As the birthplace of Jesus, the Middle East never fails to put on a good Christmas celebration or two.
Whilst almost every country in the Middle East has its own cultural festivals that are unique to its history, the majority are united in celebrating religious occasions, whether they are Muslim events or otherwise. And Christmas is one of the biggest and best examples of this.
As a time of peace, love and family, it is no wonder that people all over the world get excited during the Christmas period, and the Middle East is no different.
With that in mind, we thought we’d take a look at what some Middle Eastern countries get up to at Christmas.
Camels wearing Santa hats? Check. Christmas tree in the desert? Check. Christmas dinner while lying on a sunbed? Check. Egypt goes large for Christmas! From celebrations at the famous Red Sea Riviera, to Christmas lights on the streets of Cairo, you can really get into the Christmas spirit.
United Arab Emirates
In the UAE, Christmas is a lavish affair; ginormous trees in every mall, endless shopping, and lots and lots of fairy lights. With a huge European community living in the UAE, there is a real atmosphere of excitement and anticipation and the locals certainly get involved in the festivities!
Dreaming of a white Christmas? Lebanon might just be the place to be! Beirut is one of the most religiously diverse cities in the Middle East and, every year, the local council puts on an amazing program of events for everyone. In Lebanon, with its history of conflict, people from all religious groups come together as one and share this special time.
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