The festive season is around the corner and the tantalising smells of holiday food fare is already in the air. It's a full day affair in the UAE as the country's gastronomic hotspots invite you to spend your holiday with brunch, afternoon tea and dinner. These are the must-try food spots for your festive feast.

Le Vendome at Emirates Palace

Breathe in the delectable smells of roasts, fruit pies and other traditional festive classics at Abu Dhabi's premier hotel. Choose to sit within the elegant interior setting or take in the year-end breeze and the stunning beach and marina view from the terrace as you indulge in a buffet of traditional and international flavours that will keep you coming back for more.

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For reservations, call +971 2 690 7999.

Oléa at St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort

Feast at Oléa where the array of seafood, rotisserie and dessert will entice every taste bud. As an added treat, the Mediterranean restaurant offers a visit inside its cheese room where over 40 kinds of cheeses from across the world await the culinary connoisseur.

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For reservations, call +971 2 498 8443.

SUQ at Four Seasons Dubai

Be immersed in the SUQ atmosphere where its market-styled interior allows for celebratory interaction between chefs and diners. Choose from a wide range of international cuisine – some of which will be prepared on the spot for you – while you relax by the pool or enjoy the live music.

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For reservations, call +971 4 270 7777.

Tortuga at Jumeirah Mina A'salam, Madinat Jumeirah

Head to Tortuga for a burst of Mexican flavours where the concept of "mi casa, es su casa", translated as "my house is your house", allows you to comfortably taste the award-winning brunch created by renowned Mexican Chef Oscar Rito. Savour authentic classics including sea bass ceviche, smoked duck salad as well as the signature En Nogada Chile Pobalno, a ground beef concoction with dry fruits and nuts.

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For reservations, call +971 4 432 3232.

Penrose Lounge at Four Seasons DIFC

Be awed by the Penrose Lounge, designed by one of America's greatest architects Adam Tihany. Luxuriously furnished, this is the perfect escape for a little quiet afternoon festive tea session where the experts will guide you to what's best for the occasion or you can simply sip into your favourite tea or hot chocolate. Also, just for the day, the lounge is set to offer a surprise giveaway!

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For reservations, call +971 4 506 0200.

Lobby Lounge at Ritz-Carlton, Dubai

For an added touch of festive magic, Lobby Lounge presents a live pianist as well as a festive choir to complement your afternoon tea. The themed seasonal concept will see delicacies – both sweet and savoury – on offer along with a wide range of fine teas and cocoas.

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For reservations, call +971 4 399 4000.

Sahn Eddar at Burj Al Arab Jumeirah

Book in at Dubai's iconic 7-star destination and immerse yourself in true luxury from the exquisite food offerings paired with the live Arabian music, which is complemented by festive decor. 

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Villa Beach at Jumeirah Beach Hotel

A smorgasbord of culinary festive delights await at Villa Beach. From a three-course fine menu to a more casual barbecue-style offering, with seafood at its culinary core, some of the must-try dishes include lobster bisque, confit octopus, anchovy tian with caviar, and smoked eel and half shell scallops.

Christmas 2016 food round up

For reservations, call  +971 4 432 3232.

Armani Ristorante at Armani Hotel Dubai

This festive season is the perfect time to discover why Armani Hotel Dubai has been named the Best Design Hotel and why Armani Ristorante is the perfect representation of fine Italian cuisine. This is the epitome of haute dining with its private room, chic interiors and of course, exquisite food fare. This is where you can appreciate both the authenticity of Italian cuisine as well as the artistry of contemporary interpretations.

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For reservations, call +971 4 888 3888. 

Prime68 at JW Marriott Marquis

Have a festive dinner in the clouds as you take in the Dubai Skyline from the 68th floor of the world's tallest hotel. Prime68 will be serving a stunning six-course menu that runs the culinary gamut from duck and pigeon pie to pan seared sole filet and pan-roasted turkey. Satisfaction guaranteed!

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For reservations, call +971 4 414 3000.

Gaucho, DIFC

Dubai's Argentine food hot spot is celebrating the festive day with a special menu that includes national favourites such as chicken salpicon, matambre de ancho and pionono de dulce de leche. Enjoy the best that Argentina has to offer both cuilnary and hospitality, in a chic contemporary setting. 

Christmas 2016 food round up

For reservations, call +971 4 422 7898.

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