Where to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Abu Dhabi
What’s On previews the best events, concerts and dinner deals for New Years Eve in Abu Dhabi, featuring Hyatt, Jumeirah and much more.
Ring in the New Year with a gala dinner at this iconic hotel. Enjoy a welcome cocktail and canapés in the Palace Dome before eating dinner. Watch the fireworks along the beach and then dance the night away at the Blue Saloon.
Emirates Palace, West Corniche Road, Abu Dhabi, 7pm to 3am, Dhs2750. Tel: (02) 6909000. Taxi: Emirates Palace. kempinski.com
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr
The hotel is welcoming in 2015 with a party on the terrace of its bar, Chameleon, with a half bottle of bubbly and a barbecue platter included in the price for each reveller. Guests dining at the hotel’s restaurants CuiScene, Frankie’s and Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse And Grill, also get complimentary access to the party.
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, Dec 31, 9.30pm to 2am, Dhs399 (per person for a table seat plus half a bottle of bubbly and a barbecue platter), Dhs175 (per person for access to standing area plus one welcome drink). Tel: (02) 6543238.Taxi: Fairmont. fairmont.com
Head to Yas Marina for a four-course menu featuring roasted baby lamb with artichokes and stuffed tomatoes and chocolate cake with strawberry sauce, plus live music from local band The Lounge Act and a turn on the decks from DJ Soulfisher. You also get a bottle of bubbles included in the price.
Yas Marina, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Dec 31, 9pm to late, Dhs1,200 per person. Tel: (02) 6575400. Taxi: Yas Marina. ciprianiyasisland.com
After eating a gala buffet from The Latest Recipe, head to a blue and white celebration this NYE with their ‘One Night in Mykonos’ party. DJ Bambina, DJ Plasma, guitarist Daniel Batchelor and the Acropolis Greek live bouzouki band will perform throughout the night.
Le Méridien Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi, Dhs400, Dhs550 with select beverages, Dhs650 with bubbles. Tel: (02) 6446666. Taxi: Le Méridien, Tourist Club. lemeridienabudhabi.com
Al Maha Arjaan by Rotana
For an affordable NYE celebration, tuck into a buffet offering festive foods such as roast turkey, traditional pudding and seasonal desserts in the all-day-dining City Café.
Al Maha Arjaan by Rotana, Hamdan Street, Abu Dhabi, 7pm to 11pm, Dhs110. Tel: (02) 6106666. Taxi: Al Maha Arjaan by Rotana, near The Capital Garden. rotana.com
Caramel Abu Dhabi
The capital’s branch of this restaurant lounge will be hosting its first NYE event. Offering bar, lounge and dining tickets, dress to impress as the resident DJ takes over the decks on the night.
The Collection, Saadiyat Island, Dhs100 for bar, Dhs250 for bar and lounge, Dhs350 for dining. Tel: (02) 6783344. Taxi: The Collection, Saadiyat Island. thecollection.ae
Rush at Yas Viceroy
Say goodbye to 2014 on Yas Island. Rush will host DJ Andy P and Cliff Townley as they play club classics and party anthems on the night.
Yas Viceroy, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Dhs350 inclusive of beverages, ladies Dhs250. Tel: (050) 6418199. Taxi: Yas Viceroy. facebook.com/RushAbuDhabi
Ring in the New Year with glow sticks and fluorescent paints at Eight Abu Dhabi. The neon-themed night, Illumin-Eight, will include surprise performances, an open bar and hors d’oeuvres.
Eight, Souk Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, Dhs500 for single men, ladies Dhs200. Tel: (050) 1446662. Taxi: Souk Qaryat Al Beri. facebook.com/EightAbuDhabi
St. Regis Saadiyat Island
Head to the Regal Ballroom for a Black and White themed celebration. Enjoy an international buffet while an eight-piece band performs. Head to the terrace at midnight to catch the fireworks and listen to the live DJ.
St Regis Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, 8pm, Dhs1300. Tel: (02) 4988888. Taxi: St Regis Saadiyat Island. stregis.com
Hyatt Capital Gate
Lean into the New Year at 18°, the hotel’s signature restaurant. The dinner package will see guests chow down on a five-course set menu and toast 2015 with a glass of bubbly. However, if you find yourself still in the premises in the wee hours of the morning, check out their breakfast offerings – from roll mops, to turkey bacon and eggs – being served until noon on January 1.
Hyatt Capital Gate, Al Safraat, Abu Dhabi, 8pm, Dhs499 with beverages. Tel: (02) 5961234. Taxi: Hyatt Capital Gate, next to ADNEC. abudhabi.capitalgate.hyatt.com
Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche
Jazz up your celebrations with a Glam-themed party at Jazz&Fizz bar. The resident DJ and live band will be playing from 7pm onwards. Entrance to the party is Dhs100 per person, inclusive of one drink however nibbles and drinks packages are also available.
Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, Corniche East Road, Abu Dhabi, 7pm, Dhs450 for unlimited beverages, Dhs600 inclusive of canapés pass and open bar for bubbles and grapes. Tel: (02) 8137777. Taxi: Sofitel Abu Dhabi. Sofitel.com
Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi
Celebrate 2015 the way Italians do with a special set menu at Spaccanapoli, inclusive of unlimited grapes. And after you’ve had your fill, head downstairs to Heroes Black & White party with International Playboys and DJ Luke for free, as complimentary entrance will be provided to Spaccanapoli guests.
Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, 7pm, Dhs430. Tel: (02) 6166166. Taxi: Crowne Plaza, Hamdan Street. crowneplaza.com
Mafraq Hotel Abu Dhabi
Welcome in 2015 at the Oasis Courtyard. The hotel is holding a gala dinner with live entertainment.
Al Mafraq, Abu Dhabi, 9pm to 2am, Dhs444. Tel: (02) 6596666. Taxi: Mafraq Hotel. mafraq-hotel.com
Jumeirah At Etihad Towers
Count down to the New Year with a celebration of arty cuisine at Scott’s. With a menu created by chef Benjamin, enjoy dishes such as chilled tomato inspired by Andy Warhol, scallops inspired by Botticelli and a wagyu fillet inspired by Banksy.
Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Ras Al Akhdar, Abu Dhabi, Dhs1,450. Tel: (02) 8115555. Taxi: Jumeirah At Etihad Towers. jumeirah.com
Watch fireworks light up the sky over the Maqta Creek while partying the night away. Hungry? There will be a selection of grills, seafood and drinks available.
Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, Dhs650. Tel: (02) 5108888. Taxi: Traders Hotel. shangri- la.com/abudhabi/traders
Celebrate the end of the year with a six-course Asian tasting concept menu on Saadiyat Island. Enjoy dishes such as tamari shoyu braised abalone, sashimi moriawase, seared foie gras and pan-roasted veal tenderloin. In addition to all that food, a DJ will be on hand to get you moving and grooving.
The Collection, Saadiyat Island, Dhs595 with welcome drink, Dhs755 select drinks, Dhs955 with champagne. Tel: (02) 6783334. Taxi: The Collection, Saadiyat Island. thecollection.ae
Bid adieu to 2014 at Stratos, the Le Royal Méridien’s rotating restaurant. You’ll get to see the fireworks for free while resident DJ Amanda spins as you count down.
Le Royal Méridien, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, 8pm to 3am, Dhs549 with drinks and canapés from 9pm to midnight, Dhs200 after midnight. Tel: (02) 6742020. Taxi: Le Royal Méridien. leroyalmeridienabudhabi.com
Aloft Abu Dhabi
Celebrate the New Year at the aptly named Relax@12. This 1980s themed party will feature guest DJs. Unlimited drinks and sushi are included in the price.
Al Safraat, Abu Dhab, 8pm to 3am, Dhs600. Tel: (02) 6545000. Taxi: Aloft Abu Dhabi, near Adnec. aloftabudhabi.com
Al Maryah Island
The New Year’s Eve party kicks off at Sowwah Square and on the island’s promenade at 4pm. There’s a holiday festival market there from 4pm to 10pm, featuring arts and crafts stalls, plus entertainment for kids including Wii stations and a snow ball park. There will be fire dancers, a jazz band, an Arabic pop band and more from 6pm. Finally, there’s a fireworks display on the water to ring in the new year from 11.30pm at the promenade.
Sowwah Square, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, Dec 31 from 4pm. Tel: (02) 4131414. Taxi: Sowwah Square, Al Maryah Island. almaryahisland.ae.