‘Twas the night before Christmas, when FACT decided to round up the top choices for a memorable Christmas Eve in Dubai.
Amaseena at The Ritz Carlton Dubai, JBR
With its Bedouin-inspired tents scattered beneath twinkling desert skies, Amaseena captures the romance Christmas Eve in Dubai. Whet your appetite with a Middle Eastern buffet, featuring traditional festive favourites with oriental flair from the mandi oven, such as smoked turkey with rice and chestnuts along with fresh seafood, mezze, and traditional Christmas desserts, complemented with enchanting Arabic entertainment and a rare visit from The North Pole by a man dressed in red. Friday 24 December, from 7pm to 11pm. AED 315 (soft beverages), AED 480 (house beverages) and AED 160 (children from 6 to eleven years).
Azur at Raffles Dubai
On Christmas Eve in Dubai, Azur Restaurant offers a delightful festive buffet. Expect festive favourites, including a selection of traditional roasts, while the little ones enjoy a surprise visit from Santa during this joyful family dinner experience. Friday 24 December, from 6pm to 11pm. AED 325 (soft beverages) and AED 450 (house beverages)
GO: Email email@example.com or call 04 324 8888 for reservations and more information.
Bella at Grand Millennium Hotel Business Bay
Countdown to Christmas Eve in Dubai with a party brunch at Bella. Diners can expect DJs, singers, magicians, and dancers dressed as elves, alongside a set menu of festive dishes and cocktails with an Italian twist. Friday 24 December, from 7pm to 11pm, AED 395 (soft beverages), AED 550 (house beverages) and AED 725 (sparkling).
Bleu Blanc at The St. Regis Downtown, Dubai
Revel in the night before Christmas with a festive set menu at Bleu Blanc. With an authentic French-inspired design, hues of sea blue and white, this is a sophisticated location to spend Christmas Eve with loved ones. Friday 24 December, from 7pm. AED 550 per person (soft beverages), AED 650 per person (house beverages) and AED 850 (Champagne package).
GO: Visit stregisdowntowndubai.com for reservations and more information.
Caravan at The Ritz Carlton Dubai, JBR
Gather family and friends the night before Christmas over a festive buffet. With an eclectic mix of live cooking stations including delicacies from the Middle East and India, a seafood bar, fresh grills and a festive carvery, diners can feast on traditional roasts, pies and pastries. Expect seasonal melodies from a live band and a visit from the jolly man in red. Friday 24 December, from 6pm to 10pm. AED 395 (soft beverages), AED 595 (house beverages), AED 695 (French sparkling) and AED 195 (children from 6 to 11 years).
CÉ LA VI Dubai at Address Sky View
The elegant sky-high venue will host an enticing Christmas Eve edition of its popular brunch. Whilst diners will experience the familiar, loved assortment of brunch bites and beverages, they can expect to find festive cheer embedded in every detail – from the food, which will feature a special turkey dish, to the decor. Friday 24 December, from 12:30pm to 3:30pm. AED 390 (soft beverages), AED 490 (house beverages) and AED 690 (bubbles).
Cinque at FIVE Palm Jumeirah
Chef Giuseppe Pezzella invites you to celebrate Christmas Eve in Dubai, Amalfi coast style. Indulge in gourmet Italian dishes, including red prawns and Kaluga caviar, Agnolotti stuffed with veal shank and fresh-from-the-oven Panettone. Celebrate with exclusive handcrafted drinks paired with live entertainment. Friday 24 December, from 7pm. AED 599 for adults and AED 249 for children.
GO: Call 04 455 9989 for reservations and more information.
Enigma at Palazzo Versace Dubai
Inspired by Persian customs, Enigma is home to an array of innovative culinary creations. Celebrate in style this Christmas Eve at Prusiana Brunch. Delight in a new season of flavours by enticing your taste buds with a selection of creative dishes, featuring our most loved dishes including Masto Laboo, Cumin and Shirin Polo and traditional Saffron Butter Confit Chicken. Friday 24 December, from 7pm to 11pm. AED 350 (food only), AED 380 (soft drinks) and AED 495 (house beverages).
GO: Call 04 556 8830 for reservations and more information.
Fogueira Restaurant & Lounge
Enjoy Latin inspired Christmas Eve at Fogueira Dubai. The Brazilian hot spot offers an authentic Latin American menu with flavours from Brazil to Argentina via Peru and Colombia. A live band, DJ and samba dancers will entertain guests throughout the night. Friday 24 December, from 7pm to 1am. AED 299 (water), AED 399 (free-flowing caipirinha and grape for three hours) and AED 469 )(beverages for three hours).
GO: Call 050 189 6214 for reservations and more information.
GRAZE Gastro Grill & Bar at La Ville Hotel & Suites CITY WALK
Head into GRAZE Gastro Grill & Bar on Christmas Eve for a memorable evening with your nearest and dearest. With a relaxed atmosphere, the intimate steakhouse will be serving up a menu of the finest Australian beef, turkey with all the trimmings, delicious seafood dishes and mouthwatering sides, alongside a curated beverage list to ensure the perfect festive pairing. Expect Black Angus steaks, braised Black Angus short rib and fresh Norwegian Salmon with a side of festive entertainment. Friday 24 December, from 1pm to 5pm. AED 299 (soft beverages) and AED 399 (house beverages).
Great British Restaurant at Dukes The Palm, A Royal Hideaway Hotel
Enjoy an extensive selection of international cuisine, from the great British roast to flavourful Indian plates, with refreshing house beverages and sweet treats that will surely satisfy any holiday craving. A live duo band will add to the festive atmosphere. Friday 24 December, from 7:30pm to 11:30pm. AED 295 (soft beverages), AED 395 (house beverages), AED 495 (bubbles) and AED 120 (children aged six to twelve years).
Hanami at Andaz Dubai The Palm
Spend your evening filled with live music from a well-known DJ and panoramic views of Dubai and the Burj Al Arab. The Christmas Eve five-course set menu features salmon carpaccio, spicy crispy beef, pan-seared turkey roulade and decadent Christmas delights. Friday 24 December, from 7pm to 11pm. AED 399 (soft beverages) and AED 550 (house beverages).
GO: Call 04 581 4037 for reservations and more information.
Hutong at DIFC
The contemporary Northern Chinese restaurant rings in the festive season with limited-edition menu items exclusively crafted for the occasion. Adding cheers to the festivities, Hutong will host memorable meals in the spirit of Black & Gold – two significant colours in Chinese culture that symbolise immortality, power, and richness. Friday 24 December, from 12:30pm to 4pm. AED 288 (soft beverages), AED 388 (house beverages) and AED 588 (premium, sommelier-selected grape or bubbles).
GO: Call 04 220 0868 for reservations and more information.
Ikigai Resto + Bar at Millennium Place Marina Hotel
Create festive memories with a jolly brunch at Ikigai Resto + Bar on Christmas Eve in Dubai. Indulge in a sharing style Japanese set menu and free-flowing festive beverages. Friday 24 December, from 8pm to 11pm. AED 199 (soft beverages), AED 350 (house beverages) and AED 450 (sparkling).
LARTE at Studio One Hotel
Holidays are prime family time, and LARTE invites guests to celebrate Christmas Eve in Dubai in style. The contemporary Italian restaurant is serving up delicious classics for a Christmas Eve brunch, guaranteed to ignite the true festive spirit in every guest. Friday 24 December, from 1pm to 4pm. AED 699 (for two adults and two children), AED 175 (soft beverages), AED 299 (house beverages) and AED 75 (children under 12).
La Coco at Andaz Dubai The Palm
Spice up your Christmas plans with an all-new Christmas brunch hosted together with Secret Parties at La Coco. Expect live entertainment, beautiful Burj Al Arab views, delicious food and unlimited drinks. Friday 24 December, from 2pm to 5:30pm. AED 299 (soft beverages), AED 399 (house beverages), AED 449 (premium beverages) and AED 699 (Champagne).
GO: Visit www.secret-parties.com for reservations and more information.
Liwan Restaurant at Swissôtel Al Ghurair
Celebrating the Festive spirit, Swissotel Al Ghurair presents a unique dining experience where families can enjoy a leisurely meal of festive delicacies complemented by children’s activities. Christmas Eve Brunch includes a delicious buffet including festive specialities of chicken roulade stuffed with dates, walnuts and cranberry with apricot chutney, salmon coulibiac with saffron cream, and sweet treats like giant Yule log and peppermint brownies. Friday 24 December, from 12:30pm to 4pm. AED 175 per adult and AED 88 per child aged six to 12 years.
Lola Taberna Española at TRYP by Wyndham Dubai
Enjoy an afternoon of festive fun with a selection of traditional Spanish favourites, holiday-inspired drinks, and live entertainment. Expect unlimited tapas, paella stations, and sharing desserts, while Spanish flamenco dancers and guitarists will provide live entertainment. Friday 24 December, from 1pm to 4pm. AED 249 (house beverages) and AED 299 (sparkling).
LPM Restaurant & Bar at DIFC
Merrymakers in the city will be greeted with magical Christmas ornaments on the restaurant’s exterior, which tastefully continue inside. Setting the scene for revellers, with its buzzing atmosphere and stunning festive interiors, guests can enjoy a Christmas menu designed for sharing. Friday 24 December, from 6pm to 11pm. AED 590 per person.
GO: Call 04 439 0505 for reservations and more information.
MASTI at Le Mer
Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with live entertainment and a curated four-course set menu that features individual dishes and plates to share. Festive favourites take on a MASTI twist with dishes such as tuna and berries ceviche, turkey tacos, Chilean sea bass moilee, beef Wellington, and ghevar-winter Berries cheesecake. MASTI’s regular brunch performers, Joe and Jess, will be providing the entertainment alongside DJ David. Friday 24 December, from 1pm to 5pm. AED 295 (soft beverages) and AED 395 (house beverages).
GO: Visit www.mastidubai.com for reservations and more information.
McGettigan’s at Jumeirah Lakes Towers
Settle any Santa nerves with live music at McGettigan’s Christmas Eve Brunch. Secret Santa’s can indulge in a feast of festive favourites, including McGettigan’s roast turkey, accompanied by free-flowing beverages with a festive twist. Friday 24 December, from 1pm to 4pm. AED 249 (house beverages) and AED 299 (premium beverages).
GO: Visit www.mcgettigans.com/festive for reservations and more information.
Mezzerie at Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah
An elegant evening awaits at Mezzerie restaurant for Christmas Eve dinner. Indulge in a lavish buffet of international cuisine and festive classics like roast turkey with all trimmings and Waldorf Astoria culinary icons such as red velvet cake and the famous Waldorf salad. Friday 24 December, from 6:30pm to 10:30pm. AED 295 (food only), AED 495 (house beverages) and AED 150 (children aged six to eleven years).
Moana Seafood Restaurant at Sofitel Dubai The Palm
Enjoy the seven seas on a single plate as you savour a five-course feast featuring salmon nigiri criollo, turkey breast stuffed with green apple and blue cheese, or vegan scallops served alongside celeriac purée and Santa’s belt – the hotel’s signature festive dessert. From AED 350.
Ossiano at Atlantis, The Palm
Surrounded by the breathtaking views of The Ambassador Lagoon and its mesmerising ocean life, guests will indulge in a special menu devised by Chef De Cuisine, Chris Malone. The beautifully crafted experience combines avant-garde elements with elegance and precision to create plates with a refined and classic aesthetic in this seven-course menu. Friday 24 December, from 6pm to 11pm. AED 895 per person.
GO: Call 04 426 2626 for reservations and more information.
Park Hyatt Dubai
Discover an extravagant selection of festive favourites with an array of live cooking stations sprawled across Brasserie du Park, NOÉPE and The Thai Kitchen. At the Traiteur Brunch, you can expect caviar, seafood and turkey, alongside a live band, who will be creating a wonderfully festive atmosphere. Friday 24 December, from 1pm to 4.30pm. AED 645 (soft beverages), AED 895 (house beverages and sparkling) and AED 1,095 (premium beverages) and AED 295 (children aged six to twelve years).
Porterhouse Steaks and Grills at Sofitel Dubai The Palm
With the choice of indoor seating or on the terrace overlooking the resort’s beautiful lawn and swimming pool. Savour specialities such as wood-smoked salmon and royal caviar on buckwheat blinis or salt-baked beetroot with hazelnut crumbs this Christmas Eve. Friday 24 December, from AED 350 (five-course menu).
Sloane’s at Grosvenor House Dubai
Enjoy a festive feast served buffet style at Sloane’s Christmas Eve Friday Brunch. Gather friends and family and enjoy a wide selection of international delicacies, great drinks packages and live festive entertainment to enjoy the build-up to the big day. Friday 24 December, from 1pm to 4pm. AED 675 (house beverages), AED 975 (Champagne) and AED 325 (children aged six to twelve years).
GO: Call 04 317 6000 for reservations and more information.
Social by Heinz Beck at Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah
Spend the night before Christmas enjoying a seasonally inspired five-course set menu crafted by three-Michelin-star Chef Heinz Beck. Items include crispy octopus with marinated apple and raspberry, scallop ravioli with salicornia and beluga caviar, and salt-baked seabass with five spices and white truffle. Friday 24 December, from 6:30pm to 10:30pm. AED 600 (five-course set menu) and AED 1,100 (including grape pairing).
The City Grill at The Atrium, Al Habtoor City
Celebrate the holiday season amongst family and friends at The Atrium’s signature steakhouse with a memorable dinner on the night before Christmas. Expect steakhouse classics and festive favourites with the restaurants specially curated Christmas Eve menu. Friday 24 December, from 8pm. AED 350 per person.
The Nine at Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk
Indulge in traditional British fare at The Nine as Chef Michael O’Shea prepares a family-style, four-course feast. Then, bask in the festive cheer with nostalgic comfort food and uplifting tunes by the live entertainment. Friday 24 December, from 1pm to 4pm. AED 250 (soft beverages), AED 395 (house beverages) and AED 150 (children aged six to twelve years).
GO: Call 04 281 4111 for reservations and more information.
Tipsy Lion at Sofitel Dubai Downtown
Christmas Eve in Dubai means throwing classic holiday films on the TV and unapologetically tucking into heaps of Christmas treats. Guests can head down to the popular pub to enjoy a screening of Home Alone on the breezy terrace while feasting on delicious festive specials alongside a carving station and BBQ. Apart from watching Kevin McCallister bamboozle his intruders, guests can experience a range of entertainment performances at Tipsy Lion. Ugly sweaters can enjoy a special discount of 25%. Friday 24 December, from 1pm to 4pm. AED 299 (house beverages) and AED 349 (premium beverages).
Torno Subito at W Duabi – The Palm
Acclaimed chef Massimo Bottura’s fun and causal Torno Subito will be serving a festive set menu to be enjoyed by the entire family this festive season. The FACT award-winning ‘Best Italian Restaurant – Casual Dining 2021’ is a place to relax, whether dining on the expansive outdoor terrace or within the colourful Italian-Rivieria inspired interiors. Expect a menu of homemade ravioli, organic roasted meats and fresh seafood. Friday 24 December, from 7pm to midnight. AED 499 per person (inclusive of a welcome cocktail).
Trattoria by Cinque at FIVE Jumeirah Village
On Christmas Eve in Dubai, get the whole family together for an Italian dinner. Expect an indulgent array of Italian food served sharing style to the table. Perfect for all ages, it’s the perfect festive feast accompanied by live entertainment.AED 399 for adults.
GO: Call 04 455 9989 for reservations and more information.