Friday 16 December 2016

Christmas in Dubai 2016

I'm slightly disappointed with Christmas in Dubai this year, probably because I've been working all year and just haven't had the time to explore fully. This is our 3rd Christmas in Dubai, the first year was spent in a hotel with 2 teens; and the boys had their Christmas lunch in Subway while Peter and I sat around the corner eating salad in The French Bakery.

From what I've seen this year, it's pretty much the same as last year. We're off to see Santa tomorrow with Bob and his friend Jelly. I planned to go to Carols in the Desert, but I just don't have the energy, there have been a few Christmas Jumper parties, but I just didn't get the energy up to go along.

I'm not feeling christmas this year, we've booked lunch with child 4 of 5 at the Sheraton Grand and we've plans for the New Year on the beach with child 5 of 5 and our 24 year old niece who is visiting also.

Christmas chocolates have been bought and replaced several times already. Any one else do this?

It's also been particularly warm even though it is winter, although gloves, fleece and scarf are worn on the way to work at 6am and a good coffee has helped out.

I'll add more photo's to the blog as now I'm no longer working, I'll have time to visit a few more places.

The shops have been full of christmas stuff since the beginning of November.

Carrefour Supermarket.

 Ace Garden Centre.

There are very few 'real' trees in Dubai, and at around £140 for an 8ft tree we certainly won't be buying one.

Our purple tree of nothingness. no theme, just a home to hang all the owl decorations that we've collected for some reason, we're not owl fans.

Our main tree, that the Pandas on the Veranda (Elf on a shelf alternative) have been messing around with.

Having lived on 3 continents, Europe, Africa and Asia over the last 6 years, we've bought lots of local trinkets which we like to hang on the tree.



South Africa

Not designed as a Christmas Tree but looks good.

Display Windows in Dubai Mall

 The Souk Madinat Jumeriah.

Mirdif City Centre Mall

The Palm

 Mercato Mall.

The Walk at JBR.

Mall of the Emirates, Ski dome. We still need to explore the rest of the mall.

We're off later to Festival City and of course there is still the Dubai Mall to fully explore, but for me this is the best Christmas tree in the world.

The Burj Khalifa with it's daily LED display.


  1. Wow Dubai looks so Christmassy (in Saudi, as you can imagine, there is NO CHRISTMAS) we are off to the stationers to buy paper to make chains and snowflakes later today and perhaps a little crib.

    Some Christmasses just don't feel the same as others. Hope you get your Christmassy feeling back soon. Love your tree by the way.

    1. nope, no christmas spirit here yet, despite only 3 days to go, hope you manage to get into the festive mood with your paper chains and crafts

  2. We've bought and replaced the chocolates that hang on our tree a couple times — eating them is just too easy! I know you aren't feeling festive yet but I hope you have a very merry Christmas!

    1. the quality streets will be opened on christmas eve

  3. I can't quite imagine what Christmas would be like somewhere as hot as Dubai - it must be very strange. And £140 for an 8' tree, I think I would be saying No thank you as well. Our 6' one for the gite was €11 and I got to choose it straight from the field!

    Hoping the festive bug will finally bite and you have a great time what-ever you end up doing!

    1. most things are very expensive here when imported. I have a christmas tree in a pot for £10 that i will try to grow for next year, will plant it near the garage door so i can put lights on it

  4. Hope you had a lovely Christmas even if the Christmas bug didn't bite until late on. Lovely to see all those trees, but eek, I don't think I'd be having a tree at that price either. Thanks for linking with #PoCoLo this year and here's to a great 2017 x

    1. yep the christmas bug finally bit and I'm keeping the decs up until Jan 6th

  5. Wow, there's some great Christmas trees there! Hope you had a lovely Christmas. Happy New Year, and thanks for linking to #pocolo.

  6. sure where, but not as many as last year