With The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year Still In Full Swing, Atlantis, The Palm Is Inviting Guests To Enjoy A Magical Orthodox Christmas Filled With Food And Festivities

In celebration of Orthodox Christmas Day, Atlantis, The Palm will be hosting special culinary experiences at Saffron restaurant on the 7th and 8th of January and at Nobu nightly until Saturday 9th January

Christmas may have come and gone for some, but many people and communities around the world are celebrating the holiday in January.With Orthodox Christmas Day 2020 taking place in countries including Greece, Belarus, Egypt, Ethiopia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Russia, and Ukraine on the 7th January – while some countries, such as Armenia, observe Christmas Day on the 6th January – Atlantis, The Palm is welcoming friends and families from across the globe to celebrate Orthodox Christmas in all its glory. World renowned restaurant Nobu, as well as recently refurbished restaurant Saffron, will be crafting menus especially for the occasion, along with music and visits from Ded Moroz (Santa Claus).

Orthodox Christmas at Saffron

Those looking for a lively dining experience to celebrate Orthodox Christmas can get involved in the coolest contemporary celebration in town at Saffron which has just enjoyed a complete renovation – to stunning effect. Pulling out all the stops on the 7th January and 8th January, Saffron will lay on a traditional transcontinental feast complete with festive delicacies such as Oliver Russian salad with potatoes and vegetables, pod shuboy (dressed herring), borscht beef soup, Zapečeni roasted duck and salmon kulebyaka – the original Russian fish pie. And with no festive feast being complete without a selection of indulgent desserts, Saffron will serve a selection of sweet treats including honey cake, Russian cheese cake and a light and fluffy tvorog cream cloud.

With a fun atmosphere and entertainment including a live DJ and an appearance from Ded Moroz, AKA Father Frost or Santa Claus, accompanied by Snegurochka (the snow maiden), it promises to be a night to remember for both kids and adults!

  • Date: Thursday 7th and Friday 8th January 2021
  • Timings: 18:00 – 10:30
  • Price: AED 255 per person including water
  • Price: AED 127.50 per person ages 4 to 11 years old, children under 3 years old eat for free
  • Regular and premium beverage lists will be available
  • Entertainment: Russian DJ set, Ded Moroz and his snow maiden Snegurochka

Orthodox Christmas at Nobu

There’s a brand new Christmas experience in town courtesy of award-winning Japanese restaurant Nobu. Executive chef Damien Duviau has curated very special dishes for the occasion, with highlights including chu toro tataki with avocado jalapeno salsa, wagyu beef tartare with crispy foie gras rice, seared salmon agua, crispy langoustine with black caviar and beef tenderloin tataki with truffle ponzu. Desserts are equally luxurious, featuring a glorious chocolate sphere with goma (black sesame) ice cream and white chocolate cream with caramelised pineapple and black truffle.

Dishes will be complemented by a premium spirits and wine list as well as Nobu’s Hokusetsu sake and innovative cocktails. Because music has always been part of the festive celebrations, guests will also enjoy a live music set from Nobu’s resident DJ.

  • Date: Up until Saturday 9th January 2021
  • Timings: 18:00 – 11:00
  • Family seating is available from 18:00-18:30. Guest must be above age of 10 years to dine after 8pm
  • Price: Special menu items from AED 70 to AED 800
  • Premium beverage lists will be available
  • Entertainment: DJ set

Why Are There Two Christmases?

In 45 BC, Julius Caesar of Rome created the Julian calendar. According to this calendar, Christmas falls 13 days after the “other” Christmas that takes place on 25th Decembe. But they both celebrate the same thing. Orthodox Christians still use this calendar today for religious holidays. For countries like Egypt, Greece, Russia and Ukraine, Orthodox Christmas Day is a public holiday. Many Orthodox Christians throughout the world also celebrate the day.


About Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai

Atlantis, The Palm is the first entertainment resort destination in the region and located at the centre of the crescent of The Palm in Dubai. Opened in September 2008, the unique ocean-themed resort features a variety of marine and entertainment attractions, as well as 17 hectares of waterpark amusement at Atlantis Aquaventure, all within a 46-hectare site. It is home to one of the largest open-air marine habitats in the world, with over 65,000 marine animals in lagoons and displays including The Lost Chambers Aquarium, a maze of underwater corridors and passageways providing a journey through ancient Atlantis. Atlantis Aquaventure waterpark features 18 million litres of fresh water used to power thrilling waterslides, a 2.3-kilometre river ride with tidal waves and pools, water rapids and white-water chargers. Dolphin Bay, the unparalleled dolphin conservation and education habitat, and Sea Lion Point were created to provide guests a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn more about one of natures most friendly mammals. The resort boasts an impressive collection of luxury boutiques and shops as well as extensive meeting and convention facilities. Atlantis, The Palm is also known as the culinary destination in the region where guests can take their pick from a collection of 31 world-renowned restaurants including Bread Street Kitchen & Bar, Hakkasan, Nobu, Ronda Locatelli, Seafire Steakhouse & Bar, and award-winning underwater restaurant, Ossiano. The nightlife scene at Atlantis is lively, too, with the fun-filled Wavehouse offering something for everyone, and WHITE Beach & Restaurant the perfect place to unwind with a drink as the sun slips into the Arabian Sea.