Happy holidays at JA The Resort, Jebel Ali Beach, Dubai

Step into a Winter Wonderland and curate your very own festive holiday itinerary at this family-friendly resort in Dubai

If you’re planning on squeezing in a staycation over the holidays, be sure to check out JA The Resort, Jebel Ali Beach, Dubai which has pulled out all the stops to create a magical setting in which to celebrate the festive season

Home to JA Beach Hotel and JA Palm Tree Court (with JA Lake View Hotel opening in September 2019), the resort is set within 128 acres and offers a variety of room types, from dedicated family rooms to luxurious suites. There’s never a dull moment thanks to the 800-metre private beach, four landscaped swimming pools, a choice of over 16 restaurants and bars and an impressive line-up of leisure activities, giving you plenty of opportunity to create wonderful memories with friends and family.  

Mark the start of the festive celebrations by gathering at the tree lighting on 13 Dec (from 6-8pm) when the Winter Wonderland at Palmito Garden is also being unveiled (running until 9 Jan 2019, from 4-10pm). There, you can ride the polar bear express, shop for gifts at the market chalets and take part in games and activities, with live entertainment adding to the buzzing atmosphere. 

Fast forward to the 24th and you can take your seat at the Christmas Eve Dinner (from 7-11pm) at La Fontana, which is rolling out a lavish buffet with live carvery stations and a kids’ corner to keep the little ones entertained. Reserve a table beside the swimming pool to dine under a blanket of stars. 

On Christmas day itself, you can eat, drink and be merry at Palmito Garden (from 12.30-3.30pm), with live music, fun games and a surprise visit from Santa making it a meal to remember.

Once you’ve digested the season indulgences, the Sunset Pool Party on 28 Dec (from 7-11pm) invites you to unwind by the beach with a refreshing drink in-between splashing around in the swimming pool, with a casual al fresco dinner served on the beach. 

As the countdown to 2019 draws closer, you can transport yourself to New York at the Times Square themedNew Year’s Eve Gala Dinner (from 7pm until late), and see fireworks illuminate the night’s sky as the clock strikes midnight. 

The next morning, start the year as you mean to go on at the New Year’s Resolution Brunch on 1 Jan (from 11am-3.30pm), at which you can ponder your goals for the year ahead while tucking into the delicious spread and busting out your best moves as the house band plays on.

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