There’s a lot going on and you need to plan in advance – to party right and not blow it.
Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with all the best options for how to ring in the New Year in the UAE. Here are 21 of the best dinner brunches to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Dubai.
Watch the fireworks light up the sky from Al Dawaar, Dubai’s only rooftop, revolving restaurant and lounge. Guests will enjoy a live kitchen dining experience, with grilled and wok-fried dishes, a meat lover’s station, sushi, sashimi, fresh seafood and a dessert island.
Hyatt Regency Dubai, 7.30pm to midnight, Dhs900 with house drinks, Dhs1,100 with champagne. Tel: (04) 2096887. facebook.com/hyattregencydubai
Enjoy a pan-Asian menu along with an exclusive live performance by DJ Kelly Marie accompanied by percussion saxophone. Choose from the open bar with drinks only (Dhs499) or go all-out on a brunch-style spread including sushi, dim sum, miso black cod, and grilled lamb chop (Dhs699). Upgrade your brunch package to premium for Dhs799.
Pier 7, Dubai Marina, Dubai, 9pm to 1am, cash bar from 1am to 2am. Tel: (04) 2765900. asia-asia.com
Belgian Beer Cafe
The ‘Fest On a Soif’ event brings Belgian celebrations to Dubai. Authentic dishes are served to your table, and there will be live music throughout the evening.
Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City, Dubai, 8.30pm to 12.30am (cash bar until 3am), Dhs499 including house drinks. Tel: (04) 7011127. diningdfc.com/festive
Hit the beach at Club Vista Mare for a four-hour brunch with free-flowing drinks and a champagne toast at midnight. There will be live entertainment and an excellent view of the fireworks.
Club Visa Mare, The Palm Jumeirah, 8pm to midnight, cash bar until 2am, Dhs795 if booked in early December, Dhs895 thereafter. Tel: (04) 5683000. breeze.ae
The Dubai brunch favourite is offering the same huge selection of food stations and lively atmosphere, but for NYE the fun will start after dark.
The Westin Mina Seyahi, Dubai, 8.30pm to 12.30am, Dhs850 with premium drinks, Dhs300 for children aged six to 11. Tel: (04) 511 7373. westin.com
The popular party brunch is going mega as it bids farewell to 2018. Expect DJs Tango and Willow, along with plenty of other entertainment, to kick-off the revelry straight away.
Maiden Shanghai, Five Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, from 8pm, Dhs1,400 per person. email@example.com. candypants-events.co.uk
Five-piece international band Foreign Affair play brunchers into 2019. And it’s not just the band that’s international – food stations will include a wide variety of dishes from all over the world.
Anantara, The Palm, Dubai, 8pm to 2am, Dhs1,995 including house drinks and sparkling, Dhs998 for children aged 5-11 including soft drinks. Tel: (04) 567 8310. anantara.com
Head to Indian restaurant Khyber for dinner followed by an after-party on the beach.
Oceana, Palm Jumeirah, 8pm to 2am. Dhs1,200 with house drinks, Dhs600 children 6-12. Tel: (04) 4551111. dukesdubai.com
Live cooking stations serve up fresh dishes against the impressive backdrop of the Burj Khalifa. As well as five-star food and drinks, guests can opt to dine alfresco, offering a direct view of Dubai’s New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Palace Downtown, Dubai, 8pm to 3am, Dhs1,680 including soft drinks and indoor seating, Dhs1,890 including soft drinks and outdoor seating, Dhs2,100 for soft drinks and indoor seating, Dhs265 for premium drinks and outdoor seating. Tel: (04) 888 3444. addressshotels.com
La Cantine du Faubourg
Dress to impress and head to this What’s On Award-winning French restaurant, which offers special sharing menu featuring their signature dishes. Indoor and outdoor bars will also be available for guests who want to join for drinks only.
Emirates Towers, 8pm, Dhs950 food only. Tel: (04) 3527105. lacantine.ae
Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai
Loumi, Biggles and Cactus Jack restaurants are joining forces to put on one big buffet. Expect performances from traditional tanoura and belly dancers, music from the resident band, as well as a DJ on the terrace.
Airport Road, Garhoud, 8pm to 3am, Dhs299 with soft drinks, Dhs399 with house drinks, Dhs449 with sparkling, Dhs149 children 5 to 12, under-4s free. Tel: (04) 7028888. millenniumhotels.com
“Wok n roll” your way into 2019 with a special edition of this much-loved brunch. Along with five courses and three hours of drinks, a melody of 2018’s best hits is on the bill for karaoke. The afterparty will transport you to one of Thailand’s famous full moon parties, complete with UV paint.
Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City Dubai, 7.30pm to 1am, Dhs190 with soft drinks, Dhs290 with house drinks, Dhs390 with premium drinks. Tel: (04) 4207489. mrmiyagisdubai.com
Outdoor seating by the infinity pool provides views of the Burj Khalifa fireworks. Live entertainment is on offer, along with an international buffet.
Kempinski Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, 8pm to 2am, from Dhs1,250 per person. Tel: (04) 4095111. kempinksi.com
Pure Sky Lounge
The terrace will be in full swing for a New Year’s Eve countdown that culminates in a view of the JBR fireworks. The resident DJ and a saxophonist will get the atmosphere going.
Hilton Dubai The Walk, JBR, Dubai, 8pm to 3am, Dhs695 for brunch, Dhs1,250 for VIP tables, and lounge packages start at Dhs500. Tel: (04) 3747888. hilton.com
DJ Guess Hu is getting behind the decks for Q43’s big bash. Join for the brunch in the restaurant from 9pm (Dhs599) with a set menu of dishes like teriyaki glazed Black Angus short rib and braised lamb shank, or go for the open bar (Dhs399) and hit the dance floor from 10pm. VIP tables for eight to 10 people with small bites and bottle service are available for Dhs599 minimum spend per person.
Media One, Dubai, 9pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 4435403. q43dubai.com
Salero Tapas & Bodega
Flamenco dancers put on a show at this year’s lively Spanish soiree. You can also expect traditional Spanish tunes and unlimited tapas.
Kempinski Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, 7pm to 1am, Dhs350 per person. Tel: (04) 4095888. kempinski.com
This poolside party gives you a fantastic view of the Festival Bay fireworks. As well as a buffet with live cooking stations there will be live music and free-flowing drinks.
Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City, Dubai, 7.30pm to 12am for buffet, afterparty until 2am, Dhs199 with soft drinks, Dhs299 with house drinks, cash bar from 10pm. Tel: (04) 7011127. dininggdfc.com/festive
Sofitel the Palm
A gourmet buffet is served along the shore, alongside DJ beats at beachfront spot Laguna.
Sofitel The Palm, Dubai, 7pm, Dhs2,700 with house drinks and half a bottle of champagne, Dhs1,350 12 to 20 years, under-11s free. Tel: (04) 44556677. sofitel-dubai-thepalm.com
Downtown’s newly opened steakhouse offers front row seats to the fireworks. There is a brunch-style menu with dishes like prime fillet, lobster risotto, passion fruit, and miso black cod. A live saxophonist will get the upbeat atmosphere going, with plenty more entertainment to surprise you throughout the night.
Address Downtown, Dubai, 9pm to 2am, Dhs999 for bistro seating, Dhs1,299 for carpet seating, Dhs1,899 for terrace seating. Tel: (04) 4253948. stkdubaidowntown.com
The classic Dubai party brunch is getting a Bollywood makeover. As well as a buffet brunch and some creative drinks, there will be a live band and a line-up of DJs to get you on the dance floor.
Le Meridien, Garhoud, Dubai, 8pm to 3am, packages starting at Dhs499. Tel: (04) 702 2455. warehouse-dubai.com
One of the city’s most iconic brunches is bidding farewell to 2018 in its traditional boisterous style. Expect games, live music, songs that will get you dancing and a massive countdown to midnight.
Le Meridien, Garhoud, Dubai, 8pm to 12am, Dhs529 with premium drinks. Tel: (04) 702 2328. yalumbadubai.com