Celebrate Dubai Christmas on the QE2 with special offers

It will be combining glitz and glamour with the nostalgia of UK festivities

For a grand way to celebrate Christmas in Dubai this year, why not head for the QE2?

The world-famous cruise ship, that's now a floating hotel, will be combining glitz and glamour with the nostalgia of UK festivities through a fabulous winter programme of events.

It includes everything from festive dinners, a market and lots of hotel deals – as well as a spectacular dinner on Christmas Day itself.

It all starts from Thursday December 13, with a special five-course set menu served every night in the Queens Grill from 7pm to 11pm costing Dhs495 per person or Dhs795 with grape pairings.

That weekend is the QE2 Winter Wonderland, with a Wonderland Brunch on the Friday December 14 from 1pm to 4pm followed by the Christmas tree light switch-on at 6pm (free entry) then an evening brunch at 8pm featuring a tribute to the Jersey Boys.

Then on Saturday December 15, guests can browse hand-made arts and crafts while enjoying festive nibbles at the ARTE Makers Market from 10am-2pm.

If you're looking to stay on board, you can enjoy a seven night stay while paying for just five including access to Laguna Waterpark and Dubai Parks And Resorts.

The deal is valid from Sunday December 23 right through until Tuesday January 1.

On Christmas Eve, there's a night brunch from 7pm to 11pm featuring a decadent traditional buffet with all the trimings as well as a carol service, live music and a visit from Santa himself.

Then on Christmas Day, for Dhs895 per person you can get a six-course festive menu full of British classics with a welcome beverage. It'll all be accompanied by live jazz music and a carol service, and if you book before Friday November 30 you'll get 20 percent off.

Considering that the Queens Grill was once frequented by members of the British Royal family, it'd be hard to find a grander way to celebrate Christmas.

Prices vary. Queen Elizabeth 2, Port Rashid, Deira, qe2.com (04 526 8888).