Where to enjoy festive brunches in Abu Dhabi

Gather around and create a festive ambiance with all the family with our exceptional roundup of seasonal brunches… go on, get stuck in!

24th December

Sacci welcomes the occasion in true Italian style as Italian chef Stefano Conti dishes  up a four course set menu inspired by traditional homemade Italian dishes (where else, of course). AED 195 with welcome drink and soft beverages, AED 350 with grape drink pairing. The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa, Sas Al Nakhl. 6pm-11pm. Contact: 02 616 9999, sacci.auh@westin.com

Twas the night before Christmas – Christmas Eve by any other name – when a four-course festive dinner with a Thai twist will be served at Pachaylen. AED 320 with soft beverages, AED 450 with house beverages, half-price for kids aged five to 12. Anantara Eastern Magroves, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Street. 7pm-11pm. Contact: 02 656 1000, emdining@anantara.com

Porters English Pub will be rolling out a special menu a day before Christmas. Eat to your heart’s delight and be merry with festive-inspired drinks and live entertainment for even more cheer. AED 135 with soft beverages, AED 185 with two house beverages. Grand Millennium Al Wahda, Hazza Bin Zayed Street. 7pm-midnight. Contact: 02 495 3890, foodnbeverage.gmaw@millenniumhotels.com

Soak up the festive spirit at Giornotte Restaurant’s live cooking stations where a delicious array of duck confit, prime ribs, whole-baked salmon and sea bass in salt crust, Christmas chocolate éclairs, Christmas pudding, yule logs, mince pies and more will be served – can you handle all of that? AED 235 food only, AED 305 with soft beverages, AED 430 with house beverages, Half-price for kids six-11 years old, free for children under six years old. The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqtaa. 7pm-11pm. Contact: 02 818 8282, abudhabi.restaurants@ritzcarlton.com

There are festive treats a-go-go at Horizon where a rich range of dishes await guests as they celebrate the day before Christmas. AED 225 with soft beverages. Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana, Corniche West, Al Khubeirah. 6.30pm-11pm. Contact: 02 657 0223, fb.khalidiya@rotana.com

c.taste is rolling out a feast of holiday treats ranging from a variety of cheese, salads, appetisers and main courses. There’ll be live stations of turkey, schnitzel, tandoori and sumptuous desserts. For the little ones, festive-themed activities await and that big red man – Santa, just in case you thought it we meant Chris de Burgh – will mingle with guests. AED 135 with soft beverages, AED 180 with hops, AED 210 with hops, bubbly and spirits. Centro Capital Centre, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street (near ADNEC). 6pm-10.30pm. Contact: 02 409 6512, fb.centrocapital@rotana.com

25th December

Head to Bistro and make a beeline for the buffet and live stations filled with fresh oysters and seafood, but don’t miss out on the charcoal grill and carvery station. AED 175 with soft beverages, AED 275 house beverages, AED 85 for kids aged six to 12. Courtyard by Marriott, World Trade Center, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Street. 12.30pm-4.30pm. Contact: 02 698 2222, diningatcourtyardabudhabi.com

Get stuck in to this festive buffet at The Foundry that serves a wide selection of signature dishes and Christmas treats . It’s rumoured that Santa will drop by to hand out presents to guests of all ages. From AED 295. Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiya. 12.30pm-4pm. Contact: 02 818 4888, abudhabi.dine@tsogosun.com

The Papa Noel’s Brunch at Ingredients promises  a sumptuous spread of international and yuletide dishes. Santa will join the celebration too, with loads of merrymaking activities. AED 320 with soft beverages, AED 450 with house beverages, half-price kids five-12 years old. Anantara Eastern Mangroves, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Street. 12.30pm 4pm. Contact: 02 656 1000, emdining@anantara.com

Celebrate the joyous occasion al fresco style at Portobello Restaurant. The extensive buffet features festive delights such as roasted turkey, a steamship round of beef and mince pies. There’s also a dedicated area hosting kids’ activities. AED 250 with soft beverages. AED 325 with house beverages. AED 125 children six-12 years old, free kids under five years old. Grand Millennium Al  Wahda, Hazza Bin Zayed Street. 12.30pm- 3.30pm. Contact: 02 495 3890, foodnbeverage.gmaw@millenniumhotels.com

The buffet and live stations at the big Christmas Day Brunch at Ginger will serve international dishes including seafood, sushi, antipasti, carvery dishes, pasta, desserts and more. There’ll be a festive choir and the man in red will turn up too. AED 249 with soft beverages. AED 329 with hops and grapes, AED 349 with hops, grapes and spirits, AED 149 for kids aged six to 12 years old, and free for children below six. Park Rotana Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Street (near Khalifa Park). 12.30pm-4pm. Contact: 02 657 3333, rotana.com/magicalseason

Enjoy a majestic Christmas at Le Vendome where you get to dine on seasonal favourites from all corners of the globe. Tuck into your festive fare either al fresco on the stunning terrace overlooking the sea or indoors where you’ll see chefs hard at work in the open kitchen. AED 450 with soft beverages, AED 600 with grape beverages, AED 700 with one bottle of bubbles. Emirates Palace, Corniche West. 12.30pm-3.30pm. Contact: 02 690 9000

Spend your Christmas at Sim Sim where an array of international cuisine awaits. Middle Eastern, European and Asian specialties await at the Christmas Day Market Brunch. AED 359 with soft beverages, AED 495 with unlimited selected house beverages, AED 595 with VIP lounge access and premium beverages, AED 165 for children from six-11 years old, free for children below six years old. Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas, Saadiyat Island. 1pm-4pm. Contact: 02 697 0000, simsim.saadiyat@rotana.com

Invite loved ones to a hearty Christmas lunch at Café 302. Fill up on yuletide specialties including traditional roasted turkey with all the trimmings and an array of wonderful desserts. AED 139 with soft beverages, Half-price for kids six to 12 years old, children aged five and below get to eat for free. Al Maha Arjaan by Rotana, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Muhammad Street. Noon-3pm. Contact: 02 610 6666, almaha.arjaan@rotana.com

Urban Kitchen will be serving a spread of Asian delicacies paired with festive staples. The buffet and the cooking stations will be overflowing, giving revellers plenty of reason to celebrate throughout the night. AED 250 with soft beverages, AED 400 with house beverages, AED 175 for children seven-12 years old, free for children up to six years old. Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi, Sultan Bin Zayed the First Street. From 7pm. Contact: 02 698 8137, reservation.table@dusit.com

Spend Christmas with loved ones while enjoying the relaxing views and ambiance of Saadiyat Beach Club. Feast on an array of traditional festive favourites and free-flowing seasonal beverages, plus plenty of activities for the little ones, live entertainment and more. AED 299 with soft beverages, AED 399 with bubbly, AED 499 with French bubbly, AED 99 for children seven-12 years old. With day pass: AED 399 with soft beverages, AED 499 with bubbly, AED 599 with French bubbly, AED 199 for kids seven-12 years old. Exit 14, Saadiyat Island. Contact: 02 656 3500, saadiyatbeachclub.ae

Dino’s Bistro Italiano will transport guests to the streets of Italy right in time for Christmas. The a la carte style brunch will feature a buffet of antipasti station, cheese and cold cuts, artisan breads and turkey carving. Santa will pay a visit and kids activities will include pizza making and more. AED 195 with soft beverages, AED 245 with bubbly. Pearl Rotana Capital Centre, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street (near ADNEC). Noon-4pm. Contact: 02 307 5551, dinos.pearl@rotana.com

Falcon Terrace is putting on a lavish buffet with an unlimited carvery and free-flowing beverages. There’s a ton of desserts and for the kids, fun activities including a visit from Santa himself awaits. AED 250 with soft beverages, AED 365 with house beverages, AED 120 for children five to12, free for kids below five years old. Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Khalifa City (near Sas Al Nakheel Complex). Noon-3.30pm. Contact: 056 536 2230, events@adgolfclub.ae

Saadiyat Beach Golf Club is serving festive favourites and international cuisine, as well as loads of fun activities and a dedicated play area to keep kids busy. AED 250 with soft beverages, AED 365 with house beverages, AED 120 for children five to12 years old, free for children four years old and below. Saadiyat Island. Noon-3.30pm. Contact: 056 660 8780, events@sbgolfclub.ae

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