From fine dining to friendly buffets, here are some Christmas Eve dinners in Abu Dhabi to try (the night before Christmas is, handily, on Thursday this year)…

1. Desert Islands Resort & Spa By Anantara

Try a buffet serving freshly shucked oysters, roasted turkey and Christmas pudding.

Desert Islands Resort & Spa By Anantara, Sir Bani Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, 7pm, Dhs300. Tel: (02) 6561399.

2. One To One Hotel


Celebrate Christmas Eve with a Filipino-inspired feast at the 18oz steakhouse.

One To One Hotel – The Village, Al Nayhan, Abu Dhabi, 7pm, Dhs250 with one soft drink. Tel: (02) 4952000. Taxi: One To One, Salam Street.

3. Shangri-La, Qaryat Al Beri

P&C By Sergi Arola

Celebrate the season with a four-course Spanish set menu from Spanish restaurant P&C By Sergi Arola. The a la carte menu will be available too.

Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Khor Al Maqta, Abu Dhabi, 7pm, Dhs400 for food only. Tel: (02) 5098555. Taxi: Shangri-la Qaryat Al Beri.

4. Novotel Abu Dhabi Al Bustan

Visit Pepper this Christmas Eve for roast turkey, beef wellington, oysters and a live seafood station.

Novotel Abu Dhabi, Al Bustan, Al Aman, Abu Dhabi, daily 6.30pm to 11.30pm, Dhs250 with soft drinks. Tel: (02) 5016086. Taxi: Novotel Al Bustan, Airport Road, near Adnec.

5. Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi

Say “Feliz Navidad” this year with a Spanish-inspired three-course set menu at Lemon Tree, with live music from a Spanish guitarist.

Holiday Inn, Al Sarafat, Abu Dhabi, 7pm to 11pm, Dhs149 with wine. Taxi: Holiday Inn, Airport Road. Tel: (02) 6574888.

6. Koi Restaurant And Lounge


This four-course set menu includes wagyu tataki with black truffle, grilled king crab leg with yuzu hollandaise, roasted lamb rack with shiso mango sauce and a tropical fruit maki with coconut.

The Collection, Saadiyat Island, 6.30pm to midnight, Dhs395, Dhs545 with wine pairings.  Tel: (02) 6783334. Taxi: The Collection, Saadiyat Island.

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