Brace your ‘elves, the festive season is here…
The silly season is almost upon us, and to celebrate, we’ve compiled the ultimate guide to Christmas in Dubai. From office parties, to takeaway turkeys to the big day itself, we’re bringing you all the best places and parties over the holiday season.
But the festive season starts at home, and the Christmas tree is always one of our favouite parts.
Whether its decked in lights or tinsel, finished with a fairy or a star, we’ve found the best places to buy your Christmas tree and all its trimmings in Dubai.
Popular with seasoned expats, Ace Hardware is well-stocked when it comes to all things festive. They’ve got a range of real, artificial and pre-decorated trees at both their Festival City and Sheikh Zayed Road branches. Trees are priced from Dhs19 for a mini tree, up to Dhs1500 to Dhs2000 for both real and fake trees reaching heights of up to 15 feet.
Ace Hardware, Sheikh Zayed Road (near Times Square Center), daily 8am to 10pm, and Dubai Festival City, daily 9am to 11pm. Tel (800) 275223. aceuae.com
Dubai Garden Centre
Although they’re not in store yet, Dubai Garden Centre is expecting a delivery of real fir trees ahead of the festive season. You’ll have to act fast, as they’ll no doubt sell out, and you can expect to pay Dhs700 to Dhs1000 for one.
Dubai Garden Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, near FGB metro, daily 8am to 10pm. Tel (04) 590 4000. dubaigardencentre.ae
Spinneys outlets across Dubai stock up on both real and artificial trees, though the real ones typically don’t arrive until early December. They sell quickly and not all stores will stock them, so call ahead to check if they’re in your local store. They’re some of the more reasonably priced options though, with smaller trees typically starting from Dhs300.
Spinneys Dubai, various locations including Dubai Marina, Jumeirah and DIFC, various timings. Tel:(04) 274 3333. spinneys-dubai.com
A bit off-the-grid, but one of our go-to places to pick up a Christmas tree is Satwa. Every year at the start of December, a pop-up row of trucks filled with trees arrives near the Iranian hospital on Hudaiba Rd. For a modest sized fir, you’ll look to pay around Dhs300 to Dhs400, but prices are negotiable, so it’s worth haggling for the best price.
Hudaiba Road, near Iranian Hospital, Satwa. From early December.
You can find plenty of artificial trees across the many Carrefour stores in Dubai. They don’t all stock them, with the larger selections in the city stores and hypermarkets, but you can expect them to start appearing in the stores any day now. They’re also a popular option for reasonably priced decorations and lights too.
Carrefour, various locations including Sports City, City Centre Deira and Ibn Battuta. Contact individual store for availability. carrefouruae.com
Stocking just about everything imaginable for the home, it’s no surprise that you’ll find Ikea stocking artificial trees of all shapes and sizes over the festive season. Ranging from 50cm to two meters, you can expect to pay Dhs45 for the smaller trees, and Dhs375 for the larger ones.
Ikea, Dubai Festival City, daily 10am to 12am. Tel:(04) 203 7555. ikea.com
From berry and cone trees standing at 70cm, to an LED-adorned fake palm tree, to fibre optic and traditional fake firs, Home Centre goes all out when it comes to festive decor for the home. As well as trees, there’s stacks of lights and decorations to purchase, and if you’re quick, many items are currently on sale. Prices range from Dhs38 to Dhs600 depending on the style.
Home Centre, various locations including Mall of the Emirates, Oasis Mall and Mirdiff City Centre. Tel:(800) 694 633. homecentre.com
Marks and Spencer
It may be a limited selection at Marks and Spencer, with only a handful to choose from online, but there’s still options. From 3ft to 6ft and the option to to select a snowy tipped tree, it’s worth checking out for those wanting to buy a tree without leaving the comfort of their own home (delivery is free on all orders over Dhs100). Prices start at Dhs195 and go up to Dhs725.
Various locations including Marina Walk, Wafi Mall and Mall of the Emirates. Tel: (04) 288 0519. marksandspencerme.com
If you’re really looking to wow your festive guests, there are few better options than Irony Home. The luxury interiors and furniture store in The Dubai Mall will provide the ultimate Christmas dressing experience for your home. Last year, their ‘Birds of Paradise’ tree was a pre-decorated 10 foot masterpiece, priced at a cool Dhs15,000.
The Dubai Mall. Tel: (04) 434 0166. ironyhome.com
For festive fanatics that really take the season seriously, Reflections is the best place to get kitted out. Their Al Quoz warehouse is a winter wonderland of trees, trimmings, illuminations and festive figures. Although mainly used to dress restaurants and hotels, they’re open to doing full home deck-outs too. Is it really even the holiday season if you don’t have a living room filled with polar bears and penguins?
Reflections, Street 22, Al Quoz, Dubai. Tel: (04) 347 0542. reflectionsuae.com