Christmas in Dubai: Things to do on Boxing Day
Keep the festive spirit alive with these fun Boxing Day celebrations around town.
Whether you’re still looking for more festive feasts, or you need a place to recover from the day before, here are all the the best Boxing Day events in Dubai.
W Dubai – The Palm
Whether you’re a detoxer, a retoxer or a bit of both, W Dubai – The Palm’s LIV restaurant is serving a slightly lighter festive spread on Boxing Day.
W Dubai – The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs499 with house drinks and bubbly, Dhs125 for children aged six to 12 years, under-sixes free. Tel: (04) 2455555. marriott.com
Expect a truly chic festive atmosphere in the grand Lobby Lounge, where a traditional festive afternoon tea will be accompanied by the soothing sounds of a live harpist.
Ritz Carlton, DIFC, Dubai, 3pm to 7pm, Dhs160 with teas and coffees, Dhs260 with bubbles. Tel: (04) 3722323. ritzcarlton.com
Chi The Spa
Feeling in need of a little R&R to end the festivities? The Vanilla Festive Retreat’s 30-minute scrub and 60-minute relaxing aromatherapy massage should get you back on track before the New Year arrives.
Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai, Dhs599 for 90 minutes. Tel: (04) 4052441. shangri-la.com
Located directly on the sands of JBR, recover from yesterday’s celebrations with a dip in the sea or the pool before settling down for a sumptuous seafood and BBQ feast, complete with live music.
Palm Grill, Ritz Carlton JBR, Dubai, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs310 with soft drinks, Dhs445 with house drinks, Dhs155 for children aged six to 11, under-sixes free, Dhs100 for pool and beach access from 10am to 6pm. Tel: (04) 3186150. ritzcarlton.com
Four Seasons Resort Dubai
Expect twinkling lights and festive delights at Shai Salon, where the festive afternoon tea will feature mince pies, delicious sandwiches, hot cups of cocoa and a host of sweet pastries.
Four Seasons, Jumeirah Beach, Dubai, 2pm to 11pm, Dhs280. Tel: (04) 2707777. fourseasons.com
Jumeirah Golf Estates
If you’re looking to continue the fun and festivities beyond the big day itself, the Ballroom’s Boxing Day Family Christmas Quiz and buffet could be just the ticket…
Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, from 7pm, Dhs345 with three hours of house drinks, Dhs165 with soft drinks, Dhs95 for children. Tel: (04) 8182000. jumeirahgolfestates.com
Movenpick Ibn Battuta Gate
If the kids haven’t had quite enough sugar already, why not treat them to a sweet treat? They’ll love the candy fences and gumdrop pathways lining the route to Revo Café’s gingerbread house decorating stations…
Movenpick, Ibn Battuta Gate, Dubai, 8am to 9.30pm, Dhs60. Tel: (04) 4445613. movenpick.com
One for those feeling a little delicate, the QE2’s onboard pub is hosting a Hair of the Dog discount day, with up to 50 per cent off selected drinks for those eating from a soul food menu packed with hearty dishes such as bubble and squeak.
QE2, Dubai, noon to midnight. Tel: (04) 5268811. qe2.com
Hit the sales at Dubai Mall, then head across the road for Distillery’s very own deep discount event, where those who spend Dhs400 on food and drinks will get a Dhs200 voucher to return for supper another day.
Distillery, Souk Al Manzil, Dubai, 4pm to 2am. Tel: (054) 9982003. distillerydubai.com
Stunning overwater restaurant Pierchic is hosting a Boxing Day brunch to remember. Starters include charcuterie and truffle burrata, and for main course you can indulge in slow-roasted lamb and a selection of fresh seafood.
Pierchic, Jumeirah Al Qasr, Al Sufouh Road, 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs495 with soft drinks, Dhs695 with house beverages, Dhs850 with premium beverages and Dhs250 for children (4-12 years). Tel: (800) 66635. makeitadecembertoremember.com
From 12.30pm to 4pm, Hillhouse Brasserie is hosting a Boxing Day brunch. You can enjoy live charcuterie and seafood stations, roast lamb pump, roast prime rib of beef, Mediterranean sea bass, and an assortment of desserts. There will also be live music with Rat Pack singer, Ciaran Fox.
Hillhouse Brasserie, Dubai Hills Golf Course, 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs195 with soft drinks, Dhs345 with house beverages, Dhs445 with premium beverages and Dhs90 for kids. Tel: (800) 66635. makeitadecembertoremember.com
Get on the road to recovery at Noepe on Boxing Day with their Detox Lunch. For Dhs280, you’ll get a special detox menu with free flow of Bloody and Virgin Mary between 1pm and 4pm.
Noepe, Park Hyatt Dubai, Dubai Creek, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs280. Tel: (04) 602 1814. noepe.thepromenadedxb.com
Meliã Desert Palm
It wouldn’t be Boxing Day without a breakfast of turkey sandwiches, turkey curry and bubble and squeak. That’s exactly what Meliã Desert Palm is offering, where for Dhs120 per adult and Dhs60 per child, you can enjoy a lavish breakfast spread at Epicure.
Meliã Desert Palm, Al Awir Road, 9am to 2pm, Dhs120 for adults, Dhs60 for kids. Tel: (04) 323 8888. melia.com
If you don’t want the fun to stop at Christmas, La Baie is hosting a poolside party brunch. As well as showing the Boxing Day English Premier League games and international cricket test matches, there will be an international DJ and live entertainment.
La Baie, Ritz Carlton Dubai JBR, 1pm to 5pm, Dhs250 with soft beverages, Dhs395 with house beverages, Dhs1,500 cabana for four with house beverages. Tel: (04) 318 6150. ritzcarlton.com/dubai
Fans of soulful music should head to Joe’s Backyard on December 26, where you’ll find a special edition of their Backyard Brunch. Featuring tunes from Abri and Funk Radius, as well as an array of tasty food and refreshing drinks.
Joe’s Backyard, Dubai Festival City, 8pm to midnight, Dhs275 with soft beverages, Dhs395 with house beverages. Tel: (055) 709 4509. joebackyard.com