Green, white, red and golden - the city of Dubai is glowing with towering Christmas trees, bustling mall activities, and exclusive dinner parties. The city is a melting pot of cultures, catering to a diversity of people from all walks of life and beliefs, which is why festivities such as Christmas is so tightly woven into its social fabric. Tolerance is a concept that has been time and again reiterated by the country's leadership, and the recent string of economic partnerships with Israel further welcomed Jewish observations, such as Hanukkah, to the forefront.Â
Christmas time, in particular, is met with great fervour by residents from all over the globe. The city comes alive with the magic of the season, complete with wreaths, gifts, baubles, and even real live Santa Clauses, who are in gear and ready to listen to little ones' wishes. This year, many residents are taking a step back to appreciate the little things in life. With electronic devices tucked away, many are taking the initiative to spend more time with near and dear ones, prioritising their health over schedules, and looking to practice a mindful presence. This comes in the form of practical gifts, getting out of their comfort zone to experience something new, and even embracing the new normal that has changed our lives.
Having delicious feasts delivered straight to your doorstep is one positive aspect of the season. The concept has existed for a while now but truly saw a boost among families that are more conscious about stepping out for celebrations. These catering options are no less grand than dining out. Here, you can enjoy succulent feasts, complete with nostalgic festive appetisers, main course, desserts, and drinks, prepared by top-star chefs.
For the party enthusiast who wants to explore the glitz and glam of the city, Dubai and its authorities are ensuring that every venue and outlet are following strict hygiene regulations and sanitisation practices, which significantly continues to safeguard the health of residents and tourists alike. To lift spirits, dining zones and al fresco hotspots are welcoming guests with warm hospitality, festive ambience, live music, and delicious banquets. Hotels too are offering great offers on short- to long-term stays. Most packages feature a night's stay complete with breakfast and dinner, access to the pool and other facilities, as well as special themed events for an evening of merrymaking. These are extending into New Years' Eve, giving visitors to the city an endless itinerary of fun and excitement.
The season also coincides with the annual Dubai Shopping Festival, one of the city's most awaited events that roll out the best discounts of the year on renowned brands spanning across fashion, homeware and more. With this, and so much more, the festive season is alive and kicking.