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For Christmas with a difference this year, why not head to Dubai on a yacht share and enjoy desert adventures, incredible cuisine and breathtaking firework displays. If you’re treating your family to a seasonal yacht rental, Dubai makes for an exhilarating festive destination. Let’s take a look at some of the most exciting activities on offer during Christmas and New Year in Dubai.

A festive desert adventure


Dubai’s pristine desert landscape offers Bedouin culture, camel rides and four-wheel-drives across the dunes, or for an unforgettable family day out, you can also admire it all from a private hot air balloon. Packages may also include gourmet cuisine in an authentic desert setting. Could there be a more exciting way to spend Christmas in Dubai than up in the clouds, admiring the stunning scenery below?

Hit the slopes


If Christmas doesn’t feel right without snow then head to Ski Dubai, the world’s third largest indoor ski slope, complete with 6,000 tons of snow, a selection of ramps and jumps, and qualified instructors. There’s even a colony of Snow Penguins in residence to keep the whole family entertained.

New Year’s Eve fireworks


Dubai is known for welcoming in the New Year in style with beautiful firework displays, including the light and water show at the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower. This New Year in Dubai, enjoy the spectacle from the Dubai Fountains, the 11km long waterfront Palm Jumeirah boardwalk, or, best of all, from the comfort of your own private yacht rental. Dubai’s pyrotechnics won’t disappoint.

Michelin-starred cuisine

Dubai is a gastronomic paradise, where you’re guaranteed five-star dining experiences.  For a fresh take on Asian cuisine in a refined poolside setting, head to Eauzone at the One&Only Royal Mirage, with its gulf views and surrounding mirror-like pools.  

If you prefer private dining with a sea view, Marina Social in the InterContinental Dubai Marina has floor-to-ceiling windows and a playful British-Mediterranean menu by Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton.

Yuletide high tea

Treat yourself to tea this Christmas in Dubai at Choix, InterContinental Dubai Festival City. Three Michelin-starred chef Pierre Gagnaire oversees à la carte dining, but it’s the decadent range of patisseries served during afternoon tea that really makes this place special.

New Year’s brunch


Start your new year in Dubai with a chic Celebration Brunch at the revered Pierchic restaurant, located on a romantic pontoon on the Arabian Gulf. The eaterie is offering a four-course feast based on fresh, Mediterranean style seafood, complete with live entertainment.

Celebrate in style


Dubai’s hippest venue, the Buddha-Bar at the Grosvenor House hotel, is famed for its unique fusion of sushi, Chinese and Thai food, as well as its opulent decor and ambient music. Why not kick off your New Year in Dubai in style at this glamorous lounge overlooking the Arabian sea?

If you like the idea of spending this year’s festivities on a luxury yacht rental, Dubai is a vibrant, exciting and safe family destination. Try it out and make this your best holiday season ever.  

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