By: Lana Abdulrahman, Sports Editor, The Pawprint
Snow may not fall from the sky, (since Dubai is technically a desert) there are countless activities to do in Dubai that will leave an unforgettable end of the year experience. Christmas is right around the corner although, with COVID-19 restrictions you aren’t permitted to hold gatherings, luckily Christmas in Dubai is one of the best places to spend it in, believe it or not.
While Dubai might not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of getting into the Christmas spirit as in other major countries like the United States or Canada but it will still definitely get you in the holiday mood. Right after the end of the UAE National Day holiday the streets, parks, schools, and malls are filled with lights forming into a Christmas winter wonderland.
Dubai’s most popular Christmas market returns in the middle of December and typically lasts for 16 days, during which everything related to traditional food, festive drink, and live music is presented along with a giant Christmas tree on the grand amphitheater.
Queen Elizabeth 2
This floating Christmas market takes place on Queen Elizabeth 2 cruise liner and is part of the winter wonderland Christmas extravaganza. Expect to find a unique selection of hand-made arts, crafts, and Christmas gifts as well as a wide selection of live cooking stations and live music.
Habtoor Palace Hotel
Next on the list of Christmas markets is one located at the Habtoor Palace Hotel Dubai. The Christmas market features stunning decorations complemented by modern and traditional festive activities, including the much-awaited lighting of the Christmas tree.
The 10-day long Christmas market at the Dubai Opera features Christmas-related songs and ballet performances as well as a range of delicious sweet and savory meals. Kids will definitely enjoy the candy-making station leading up to their meeting with Father Christmas himself.
Bonus! Deals for Christmas
Caesars Bluewaters Dubai
Apart from 20% off room rates and complimentary meals, guests are also eligible for complimentary access to Laguna Waterpark, The Green Planet, and Empire Kids Club. Additionally, the resort’s excellent private beach and temperature-controlled infinity pool are at your disposal.
Armani Hotel Dubai
Armani Hotels’ festive collection invites a quest to sample exquisite gourmet experiences on Christmas eve (24th December), Christmas day (25th December), and New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner (31st December). Top that with a 25% discount for your winter stay, this luxurious staycation deal is a clear winner.
Palazzo Versace Dubai
This festive season, the Palazzo Versace Dubai is offering a triple threat winter deal. Look and feel your best by availing yourself of the hotel’s precious facial at the spa offers, and don’t bother ruining your apron as the festive turkey takeaway allows for a hassle-free Christmas banquet. Finally, bring your loved ones to the Palazzo Versace hotel on the 10th of December 2020 and take part in a lively Christmas tree lighting ceremony.