Feeling Festive

The CitiSpi Team consists of newbies and those that have been here a while, and some have been living in Dubai well into double figures. Even just ten years ago Christmas in Dubai was a very different story. You had to go to Park n' Shop, Al Wasl (the original) to order the best Ham or Turkey. You couldn't find any mince pies, you could find mincemeat (at Park n' Shop) and had to make your own, Christmas Crackers came via guests from overseas and you could always catch up with your friends on Christmas Eve in Fibbers, as thats where everyone went, donning a Santa Hat of course.  Christmas organising really didn't happen till after National Day (2nd December) but times have changed....now we are in 2015 and doesn't time fly!

Some venues are yet to launch their festive offering but some are so organised they are already fully booked (like Bubbalicious at the Westin Mina Seyahi!). Halloween hasn't quite happened yet, but we have been receiving lots of requests from our lovely followers on what to do over Christmas and New Year. So here are our humble recommendations for now..... as we get closer we will provide further advice.

We have seen the menu and it made us feel very hungry, and while the children wait for Santa all tucked up in bed, we would recommend enjoying Christmas Eve with the fine fellows at Ruth Chris, Dubai Marina. They have put together a delicious 4 course menu for you including truffle, lobster and of course turkey for AED450 a head, to book call 04 454 9538.

If you looking for something a bit different for Christmas day, to enjoy the weather and have a great the view, we would recommend Christmas lunch at Bussola at the Westin Mina Seyahi, a delicious 4 course menu for AED450 for the adults and AED225 for the the 6-11 year olds. Price excludes beverages, call 04 511 7136 to book.

Looking for a more family friendly Christmas Day, look no further than booking into the Montgomerie, Emirates Hills. Their Christmas Day Brunch is on from 12pm, for AED435/580 with soft or house drinks and the small humans are AED220 (6-12yr old) under 6's are free. Book now on 04 390 5600, this is very popular so make sure you book well in advance.

If you live in Dubai Marina, so you can avoid getting into a car and ie the traffic, we would recommend a wonder to Pure Sky Lounge, JBR it has one of the best views of the fireworks on NYE AND their NYEs party has free entry! Or you can book their NYE party brunch for AED695 per person on 04 374 7888, on from 9pm.

There are more festive recommendations on our Facebook and Twitter feeds this week, if the above don't float your boat, and CitiSpi will be sharing more festive offerings over the coming weeks as well.

Have a great week beautiful followers