It may seem surprising but Christmas is widely celebrated here in Dubai, almost all establishments are adorned with festive decorations and Santa Claus make several appearance across the city.
For many Filipinos this is also the time to reunite with relatives who they have not seen for a long time and a special day to remember the birth of Jesus Christ. As with any celebration expect a traditional feast that would require one to spend a few days of food prep and whole day in the kitchen. You can skip all and just enjoy the night away by spending Christmas eve or lunch at Movenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lake Towers.
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Our expat kids have been spending Christmas in Dubai for the past 6 years. My son can barely remember what Christmas is like back in the Philippines while LittleMiss only know of the celebrations we have here. They are not missing out on the Christmas festivities because all establishments here are adorned with lights and decorations. One Filipino activity we do yearly as a family is attending 'Simbang Gabi' which is a 9 days of going to church to attend mass to recall and celebrate the journey of Mary and Joseph up till the day Jesus was born. Simbang Gabi back in the home country is held at the crack of dawn but is held at night here in Dubai to accommodate schedule of those working. Many believe that if you complete 9 days of simbang gabi, whatever their heart desires will come true. ••• Are you celebrating Christmas away from home? What tradition/activity do you keep to stay connected to your roots? ••• •• • #christmasindubai #christmas #expatkids #kidbloggersofig #myDubai #uaemombloggers #dubaibloggers #expatfamily #mommyblogger #mkbkids #movenpickjlt
A few weeks back we attended the hotels tree lighting ceremony, listened to Nord Anglia International School Primary Carolers’, a visit from Santa and enjoyed an early Christmas buffet.
Christmas Buffet is hosted at Movenpick JLT’s NOSH restaurant, they sure know how to satisfy someone’s appetite for good food.
Entering the restaurant you are greeted by a wide array of beautiful desserts that taste really good too. Let this be a warning to talk to your kids to have some proper food first before getting on the sweets.
Honestly, I just kept coming back to appetizers which had a really good salad and seafood choices. It was a seafood lovers haven. Also a lot of choices for your picky eaters with crunchy selection of fish fingers and some mains.
CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER
AED 165 per person, buffet and soft beverages
AED 260 per person, buffet and unlimited house beverages
CHRISTMAS DAY BRUNCH
AED 199 per person, buffet and soft beverages
AED 299 per person, buffet and unlimited house beverages
Kids under 6 dine free. Kids from 6 to 12 get 50% discount.
For more information or to book, call +971 4 4380000
Check out all of Movenpick JLT festive offerings, here.
Disclaimer: We were invited for the Christmas buffet, but as always all opinions are my own.