Still not got round to booking your NYE celebration? Well, we have nine big party options here, and 12 more chilled out options here… plus, our friends at good have rounded up a few more ideas for the best spots to see in 2017.
1. McGettigan’s Souk Madinat
The most recent incarnation of Dubai’s beloved Irish pub will be throwing a large-scale terrace dinner party to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Tuck into a six-course alfresco meal with free-flowing drinks, including bubbles, for Dhs999, and soak up the views of the fireworks over the Burj Al Arab and the Souk Madinat’s waterways. Alternatively, there’s also a NYE party package offering unlimited house drinks and light bites from 8pm to 12.30am for Dhs699.
Madinat Jumeirah, Al Sufouh, Dubai, 5pm to 12.30am, Dhs699 to Dhs999 per person. Tel: (04) 4470219. Taxi: Souk Madinat. mcgettigans.com
2. Vida Downtown
Celebrate New Year’s Eve from the chic comfort of 3in1, Vida Hotel’s signature restaurant, and ring in 2017 with a delicious six-course set menu and live entertainment. If you’re feeling flash, splash out (no pun intended) on a private pool cabana for four for Dhs5,000, which includes unlimited house drinks and two bottles of bubbly.
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, 8pm to 2am, Dhs695 with soft drinks, Dhs950 with house drinks and half a bottle of bubbly, Dhs5,000 with pool cabana. Tel: (04) 4286888. Metro: Dubai Mall/Burj Khalifa. vida-hotels.com
3. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
You’ll want to get decked out in your finest threads for this glamorous New Year’s Eve gala dinner on the Palm Jumeirah. Enjoy a cocktail reception with live entertainment, four-course set menu with open bar and beachside drinks to watch the fireworks at midnight. The cost? Dhs3,900…
Palm Jumeirah, West Crescent, Dubai, 7.30pm until late, Dhs3,900. Tel: (04) 4530000. Taxi: Jumeirah Zabeel Saray. jumeirah.com
4. Gaucho Dubai
Dress up in black and white and get the whole gang together for a monochrome-themed New Year’s Eve celebration at this classic DIFC venue. Choose from a set menu or Argentinian favourites, or opt for some a la carte options and ring in the New Year with live music from Paula & Mozaik.
Gate Village 5, DIFC, Dubai, 8pm until late, Dhs500 minimum spend on food, Dhs800 optional bubbly package. Tel: (04) 4227898. Metro: Financial Centre. gauchorestaurants.com
5. Rang Mahal by Atul Kochhar
Celebrate the New Year in spectacular surroundings and enjoy some of the best Indian cuisine in the city by indulging in a signature five-course set menu at Rang Mahal. Created by Michelin-starred celeb chef Atul Kochhar and his brilliant local team, this one promises to be a sleek and chic night to remember.
Business Bay, Dubai, 8pm to 1am, Dhs750 with house drinks. Tel: (04) 4140000. Metro: Business Bay. jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com
6. Ritz-Carlton Dubai
If you’ve spent the festive season feeling homesick for a white Christmas, book tickets for this storybook-style Winter Fairytale Gala. The Ritz-Carlton will be going all out to create a stunning winter wonderland setting, complete with snowflakes and pine trees, for its gala dinner, which includes an open bar, a midnight glass of bubbly, live entertainment and great views of the fireworks over the Palm. It’s pricey though, at Dhs2,100 a person.
JBR, The Walk, Dubai, 8pm to 1am, Dhs2,100, Dhs800 for children aged five to 12. Tel: (04) 3994000. Taxi: Ritz-Carlton JBR. ritzcarlton.com