The Christmas is not an official holiday in the UAE, but this time of year you can find Christmas trees, lights and other decorations almost everywhere.
However, many of these decorations in public spaces remained from the celebration of the National Day on December 2. Thereby for full six weeks, the country has a very festive look.
Christmas celebration in the UAE is not much different from celebration in other countries. As December 25 approaches, homes, hotels, malls and shops all around the country are decorated with green giant and small Christmas trees and everywhere you can hear Christmas tunes. Festive markets are open across the country. And children are writing letters full of wishes to Santa. People from all over the country give each other special Christmas gifts. You can feel the joy is in the air. This is a great time to visit the country.
Most celebrations and various events are held in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. From 2010 and annually in Abu Dhabi at Emirates Palace the world’s most expensive Christmas tree is set, which value exceeds millions of dollars. There are a lot of venues and plenty of places in these cities where citizens and guests can enjoy festivities and have a great time with family and friends. It is just impossible to give really good advice on where to spend your holiday time — you can go anywhere and find something interesting and fun. For example, it is very unusual to meet Christmas in the desert, because many people associate this holiday with cold and snow.
Of course, UAE citizens are Muslim. But Christmas celebration confirms the fact that the UAE is the country that welcomes every culture and every religion. How UAE Prime Minister and Dubai Emir Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum said, «Love and tolerance are bridges of communication and a universal language, binding humanity across different languages, religions and cultures. These are the foundations of the Emirates.»