Weeks of anticipation, days of preparation, hours of cooking but just a few minutes to scoff down.
For most people, the traditional turkey feast is one of the best parts of Christmas.
And with it comes a lot of pressure on the chef, knowing it can make or break the big day.
So why risk it? Why not make use of Abu Dhabi’s endless list of great restaurants and let them take care of the hassle for you?
There are a whole host of great options in the capital this festive season to suit all budgets and tastes, and many of them are available for Thanksgiving too.
So sit back and relax, all you have to worry about is the washing up.
Here’s a few of our favourite turkey takeaway deals.
Note: Many venues require at least 24 hours notice, so be sure to check before ordering.
While turkey is the order of the day across Abu Dhabi, there are plenty of other choices for your festive feast at Beach Rotana. Whether it’s the lamb roast, veal roast or, of course, the turkey feast you fancy, they come with your favourite trimmings and delicious dessert.
From Dhs540. Daily until December 26. Beach Rotana, Al Zahiya (02 697 9011).
Enjoy a sumptuous turkey takeaway from the Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi with a choice of three sides. You can be sure of a delicious feast crafted with care by the expert chefs.
From Dhs565. Daily until December 25. Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street (02 304 7777).
Enjoy all your favourite Christmas treats for the perfect meal at home with a delicious turkey and all the trimmings. Or if turkey doesn’t cut it for you, try the beef wellington instead.
From Dhs435. Daily until December 31. Southern Sun Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiya (02 818 4888).
Giornotte’s team will take the hassle out of preparing a festive dinner and have your meal ready for a pick-up with 24 hours notice. It includes an 8 kilogram whole roasted turkey with stuffing, giblet gravy and roasted root vegetables.
From Dhs650. Daily until January 2. The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal (02 818 8282).
Treat yourself to a mighty meal with a delicious turkey and all the trimmings, including chipolatas, roasted vegetables and more. You can always be sure of top notch grub from this Saadiyat Beach Golf Club eatery.
From Dhs490. Daily until December 26. Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, Saadiyat Island, (02 499 8100).
Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi
Bag yourself a mouth-watering turkey with three sides of veggies, two types of potatoes and two sauces, with either a 6kg or 9kg bird. Add some desserts for your sweet-toothed guests for an extra Dhs75, with choices including stollen, Christmas pudding, apple pie and chocolate fudge yule log.
From Dhs599. Daily until December 31. Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi, Dhafeer Street (02 657 4888).
Tick cooking off your to-do list this festive season with a little help from Anantara Eastern Mangroves. From roast turkey with all the trimmings to delicious pudding and stollen, there’s something to please even the fussiest member of the family.
From Dhs450. Daily until January 3. Anantara Eastern Mangroves, Al Salam Street (02 656 1166).
Enjoy a merry celebration at home with a delicious roasted turkey with all the trimmings including chestnut stuffing, Brussels sprouts, glazed carrots, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce & jus. Then finish off your feast with a sweet treat and choose from either pumpkin or apple pie.
Dhs130 per kg. Daily. InterContinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (800 423 463).
Jones The Grocer
Pluck up the courage to host a festive meal at home then sit back, relax and allow Jones the Grocer to prepare a sumptuous turkey feast.
From Dhs635. Daily until December 31. Various locations, including Pearl Plaza Tower, Khalidiya (email@example.com).
You can always be sure of a luxurious feast from this plush Emirates Palace eatery. Celebrate the festive season in style with a beautiful turkey takeaway and your guests are sure to be impressed.
From Dhs750. Daily until December 25. Emirates Palace, West Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi (02 690 799).
Le Méridien Abu Dhabi
Sit back and relax as you let the team at Le Méridien Abu Dhabi take care of all of your turkey troubles this festive season. Enjoy a delicious feast with all your favourite trimmings and make this a Christmas to remember. Order before December 15 to get a 20 percent discount.
From Dhs495. Daily until January 1. Le Méridien Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah (02 644 6666).
Enjoy a delicious turkey feast from ParKafe as this Khalifa Park hotspot gets into the festive spirit. It sounds incredible too, stuffed with sourdough bread, chestnuts, apple, onion, garlic, herbs, raisins and cinnamon. And don’t forget the cranberry, gravy, braised red cabbage, Brussels sprouts, roast pumpkin, parsnips, mashed potato and glazed chestnuts.
From Dhs520. Daily until January 6. Park Rotana, Khalifa Park area (02 657 3319).
Let the expert staff at Royal Rose Abu Dhabi take care of the turkey feast this Christmas, with a four to five kilogram bird served with a half kilogram of vegetables. It’s enough to feed up to eight hungry mouths.
From Dhs350. Daily until January 15. Royal Rose, Sheikh Zayed the 1st Street, Al Zahiyah (02 672 4000).
Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort
Choose from a variety of tasty trimmings to complement your terrific turkey and surprise your guests with some wow-worthy dishes on your table. Order before December 15 to get a 20 percent discount.
From Dhs495. Daily until January 1. Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, Corniche Road (02 677 3333).
Sofitel Abu Dhabi
If you’re anything like us, it’s the trimmings that can make or break your fantastic festive feast. Sofitel Abu Dhabi are getting into the holiday spirit by throwing in the side dishes for free when you order a tasty turkey takeaway.
From Dhs495. Daily until December 25. Sofitel Abu Dhabi, Corniche Road (02 813 7777).
The Drawing Room
The Drawing Room offers customers the chance to enjoy a hassle-free traditional festive dinner at home this year, with a mouth-watering roast complemented with a wide range of traditional trimmings, cheese selection and desserts.
From Dhs550. Daily until December 31. The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Saadiyat Island (02 498 8888).
Head to this luxurious eatery at Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana and pick up a takeaway turkey with all the trimmings. Choose from the 6kg or 8kg package, depending on how many mouths you have to feed.
From Dhs405. Daily until January 8. Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana, West Corniche, Abu Dhabi (02 657 0167)
The St. Regis Abu Dhabi
Pre-order a festive feast from The St. Regis Abu Dhabi and bag yourself a herb slow-roasted turkey filled with chestnut and sage stuffing, roasted potatoes and root vegetables, buttered brussels sprouts, homemade cranberry sauce and natural gravy.
From Dhs650. Daily until January 7. The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Corniche Road West (02 694 4553).
The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa
Enjoy a festive hamper including a 6kg turkey, mashed potato, roasted potato, seasonal market vegetables, roasted carrots and turnips glazed with maple syrup, steamed butternut pumpkin, chipolata sausages, classic traditional stuffing, giblet gravy, cranberry sauce and rosemary brioche rolls.
From Dhs660. Daily until December 26. The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa, Abu Dhabi Golf Club (02 616 9999).
Enjoy more quality time with your loved ones instead of spending hours cooking up a feast in the kitchen. Let the team at the newly rebranded Yas Hotel whip up a turkey treat, complete with all the side dishes you want.
From Dhs480. Daily until December 25. Yas Hotel, Yas Island (02 656 0600).