A family takes a selfie in front of the giant Christmas tree at the lobby of the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi. Image Credit: Abdul Rahman/Gulf News

As the yuletide spirit descends on the UAE, one can witness the festive fervour all around. While several residential buildings have been adorned with fairy lights, the malls and hotels — from Abu Dhabi to Ajman — have left no stone unturned to do their bit and spread the cheer.

So don’t be surprised if Santa Claus suddenly shows with a bagful of goodies as you and family marvel at spectacularly decorated Christmas tree at a mall. Gulf News photographers bring you a glimpse of the mood that has gripped the country.