It's that time of the year when expats choose to go back to their own country to celebrate the holidays with their family and friends but to those who are staying in Dubai during this festive season there are several ways to enjoy and celebrate the holidays in Dubai.
Dubai has long been one of the most popular expat destinations in the world. Not only does Dubai boast exquisite weather but the people are known for being friendly and welcoming. Whether you are an expat living in Dubai right now or aspire to do so in the future, rest assured that when it comes to celebrating the holidays, no one does it quite like the UAE! There are so many ways in which you can celebrate in this part of the world - from going all out to having a simple gathering with friends and family- there will be something to suit everyone.
It is often joked about how with the majority of people in the city of Dubai are, in fact, expats which is why the holiday season is the best time to catch up, hang out and celebrate together!
Christmas Day Brunch
Brunch culture in Dubai is almost as celebrated as Christmas itself, which is why Christmas brunches are known for being the most extravagant and over the top as you can imagine. Most of the very best locations tend to sell out by October (and guests who book will also need to pay in full) which then creates a long waiting list of people who battle it out for the best brunch spots left.
At a Christmas Day brunch in Dubai you should expect to be entirely overwhelmed (in the best way!) with the sheer range of dishes and scale of the feast. The weather during this time is also perfect for al fresco dining with family and friends which makes for a perfect way to spend the afternoon!
While we are all familiar with Rudolph and Santa’s reindeer, you can expect something a little bit different in Dubai. Christmas here involves seeing Santa riding reindeer on a camel in the desert
which is a true spectacle to behold.
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Once you've had your fill at a festive brunch or had a meal at home, there is no better way to walk off your food than with a walk along one of the stunning beaches in Dubai. For some, this is a family favourite tradition and makes for a fantastic change to trudging through the snow as you might expect in other parts of the world during this time!
The popularity of attending a Christmas market in Europe has increased tremendously in the last few years; however, this has also meant enduring the cold weather and having to pay out for expensive peak festive season flights. In Dubai what you might traditionally associate with Christmas markets is turned on its head. During the festive period, Dubai puts on a range of Winter Markets, such as the Dubai Winter Festival or the Al Habtoor Christmas Market, for example. These markets have beautiful stalls selling locally made goods and this is usually combined with fake snow or ice skating opportunities too.
While some other parts of the world seem to go overboard with their festive decorations, this is not something that it applied in Dubai. The great thing about celebrating Christmas here is that you can be as festive as you want to be without dealing with the exasperating repetition of the same Christmas tunes on the ratio for example.
Whether you choose to attend a rooftop party with your friends or stand at the base of the Burj Khalifa, something that you should look at doing is watching some of the phenomenal fireworks displays that Dubai organises each year. Expect to see a lot of creative efforts put in and a whole lot of colour and noise! The ultimate end to your Christmas Day!
Relocating to Dubai has remained very popular for a great number of people across the world and each year more people are proud to call the city their home. If you are looking to relocate to Dubai, whether that is alone or with your family, be sure to get in touch with our expert team who will be able to guide you through every step of the process.