Although a Muslim emirate, this cosmopolitan city celebrates festivals of all faiths. “Dubai goes to town on the Christmas decorating front,” says Georgia. “It’s so beautiful. Carollers wander the streets at night. We usually buy a real fir tree imported from Canada – it costs a small fortune but the scent is heavenly.” A highlight of the season is the annual Carols in the Desert singalong, a big drawcard for expat families.