The Holiday Season in Dubai

Up for a change this Holiday season? Why not make plans to come to Dubai? This is a good occasion for the family to get together and celebrate the festive season and enjoy these magic weeks at a glamourous destination with grandeur and style, with much to see and do.

The emirate has several festive activities and Holiday parties planned, so be sure to take part in celebrating this time of year. The United Arab Emirates is a Muslim country, but Christmas time is still celebrated among the non-Muslims and expatriates. With the rise in expatriates from Europe, North America, and Asian countries, for example, the Spirit of Christmas in Dubai has been celebrated among the tourists and new expats and the Holiday spirit, in general, enjoyed by all.

While the country has a religious minority of Christians (Christianity is approx. 9%), this time for the year offers festive celebrations all can enjoy.

Here in Dubai, the people are free to celebrate their own religious days at will and so many choose to rejoice in the festive time by having something special and magical to do, like having the kids meet with Santa and get many gifts from him.

This is “the most wonderful time of the year” for everyone. Expats can expect a fun-filled Christmas season in Dubai, which has something for one and all. Many come to Dubai to do their seasonal shopping.

Celebrating Christmas away from home can be an enjoyable experience, especially, for those who stay at the Winterland Festive Village at Atlantis, The Palm that brings the holiday season to life. The destination will host its annual Holiday brunch and serve a “Festive Feast and Treats Galore”.

What to expect for Christmas in Dubai? The traditional Santa, reindeer, fake snow, Christmas trees, lights and ornaments, a number of the traditional carols played. Some people may be tempted to sing carols while others may just play Christmas music. Everything people love about Christmas can be found here in Dubai.

People can get that festive feeling at the Dubai Christmas Festival that will offer a fun combination of music, singing, fairs and Christmas markets

The Dubai Seasonal Festival returns and so does the winter wonderland … a 3-day event (17 – 19 December) at the Dubai Media City in Dubai, with a snow fight zone, Santa’s grotto, and an ice rink.

People of all religions are getting involved and are joining in the fun at the Dubai Christmas Fest. It is the place to be for children to also visit Santa and his elves. To learn more about this event and purchase tickets, visit the official website (

On Christmas Day, large Christian crowds, including tourists, will go to Mass to celebrate the birth of Christ. Afterwards, many will be off to the different places in Dubai because the Christmas spirit is sure to be everywhere with an atmosphere of festive workshops and markets.

Christmas Day is not a registered public holiday in the UAE, so Friday, December 25, is a normal working day; therefore, many locals will not take part in the celebration until the evening and have the chance to enjoy the festivities, have children enjoy Christmas trees and decorations that will be set up almost everywhere they go.

Dubai is sure to make an unforgettable Christmas holiday destination. Many malls in Dubai will likely have interior overhead holiday decorations, if not a center decor for Christmas,; visitors are sure to like the duty free shopping experience to get all essential gifts on their holiday wish lists.

The joyous spirit of Christmas fills the air in Dubai as of today. So during the festive season, think about the emirate as a destination for a joyful period, a celebration of peace, good cheer and the joy of giving.

The Holiday Season in Dubai

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