept starting at AED 505. This will include four hours of non-stop fun, including free-flowing champagne from 7pm to 11pm. Upon arrival into Atlantis, The Palm’s Avenues, Cirque de Cuisine: Christmas Edition will allow diners to wander from restaurant to restaurant, enjoying signature dishes, live cooking stations, lavish buffets and live entertainment. All signature restaurants are open exclusively for ticket holders, with the venues located in a two-minute proximity of one another, giving guests the freedom to sit freely in any of the participating restaurants and moving from one to the next at leisure.

This invites culinary aficionados to explore and discover some of the worlds’ top restaurants, including Nobu by Nobu Matsuhisa, Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen & Bar, Gordon Ramsay’s Street Pizza, Chris Malone’s award-winning underwater restaurant Ossiano, Ronda Locatelli by Giorgio Locatelli, and Michelin-star Cantonese restaurant Hakkasan. Upon arrival, guests will be welcomed into the Christmas tree-lined Avenues. After taking a snap inside a giant snow-filled snow globe, the entertainment here will feature spellbinding performances, gravity-defying stunts. elaborate costumes, and even an underwater Santa’s grotto in The Lost Chambers Aquarium. Elsewhere, you can expect live music and DJ’s in all restaurants as well as magicians and Santa’s dancing elves.

Cirque de Cuisine

With hundreds of signature dishes on offer, guests can start with a selection of antipasti from Ronda Locatelli, followed by a main of Nobu’s famous melt-in-the-mouth black cod with a side of avocado tacos, or a quintessentially British Beef Wellington with truffle mash at Bread Street Kitchen. Otherwise, settle into Seafire for succulent flame-grilled steaks and seafood. Oh, and don’t forget to leave space for dessert; we’re told that The Lost Chambers Aquarium will provide the ultimate underwater dessert experience for this edition with a dramatic display of tempting treats. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, meanwhile, will be available at six different bars throughout the venues, including a spectacular ‘feature bar’ located in the centre of The Avenues, serving unlimited bubbly and house beverages. Need we say more?

 GO: Visit www.atlantis.com/dubai or call 04 426 2000 for reservations and more information.

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Samia Qaiyum
A textbook third culture kid with a perpetual thirst for adventure, Samia Qaiyum specialises in travel and culture, having lived in five countries and travelled to 34 others – just don't ask her to define the word 'home'.

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