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Trips to Dubai are to discover a world apart where the barren desert is replaced by dizzying skyscrapers, where luxury hotels are closely linked to large shopping centers. Dubai, which embodies the new Arab dream, is also a dynamic metropolis where everything goes: skiing in the middle of the desert, sleeping in an underwater hotel, climbing Burj Khalifa, the tallest tower in the world, or shopping in Dubai Mall.

A trip to Dubai is an experience that will surprise all people. Dubai is a new and extravagant destination. Its contrasts between bright modernity and ocher color, undoubtedly make it one of those cities that you love or hate. However, whatever your tastes, it is impressive to see the buildings trying to touch the sky, the artificial islands, the passion for leisure, or the Arabian desert.

Dubai is an exquisite venue for Christmas celebrations. With its happening environment, golden sand dunes, spectacular beaches and magnificent malls, Dubai offers a truly unique and diverse Christmas experience. So, if you are in Dubai for your Christmas vacation, you are in luck because there is just so much to do in the city of gold.

Whether you are looking forward to shopping till you drop dead or you want to fine dine with your loved ones on Christmas eve, Dubai offers it all - and more. Christmas preparations are underway in Dubai already, events and activities are being lined up and the excitement is very contagious.

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If you want an authentic holiday experience in the UAE, here is our list of top places to visit in Dubai this Christmas.

1. Shop at Madinat Jumeirah Festive Market

Madinat Jumeirah, the largest and most festive Christmas market in Dubai is worth visiting this December. Like last year, a lineup of events at the market has been released and it seems like a lot of fun. Madinat offers a number of Christmas activities for all age-groups. It has got bungee jumping and snow fighting zones for children and it entices adults with soulful music performances, diverse cuisine as well as mad holiday shopping offers in Dubai.

Also, Santa Claus visits between 5 pm to 7 pm every evening and young ones can enjoy a wide range of fun activities in Dubai including gingerbread house and cookie decorating sessions.

Madinat Jumeirah is also known as the Venice of the Middle East for its canals, which you can tour in Abra, the typical canoe. Admire the ancient Arab architecture and enjoy the atmosphere of its terraces.

It is special to see a traditional Emirati atmosphere after being among the greatest modernity. Visit the art galleries and caf├ęs through the quiet streets and see the old wind towers.

2. Visit Times Square Center

For those looking for shopping in Dubai on a budget, Times Square Center is the best place for pre-Christmas preparations. Times Square Center is not just stocked up with shopping options but it also offers massive discounts in the days leading up to Christmas. Times Square Center in Dubai is an amazing place for children too. They can enjoy a snowy playground, treats, games and competitions.

Times Square is also super generous when it comes to gifts, awards and vouchers.

3. Brunch at Alta Badia in Dubai

If you are fond of Italian cuisine, what better place to have Christmas brunch than Alta Badia. Alta Badia, a region in Italy is renowned for being a foodie heaven due to its mouthwatering cuisine. Alta Badia Dubai is a cozy restaurant that offers the regional cuisine of Italy. Why Alta Badia? Well because this Christmas they have created a special menu featuring only festive dishes and delicacies from Italy. Have a lovely brunch!

Interesting reads: Best Restaurants in Dubai

4. Enjoy a Christmas Concert at Dubai Opera

If you are a fan of festive music, Dubai opera is the place to go. The magnificent opera venue features holiday themed music performances throughout December. The performances are lined up throughout the morning, midday and evening. This year, the Dubai Opera is featuring musical performances including Christmas carols and good old classics by The London Concert Orchestra Show Band and Capital Voices Choir.

Grab your tickets before they run out!

5. Fine Dine at Armani Mediterraneo

The Armani Mediterraneo is a specialty restaurant in Armani Hotel, which is located in Burj Khalifa. If you love fine dining, you can drop by at Armani for a special Christmas dinner buffet with your loved ones. The buffet includes a variety of food options and drinks.

PS: do not forget to enjoy the view once you're there!

Interesting reads: Best Hotels in Dubai

6. Kempinski Mall of the Emirates

Kempinski Mall of the Emirates is a sweet place to shop, especially if you are into Christmas decoration, trinkets and gifts. It is also the right place to go to if you've got holiday sweet tooth or a craving for delicious desserts. Kempinski is worth checking out for your Christmas shopping because most items are on sale in the days leading up to Christmas eve in Dubai.

From cookies, mince pies and affordable gifts, you will find it all here.

7. Visit Burj Khalifa at New Year in Dubai

Say goodbye to 2019 and welcome 2020 in Dubai while enjoying the breathtakingly beautiful firework display at Burj Khalifa. The countdown is exciting and the fireworks are spectacular. Besides, you do not want to miss out on the world's tallest building! You can climb in an ultrafast elevator to the 148th floor (of 163) and see the views of this city built in the middle of the desert.

8. Visit La Perle, an Aquatic Theater

Culture lovers also have their space in Dubai. A show that does not leave indifferent is La Perle, an aquatic theater that with impressive light, technological and gravity-defying games. Also in Bluewaters Islands with WOW in The Rotunda Dubai, has amazing choreographies, 3D projections and holograms. Another proposal is Theater by Queen Elizabeth 2, which presents a program that shows the best of local and international arts, entertainment and culture.

9. Visit At.mosphere, the tallest restaurant in the world

As regards Dubai gastronomy, the city blows away with At.mosphere, the tallest restaurant in the world, located 442 meters high, on the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa (the tallest building in the world). Its views and its cuisine based on European cuisine surprise all diners. In the hotel Burj Al Arab is the Nathan Outlaw restaurant in Al Mahara, a restaurant under the sea.

On the seafront of the Palace Downtown is Thiptara, surrounded by the iconic Lake Burj, which offers the best view of the city of Dubai Fountain, whose gastronomic offer is based on homemade Thai cuisine. Another curious restaurant, with incredible views and exquisite raw material is 101 Dining Lounge, One & Only The Palm that displays its dining room with tables on the water.

The most intimate option of the Emirati city is Pierchic, overlooking the Burj Al Arab and a very careful decoration, making it a cozy space ideal for a romantic night. Likewise, Fish Beach Taverna is considered the top of romantic spaces. Its location facing the sea transports us to the Greek Islands.

10. Visit Dubai Marina

It is one of the main enclaves of the city. It combines residential areas with others dedicated to leisure along the canal. The best way to appreciate Dubai Marina is to take a walk along the docks or enjoy a cruise on its canal surrounded by skyscrapers, being especially romantic and beautiful at night: dinner cruise.

If you prefer privacy and exclusivity, we recommend the yacht ride in Dubai that includes night tour, to see the impressive skyscrapers, highlighting Cayan Tower. With its 306 meters, it is the tallest crooked tower in the world, and you will pass by the artificial island where the world's largest ferris wheel is built. If your chosen option is to release adrenaline, enjoy a ride going out to sea in a speedboat.

11. Visit Dubai Creek

It is the cove of Dubai, and it reflects the evolution of Dubai, from a commercial destination in the desert to the modern city it is today. A trip in Abra is a mandatory experience in Dubai Creek. On board these barges, which cross the cove from one side to the other, you can see both modern glass towers and wind collectors (towers that functioned as cooling elements of buildings) and the minarets of old Dubai.

Enjoying a cruise on a dhow, an Arabian wooden boat, is another way to explore it, to enjoy its sights and sounds, being able to choose between a dinner cruise with 5 star hotel or 4 star hotel. Have dinner on a luxury boat.

Tips for A Smooth Vacation in Dubai

Here are some tips that will hopefully help you have a stress-free and memorable Christmas:

Explore Dubai!

In order to do justice to the wonderful place Dubai is, you need to get out and explore it. Sure, we have given you a list of places that are worth travelling but often it is the travel itself that is important.

Prioritise and Prepare!

Prepare for your Christmas plans beforehand. If you have to make reservations at a restaurant or an event, do so a couple of days before Christmas to ensure that your holiday goes smoothly.

Also, visiting Dubai won’t be as much fun if you are anxious the entire time about incomplete tasks. Finish your work a few days before so you can fully enjoy the festivities.

Prioritising is also important and Dubai can help you enormously with that. Dubai is a place that was tailor-made for busy professionals. There is a wide plethora of amenities available.

That is why Dubai is super convenient. Need to stock up on food or provisions? Get it delivered. Have a pile of dirty laundry on your mind? Contact a laundry service in Dubai and let the laundromat take care of your worries. In addition to laundry and food delivery services, you can make use of other convenient alternatives to get done with your chores before Christmas.

Stick to a Schedule!

Sticking to your schedules would help ensure that you are at the right place at the right time. Most of the places we mentioned in this list follow a schedule and offer different activities at different times.

Have Fun!
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