It may be a pleasant 21°C during the day here, but this time of year in Dubai can feel just as festive as anywhere else in the world – with ice rinks, fairs, carol concerts and even pop-up ski chalets serving pots of hot cheese fondue throughout December. At Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai
, the festivities begin with an iconic Afternoon Tea menu – serving delicious hot chocolate and spicy teas in the outdoor courtyard – while hampers packed with cakes, mince pies, gingerbread houses and stollen can be ordered to your room from The Mandarin Cake Shop. With 1,200 outlets, The Dubai Mall
is the place to go gift shopping, while Ski Dubai
boasts the world’s third largest indoor ski slope and hosts 6,000 tonnes of snow and snowman building activities.