Thanksgiving Day in Dubai

Thanksgiving commemorates the anniversary of the first European pilgrims landing in the US and their subsequent rescue by Native Americans, who taught the newcomers how to fish, hunt and harvest in the New World in 1621. Another theory relates Thanksgiving back to settlers of Virginia’s Jamestown, who celebrated the first Thanksgiving as a version of the UK’s harvest festival. Arguably it’s the most beloved holiday in the US.

Thanksgiving is always celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. Thanksgiving in 2015 is on Thursday, the 26th of November.

Turkey is the centrepiece dish of the feast: fitting considering the bird originates from the Americas. Today it’s thought that about 46 million turkeys are eaten every Thanksgiving (compared with a measly 22 million at Christmas and 19 million at Easter).

Thanksgiving is traditionally enjoyed at home with friends, family and a home-cooked meal, although, there are plenty of Dubai restaurants dishing up a feast with special Thanksgiving deals.

MediaOne Hotel is offering Friends On 8 – Thanksgiving Special

 Date: 26th November  Time:  7.30pm – 10.30pm

Hang out with all your besties at FRIENDS ON 8 this Thursday, 26th November for a Thanksgiving feast from 7.30pm – 10.30pm gather together where friends take centre stage to feast on a combination of a great hot and cold starter buffet, a la carte main course and desserts surprises…’s all inclusive of food and drinks at AED 295*. For details and table reservations call Dubai 427 1000 or email

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Thanksgiving is a holiday everybody can enjoy. Even though you are not American, we can suggest you to join some US friends for this celebration. Forget the patriotics of Independence Day or the commercialisation of Christmas. This is a time for true celebration.

Consulate General Dubai and Embassy Abu Dhabi will be officially closed on November 26, in observance of Thanksgiving Day.

In the event of an emergency, such as the death or arrest of an American citizen, the Consulate General and Embassy stand ready to assist 24 hours a day. You may contact the duty officers at +971-2-414-2500.

The U.S. Consulate General in Dubai is located at the corner of Al Seef Rd. and Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Rd, P.O. Box 121777. Telephone: +971-4-309-4000, fax: +971-4-354-7015, email:, on the web: For after-hours emergencies in Dubai or the Northern Emirates, call +971-2-414-2500 and ask for the Dubai Duty Officer.

The U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi is located in the Embassies District, Plot 38, Sector W59-02, Street No. 4, P.O. Box 4009. Telephone: +971-2-414-2200, fax: +971-2-414-2241, email:, on the web: For after-hours emergencies in Abu Dhabi, call +971-2-414-2500 and ask for the Abu Dhabi Duty Officer.

Thanksgiving Day in Dubai. Thanksgiving is one cultural pastime that the US hasn’t made a point of enforcing on the rest of the world.

One thought on “Thanksgiving Day in Dubai

  • November 25, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    I am needing conformation that EAU does not celebrate Thanksgiving , but is an American holiday. I may be scammed and have authentic reason for this inquiry. Thank you for your reply


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