Seven Christmas Get-Together Ideas You Need To know About

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The festive season is here and Christmas parties are go! Haven't booked yours yet? Worry not, here's some ideas to get you out of your festive pickle...

Festive Afternoon Tea - Waldorf Astoria, The Palm

For a civilised and elegant Christmas party why not try a classy afternoon tea? Located in the incredibly grand Waldorf Astoria, Peacock Alley is THE place to do afternoon tea in Dubai this year. Enjoy a wide range of treats out on the terrace or, if it's a little nippy out, take your tea inside where you can enjoy floor-to-ceiling windows and an unparalleled view of the palm.

How much? AED 175 per person with a glass of bubbly

How can I book? Call +971 04 818 2222 or email

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Holiday dining at Center Cut - The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC

Running from 8 to 30 December, this is a festive party your office can be proud of. Located in the swanky Ritz-Carlton, this is a mahoosive four-course festive feast, with decadent offerings including scallops with carrot purée and shimeji mushrooms, slow cooked duck breast with chestnuts and cherry bigarade, and warm fruit mince pie with eggnog cream and caramelised pecans. Yep, we're foaming at the mouth too (it's possible to book a private room at this spot, keep that in mind if you think your group might become a bit boisterous after a drink or two).

How much? AED 375 per person with soft drinks

How can I book? Call 04 372 2323 or email


Dhow cruise/yacht rental - various locations

What is it about being on a boat that makes everything so much more fun? Although to be honest, the mild fear of being stuck on a boat with some annoying tool from the office does make us wary of this one. Reserve dinner on a dhow (there's something oddly festive about a dhow at nighttime, right?) or go the whole nine yards and rent a yacht. If you're going to do it you may as well do it in style.

How much? A two-hour boat cruise costs AED 225

How can I book? Call +971 4 2394760 or email


12 Days Of Christmas - The Sportsman's Arms, Abu Dhabi

If you're thinking or venturing further afield keep this one in mind. Beginning on December 12 and continuing for (you guessed it) 12 days, this place will have special offers every day coming up to Christmas AND a secret Santa gift for every purchase made in the bar area (the inner kid in all of us is definitely excited). If you're booking for a group they offer canapé packages and Christmas dinner party packages.

How much? The Christmas canapé package will set you back AED 120 per person. The Christmas party package lasts three hours and is AED 225 per person with hops, grapes and spirits.

How can I book? +971 2 403 4235 or email


An Italian Festive Christmas - Segreto, Souk Madinat Jumeirah

Celebrate in style with a very Italian Christmas. Nestled amongst the waterways of the Souk Madinat, this quality restaurant transports guests to the heart of Venice (with only the Burj Al Arab lurking in the near distance to remind you of your location). The festive menus are available from 7 to 26 December, with options including à la carte and a four-course set menu. Think fabulous seafood and Venetian inspired dishes.

How much? A four course set menu costs AED 350 per person.

How can I book? +971 4 432 3232 or email

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Festive Afternoon Tea in La Farine - JW Marriott Marquis, Sheikh Zayed Road

Another great festive afternoon tea option, this one is cool because you get to glimpse the MASSIVE gingerbread house the hotel has built. (Although after numerous attempts at a munch it's quite clear that you are NOT allowed to try and eat any). The afternoon tea takes place in the cozy surroundings of La Farine café & bakery where you can fill up on Christmas cookies, traditional stollen and aromatic gingerbread accompanied by luxury Tchaba tea.

How much? AED 250 per person (3pm - 6pm, from 5 - 26 December)

How can I book? Call +971 4 414 3000

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Tree Lighting - Lobby Lounge, The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road

For an informal Christmas get-together, why not gather some friends for the lighting of the H Dubai's Christmas tree? Not only will you get to meet the main man himself (Santa Claus of course) but there'll also be a magical snowfall and some amazing carol singers. Young and old are welcome here and the event is free so you've no excuse not to go!

How much? Like we said... it's free! (6pm - 8pm, Thursday 10 December)

How can I book? Call +971 4 501 8888 or email

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