This year’s Festive Food Guide is here to offer recommendations on where to celebrate everything from Christmas Day to New Year’s Eve, and all that’s in between – acting as your go-to for dining out over the holidays.

Get into the spirit at a tree lighting service or enjoy festive bites as you stroll around the Winter Garden at Habtoor Palace, where you’ll be able to soak up a traditional Christmas market atmosphere, minus the winter coat.

Spend Christmas Eve with loved ones over an intimate dinner, but be sure to save room for Christmas Day feasts that await on December 25, as restaurants across the region put on indulgent spreads fit for feeding a king.

Welcome the New Year at an elegant gala dinner, or put on your dancing shoes and head to a venue offering live entertainment – there’s plenty of options to choose from inside.

Whichever venues you choose to celebrate at this season, we hope that the recommendations inside this guide help to make your occasion extra special.

Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

The editorial team
Sophie McCarrick & Glesni Holland