Whether You Want to Go Out or Feast In, Here’s Your Guide to Thanksgiving in Dubai

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Right. So we’ve decided to celebrate Thanksgiving this year, because even after the doozy that was 2020, we still have a lot we can – and should – be thankful for. But with government bans on gathering together, we won’t be able to have many hands in the kitchen making light work for the big feast.

But that shouldn’t stop us from celebrating this universal holiday. Whether you want to save time washing dishes and go out for a traditional Thanksgiving meal with friends, or you want to save yourself time in the kitchen that could be better spent with family and have your meal delivered to your door, we’ve scoured the city to bring you the most delicious, traditional, and festive Thanksgiving. Even your mother-in-law would be impressed when you pull it off.

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Carnistore Is the Ultimate Turkey Day Caterer

Yes. It’s a butcher shop. But not only will Carnistore deliver a raw turkey for you to dress and cook to Mom’s specifications, but it also has festive options where it will deliver a pre-roasted turkey dinner with all the trimmings for an entire Thanksgiving meal, saving you a lot of hassle in the kitchen. And trust us, it’s delicious.

Turkey is generally tricky to cook, and if it’s not done exactly right, it can turn out dry and tasteless. But the American connoisseur of all things meat seems to have perfected the recipe and will deliver moist, juicy turkeys that will please even the pickiest eaters. And not for nothing, but please don’t miss a chance to try the mac-n-cheese. We beg you.

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The Meydan Hotel Delivers a Feast

The Meydan Hotel is off to the races with a fully catered Thanksgiving meal prepared by its excellent chefs. Order up the traditional feast, complete with a turkey and all the trimmings, sides of Brussel sprouts, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and much more. You may end up with leftovers, but hey, that’s where turkey-cranberry-mashed potato sandwiches came from, right?

 

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If You Only Need the Turkey, Cafe Society Comes to the Rescue

So if you are the type of person who enjoys cooking and using recipes passed down your family from generation to generation, but you find the whole turkey part daunting, Cafe Society is offering you an option to save space in your oven this year and order your turkey to go. You can order up the perfect turkey, which will also come with your choice of free dessert – yum – and then you have all the counter and oven space you need to make the dishes that you really enjoy cooking and actually can execute pretty well: sweet potato pie, green bean casserole, turnips, and fresh bread (since we all learned how to do that this year).

 

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Gordon Ramsay's Hell's Kitchen Dubai 'Battle of the Menus' Special Edition

Now this is something to give thanks for. Exclusively for this Thanksgiving, Gordon Ramsay‘s Hell’s Kitchen Dubai is bringing a special edition to its ‘Battle of the Menus’ by giving us an additional option of an elite ‘Black Menu’ – which pays homage to the ‘Black Jacket Team’ of the hit TV series Hell’s Kitchen.

Just like other battle nights, guests will pledge their allegiance to a team – red, blue, or black – by ordering up the menu from the team they feel is offering the best choice. The Black Team will be serving up a lavish three-course menu inspired by a traditional American Thanksgiving feast including feel-good favorites like candied yams, Turkey Wellington, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, and pumpkin cheesecake. The team with the most number of orders takes the championship. However, for an unfair advantage, guests who order the Thanksgiving meal from the black team enter a chance to receive a signed chef’s jacket by Gordon Ramsay. So really, it’s not a competition. It’s a slaughtering.

 

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Perry & Blackwelder's Has All Things American And Live Entertainment

In a four-day celebration of all things American, Dubai’s original American smokehouse, Perry & Blackwelder’s, will be bringing in the Thanksgiving spirit with live entertainment and all of our favorite Thanksgiving dishes. Think: smoked turkey, sausages wrapped in real – or veal – bacon, cornbread stuffing, roast potatoes, Brussels sprouts, butter-glazed carrots, chestnuts, gravy, cranberry sauce, roasted honey-mustard ham, mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables, pecan pie — and that was just the first half of the menu. With all the festive treats that are sure to delight even picky eaters, the Madinat Souk restaurant right on the canal will be a festive American treat for the holiday.

 

Thanksgiving in Dubai
Photo: Courtesy of @perryandblackwelder
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Give Thanks at Weslodge

The Americans aren’t the only ones who celebrate Thanksgiving. Experience Weslodge Saloon‘s version of Thanksgiving at its private dining space featuring some of the best views of the city and the iconic Burj Khalifa. Sample the turkey feast with pairings of some of the world’s finest bourbons — the American Bourbon Ambassador will be on hand throughout the night. Plus, guests can expect entertainment from DJ JAX while watching the culinary team work up a feast in the live kitchen.

Thanksgiving in Dubai
Photo: Courtesy of @weslodgedubai
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