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In pictures: Christmas in the UAE

December 26, 2012

UAE families and friends gather to celebrate Christmas, with some dressed like Santa, at Safa Park in Dubai. Jeffrey E Biteng / The National
UAE families and friends gather to celebrate Christmas, with some dressed like Santa, at Safa Park in Dubai.  Jeffrey E Biteng / The National
Nick Cifranic, 19, an American student in Dubai enjoys the sunshine at the JBR beach on Christmas day. Razan Alzayani / The National
Nick Cifranic, 19, an American student in Dubai enjoys the sunshine at the JBR beach on Christmas day. Razan Alzayani / The National
Residents and tourists flocked to the JBR Beach on Christmas day to enjoy the sunshine and good weather. Razan Alzayani / The National
Residents and tourists flocked to the JBR Beach on Christmas day to enjoy the sunshine and good weather. Razan Alzayani / The National
Worshippers attending the annual Christmas mass at St Joseph's Cathedral in Abu Dhabi on 25 Dec, 2012. Ravindranath K / The National
Worshippers attending the annual Christmas mass at St Joseph's Cathedral in Abu Dhabi on 25 Dec, 2012. Ravindranath K / The National
The annual Christmas mass held at St Joseph's Cathedral, Abu Dhabi. Ravindranath K / The National
The annual Christmas mass held at St Joseph's Cathedral, Abu Dhabi. Ravindranath K / The National
Renato Roman from the Philippines donned a special Santa scuba suit to entertain guests at the Poseidon Court, Ambassador Lagoon at Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai. Antonie Robertson / The National
Renato Roman from the Philippines donned a special Santa scuba suit to entertain guests at the Poseidon Court, Ambassador Lagoon at Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai. Antonie Robertson / The National