From parties and brunches to healthy ways to kickstart 2016, here’s your guide to the weekend. Happy New Year everyone! 

 *MORE: 21 best New Year’s Eve parties in Dubai*

Thursday 31 December

1. See the fireworks

After having broken the world record for the largest and longest fireworks display in the world for the NYE 2014 celebrations, plans are well under way to make this year’s new year’s eve even more spectacular than ever before.

Check out the video below for locations and timings for the world’s biggest fireworks display.


2. Get low with Flo Rida

Fancy becoming a wild one tonight? Dapper rapper Flo Rida takes the mic on 31 December at Movida Dubai. No doubt this troublemaker will be pumping the night with his smash hits.

Nassima Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Tel: +971 551 744 448. For reservations, email

flo rida

3. Dress up for a masquerade

Put on a mask and celebrate NYE at Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa’s special Masquerade Gala Dinner. They’ll be plenty of entertainment throughout the night courtesy of a caberet show, belly dancer, live band and DJ. Guests can also enjoy a special buffet dinner

Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah. Tel: +971 4 3461111.

masquerade ball

4. See David Guetta live

If you’ve turned on the radio, watched a YouTube playlist or been to a club in the last five years you’ve heard a David Guetta song.The mega DJ and producer earned a reported Dhs110 million last year, has sold over 30 million singles worldwide and the videos for his mega hits are regularly viewed by hundreds of millions of people when they’re posted on YouTube (Titanium featuring Sia has 480 million views on YouTube, to put that into context, the USA is home to 320 million people). He will play at Dubai Media City Ampitheatre to ring in 2016, whipping out his collaborations with Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Sia and more during the gig organised by Peppermint Experience.

Media City Amphitheatre, Dubai Media City, Dubai, 8pm, from Dhs495. Tel: (056) 8081145. Metro: Nakheel.


5. Or pick the Martin Garrix gig instead

Fresh-faced Martin Garrix returns to Meydan on New Year’s Eve after headlining the first Sensation event in the UAE there last year. His Animals track, released in 2013, catapulted him into the EDM stratosphere and as well as playing major festivals around the world, the 19-year-old has since collaborated with Usher, Tiësto, Avicii and Ed Sheeran.

Meydan Racecourse, Al Meydan Road, Nad Al Sheba, Dubai, 6pm, from Dhs299. Tel: (04) 4573212. Taxi: Meydan Racecourse.

Friday 1 January

6. Enjoy a big breakfast at Fume

For just two days (1 and 2 January), Fume will be open for breakfast from 9am until noon offering a complimentary signature dish with every breakfast. Highlights on the special menu include fruit salad with Greek yoghourt & honeycomb and the Fümé muesli with almond milk, full fat milk or yoghourt with bananas & strawberries. For something a little heartier, the Fümé pan with two fried eggs, real hash browns, mushrooms, homemade veal & chicken sausage, smoked veal bacon, slow roasted tomatoes, baked beans and sourdough should help revive you from the night before.

Pier 7, Dubai Marina, Fri and Sat 9am to noon.

7. Get your Zen on

Kickstart the first day of 2016 on a Zen note with a meditation session with Pierre Ravan at 8:30am at THE BEACH, opposite JBR. This will be followed by a special hour-long yoga session at 9.30am with Megan Joy as part of the first XYoga events. Registration for the session will begin on-site at 7:30am and is open to everyone. Attendance is free.

Check out  for more details.


8. Brunch at Le Patio at St Regis Dubai

Fresh oysters, smoked salmon, a live grill, carving stations and an extensive selection of desserts –l that’s the line up for this spectacular New Year’s Day brunch at the hot new hotel in Dubai. If it’s a case of hair of the dog, there’s a Bloody Mary and Gin Garden Station to help get you through.

Dhs475 per person for soft beverages/ Dhs550 per person with free-flow of sparkling wine and house selection/ Dhs850 per person with free-flow of Champagne and house selection. From 12.30pm to 4.30pm. For bookings and inquiries, call +971 4 435 5555 or email

St Regis

Saturday 2 January

9. Pamper yourself at a discount

According to the team at The White Room, the secret of every perfectly put-together woman is a perfectly polished manicure, and they intend to make it even easier for you this January. Book any treatment from their facial menu and get manicure for free at all branches during the whole month of January.

The White Room Spa has three locations in Marina Mall, Motor City and Jumeirah Lake Towers. You can check out to see the full array of facials available.

The White Room

10. Explore the Ripe night market

The Ripe night market takes your love of food past sunset to taste some of the region’s best local food businesses. Enjoy entertainment from local artists, live movie screenings, a variety of activities for adults and children alike, all set under the stars.

Al Barsha Pond Park, Dubai, Sat 4pm to 9pm. Check out the facebook events page for more details:


11. Zabeel flea market

Turn your unwanted items into cash or head to Zabeel park to catch the best bargains in town. Book your stall now for Dhs290 at 

Zabeel Park, Saturday 8am to 3pm. Entrance to the park costs Dhs5. 

Flea market

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