Although Christmas in the desert may not sound traditional, staying in cheap hotels in Dubai can still offer some old-fashioned festive fun.
For example, Time Out Dubai claims that some cinemas in the emirate are showing classic films such as It’s A Wonderful Life.
The famous holiday movie tells the story of George Bailey, a businessman who plans to commit suicide on Christmas Eve.
However, his guardian angel Clarence shows up in time to reveal all the lives he has touched and the difference he has made to the people he knows – and the world of pain that would have been inflicted on the community had he never existed.
It is up there with films such as Miracle on 34th Street and Meet Me in St Louis as a yuletide classic.
And the news source tips some movie theatres as showing the black-and-white picture over the Christmas period.