In Dubai Festival City there's a store called Ace Hardware. Now, I know what you're thinking - there's a store called Ace Hardware in the US, too. But the Ace Hardware in the US does not seem to be the same kind of store that it is in Dubai.
At the Ace Hardware in Dubai, it's more like REI, Fred Meyer, Michael's, Home Depot, and GI Joe's all in one. PLUS you can find (fake) Christmas trees there.
And that's how you find a Christmas tree in Dubai. You go to Ace Hardware and pick out the tree and trimmings you want. Or you comparison shop between Ace and IKEA and end up getting the tree at Ace (99 dhs!) and the trimmings at IKEA. That's what we did.
At first I was feeling sad that we didn't get to go on the traditional (in my family at least) go-chop-down-a-Christmas-tree outing, but then I realized that the girls were having just as much fun wandering up and down the Christmas aisles at Ace Hardware. And even if I feel a little bit sad that we're not sitting on the back of a wagon with our newly chopped Christmas tree, sipping hot chocolate, I'm not about to make the girls feel like they're missing out. No way.