Hosting at home needn’t mean slaving over a hot stove. Let someone else do the hard work for you with one of these pre-order options…

*30 Christmas Day brunches and dinners in Dubai*
*Where to spend NYE in Dubai*

1. Grand Hyatt Dubai

Choose from turkey, goose or roasted rib eye, each served with your choice of six side dishes and four sauces. There are options for groups of five, eight or 10 people, and reservations can be made up to 48 hours in advance. Find the full menu here. (Their sushi restaurant is also doing a NYE home delivery option).

Grand Hyatt Dubai, Sheikh Rashid Road, Dubai, Dhs850 to Dhs1400. Tel: (04) 3172222. Taxi: Grand Hyatt Dubai.

2. The Ivy


Serve up a five-star standard traditional roast dinner with all the trimmings this year, courtesy of The Ivy At Home service. The restaurant can cater for various-sized dinner groups, with extra portions available too, and you can order up to 48 hours in advance of collection. Hampers for six will set you back Dhs999.

Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Dubai, from Dhs899 to Dhs1,499. Tel: (04) 3198767. Metro: Emirates Towers.

3. Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate

If you’re already outsourcing the food, why not go the whole hog and have it delivered to your door too? Given 72 hours notice, ‘The Gate’ will arrive bearing a whole roast turkey with chestnuts and all the sides, and with orders taken for up to 18 people, we can only assume the delivery guys are pretty strong…

Mövenpick Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, Dhs650 to Dhs850, plus Dhs100 for delivery. Tel: (04) 4445613. Metro: Ibn Battuta.

4. Circle

Circle Café is dotted all around the city – there’s a new branch in Dubai Mall – and they’re offering a bunch of special takeaways over Christmas (and they’ll deliver too). A five kilo turkey with sides including sweet potato mash and braised cabbage will cost Dhs650, and you can choose between traditional or Oriental stuffing. The café is also famous for their desserts, and will bake you a whole cake (Dhs180). What’ll it be, red velvet or pecan pie? Order 48 hours in advance.

Various locations and prices. Tel: (056) 7714908.

5. The Palace Downtown Dubai


Al Bayt restaurant is now taking orders for its traditional butterball turkeys, served with Brussels sprouts, buttered carrots, roast parsnips, roast potatoes and stuffing, plus cranberry sauce and proper gravy. Hungry yet?

The Palace Downtown Dubai, Old Town Island, Downtown Dubai, Dhs850 for an eight to 10 kilo turkey. Tel: (04) 4287888. Taxi: The Palace Downtown Dubai.

6. Fratelli La Bufala 

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This excellent yet relaxed Italian restaurant’s turkey comes with all the trimmings, but also with a complimentary Pandoro with mascarpone (which is a traditional, light and buttery Neapolitan Christmas cake).

The Beach opposite JBR, Dubai, Dhs700 for a five kg turkey, Dhs850 for a seven kg turkey. Tel: (04) 4303497. Taxi: The Beach.

7. Sheraton Grand

The hotel’s Feast To Go service will be preparing a choice of turkey or prime beef rib with all the trimmings and a selection of sides. With options serving up to four (Dhs850) or eight people (Dhs1,290), this is an ideal choice for smaller gatherings.

Sheraton Grand Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, Dhs850 to Dhs1,290. Tel: (04) 5034444. Taxi: Sheraton Grand.

8. Grand Millennium

Enjoy a sizeable turkey (7kg to 8kg) from the Grand Millennium Hotel, along with a selection of trimmings and pumpkin pie for dessert delivered to your doorstep for just Dhs760. Just make sure to order at least 48 hours in advance.

Grand Millennium Hotel, Tecom, Dubai, Dhs760, Tel: (04) 4299999. Metro: Dubai Internet City.

9. Galeries Lafayette


Lafayette Gourmet, the food court at Dubai’s answer to Paris’ most glamorous department store, can cater to all your foodie needs this festive season. A turkey to feed eight to 10 people, complete with all the trimmings, costs Dhs625. The service is available until January 3 – get your orders in fast.

Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, daily 10am to midnight. Tel: (04) 3399933. Metro: Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall.

10. Nineteen

If you prefer to spend Christmas day at home this year, you can still serve up a succulent turkey, goose or prime rib of beef with this gourmet Christmas dinner to-go service. Hand-prepared by the chefs, the dinners come with a whole table-full of pre-cooked sides and dishes ready to be reheated.

The Address Montgomerie, Emirates Hills, Dubai, 9am to 6pm, from Dhs960. Tel: (04) 8883444. Taxi: The Address Montgomerie Dubai.

11. JA Ocean View Hotel

Choose between a Dhs499 6kg bird fit for 10-12 people or a Dhs599 8kg turkey for 12 people or more from Caffe Via with your choice of stuffing: chestnuts, sour apple or sage and cranberries. You’ll also get braised red cabbage, roast potatoes, roasted root vegetables with thyme butter, Brussels sprouts with chestnuts and beef sausage wrapped with turkey bacon, all topped off with gravy and cranberry sauce.

Caffe VIA, JA Ocean View Hotel, JBR. Tel: (04) 8145590 or email

12. Crumbs Elysee

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Five-star festive brunches are all well and good but what if, like Monica Gellar from Friends you’re “always the hostess”? Simple. Call Crumbs Elysee and order a traditional turkey with roasted vegetables, roast potatoes and cranberry sauce for Dhs595 straight to your door.

Indigo Central, Sheikh Zayed Road. Tel: (056) 7990448 or email

13. Meydan

This firm favourite has been saving Dubai’s culinary challenged for years. Choose between the hearty festive turkey hamper complete with all the trimmings plus Christmas pudding, mince pies, pecan pie and bon bons for Dhs1,100 or just go for the roast from Dhs650.

Meydan Hotel, Nad Al Sheba, download the form and email it to

14. Ritz Carlton DIFC

Choose between a variety of spreads including roast Angus strip loin (Dhs420 per kg), a smoked salmon platter (Dhs280), prawn cocktail (Dhs280) and, of course, roast turkey (Dhs175 per kilo). Ritz Carlton DIFC is also baking batches of apple pie, pecan pie, cranberry cheesecake or pumpkin pie. We’re salivating at our desks right now.

Ritz Carlton, DIFC, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3722323. facebook/ritzcarltondifc.

15. Raffles


The Raffles chefs are offering several different options this year, including a turkey that serves four to six people, setting you back Dhs650. A whole roast ham that feeds eight very hungry people (so could stretch for bigger groups) costs Dhs1,100. The trimmings include roast potatoes, carrots, parsnips, Brussels sprouts, mixed steamed vegetables, stuffing, cranberry Sauce, giblet gravy and bread Sauce. You need to book your meal 72 hours in advance and collect it from Raffles Salon.

Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha. Tel: +971 4 324

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