With so many Americans and Canadians in the Emirate, there are plenty of brunches, and dinners, not to mention take-away turkeys to get into the festive spirit.
Thanksgiving falls on the 4th Thursday of every year. It usually falls between the 22nd and the 28th of the month. This year it’s on the 23rd of November!
However, Canadian Thanksgiving falls earlier in the month of October. It is celebrated on the 2nd Monday of October each year.
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If you are specifically looking for a turkey takeaway in Abu Dhabi, we have all the basis covered here.
Here is a list of everything we know so far for Thanksgiving in Abu Dhabi this year.
Thanksgiving Abu Dhabi
1. Thanksgiving Brunch Or Dinner, Sofitel Corniche
Prepare to tantalize your taste buds and satiate your hunger this Thanksgiving. The centerpiece of the celebration is a delectable turkey carving station that promises to be the crowning jewel of this Thanksgiving dining experience.
The expert culinary team has meticulously curated a menu of classic Thanksgiving delights, including velvety mashed potatoes, savoury stuffing, zesty cranberry sauce, and much more!
Date: Thursday, November 23rd Time: 6:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Corniche All Day Dining
Pricing: AED 220 per person, which includes complimentary soft drinks and water.
Thanksgiving brunch at Grills @ Chill’o will be showcasing all the traditional classics in a lavish buffet.
But that’s not all, the live band will also be bringing festive cheer and spirit this year.
Whether you’re looking for a leisurely meal with your family or friends, this Thanksgiving brunch offers the ideal way to mark this special occasion.
Date: Saturday, November 25th
Time: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Price:AED 285 per person.
2. Sahha, Grand Hyatt
This year, Sahha at The Grand Hyatt is doing an incredible deal with a 2 for 1 Thanksgiving Buffet.
Be ready to savour delectable flavours, with root vegetables, roasted potato, beef pancetta, bread pudding and more accompanying the traditional herb-roasted turkey.
The flavoursome buffet will feature an array of international cuisine, with a slow-roasted Beef Chuck Roll at the carving station, a selection of mixed seafood grilled to perfection and to end the evening on a sweet note, a caramelized apple trifle.
Price: AED 240 for 2 – Soft Beverage Package or 360 per person to upgrade to the House Beverage Package.
Date: 23 November | 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm
To book call 050 106 4738
Grand Hyatt will also have a takeaway turkey which will come with an array of sides such as Brussels sprouts, golden roasted potatoes, grilled vegetables and cranberry sauce. Price is 850 AED for 6-7kg turkey and needs to be collected on the 23rd of November.
3. Rosewood Abu Dhabi
The Rosewood Abu Dhabi are holding a Thanksgiving dinner at Aqua.
The delectable menu will feature traditional holiday dishes and the chef’s favourites such as turkey with cranberry sauce, roasted ribeye, or miso cod acompanied by all the trimming such as Yorkshire puddings, buttery honey glazed chestnuts and winter vegetables.
For dessert there will be a velvety dark chocolate millefeuille, passion fruit, and gluten-free brownies.
Location and Date: Aqua Restaurant, 24th November
Price: From AED 255 per person
Timing: 630pm onwards
Rosewood Takeaway Turkey
In addition to the festivities within restaurants at The Rosewood, they are also doing a Turkey Takeaway service this year. Running from Thanksgiving through to just after Christmas is a dining centrepiece to take home.
The 5 -6kg turkey comes with a wide range of tantalizing ingredients including apple and apricot chestnut stuffing, one potato side, one vegetable side, and two sauces.
Location and date: Pick up from lobby – 23rd November to 28th December
Price: 625 AED per box, additional sides & sauces AED 55 per serving
Booking is required 24 hours in advance, perfect for those who haven’t had time to make arrangments for the festive period.
4. Rays Grill, Conrad Towers
As one of the most majestic and impressive places in Abu Dhabi to celebrate the important occasion of Thanksgiving, Ray’s Grill has prepared a carefully curated three-course menu just for the special day.
Situated hundreds of metres in the air on the 63rd floor of Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers, the sophisticated steakhouse immediately elevates the mood with its awe-inspiring 360-degree views of the city skyline and sparkling Arabian Gulf.
Choose Boston Lobster Chowder or a refreshing Wedge Salad to start, followed by a succulent Butter and Herb Turkey as the main course.
Sides include chipotle, creamy potato and leek gratin, mac and cheese, buttery mashed potatoes, and baked sweet potato. For dessert, savor Pumpkin Pie or Caramelized Cheesecake.
Dhs 220 Nov 23rd, Ray’s Grill, Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers West Corniche, @conradetihadtowers (02 811 5555)
Conrad Turkey to Go
Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers is offering the exclusive opportunity to celebrate the holiday of Thanksgiving with a decadent, ready-prepared feast, all available to enjoy from the comfort of their homes.
Delight in a classic whole turkey feast, complete with turkey chipolatas, herb-roasted potatoes, parsnips, carrots, brussels sprouts, sage and apricot bread stuffing, turkey gravy, and cranberry jelly
Big enough to feed large families and hungry groups of friends, the Turkey Takeaway hamper takes all the stress and hassle out of preparing a spectacular Thanksgiving feast.
Dhs 899 inclusive of trimmings. From November 23rd to 7th of January, Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers West Corniche, @conradetihadtowers (02 811 5555)
5. The Falcon Terrace Thanksgiving
The Falcon Terrace-based inside The Abu Dhabi Golf Club will be hosting a traditional evening with American classics, a delicious buffet and live barbeque cooking.
It is a fantastic culinary experience overlooking the golf course beneath the Arabian Sky.
On offer will be a selection of prime grilled meat cuts including rosemary mustard striploin steaks, barbecue marinated chicken thigh, lime & garlic prawn skewers and lamb kofta.
The team will be showcasing their excellent carving skills at the live station, serving up roast turkey with stuffing and all the trimmings. There are a number of packages available, including soft, house or premium beverages.
Date: 23rd of November, 6PM until 11PM
AED 180 inclusive of soft beverage
AED 299 inclusive of house beverage
For reservations and more information, please call +971 56 536 2230i
6. Market Kitchen, Le Meridian
The Market Kitchen will be hosting a classic Thanksgiving brunch this year. The event will be complemented with autumnal cocktails in a contemporary setting this Thanksgiving in Abu Dhabi .
Thanksgiving brunch will be on the weekend with the first event on Friday, November 24th in the evening starting at 7 pm. This event will also take place on Saturday 25th from 1230 pm to 4 pm.
Price: Starting from AED 250 for soft drink packages, 400 AED for house package and 550 AED for champagne package.
It is essential to book ahead by calling 800 101 101 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
All prices are in UAE dirhams and include all applicable service charges, local fees and taxes.
7. Stratos Revolving Bar and Grill Lounge
This year Stratos is hosting a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Enjoy three hours of unlimited starters & desserts with a main course from the Josper grill this Thanksgiving in Abu Dhabi.
Dates: Thursday, November 23rd 6-11 pm
Price: AED 395 per person
It is important to book ahead on 800 101 101 or email restaurants.Irmad@lemeridien.com
All prices are in UAE dirhams and include all applicable service charges and local taxes.
Celebrate a traditional Thanksgiving dinner buffet with International favourites at Khayal.
AED 195 per adult – Soft package
AED 325 per adult – House package
Khayal, Marriott Hotel Al Forsan
23rd of November
6:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Call 02 201 4131
9. Oléa Thanksgiving Feast
Oléa will have a lavish Thanksgiving feast this year. Experience a warm and vibrant atmosphere while enjoying a variety of Thanksgiving classics from different culinary traditions.
Prices range from AED 250 to AED 425 per person, with options for children at AED 125. The celebration occurs on Thursday, November 23, from 7 pm to 11 pm at OléaOlea.
10. The Drawing Room’s Festive Feasting
Celebrate the festive season with a delightful feast from The Drawing Room. Enjoy a succulent herb-roasted turkey or a whole grilled salmon.
Complete your celebration with The St. Regis Festive Cake Tin, showcasing a classic Christmas fruitcake. Prices range from AED 180 to AED 575. Available for pick-up from November 17 to January 7, 9 am to 9 pm (advanced booking required).
What Is Thanksgiving?
Thanksgiving is a national holiday in the USA, Canada, Grenada, Australia Philippines, Rwanda, Netherlands, Brazil and also Liberia.
The dates vary from country to country. The celebration dates back to the 15 and 1600’s. The idea behind the celebration is to give thanks for the harvest of the year.
It is usually celebrated with a family meal, in particular a turkey is at the centrepiece of the table, similar to Christmas.
The celebration has roots in pre-Christianity when Saxons would offer harvest to the gods. When the harvest was collected, communities came together to eat and enjoy the food.
Shopping bonanzas such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday are linked to Thanksgiving.
Black Friday falls on the first Friday after Thanksgiving and marks the start of the Christmas season.
Similar to everywhere else, after Thanksgiving in Abu Dhabi many stores and outlets provide heavy discounts which is a fantastic opportunity to pick up Christmas gifts.
Cyber Monday, just after Thanksgiving is essentially the online version of discounted items, which is also used by many eCommerce sites in the UAE to boost sales.
FAQ About Thanksgiving in Abu Dhabi
Do they celebrate Thanksgiving in Abu Dhabi? Yes Thanksgiving is celebrated on the day as well as the weekend if it falls mid-week. It is not an official holiday in Abu Dhabi but like all international celebrations the Emirate lays it on!
Does UAE celebrate Thanksgiving? Abu Dhabi is not the only city in the UAE to celebrate. All of the Emirates mark the occasion in the international hotel chains.
Does Dubai do Thanksgiving? Dubai most certainly does Thanksgiving, being a larger city there is a few additional options.
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