Festive frenzy

Festive frenzy

Still at a loss for something to do this Christmas Day? Never fear, City Times is here

Deck the malls

Kempinski Hotel, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai

There will be seasonal specialties galore at Sezzam, with the popular Santa’s Brunch buffet Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, for Dhs150 per person including soft drinks, water, coffee and tea, or Dhs240 per person including house beverages. Santa Claus will also visit Sezzam both days between 12 noon to 2pm, giving kids the chance to capture the moment with a festive photograph and live carolling by the Kempinski Staff Choir everyday between 1pm and 1.20pm will add to the ambience.

‘Appy Christmas

Rivington Grill, Souk al Bahar, Dubai

British cuisine specialists the Rivington Grill will have an exclusive set menu for lunch on Christmas Day served between noon and 5pm.

Priced at Dhs350 per person, the specially created four-course Christmas Day menu will offer a selection of starters including a choice of celery and stilton soup with herbed scone; severn and wye smoked salmon with traditional garnish; or roasted squash, beetroot and goat’s cheese salad with toasted walnuts and cranberries.

The main course will include ‘Kelly Bronze’ roasted turkey and chestnut stuffing with all the trimmings; nut roast and apricot stuffing with trimmings; or pan fried sea-bass with chanterelles and sage.

The other two courses will include a choice of Christmas puddings, sherry trifle; or mince pies in addition to truffles and a choice of Colston Basset stilton cheese or Mont D’Or Vacherin.

Zuming marvellous


What better way to spend the Christmas period than with family and friends over a luxury bunch at ZUMA? The extensive brunch selection, featuring a tempting array of ZUMA signature items will be accompanied with bellinis and free flowing bubbly and red or white, served from 12.30pm until 3.30pm on both Christmas Eve and Day. Children will delight in the supervised Santa’s Grotto area, especially created for the Christmas week. After an encounter with Santa himself, kids will be given a personalised gift to take home as memento of their ZUMA experience.

Luxury Brunch – Dhs550

Children up to 12 years – Dhs275

Toddlers and infants under 3 – free of charge

Xmas in the soonshiiinnee


Oasis Centre recently announced it will brighten the warm and joyous Christmas season with attractive rewards and opportunities up until December 31.

This special promotion will have lucky shoppers walking away with vouchers worth over Dhs300,000 from the mall’s partners including Home Centre, Emax, Centrepoint, and Q Home Décor. Additionally, Oasis Centre features Santa’s magical workshop that welcomes families to participate in a range of activities.

A Christmas tree, decorative curios and festive holiday lights serves as some of the highlights at the mall.

Weekend activities at the Oasis Centre invite little ones to design and make Santa hats and gingerbread men, as well as festive decorations. Classic Christmas movies are being screened at the ground level throughout the duration of the special celebrations at the mall.

Crimbo Italiano

Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa, Dubai

Armani/Ristorante draws on the rich gastronomic traditions of Tuscany and other Italian regions to provide you with classic and authentic culinary delights. The dishes are a mix of traditional recipes and modern interpretations that take advantage of the high quality products served amidst an elegant ambience with expert and attentive service. Whether you are in the mood for a fine dining experience over several courses or light meal with a glass of beverage, Armani/Ristorante welcomes you.


(December 19 – 24 and December 26)

Time: 12pm to 3pm

Five-course Degustation Menu – Dhs550 (A la Carte menu also available)

Festive Menu (December 25)

Six-course Degustation Menu - Dhs750 (including soft drinks) or Dhs1,200 (including soft drinks and selected beverage pairing)


(December 19 – 23 and December 25 – 26)

Time: 7:30pm to 11pm

Five-course Degustation Menu – Dhs550 (A la Carte menu also available)

Festive Menu (December 23 – 24)

Six-course Degustation Menu - Dhs750 (including soft drinks or Dhs1,450 (including soft drinks and selected beverage pairing)

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