If you’re looking to ring in 2019 with the whole family, check out these top restaurants and resorts.
Al Habtoor Polo Resort
An international buffet is on offer at the New Year’s Eve night brunch at The Grill Pit. Children will be kept entertained with movies and arts and crafts from 8pm to 2am.
The Grill Pit, Dhs499 with soft drinks, Dhs795 with champagne. Tel: (04) 4362222. alhabtoorpoloresortandclub.com
Enjoy live entertainment and a view of the fireworks at Festival Bay, along with a huge buffet. Dig into eight live cooking stations and a fresh seafood spread including ceviche and oysters.
Intercontinental Dubai Festival City, Dubai, 8.30pm to 12.30am (cash bar thereafter), Dhs595 with soft drinks, Dhs695 with house drinks, Dhs220 for kids aged six to 12, kids under six dine free, add an extra Dhs50 per person for terrace seating. Tel: (04) 7011127. diningdfc.com/festive
BLVD on One
There’s entertainment for young and old, with a magician and caricaturist for kids. The buffet will be served with free-flowing select drinks and one premium bottle per couple.
Five Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 7.30pm to 1am, contact for pricing, Tel: (04) 4559989. fivehotelsandresorts.com
This buffet offers high-end dining with fresh oysters, carved prime ribs, and a sushi station. With so much to choose from, there should be something to keep the whole family happy.
Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 7pm to 11.30pm, Dhs250 with soft drinks, Dhs399 with house drinks, Dhs85 for children aged six to 11. Tel: (04) 3118316. fairmont.com
European, Middle Eastern, Indian, Chinese and Japanese food is on the menu at this international buffet. A live band entertains adults while children are kept busy with face painting, drawing, family movies and a Playstation.
Meydan Hotel, Meydan Racecourse, Dubai, 7pm to 12pm, Dhs950 with house drinks (cash bar from 10pm), Dhs1,600 with house drinks and afterparty access with an open bar until 3am, Dhs475 for children aged five to 12, kids under five are free. Tel: (04) 3813111. themeydanhotel.com
Enjoy a set menu full of fresh fish, with an Instagrammable beach setting and stunning views of The Palm Jumeirah.
Le Meridien Mina Seyahi, 8pm to 1am, Dhs450 with soft drinks, Dhs750 with premium drinks, Dhs296 for kids aged six to 11. Tel: (04) 5117373. fish-dubai.com
Five Hotel Kid’s Club
If you fancy a sophisticated dinner or lively party at Five for New Year’s Eve, the hotel’s High Five Kid’s Club can take care of your little ones. The club caters for children aged five to 12 years, and children under five can attend if accompanied by a parent or nanny.
Five Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, until 3am, free for hotel guests, non-hotel guests should call to enquire. Tel: (04) 4559988. fivehotelsandresorts.com
The gala dinner has an international buffet, live entertainment, and indoor and outdoor seating options. But the biggest pull is for parents as there’s a free (yes, FREE) kids club for children aged between three and 12, on a first come first served basis.
Fairmont The Palm, Dubai, 7pm to 1am, Dhs895 for indoor seating and house drinks, Dhs1,195 for outdoor seating and house drinks, Dhs395 for children aged six to 12, kids under six dine free. Tel: 04 457 3457. fairmont.com/palm-dubai
Enjoy Polynesian favourites including poisson cru made from raw shrimp and snapper, as well as seafood paella or gnocchi and ravioli with creamy morel and chanterelles. Live entertainment and a DJ are also on the menu, as well as Dubai Parks and Resorts’ midnight firework display.
Lapita Hotel, Dubai Parks & Resorts, Dubai, 8pm to 12am, Dhs395 with soft drinks, Dhs 545 with house drinks, Dhs645 including premium drinks, 50 percent off for kids aged six to 12. Tel: (04) 810 9421. dubaiparksandresorts.com
Dine beachside this NYE with tropical drinks and international light bites. The “feet-in-the-sand” afterparty continues the celebrations into the early hours.
Ritz-Carlton Dubai, JBR, Dubai, 5pm to 3am, a la carte bites available, Dhs550 for canapes, house drinks and a midnight toast from 10pm to 2am, Dhs250 for children aged six to 11, under fives are free. Tel: (04) 3186150. ritzcarlton.com/dubai
Take a trip to New Orleans for an evening of blues. The family will be treated to entertainment, food and drinks, along with a view of the Burj Khalifa.
Roda Al Murooj Hotel, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, 8pm to 12am, Dhs799 with soft drinks, Dhs999 with house drinks and a toast at midnight, Dhs499 for ages 13 to 21, Dhs299 for ages six to 12. Tel: (04) 3211111. roda-hotels.com
Qasr Al Sultan
Expect live cultural performances and a stunning fireworks display at this New Year’s Eve celebration in the desert. A buffet will serve up flavours from the east and west, with free-flowing house drinks for adults.
Qasr Al Sultan Boutique Hotel, Dubai, 7pm to 12am, Dhs600 with soft drinks, Dhs900 with house drinks, 50 percent off for children, and kids below six dine free. Tel: (800) 785826. qasralsultan.ae
Reform Social & Grill
A no-fuss, family-friendly New Year’s Eve. Reform has everything you need to relax by the lake as you welcome in 2019. Expect live music, lots of food and drinks packages for the adults.
The Lakes, Dubai, from 8pm, drinks packages from Dhs325. Tel: (04) 4542638. reformsocialgrill.ae
Family-focused gala dinner including a buffet with live cooking stations, and entertainment from the hotel’s band.
Swissotel, Al Ghurair Centre, Dubai, 7.30pm to 2am, Dhs250 with soft drinks including sparkling grape. Tel: (04) 2933000. swissotel.com/dubai
The Beach House
An international buffet with live cooking stations and a seafood bar. Expect live music and a stunning beachside location on the shore of the Palm Jumeirah.
Anantara, The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 8pm to 2am, Dhs1,995 including house drinks, Dhs998 for children aged five to 11. Tel: (04) 5678316. anantara.com