Spending Christmas in the tropical desert climate of Dubai? Fear not, because there are still plenty of ways that you can get into the festive spirit – even if you’re still reaching for the SPF50 sun cream come Christmas Eve.
Visit the Dubai Winter Festival
There are a lot of things that you can expect when living in Dubai, but snow isn’t usually one of them. Thanks to some Christmas magic, Dubai’s Winter Festival makes snow in the desert more than just a mirage. Aside from snowball fights in the play area, you can also visit Santa’s grotto, learn how to make gingerbread houses, or enjoy a pantomime show – this festival really does have it all! If markets are your thing when it comes to festive fun, then you’re in luck because there are plenty of stalls for you to browse.
Take to the Slopes at Ski Dubai
Skiing in Dubai? It might sound like someone’s left us out in the sun for too long, but you really can take to the slopes at Ski Dubai. Located in the Mall of the Emirates, the indoor area has a snowpark with over 3,000 square metres of real snow. Snow and skiing not festive enough for you? Ski Dubai also houses live penguins that you can meet, or even go for a swim with!
Enjoy a Christmas Dinner at the Irish Village
Proving that the Irish have plenty more to offer besides the festive classic that is “Fairytale of New York”, the Al Garhoud Irish Village has more celebrations than you can shake a candy cane at. There will be mulled cider and homemade pies at the tree lighting, and a traditional roast with all the trimmings to countdown the 12 days of Christmas.
On Christmas Eve, you can enjoy a free night of music courtesy of DJ Marky Mark, whilst Christmas Day will bring a festive buffet where you can eat your fill of turkey and festive trimmings.
Browse the Dubai Shopping Festival Sales
It wouldn’t be Christmas without some festive shopping. But Dubai doesn’t just have a day dedicated to shopping during the festive season, it has a month-long festival! The holidays are definitely a time for going over-the-top, and the Shopping Festival ticks all of the boxes when it comes to extravagance. The highlight of the festival is the 12-hour super-sale happening on 26th December – perfect if you’ve got Boxing Day blues – and you can enjoy discounts of up to 90%.
Relax with a Festive Treatment
With all the festive fun you’ll be having, you’ll surely need some pampering. Once you’ve had your fill of shopping and skiing, treat yourself to a break at The Heavenly Spa for an afternoon of pure bliss. To help you relax during the most wonderful time of the year, the spa is offering a “Peppermint and Hot Chocolate Escape” where you can indulge in a 50-minute peppermint-infused massage (the perfect gift to yourself). After you’ve finished floating on a peppermint-scented cloud of bliss, you can cosy up in one of the relaxation rooms with a mug of homemade hot chocolate. Where do we sign up?
Rock a Dubai-Themed Christmas Jumper
Granted that Dubai isn’t ideal sweater weather, and throwing on a Christmas jumper doesn’t sound like a stellar idea – but nothing screams “festive” quite like a seasonal knitted number. Walid Claus’ range has a Dubai-themed twist because everyone needs to own a Christmas jumper, even where Santa’s sleigh is being pulled by camels. If you don’t fancy the idea of braving the Dubai heat in a jumper, you can also opt for a festive t-shirt instead.
If you’re staying with us over the festive period take a look at the top student events happening in Dubai – there are plenty of things going on, including the Beach Polo Cup in December!