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Gift Ideas for this Festive Season

Enter any hotel lobby or mall in Dubai and it is hard not to notice that the festive season is well and truly under-way.  The festive meal has been taken care of with our Festive Take-Away Packages, getting in the festive mood has been sorted with an assortment of  Christmas Carols around town but what about the presents?  Here are some different ideas away from the normal spa, chocolates and socks to surprise your loved ones with.

Balloon Adventures
Enjoy the desert from the sky.  Drift slowly over giant red sand dunes, green oases and herds of camels.  A great present for the whole family.

Cost: AED 995 per adult, AED 850 per child (5-12 years)

Golf Lessons
Another great sport to learn in Dubai.  For most of the year the weather in Dubai is perfect for this sport and we are spoilt for choice when it comes to courses to play on.  However, lessons are very important to be able to enjoy the game to its full potential.  Most of the golf clubs around town will offer packages for lessons.  Golf Club Directory. Plus points are there are lots of accessories to go along with this present!

Sailing Lessons
Take to the seas and learn to sail.  Look back at Dubai from the sea.  Learn the basics of sailing to enable you to progress to taking out your own boat.  There are various establishments around town that offer sailing lessons including Dubai Offshore Sailing Club and Watercooled at Jebel Ali Hotel.

Cost: Various Packages

Sky Dive Dubai
Give the present of a tandem jump over Palm Jumeirah or the desert.  A DVD is included recording this memorable experience.

Cost: AED 1999

Surfing Lessons with Surf Dubai
The combination of wave climate, beautiful water temperatures, and year round sunshine, make Dubai an ideal location for learning to surf.

Come experience the thrill of surfing the Arabian Gulf with Surf Dubai – The U.A.E’s first and leading surf school. Surf Dubai is an International Surfing Association (ISA accredited school. All their instructors are fully qualified ISA Level 1 Surf Coaches and Beach Lifeguards.

Their lessons are tailored to suit the novice through to the intermediate surfer.

Cost: Private lessons start from AED 175

Book – The Rise of a Nation
Beautiful coffee table book for anyone who has spent time in the UAE. The Rise of a Nation photo book brings the reader the immediacy of news photography as it portrays life in the UAE and the changes it has undergone in the course of 30 years.

Cost: AED 200

Family Portrait
Why not make a gift to the whole family with a family portrait.  The weather is perfect just now for the photos to be taken outside with famous Dubai landmarks in the background.  A great keepsake for any-time of the year.  There are many photographers in Dubai who offer this service. See our Photography Directory

Cost: check with each photographer

GlamBox delivers the finest beauty products and the latest trends every month direct to your home! Give monthly subscriptions to other beauty lovers all over the Emirates.  A great gift for any lady or teenage girl.

Cost: from AED 80 per month

Give a Ghaf Tree
Today the Ghaf is being over-lopped and over-grazed to destruction. Ghaf groves are succumbing to urbanization and rapid infrastructure development. Goumbook has launched the “Give a Ghaf” program to encourage people to plant Ghaf trees and help protect one of the world’s most valuable symbols of the living desert.

Later, when the trees will be big enough, they will be given back to the local community and donated to parks, schools or urban areas where natural shade and greenery are needed.Cost: Trees start from $5

Sponsor a Dog or a Kennel with K9 Friends
Have you always loved dogs and wished you could have one of your own but circumstances don’t permit? Then look no further! For Dhs 350 a year, you could sponsor one of the K9 dogs, for yourself or as a gift for someone else. Initially you will be sent a certificate, photo and profile of your dog and then  regular updates will be sent, two or three times a year to keep you informed on how your dog and life at the kennels progresses. You will also receive invitations to any Open Days we have to give you the opportunity to come and meet your new friend face to face.

Donating Dhs. 1,000, will cover of the costs of keeping a dog in one of their kennels for a full year. They receive help from  sponsors with food and the medical treatment, but still, it is never enough and with more dogs added to their records every month, every cent that comes in is greatly appreciated.

Your name or your company’s name will appear on a board on the Dog’s Kennel


Sponsor a ‘Senior Dog’s’ Medical Bills
Wondering what to get the person who has everything this Christmas? How about a donation towards a homeless dogs medical bill in their name? The ‘Dubai Senior Dog Project’ are a non-profit volunteer organisation dedicated to nursing and re-homing older and other ‘less adoptable’ dogs in their time of need. Please help them to help more dogs this Christmas. If you are interested in helping these dogs by making a donation to one of their vets, please email Hayley at with your pledge and details for the voucher and they will send the contact details of their vet for payment. 100% of proceeds will be used on the dogs food and medical costs. You can follow these same dogs progress on their Facebook page The Dubai ‘Senior Dog’ Project- older dogs for transient expats.

For lots of other unique gift ideas check out the various arts and crafts festive fayres that are happening all around town over the next couple of weeks.  Check out our Whats On December for details

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