Brace your ‘elves, the festive season is here…

If you’ve not stuffed your face enough on Christmas Day, or the leftovers don’t quite cut it, Boxing Day was made for a second feast.

Here are all the best Boxing Day events in Dubai.


Your digestive system hasn’t earned a break just yet – get stuck into St Stephen’s Day festivities at any one of McGettigan’s outlets, complete with live sports plus turkey and ham sandwiches and full Irish breakfasts for those in need of a pick-me-up.

Next to Bonnington Tower, JLT, Dubai, noon to 3pm. Tel: (04) 3780800. Taxi: McGettigan’s JLT. 

ALSO: Souk Madinat Jumeirah and Dubai World Trade Centre.

The Pool Bar

Enjoy a relaxed poolside BBQ stacked with seafood, meats and Arabic specialties, as well as carols, children’s activities and a final visit from Santa Claus.

Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, JBR, Dubai, 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs250 with soft drinks, Dhs350 with house drinks, Dhs125 under-12s, under-sixes free. Tel: (04) 4498781. Taxi: Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach.

Brasserie 2.0

Ready for round two? Head to Brasserie 2.0 for a classic British roast dinner with festive trimmings, plus fresh seafood and sushi options. There are two servings on Boxing Day. Lunch at 12.30pm for Dhs190 and dinner at 7pm for Dhs280, both for buffet only.

Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa Dubai, Dubai, 12.30pm to 3.30pm, 7pm to 11pm. Tel: (04) 3165550. Taxi: Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort.

Palm Court

There’s a picnic-style afternoon tea on offer at Palm Court, the lobby lounge at Jumeirah Beach Hotel on December 24 and 26. The Dhs300 afternoon tea includes two glasses of champagne.

Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai, daily 1pm to 7pm. Tel: (04) 4323232. Taxi: Jumeirah Beach Hotel.

Galvin Dubai

The British newcomer has created a special menu where diners can choose between four starters, main courses and desserts, along with a glass of champagne for Dhs295.

The Square, City Walk Dubai, Dubai, noon to 11.30pm. Tel: (04) 5905444. Taxi: City Walk.

Le Petit Belge

Watch live Premiership football on Boxing Day at Le Petit Belge, with a drink on the house at kick off at the start of every match.

Pullman Hotel, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai. Tel: (04) 2427794. Taxi: Pullman Hotel.

Skyview Bar

We’re already fans of an afternoon tea at What’s On; throw in a little festive magic and we’re in heaven. Guests can tuck into mince pies and Christmas cookies at this special festive high tea in the Skyview Bar. Don’t panic, scones are still on the menu. Available on Boxing Day and Christmas Eve.

Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Dubai, 1pm to 5pm, Dhs620 with champagne. Tel: (04) 3017777. Taxi: Burj Al Arab.

Nathan Outlaw at Al Mahara

Fed up of turkey yet? Spectacular seafood is the order of the day at Nathan Outlaw’s post-Christmas degustation menu. There’s a lunch and dinner seating both priced at Dhs950.

Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Dubai, 12.30pm to 3pm, 7pm to midnight. Tel: (04) 3017777. Taxi: Burj Al Arab.

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