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Twelve Days of festive fun in Abu Dhabi

Whether you are looking for the perfect Christmas day brunch, something to entertain the kids over the holidays or the coolest way to end 2018 - we have the guide for you! (and it's little more than 12 days - yippee!)

The Galleria - Al Maryah Island

13th-26th December 2018

The annual Winter Wonderland event on Al Maryah Island is treating guests to a world of entertainment and exciting festive attractions for family and friends between December 13 and 26.

Al Maryah Island will transform into a spectacular Winter Wonderland with cozy winter cottages covered in frosty snowflakes which will host children’s activities including snow globe making, cookie decorating, face painting and much more.

A sliding slope park, a snow Zone, an immersive snow globe and other exciting activities will provide entertainment for hours on end, while the youngest visitors can enjoy train rides around the Promenade.

The Galleria also has a Santa’s Grotto from December 6 and will offer a lots of engaging activities inside the mall, from December 13. 

At the Winter Wonderland, there will be roaming performances and live stage shows, festive music and spectacular decorations, alongside a selection of festive food and beverage offerings, arts and crafts, and enjoy carnival games for families.

There is a meet and greet with six princesses from popular children’s fairy tales including, Snow White, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, The Snow Queen and Belle.

You can also take a pic with the princesses in the themed photobooth.

All shows and activities will take place between 4pm and 10pm.

For the full schedule of activities, shows and workshops, head to:

Yas Winter Carnival

Yas Winter Carnival - Gateway Park South, Yas Island

11th to 15th December

With temperatures dropping across the UAE, we are likely to see to snow at next weeks Yas Winter Carnival, a free five-day festival from 11th to 15th December at Gateway Park South, Yas Island from 4pm daily.

Experience real snow falling on the hour every hour, a kid’s snow play zone with real snow to build their own snowmen, and a winter market to grab gifts for your loved ones, this winter carnival is the perfect place for everyone. 

There will also be non-stop entertainment including: choirs, The Princess Show, mini-pantomime performance of The Toy Makers Magic, Magic Phil’s Wacky Wonderlands Show, festive entertainments and live music playing festive tunes and Urban Vibes live on stage every day of the festival

The festival kick-starts with the countdown to the official tree lighting ceremony taking place at 7pm every evening with festive food available to get you in the festive spirit, along side spectacular fireworks lighting up the night sky every evening at 9pm.

Head to for more information.


Christmas Eve - 24th December 2018


24th December, 6:30pm to 11:00pm

Experience a multi-cuisine Christmas spread at the award-winning Fairways including

live cooking stations, Mediterranean, Arabic and Asian Kitchens and a delightful dessert

counter filled with traditional sweets and pastries.

  • Child package AED 140

  • Soft Drink package AED 285

  • Alcohol package AED 395

  • Champagne package AED 490

To book, call 02 616 9999, email or visit the Festive desk located at The Westin Abu Dhabi Lobby.



24th December 7pm-11pm

The famous and lively Mediterranean restaurant will surprise you once again for this unmissable end of year event. Let yourself be tempted by the special 3-course Christmas set menu showcasing Chef English’s unique interpretation of Mediterranean cuisine paired with fine glasses of grape!

  • Price: AED230

  • Wine pairing AED145 (each course)

  • Kids between 6-12 get 50% off

Information and bookings: email or call 02 404 1940



24th December, 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Si Ristorante Italiano & Bar welcomes guests for a sumptuous “La Tavolata di Natale”

dinner experience, an authentic celebration inspired by one of the most cherished Italianfestive traditions. Families and loved ones can gather and devour an impressive array of fine cheeses, cured meats, colourful antipasti, olives, flavorful spreads and much more.

  • AED 295 per person net with unlimited soft beverages

  • AED 455 per person with unlimited selected house beverages

  • AED 595 per person with champagne

For more information or to make a reservation, call +971 2 697 0000 or email



24th December, 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Arabic restaurant, Mijana, will celebrate Christmas Eve Dinner in presence of a live Oud player, set to transform the atmosphere while guests savor hearty Lebanese dishes. Adding a South-East Asian touch to Christmas celebrations, Li Jiang, will

serve a Christmas Eve and Christmas Dinner with a la carte menus serving a smorgasbord of Pan Asian cuisines ranging from Vietnamese and Chinese to Malaysian and Singaporean.

For restaurant reservations and for further information, e-mail or call the Hotel Restaurant Desk at +971 2 818 8282.



24th December

An Italian Christmas Eve Dinner with all the style and atmosphere one would expect from this sophisticated outpost of the award winning restaurant of the same name in Washington, DC. A four course set menu inspired by seafood specialties awaits (with A La Carte options also available), and expect the Cafe Milano team to bring the festive cheer with customized decorations and their very own brand of Italian Christmas spirit!

Four Course Set Menu AED 330

For bookings call, +971 2 333 2444 or email


Christmas Day - 25th December 2018


25th December, 12:30pm to 5:00pm

Prepare for a festive feast on Christmas Day as we bring you a brunch with all the

trimmings! Signature drink stations, mouthwatering buffet, petting zoo, kids bouncy

castle, delicious desserts and live entertainment – all in one afternoon. It’s a festive

event not to be missed!

  • Child package AED 129

  • Soft Drink package AED 429

  • House beverage package AED 549

  • House beverage package + After Brunch Party AED 709

  • Champagne package AED 699

  • Champagne package + After Brunch Party AED 899

  • After Brunch Alcohol package - AED 189

To book, call 02 616 9999, email or visit the Festive desk located at The Westin Abu Dhabi Lobby.



This popular brunch in the city, is promising an upbeat atmosphere with a DJ and Sax players playing some classics that for the ultimate festive feel. Enjoy your seafood being grilled to order while you toast with your eggnog. Santa will be there with his loudest ho ho ho's and there'll be plenty to keep the little ones engaged. It's all about the moments at the Nahaam Christmas brunch and they are inviting you to find yours!

  • AED 575 with French bubbles

  • AED 475 with grapes and brews

  • AED 395 with soft drinks

  • Kids aged between 4 and 11 dine for AED 150 each with soft drinks

  • Kids below 4 years old dine for free

Prices are inclusive of 10% Service Charge, 3.5% Tourism Fee, 2% Municipality Fee

and 5% VAT

To book call, +971 2 811 5666 or Email:



25th December, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

For ultimate festivities on 25th December, families and friends are invited to join a special edition of the recently launched Market Brunch. Winter dishes and sweet treats will be served from the expansive, interactive buffet and cooking stations, while the resident band and DJ perform seasonal favourites. An enhanced grand feast of international cuisine awaits, evoking feelings of home for guests of all nationalities, with something for everyone to enjoy.

  • AED 335 per person net inclusive of brunch with unlimited soft beverages

  • AED 475 per person inclusive of brunch with unlimited selected house beverages

  • AED 595 per person includes of access to VIP lounge, Champagne, Premium beverages,

  • wines, beers & cocktails

  • AED165 Kids from 0 to 5 years dine for free, 6 years to 11 years

For more information or to make a reservation, call +971 2 697 0000



Christmas Day - 25th December

Looking for a Thai-ditional Christmas day experience? Then get ready to have your

stockings wok’d off with Miyagi’s ‘wok & ho ho ho’ brunch! Get stuck into 5 pho-nomenal

courses from all around Indonesia and get merry on 3 hours of unlimited drinks including Christmas Thai-tanic buckets & loco-coconuts.

  • Christmas Day Package – 5 courses + 3 .5 hours unlimited drinks

  • Soft Package AED 190

  • Premium Package AED 290

For booking enquiries contact the reservation team on



Christmas Day - 25th December

The Scene is bringing it home on Christmas day and treating guests to a true home-from-home experience. Savoured over 5 courses you’re sure to be rubbing your belly and loosening your belt notches after this feast.

  • Christmas Day Package – 5 courses + 3 hours unlimited drinks

  • Soft Package AED 275

  • House Package AED 450

  • Premium Package AED 550

  • Kids (7-12) AED 99

  • Kids (0-6) Eat for free

For booking, enquiries contact the reservation team on



December 25th, 12:30-4:00 pm

On Christmas Day, Santa drops by at Origins for an exclusive visit while families enjoy free-flowing beverages, a traditional roast with all the trimmings, and kids can enjoy extended use of the kids zone, fun face painting and much more.


  • AED 395 inclusive of soft beverages

  • AED 425 inclusive of house beverages

  • AED 525 inclusive of premium bubbly

  • AED 195 for children ages 6-12, brunch is complimentary for children under 6.

For bookings: Call +971 2 656 0600; or email


Boxing Day - 26th December 2018


26th December

Spend the day outdoors with the whole family as you take a refreshing dip in our pool and savor mouthwatering treats from our carefully packed picnic baskets.

  • Soft Drink package AED 350

  • Alcohol package AED 400

  • Champagne package AED 550

All packages are for 2 adults and 2 children.

To book, call 02 616 9999, email or visit the Festive desk located at The Westin Abu Dhabi Lobby.


HAMILTON’S GASTROPUB - Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas

26th December, 12pm onwards

On Boxing Day, Saadiyat Island’s first gastropub concept will open its doors from

12pm onwards. The venue is welcoming football lovers and friends to watch all of the

international live action, whilst tucking into a special burger and beverage offering.

For more information or to make a reservation, call +971 2 697 0000 or email

New Years Eve - 31st December 2018


31st December, 7pm until 12am, drinks will be served until 1am.

Ring in the New Year at with the most indulgent Gala Dinner in town! With live cooking

stations, delectable cuisine and live entertainment all the way to 2019, this is a party you

don’t want to miss.

  • Child package AED 190

  • Soft Drink package AED 490

  • House beverage package AED 590

  • House beverage package + After Party AED 690

  • Champagne package AED 790

  • Champagne + After Party AED 975

To book, call 02 616 9999, email



31st December 8pm-1am

Barfly by Buddha Bar is the only Neo-Baroque mystic-lounge concept in Abu Dhabi, so why not welcome 2019 in style! Barfly suggests a unique New Year’s Barbecue party on the beach with DJ Montana on the decks spinning iconic tune setting the mood right. Choose the cosy and classy indoor atmosphere or the lively outdoor sitting but don’t miss the fireworks at midnight as Venetian Village is the perfect spot to catch the amazing show.

  • Indoor AED595 for soft package & AED695 for house beverages package

  • Outdoor AED695 for soft package & AED795 for house beverages package

Information and bookings: email or call 02 404 1940



31st December 2018 - 7pm to 12am

This New Year’s Eve, guests can expect a culinary set menu feast to delight, tastefully

decorated interiors that will transport them to the alluring Orient, and resident DJ Kristina

will setting the celebratory mood from the decks. The distinguished venues large new

terrace space welcomes guests to view the impressive Emirates Palace fireworks display

with cabana and bar space outdoor options, complementing the renowned indoor rich


  • AED 648 per person – non alcohol package

  • AED 748 per person – inclusive of welcome cocktail + unlimited wine package

Note: Minimum of two guests. For terrace cabana bookings guests can contact the

reservations team.

Reservations: email or call 02 690 7999



31st December, 8:00 pm – midnight

The most anticipated evening of the year, Saadiyat Rotana Resort and Villas will be

counting down in style with an exclusive extravaganza dinner across the resort’s popular

Sim Sim restaurant and Turtle Bay Bar & Grill, accompanied by live entertainment.

  • AED 650 per person net with unlimited soft beverages (Sim Sim or Garden setting)

  • AED 850 per person with unlimited selected house beverages (Sim Sim or Garden setting)

  • AED 1050 per person includes of access to VIP lounge, Champagne, Premium beverages, wines, beers & cocktails (Turtle Bay Bar & Grill setting)

All packages have access to the dinner with entertainment and 20% discount at the after-party in Hamilton’s Gastropub

For more information or to make a reservation, call +971 2 697 0000



31st December

New Year’s Eve kickstarts with wok & roll brunch with your karaoke stars singing a

celebration medley of 2018’s best hits. And get liberated on 5 pho-nomenal courses and

3 hours of unlimited drinks to get you ready for Miyagi’s after party taking you into the

New Year. Soy no to baggage control, delayed flights and pricey tickets when Thailand is

right on your doorstep at Mr. Miyagi’s NYE Full Moon Party!

  • New Year’s Eve Package – 5 courses + 3.5 hours unlimited drinks

  • Soft Package AED 190

  • House Package AED 290

  • Premium Package AED 390

For booking enquiries contact the reservation team on



31st December

The Scene is going against the grain this New Year and letting guests savour the moment enjoying signature dishes they’ve tried and loved over the year before the New Year brings new changes

A la carte menu, individually priced dishes

For booking, enquiries contact the reservation team on



31st December, 6pm – 2am

This New Year’s Eve, Cipriani Yas Island, the world-class restaurant, announces live musical entertainment from classically trained artists followed by DJ Samad, and stunning marina firework display views from the wrap around open-air terrace. Whether a pre-Yas Island concert gathering in the lounge or full evening celebration, the all-Italian team will welcome guests with the renowned a la carte menu for an unforgettable evening.

For bookings call, +971 2 657 5400 or email



31st December, 8:00pm – 4:00am

Yas Hotel Abu Dhabi conducts a dramatic farewell to 2018 with Skylite’s “Ministry of Sound NYE Party”. Featuring Ministry of Sound resident Tim Cullen, along with Dance FM’s Lucy Stone and James Murray with DJ Seb Fontaine making a special appearance as the headline act, The Ministry of Sound NYE Party brings in the New Year with a bang.

AED 499 with bubbly, AED 599 with premium bubbly and spirits. Table packages start at AED 10,000 for 8 guests.

For bookings: Call +971 2 656 0600; or email


31st December, 7pm onwards

A modern, high energy atmosphere awaits at Eclipse Terrace Lounge on the 3rd floor of Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi, with a vibrant New Year’s Eve Party featuring a live DJ, and a stylish outdoor bar and lounge setting. There is guaranteed seating for the evening for those selecting a special four course set menu.

  • Four course menu - AED 420 per person.

  • Bar bites menu also available, with entrance fee for non-diners at AED 150.

For bookings call, +971 2 333 2444 or email


New Years Day - 1st Jan 2019