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This year, why not celebrate with a break on the beach?

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This year, why not celebrate the festive break sunning yourself on the beach? Book a stay at any of these hotels and you’re guaranteed to spend your holiday season in style.  


Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, provides the perfect escape for those who want it all. Explore the glittering modernity of the city in Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, and discover the architectural and artistic brilliance of the new Louvre. 

Or how about a beach escape to Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort, with nesting Hawksbill Turtles for company? For nature lovers, Sir Bani Yas Island is home to over 10,000 animals including Arabian oryx, giraffes, hyenas and cheetahs. And for those worried about missing that classic festive element, the Al Maryah Winter Wonderland and Yas Winter Carnival provide a touch of the traditional European holiday season, but in the sunshine.

View of the beach at Jumeirah Saadiyat Island Resort



With luxurious hotels set beside the sparkling waters of the Arabian Gulf, wonderful dining terraces and relaxing spas, there’s no need to worry about anything other than applying the suntan lotion here during the festive season.

Arguably the shopping capital of the world, Dubai is a great place to indulge in some present buying. At the Al Seef Creek Festival you can find wonderful local products, as well as festive-themed funfair rides, live music, an outdoor cinema and a petting zoo. Those after the full winter experience should head to the Olympic-sized Dubai Ice Rink in The Dubai Mall, or take to the artificial slopes at Ski Dubai.




Surprisingly, Dubai isn’t the only Middle Eastern beach escape to offer traditional winter sports. Those planning a trip to the Maldives can also put their skates on at Jumeirah Vittaveli’s artificial ice rink. Alternatively, just throw your towel down and bask in the sunshine, and snorkel the coral reefs if you’re feeling energetic. For those looking for seasonal cheer, the Jumeirah Vittaveli Festive Circus includes a tree lighting ceremony, a gala dinner, a visit from Santa and a New Year’s celebration featuring entertainers, food and fireworks.

jumeirah vittaveli aerial view of private ocean retreats water villas



For a quieter time, Kuwait offers a more sedate alternative to Abu Dhabi, Dubai or the Maldives, with its beautiful beaches and refreshing pools. If you need a festive injection, the shopping malls are strung with lights and decorations during the run up to the holidays while Santa appears in a number snow-covered grottos.

Jumeirah Messilah Beach hotel spa swimming pool


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