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Christmas 2021: Where to spend Christmas Eve in Abu Dhabi

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when FACT decided to round up the top choices for a memorable Christmas Eve in Abu Dhabi.

Alba Terrace at The Abu Dhabi EDITION

The Weekend Spritz receives the festive treatment this Christmas Eve in Abu Dhabi, serving up five courses of Alba Terrace classics and seasonal creations, from homemade spagetti vongole to panettone and fresh delights from the poolside wood-fired oven. Signature Aperol Spritz and an elevated selection of Amalfi inspired cocktails can be sipped surrounded by live music and entertainment. Friday 24 December, from 12:30pm to 5pm (three-hour experience). AED 295 (soft beverages), AED 395 (house beverages), AED 495 (bubbles).

GO: Call 02 208 0000 for reservations and more information.

Christmas Eve in Abu Dhabi

Artisan Kitchen at Bab Al Qasr Hotel & Residences

The FACT award-winning ‘Favourite All Day Dining Restaurant in Abu Dhabi 2021’ will be celebrating the night before Christmas with a heartwarming festive dinner for the entire family to enjoy. Friday 24 December, from 7pm to 11pm. AED 299 (soft beverages) and AED 399 (house beverages).

GO: Email restaurants@babalqasr.com or call 056 992 2078 for reservations and more information.

Bab Al Qasr Hotel Festive

Bistro at Courtyard by Marriott World Trade Center Abu Dhabi

Indulge in festive specialities and international cuisine at Bistro, Courtyard by Marriott World Trade Center Abu Dhabi’s all-day dining restaurant. Tuck into a lavish festive buffet while creating memories with family and friends. Indulge in the culinary delights of the roast turkey station and traditional festive desserts. Thursday 24 December, from 7pm to 10:30pm. AED 199 (soft beverages), AED 299 (house beverages) and AED 99 (children aged six to twelve years).

GO: Call 052 914 1207 for reservations and more information. 

Christmas Eve in Abu Dhabi

Cafe Milano at Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island

The first gift of Christmas comes one night early, courtesy of Restaurant Manager Danilo Paolella. A feast awaits with bright crab meat salad with festive touches, homemade pasta, and a pan-seared monkfish with pumpkin puree. Savour every last moment with loved ones and connect over the selection of shareable dolci Natalizi. Friday 24 December, from 6pm. AED 410 per person.

GO: Call 02 333 2222 for reservations and more information.

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Cyan Brasserie at Andaz Capital Gate Abu Dhabi

Talented head chef Martim and his team will be preparing a festive gastronomic feast inspired by France’s Christmas traditions and culinary identity. Cyan’s Christmas Soirée will feature a delicious selection of dishes such as Dover sole, guinea fowl with chestnuts and pumpkin, pigeon and duck pithivier, and desserts that include hazelnut & chocolate fondant, bûche de noël, marron glace and macarons. Friday 24 December, from 6pm to 9pm. AED 395 (soft beverages), AED 550 (French grape) and AED 695 (Champagne).

GO: Call 056 544 8158 for reservations and more information.


Fairmont Bab Al Bahr

Gather friends and family for a festive-themed buffet brunch at CuiScene, Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, Marco’s New York Italian and Bridges Bar. You’ll be spoilt for choice with dishes from a multitude of stations, including the chilled seafood bar and turkey stations. From Marco’s, you can expect risotto, pasta and pizza, and from Café Sushi, there will be maki rolls, sushi and sashimi. Expect a visit from Santa too. Friday 24 December, from 12:30pm to 4pm. AED 249 per (soft beverages), AED 347 (hops and grapes) and AED 649 (Champagne).

GO: Call 02 654 3333 for reservations and more information.

Christmas Eve in Abu Dhabi

Fouquet’s Abu Dhabi at Louvre Abu Dhabi

Fouquet’s has curated a dazzling Christmas Menu that will take families and friends on a mystic journey to the City of Lights. The set menu curated by Chef Pierre Gagnaire begins with an elegant starter of truffled foie gras terrine, served with caramelised sweet-onion marmalade and Saladais Croque-monsieur. This is followed by a plate of seared scallops with vanilla cream, mango, pear and pineapple, before a delicious main course of poulard breast with cinnamon, clementine, quince, lambs’ lettuce and gorgonzola cheese. No festive feast at Fouquet’s would be complete without a serving of Christmas log. Friday 24 December. AED 450 per person (including one glass of bubbly).

GO: Call 02 205 4200 for reservations and more information.


Ginger at Park Rotana Abu Dhabi 

Gather your family and friends for a traditional Christmas Eve dinner buffet featuring an upgraded Italian Night exciting live cooking stations. From an excellent roster of antipasti, pasta, Italian mains and seafood to traditional Christmas turkey and more, this is one Christmas Eve buffet you will enjoy. Friday 24 December, from 7pm to 11pm. AED 209 (soft beverages) and AED 249 (house beverages). 

GO: Call 02 657 3333 for reservations and more information. 


GLO at Rosewood Abu Dhabi

The Christmas Eve Family Dinner at GLO entails an outdoor dining experience with an intimate and delightful set-up. The perfect gathering of friends and family to enjoy the great weather, stunning views, and succulent festive menu. Friday 24 December. AED 295 (soft beverages) and AED 395 (bubbly).

GO: Call 02 813 5550 for reservations and more information.

Christmas Eve in Abu Dhabi

Graphos Social Kitchen at Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island

Enjoy a delicious Christmas Eve dinner with friends and family at Graphos Social Kitchen. The restaurant will serve Christmas favourites across its 16 interactive stations, while a solo artist will serenade the diners with classic Christmas songs. Friday 24 December, from 6:30pm to 11pm. AED 190 (soft beverages), AED 299 (house beverages) and AED 399 (bubbly).

GO: Email dineatgraphos@hilton.com or call 02 208 6900 for reservations and more information.


Grills@Chill’O at Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche

Whether indoors or alfresco, enjoy a Christmas dinner with French flair. Indulge in roasted turkey with chestnuts, Brussels sprouts, braised cabbage, glazed honey carrots and turkey gravy. Keep it classy with French delicacies such as coq au vin, boeuf a la Bourguignonne and duck confit. The buffet also includes a variety of international tastes such as Arabic, Indian, Mediterranean and other Asian dishes, complemented with a seafood station and live grill stations. Live music, festive décor and a special visit from Santa Claus will make the evening even merrier. Friday 24 December, from 7pm to 11pm. AED 275 (soft beverages), AED 370 (house beverages), AED 545 (bubbly) and AED 110 (children aged seven to twelve years).

GO: Visit www.sofitelabudhabicorniche.com for reservations and more information.

Christmas Eve in Abu Dhabi

Impressions Bar at Anantara Eastern Mangroves Abu Dhabi Hotel

An open-air Christmas party by the pool awaits you with a dazzling buffet featuring all the festive favourites. Enjoy a glittering line-up of live entertainment and expect a visit from Santa Claus, complete with gift-stuffed stockings for the children. Friday 24 December, from 7pm to midnight. AED 275 (soft beverages) and AED 425 (house beverages).

GO: Email emdining@anantara.com or call 056 503 5121 for reservations and more information.

Christmas Eve in Abu Dhabi

Khayal at Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, Abu Dhabi

Indulge in the ultimate Festive Eve dinner with international favourites at Khayal. Expect a selection of festive dishes across the lavish buffet, six live cooking stations, mulled grape and a visit from Santa. Friday 24 December, from 6:30pm to 11pm. AED 249 (soft beverages), AED 398 (house beverages) and AED 448 (bubbly). AED 99 (children aged six to twelve years).

GO: Email mhr.auhal.resturant.res@marriot.com or call 02 201 4131 for reservations and more information.

Christmas Eve in Abu Dhabi

Kuzbara at Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi

Indulge in a multi-cuisine buffet complemented by live stations. Expect mulled grape, a carvery station and a visit from Santa Claus. Friday 24 December, from 7pm to 11pm. AED 175 (soft beverages) and AED 295 (house beverages).

GO: Visit www.marriottdowntownabudhabilife.com or call 02 304 7777 for reservations and more information.

Marriott Downtown festive

Li Jiang at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal

Set against the backdrop of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, enjoy a four-course set menu for a festive evening with an Asian twist. The menu features classic and contemporary Chinese cuisine, including dim sum, wok-fried meats, handmade noodles, Yaki Tori Chicken, Pan-Fried Toothfish and cheesecake for dessert. Friday 24 December, from 7pm to midnight. AED 400 (soft beverages) and AED 650 (house beverages).

GO: Call 02 818 8203 for reservations and more information.

Christmas Eve in Abu Dhabi

Nahaam at Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers

The chic poolside restaurant will be hosting a special Christmas Eve brunch, welcoming guests who like to celebrate in style. Friday 24 December, from 12.30pm until 4pm. AED 425(soft beverages), AED 550 (house beverages), AED 695 (bubbles) and AED 750 (pink bubbles).

GO: Call 02 811 5666 for reservations and more information.

Christmas Eve in Abu Dhabi

Oak Room at The Abu Dhabi EDITION

Enjoy a spirited Christmas Eve at the British rock ‘n’ roll steakhouse. Diners can expect a four-course set menu featuring the finest cuts and seasonal ingredients. Highlights include roast turkey and lamb loin with all the trimmings, complemented by free-flowing house beverages. Friday 24 December, from 7pm to 11:30pm. AED 350 (soft beverages) and AED 495 (house beverages).

GO: Call 02 208 0000 for reservations and more information.

The Abu Dhabi EDITION

Oléa at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort

With its ocean views, white marble décor, gorgeous palm-treelined terrace and live pianist, Olea provides a unique festive dining experience on the night before Christmas. Diner can expect to be wowed with a feast of festive favourites from around the world, including fresh seafood, roast turkey, beef Wellington, and succulent grills from the Josper oven. Friday 24 December, from 7pm to 11pm. AED 325 (soft beverages), AED 450 (festive mixes, mulled grapes and hops) and AED 150 (children aged six to twelve years).

GO: Email restaurant.saadiyat@stregis.com or call 02 498 8888 for reservations and more information.

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Paradiso at Yas Bay Waterfront

A celebration of life helmed by the culinary sensation Nicole Rubi – the talent behind La Petite Maison – and triple Michelin star Chef Pierre Gagnaire, Paradiso pays homage to Italy, the Mediterranean and the world of cinema, extending its welcoming ambience from the famous Croisette to the shores of Yas Bay. Paradiso will be serving the usual a la carte menu on Christmas Eve, so you can expect escargots, cauliflower bavardoise, Paradiso’s signature pizze, and lamb shoulder preserved with spices. Friday 24 December. AED 250 for adults and AED 100 for children.

GO: Visit www.paradisoabudhabi.com for more information.


Pepper Restaurant at Novotel Abu Dhabi Al Bustan

Themed around ‘White Christmas,’ the generous buffet will be chock-full of seasonal favourites such as smoked salmon, shrimp pyramid, beef carpaccio, mac n cheese oven-roasted turkey, Christmas pudding and mince pies. Friday 24 December, from 6:30pm to 10:30pm. AED 149 (soft beverages), AED 249 (house beverages) and AED 349 (premium beverages).

GO: Call 056 413 3787 for reservations and more information.

Pepper Restaurant

Sacci at The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa

Celebrate Christmas Eve with heartwarming Italian fare from Chef Giovani. Expect a divine evening of fine dining with a decadent five-course festive set menu paired with Italian red or white grape and complemented with live entertainment. Friday 24 December, from 7pm to 11pm. AED 399 (house beverages).

GO: Call 02 616 9702 for reservations and more information.

Christmas Eve in Abu Dhabi

Sidekicks at The WB Abu Dhabi

Tuck into a lavish Christmas buffet at the hotel’s family-friendly diner, Sidekicks. The extensive spread will include traditional holiday dishes such as a slow-roasted turkey with mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce and winter vegetables. The menu will also include starters, mains and indulgent desserts. Friday 24 December, from 7pm to 10:30pm. AED 300 (soft beverages), AED 395 (house beverages) and AED 495 (premium beverages).

GO: Email dine.thewbabudhabi@hilton.com or call 02 815 0000 for reservations and more information.

The WB Abu Dhabi

Sofra BLD at Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri

Head to Sofra BLD for a truly magical wonderland experience and a traditional festive feast. Featuring a lavish buffet with live entertainment and fun activities for adults and little ones, Sofra BLD’s festive brunch has been the favourite in Abu Dhabi for more than a decade. Friday 24 December, from 1pm to 4pm. AED 279 (soft beverages), AED 349 (house beverages) and AED 459 (bubbly).

GO: Email restaurantreservations.slad@shangri-la.com or call 02 509 8555 for reservations and more information.

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The Forge at The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal

Named for the intricate process of forging the blade of a steak knife, The Forge invites meat-lovers to celebrate Christmas Eve with a five-course set menu of premium cuts. The elegant steakhouse will serve free-flowing beverages, Pantone bread with red foie gras, Wagyu Tenderloin with confit potatoes and a decadent 75% chocolate cake. Friday 24 December, from 8pm to midnight. AED 450 (soft beverages) and AED 750 (house beverages).

GO: Call 02 818 8203 for reservations and more information.

The Forge

Terrace On The Corniche at The St. Regis Abu Dhabi

Set within the luxurious surroundings of the warm and welcoming restaurant at The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, the featured spread showcases a vast array of international cuisines. This buffet boasts pan-seared duck breast, beef brisket hash, high-quality beef and salmon served from live barbeque stations, roasted turkey and duck, and much more delightful specialities that are certain to delight diners of all tastes. Friday 24 December, from 7pm to 11pm. AED 295 (soft beverages) and AED 495 (house beverages).

GO: Call 02 694 4553 for reservations and more information.

Christmas Eve in Abu Dhabi

Turquoise Restaurant at Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island

Rixos Premium Saadiyat Island will provide a taste of opulence this festive season courtesy of an exclusive Christmas-themed dinner at Turquoise Restaurant. Sample a wide variety of dishes, including roast turkey and all the trimmings, beef Wellington, live cooking stations, and traditional Christmas treats, complete with a night of magical entertainment and classical music. Friday 24 December, from 7pm to 10:30pm.

GO: Visit www.rixos.com for reservations and more information.

Christmas Brunch in Abu Dhabi

Verso at Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Residences Emirates Pearl

Celebrate Christmas day with family and friends at this Italian Trattoria and enjoy a wholesome set menu to bring everyone together. Saturday 25 December, from 12:30pm to 10:30pm. AED 240 per person (soft beverages) and AED 310 (grape pairing).

GO: Call 02 510 1234 for reservations and more information.

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Villa Toscana at The St. Regis Abu Dhabi

Villa Toscana’s decadent four-course Christmas Eve menu stars traditional recipes crafted with expert skill and the finest ingredients. The starter selection includes lobster tail served on pumpkin cream and topinambur sauce, while the hearty mains feature choices such as veal tenderloin au gratin with herbs and wild mushroom sauce. Finally, the elegant evening concludes with a serving of the pastry chef’s delicious homemade apple pie, served with wild berries ice cream. Friday 24 December, from 7pm to 11pm. AED 395 (soft beverages) and AED 550 (house beverages and bubbly).

GO: Call 02 694 4553 for reservations and more information.

Villa Toscana

WET Deck at W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island

Friday Night Lights will receive a sprinkling of festive sparkle. Get into the Christmas spirit at WET Deck as DJ James plays the best urban and pop classics. Friday 24 December, from 8pm to 11pm. AED 150 (ladies) and AED 200 (gents). 

GO: Email wabudhabi.dining@whotels.com or call 02 656 0000 for reservations and more information.

WET Deck

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