WanderlustSeven reasons to spend the festive season in Dubai

From beachside fireworks to sub-zero Ski Dubai, here's why this is the place to be this December

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With shimmering 20-foot Christmas trees bejewelling shopping malls and winter wonderland markets, Dubai embraces the festive spirit like nowhere else. The Emirate pulls out all the stops each year, bringing a little slice of the North Pole to the warm Arabian Desert. From extraordinary New Year’s Eve fireworks to German-style Christmas fairs, seasonal cheer rings across the Gulf State in December. Aside from getting that blissful hit of winter sun, here are seven reasons why you should spend the festive season in Dubai. 


Enjoy the German Christmas Market experience at Madinat Jumeirah

Each Christmas, Madinat Jumeirah transforms into a Bavarian winter wonderland with the arrival of its festive market. Tuck into gingerbread and sip mulled wine at its traditional German food stalls before taking an abra ride, driven by Santa himself. Kids will love feeling a bit of the winter chill at the snowball zone and marvelling at the gigantic Christmas tree.

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Watch spectacular fireworks from Burj Al Arab

Get a front row seat for New Year’s Eve fireworks at Burj Al Arab. There’s nowhere better to witness the dazzling display as it illuminates the landmark’s iconic sail-shaped silhouette. Enjoy a New Year's Eve dining experience like nowhere else and witness incredible live performances.

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Have a cultural Christmas at Dubai Opera

To sprinkle a little bit of yuletide fairy dust over Dubai, Dubai Opera showcases much-loved Christmas classics over the festive period. Witness the majesty of the St Petersburg Tchaikovsky Ballet Theatre performing the enduringly loved Nutcracker and have some sing-a-long fun as the London Concert Orchestra Show Band play carols and classic songs at Jingle Bell Favourites.

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Get your snow fix at Ski Dubai

If you’re craving some sub-zero temperatures and a little Alpine magic, then Ski Dubai delivers that seasonal chill with plenty of festive fun to boot. Located in the Mall of the Emirates, this wintery park gives you the chance to ski, snowboard and toboggan down its snowy slopes. After an exhilarating session, make friends with Ski Dubai’s colony of king penguins and warm up with an indulgent hot chocolate.

Experience the magic of the Enchanted Forest Gala Dinner at Jumeirah Beach Hotel

There’s nowhere more magical to ring in the new year than at Jumeirah Beach Hotel’s Enchanted Forest Gala Dinner. Hosted in an opulently ornamented tent on the seafront, this celebrated dinner offers one of the best vantage points in Dubai to catch the fireworks. What’s more, a delicious banquet of international cuisine and unlimited drinks will be yours to enjoy.

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Shop ‘til you drop at Dubai Shopping Festival

With its world-class malls, you never need a good excuse to shop in Dubai, but if you did, Dubai Shopping Festival is it. A month-long celebration that kicks off on Christmas Day, this retail extravaganza offers shoppers incredible discounts and deals on everything from fashion to electronics, across Dubai’s malls and key shopping destinations. Live music concerts and raffles are all in the Dubai Shopping Festival mix too.

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Party Cuban-style at Jumeirah Creekside Hotel

New Year at Jumeirah Creekside Hotel has a distinctly Cuban flavour with its carnival themed party at Cu-ba restaurant. Feel the rhumba rhythms on the stunning rooftop terrace as a DJ soundtracks the run-up to midnight, while you gaze over the twinkling Dubai skyline. Tasty light bites and free flowing drinks will keep the fiesta jumping.


From extraordinary New Year’s Eve fireworks to German-style Christmas fairs, embrace the Christmas spirit when you stay at Jumeirah Dubai's hotels and residences.