Given a choice, I would always prefer to spend my holidays in the desert. In the ten years we’ve been in the region, we’ve never gone home to the States for Christmas, and more often than not, have been in Dubai for both December 25th and December 31st. Quite honestly, there is no better place to be. In Dubai, the weather is absolutely perfect to be outside, the traffic is considerably reduced, everyone is (mostly) in a good mood, and there are options to celebrate in any number of ways — you can break the bank, or have a simple gathering with friends. After all, in a city where the majority of people are living away from their home countries and families, the holidays are a time to get together with other ‘orphans’ and celebrate together.
Here are some of my favorite ‘only in Dubai’ moments during the ‘festive’ season (yes, the word ‘Christmas’ is rarely used in marketing or other commercial capacities in the Emirates).