There’s no need to pine. We’ve compiled a handy guide to buying a Christmas tree in Dubai. And whether you pre-fir to keep it real or are looking to fake it, we’ve got the best deals on sprucing up your deck spec.
For commitment-happy Christmas aficionados who want a tree for life (or at least until their home decor changes) and can’t be hassled with needles.
Doing Christmas on a budget? This colourful Japan discount store has 14 outlets across Dubai, including Al Barsha Mall, City Centre Deira, Motor City and Dubai Mall.
You can start creating your own little heavily wooded North Pole with mini trees (just under a metre in height) from as little AED 25. Just AED 99 for a petite 1.5 metre tree, and up to AED 275 for 2.1m whopper. You can also pick up snow globes, candle holders, glittery reindeers and a universe of adorable twinkling kitsch more from just AED 7.
Available at stores across Dubai and online at www.facebook.com/pg/daisojapanme
If all you want for Christmas is a pretty convincing artificial Christmas tree – it’s certainly worth checking out noon.com. These digital retailers offer gift ideas galore, and decorations that run the full personal taste range from understated glamour to glitter hurricane.
There’s a wild sale going on at the moment too, with a monster 94 per cent discount on one 2.1m tree we spied – sale price AED 159. If you have the inclination but not the time for decorating your tree, you can even get a metre-high fake fir complete with decorations for AED 150.
Order now from a full range of trees in a variety of shades and styles for delivery before Christmas. www.noon.com
Home Centre, branches across Dubai
Home Centre’s warehouse must look like a winter forest at this time of year. Stores have a great spread of phoney pines to spruce up your grotto – some even with a delicate snow effect dusting the branches. Festive bargainistas listen up – these guys have some pretty incredible sale deals too, with two for one and 50 per cent off (same same, kinda).
The tree pictured above is an absolute unit – 2.4 metres of Bavarian beast, and you can fell it straight into your shopping cart for a very reasonable AED 449 (after sales savings.
Handy Home Centre has four branches around Dubai, in Karama, Mall of the Emirates, Mirdif and Oasis Mall, which are all fully stocked with seasonal swag to prettify your living space. www.homecentre.com.
Dubai’s original eccentric lizard-shaped shopping complex never lets us down for a holiday event. Wear flat shoes, hire a trolley pusher from AED 15 and he’ll nimbly guide you round more than 4,000 stores in the great mall of China.
Is Christmas slightly more important than fully functioning retinas? Why not take home one of their huge LED Christmas trees – shipped in from the cyber-punk near future, and sporting a AED 1,000 price tag. Of course it’s Dragon Mart, so there’s little chance you’ll be leaving simply with what you went in for. Pile your shopping cart high, because 2018 is the year of self-care, and self-care starts at home.
There are tons of free parking spaces, or for spot close to the entrance, hand over AED 25 and valet. The newly opened Dragonmart 2 is close by and has its own range of bargains.
10am-10pm, Fridays until midnight. Porter service AED for an hour, AED 25 for two. www.dragonmart.ae
They say size doesn’t matter – but if it does to you personally, Carrefour packs an absolute giant. Get hold of the three metre Burj Kha-tree-fa sized ‘conifer’ for only AED 599. Proof that Carrefour aren’t content with just looking after your weekly shop – they’ve got a significant stock of stocking fillers, decorations and groceries for days.
We’re quite keen on the all in white little number (pictured); it’s only 1.5m tall – but what it lacks in height, it makes up for in mite. Give your home a touch of pale artic tundra for AED 139.95.
Carrefour – stores across Dubai and online at www.carrefouruae.com
Lulu is always a safe spot to head to when in search of some great value budget friendly buys. Like Santa, when it comes to Christmas, they always deliver. There’s a 2.1 metre Siam Xmas tree for AED 235 and if you fancy a radical departure from the traditional star on top of the tree, Lulu also sell an 8 inch tinsel reindeer (AED 18), which is up there with our favourite jazzy attention grabbing adornment available this year.
Find Lulu Hypermarkets in Barsha, Mirdif and Karama and online at www.luluhypermarket.com
Ikea is home to some of the more accessibly priced alternative style Chrimbo trees. So if you’re looking for festive, with a fashionable twist – Ikea demands inspecting. The tall white tree pictured above that looks like a well starched Smurf hat, will set you back a fairly modest a la modal 99 dizzas. The one on the left with the short back and sides and realistic detailing on the branches is a smart acquisition for only 225 dizz bucks.
There is a whole artificial biome of fake flora on offer, and so many seasonal decorations – that it’s even more easy to get distracted with those grand mental image interior design plans.
Visit Ikea at Dubai Festival City Mall. Or shop online at www.ikea.com/ae
Always fancied a traditional fir? Despite being a desert, Dubai still has plenty of evergreens in stock. Here’s where to find them.
Bargain hunters who are happy to barter should head to this oasis to stock up on affordable greenery.
Its collection of nearly 200 nurseries are busy all year round selling everything from small pots of herbs to fully grown lemon trees, but for the festive season, seek out bargain Canadian spruce in a range of sizes from AED 350. You can arrange delivery too, for a little extra.
Head down the Academic City Road to Al Aweer, close to International City and Dragon Mart. Most nurseries are open daily from 7am-6pm and may close for prayer time or open later on Fridays.
Al Futtaim Ace
There are still fresh Noble fir trees on the giant DIY store’s website. They’re a generous 1.8-2 metres tall and will set you back AED 549. If you need a base, Ace has those too, for AED 99. A few fake trees are left too – with 50 per cent off some stark minimal numbers (from AED 74). To pretty up the centrepiece of your room, there are tons of baubles and tinsel, from beaded UAE flags to Santa on a bike, many of which are half-price too.
Free standard delivery is available if you spend AED 499 across the site, or collect your tree from Ace’s Festival City store.
Dubai Festival City store is open 9am-11pm Festival City. www.aceuae.com
It’s not Christmas without a tree, says Bloombox. If the hassle has put you off, these online elves will come to your house and set everything up. Medium sized firs start from 1.5 metres and AED 649, plus AED 140 for a stand, up to AED 949 for a 2.4m big daddy. The rest of the year round, Bloombox specialises in gorgeous flowers, so bookmark them for future petal power.
Free delivery and set-up during December. bloombox.ae/christmas-tree/
Dubai Garden Centre
Did you know, Nordmann Fir Tree are named after Finnish botanist, Alexander Von Nordmann? He discovered the tree growing on the slopes of Georgia’s wild Caucasus mountains. Considered the archetypal Christmas tree, they’re loved because of their (approximate) two metre stature and aversion to needle drop – making them perfect for family homes. Yours from AED 695, including delivery.
Get yours from Dubai Garden Centre by calling 04 590 4333. If you want to pick one out, the garden centre is off Sheikh Zayed Road, behind FBG Metro station. 04 590 4333. 8am-10pm.
Hunt down this avenue full of foliage – better known as Plant Street, for obvious reasons – at any time of year and you can stock up on greenery for less.
At the moment, vans loaded with evergreens pack the Satwa neighbourhood, so get ready to do some haggling. Prices range from AED 600-AED 700 and will ramp up closer to Christmas, so how low can you go?
Hubaida Street, Satwa (opposite the Iranian hospital).
Prices and availability correct when writing.