Dubai offers everything wonderful about Christmas (yes, even snow) in a warm, welcoming sunny environment! Christmas in Dubai always means glitz, glamour, sparkle, festive food, and perfect weather every day.


Dubai is a year-round shopper’s paradise—Christmas included! The malls around Dubai spare no expense in the Christmas season with decorations that dazzle, the chance to find unique limited-edition gifts, and visits from Santa Claus (although he’ll probably arrive in a helicopter instead of a sleigh!). And if your perfect Christmas Day involves shopping, Dubai malls will remain open on the 25th.

For those who love European style Christmas markets, Dubai is here to please. Madinat Jumeirah is hosting a traditional German market from December 20-28 this year which features shopping, a children’s snow zone, and tasty activities for the kids—gingerbread houses anyone? Throughout December there are markets across the city offering traditional Christmas shopping with typical Dubai flair. 


Dubai’s brunch offerings rise to the occasion during December. Wherever you go you’ll find options to impress everyone, and even if you eat at one of Dubai’s ethnic restaurants, you’ll probably still find turkey and mince pies alongside Turkish, French, Latin, and Mediterranean foods.

If you’re visiting Dubai as a family, many brunches will include a visit from Santa complete with special gifts for the children. Some restaurants are also offering festive activities during brunch such as gingerbread decorating. Be sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment.

There are well over 100 restaurants in Dubai advertising special Christmas brunches! Whether you’re looking for variety, elegance, rooftop dining, beachside dining, or family-friendly fare, there’s something for everyone. Remember, Dubai Christmas brunches are happening all through December so you can enjoy festive treats throughout the holiday season. Can’t choose between brunches? Don’t worry! There are restaurants in Dubai hosting evening brunches too!


If you’ve found the perfect Airbnb and want to eat Christmas dinner in the comfort of your vacation home, you’re in luck. Takeaway options will cater to your every Christmas dinner desire. You can enjoy a full turkey dinner cooked to perfection and ready for you to pick up and bring home. Be sure to include the mince pies!

Maybe you want to celebrate Christmas with a picnic, a boat ride, or a day at one of Dubai’s popular amusement parks. Wherever you are, the food will be amazing, the weather perfect, and the holiday one to remember.

Christmas in Dubai gives you the best of all worlds: snow and winter sports at the Ski Dubai Snowpark, traditional Christmas markets and food, and beautiful warm sunny days filled with beaches, brunches, shopping, and adventure. Happy Holidays!