• 5 best places to spend Christmas holidays in UAE

      December 24, 2017    

    You better watch out, you better not cry, the schools have shut their doors, we're telling you why - Santa Claus is coming to town. But in which city/beach/mountain retreat will he be visiting you? The possibilities are endless, so we're bringing you a few options to narrow down your search for a top Christmas vacation. Better be quick and book sharpish, though!

    In the desert?

    One of our favourites here, we can't imagine anything better than Christmas in the Red Planet - like surroundings of the Al Wadi resort, hauled up in your own personal villa with private pool.

    Recently taken over by the Ritz-Carlton group, the 500-hectare wildlife nature reserve boasts traditional Arabic details and complete luxury. You will not want for anything. Topping off your stay are experiences such as falconry, archery and desert hiking before sitting down to a hearty meal at Farmhouse, which offers a menu inspired by local, quality produce. It's incredible.

    In a Ras Al Khaimah island resort?

    We've never thought of a Christmas on Al Marjan Island, but the Rixos there is pulling out all the stops. On Christmas Eve, the Rixos Bab Al Bahr's team will serve as Santa's helpers by handing out guests special in-room gifts. Mixed with the hotel chain's ultra-all-inclusive staycation deals, it should be a good time for everyone.

    On Yas Island?

    The Abu Dhabi island is transforming in to a magical winter wonderland including the 'Festive Season' at Yas Mall; 'Let It Snow' at Yas Marina; 'Winterfest' at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi; and the 'Winterland Carnival' at the du Forum- all leading up to Katy Perry's New Year's Eve performance at the du Arena.

    That means you can actually party every day until December 31 and, if we were to head there, we'd stay at the Yas Viceroy where at the minute they are having a 12 Deals of Christmas promotion.

    On The Palm Jumeirah here in Dubai?

    DUKES hotel on The Palm is looking to take the stress out of the festive season with an all-in room rate, which includes breakfast, a delicious brunch in the Great British Restaurant, where a traditional turkey will be served with all the trimmings - as well as a whole host of other culinary delights and offers around the resort! It starts from Dhs1939 per night.

    On the pristine beaches of Al Aqah in beautiful Fujairah?

    Perfectly positioned between the Hajar Mountains and the Indian Ocean, Al Aqah's peaceful Fujairah Rotana Resort & Spa is about 90-minutes from Dubai and it's so worth it. During the festive month there are tailored packages for families of two adults and one child, but really we think it's great value all year round whether there are deals on or not.


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