Christmas Market and Festive Brunch at Movenpick Ibn Battuta Gate | Lady & her Sweet Escapes

Dec 12, 2018

Christmas Market and Festive Brunch at Movenpick Ibn Battuta Gate


Christmas is here! 

Can you feel it? Smell it? Taste it? Hahah! I finally did last weekend at Movenpick Ibn Battuta Gate! Ed and I went there to visit the hotel's first ever Christmas Bazaar and to welcome the jolly season with a festive brunch. 

Movenpick Hotel Dubai


This December, every Friday, Movenpick Ibn Battuta Gate hosts a plethora of Christmas activities for everyone to enjoy. At the lobby, we were greeted with a life-size gingerbread house and the tallest Santa Claus to ever walk on earth! :) 

Movenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate
Movenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate

Ibn Battuta Gate hotel Moroccan lamps
Gigantic Moroccan lamps adorn the brunch venue


The halls of Al Bahou was turned into a lively Festive Friday Brunch venue. The air was filled with holiday cheer, especially when the school kids serenaded us with well-loved Christmas carols! I never thought that the fine Arabian atmosphere of the hotel can harmoniously blend with the Christmas spirit. 

Food carts line the huge venue. For starters, there are plenty of dishes to choose from; from sushi to seafood to healthy canapes!

Movenpick Ibn Battuta brunch
appetizers in an Arabic cart

seafood in Movenpick Ibn Battuta brunch
a delicious seafood dish of mussels and veg

lobster in Movenpick Ibn Battuta brunch
More seafood!!!

healthy options in Movenpick Ibn Battuta brunch
healthy options


I spotted some Friday brunch staples; a rack of juicy roast beef served with Yorkshire pudding, freshly-made pasta and pizza, and pan-seared salmon. The highlight for me is definitely the turkey with all the trimmings. But I wouldn't deny that I was also drawn into the secluded pork section! I got some roasted knuckles, sausage, and bacon from there. Oh yummm!   

Christmas Turkey in Movenpick Ibn Battuta brunch
Turkey! This Christmas dinner staple is also available for takeaway! 

food in Movenpick Ibn Battuta brunch
Indian dishes

fresh pasta in Movenpick Ibn Battuta brunch
The freshest pasta!

pork section in Movenpick Ibn Battuta brunch
Pork section

pork in Movenpick Ibn Battuta brunch
roasted knuckles and pork sausage


The dessert section is a long walk from where we were seated. Boohoo for the personal inconvenience but on a brighter side,  it's a woohoo for having to walk and create an ample space in the tummy for sweet treats. 

desserts in Movenpick Ibn Battuta brunch
Sweet and fruity! 

tiramisu in Movenpick Ibn Battuta brunch
Got my tiramisu! 


The Christmas Market is a wonderful addition to Movenpick Ibn Battuta Gate's annual Festive Brunch. The stalls brimmed with lovely gift ideas. I found cute trinkets for the girls, paperbacks for the bookworm, and Himalayan Salt Lamps for our health-conscious friends.   

Christmas market in Movenpick Ibn Battuta Hotel
Christmas Market

trinkets in Movenpick Ibn Battuta Hotel
Cute handcrafted trinkets

gift ideas in Movenpick Ibn Battuta Christmas market
Himalayan Salt Lamps and Dresses

books in Movenpick Ibn Battuta Christmas market
Books and more cute stuff!


Overall, I can say that the festive happenings at Movenpick Ibn Battuta Gate is a good addition to the limited Christmas traditions we have in Dubai. It is evokes the spirit of the season; a wonderful place for merry-making and last-minute Christmas shopping!


Friday Brunch with a Twist at Al Bahou
Movenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate
Dubai, UAE

Timings and Prices:
Every Friday of December, 12.30 pm – 4.00 pm
AED 340 with soft beverages
AED 445 with house beverages
AED 630 with Champagne package
AED 165 for children 7 to 12
AED 50 for children 3 to 6

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