New Year's Eve in Dubai: 42 dinners, parties and brunches to book
Toast to 2018 with one of these end-of-year parties…
It’s hard to believe another year is drawing to a close. But there’s still time for one final party to say farewell to 2017.
And Dubai has plenty of options for you. As well as larger-than-life light displays, we’ve rounded up the best decadent dinners, budget to blowout brunches and international acts coming to town.
Here’s the ultimate party guide to New Year’s Eve in Dubai.
Wrap up 2017 on a literal high as the world’s tallest restaurant, At.mosphere. Offering a nocturnal fine-dining ‘brunch’ served to the table, there’s a specially curated menu featuring dishes such as stuffed lamb saddle, seared seabass with artichokes, and smoked salmon gratin dauphinois. There will also be prizes given out as the clock strikes 12.
At.mosphere, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai, 7pm to 1am, Dhs2900 window table, Dhs2700 non window table per person. Tel: (04) 888 3828. More info on website
Add a little Argentinean fiesta to your New Year’s Eve celebration at Asado. There will be a five-course meal, complemented by lively music from an Argentinean duo, and some pretty spectacular Burj Khalifa views. The package includes free-flowing drinks, with soft and premium beverage packages available.
Asado, Palace Downtown, Downtown Dubai, 8pm to 3am, Dhs1900 soft indoor, Dhs2900 soft outdoor seating, Dhs2500 premium indoor, Dhs3500 premium outdoor seating. Tel: (04) 888 3444. More info on website
Atlantis The Palm
Their annual gala dinner is one of the highlights in the calendar at Atlantis The Palm, and this year is no exception. Held on Atlantis Beach, guests can enjoy fantastic views of the Atlantis fireworks. The evening begins with canapes and welcome drinks in Asateer before the venue opens up at 8pm, where a 30-piece live band kicks off the night’s entertainment, playing through until 3am. The international buffet will be open until 11.30pm, with the bar open until 3am.
Atlantis The Palm, Palm jumeirah, 7.30pm to 3am, Dhs2900 per person, Dhs2030 children aged 12 to 20. Tel: (04) 426 2626. More info on website
One of two openings for the ‘gypsy chef’ David Myers in the new Renaissance Downtown hotel, Italian restaurant Basta! will prepare a multi-course set menu with unlimited cocktails and house drinks until midnight, with the party going on until 2am.
Basta!, Renaissance Downtown, Business Bay, 8pm to 12am, Dhs950. Tel: (04) 512 5555. More info on website
Ring in 2018 with a seven-course dinner and live music at Mediterranean-inspired beach house, Beluga. The patio and the rooftop, overlooking the Arabian Sea and Dubai skyline, offer unobstructed views of the panoramic fireworks display at the Burj Al Arab. It’s a smart, elegant dress code, with champagne and premium spirits included in the package.
Beluga, Kempinksi Hotel, Palm Jumeirah, 8pm to late, Dhs2000 per person, Dhs1200 children 12 to 20. Tel: (04) 444 2501. More info on website
The pretty-as-a-picture Jean-Georges in Four Seasons Jumeirah will be hosting a retro party for diners this New Year’s Eve. It’s Dhs250 for a four hour beverage package including wine, bubbles and whisky, plus an a la carte food offering, with hits from the 60s through to the 80s.
Jean Georges, Four Seasons Dubai, Jumeirah, 8pm to 12am beverage package, Dhs250, event on until late. Tel: (04) 343 6118. More info on website
La Cantine du Faubourg
Stylish French restaurant and lounge La Cantine du Faubourg is ringing in the New Year with an opulent celebration. Alongside a three-course set menu featuring dishes such as foie gras terrine, roasted scallops and lobster thermidor, a DJ will be spinning a groovy house soundtrack and live performances will also take place through the evening.
La Cantine du Faubourg, Emirates Towers, 8pm onwards, Dhs900 including soft drink, Dhs1200 including house wine. Tel: (04) 352 7105. More info on website
Enjoy panoramic views of Jumeirah’s shoreline, a five-course dinner and the sommelier’s choice of selected beverages this New Year’s Eve at Ramusake. Entertainment includes a live singing performance, violinist and DJ sets with prices starting from Dhs995. Terrace bookings are allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis with prices starting from Dhs1195.
Ramusake, DoubleTree by Hilton, Jumeirah Beach Residence, 8pm to 2am, Dhs995 inside, Dhs1195 terrace. Tel: (04) 559 5300. More info on website
La Petit Maison
La Petite Maison will get a 007-inspired makeover for ringing in the New Year this festive season. Diners are invited to join the adventure at this black-tie event, which will go on until 3am. The regular a la carte menu will be available with a minimum spend of Dhs1,500 per person.
Le Petit Maison, Gate Village 8, 8pm to 3am, Dhs1500 minimum spend per person. Tel: (04) 4439 0505. More info on website
TRYP by Wyndham
TRYP by Wyndham is throwing three events in one this New Year’s Eve, with their Retro Party taking place place across all three of their venues; Local Lounge, L!QD Tapas Bar and BarBary Deli + Cocktail Club. Kicking off with chilled vibes at Local Lounge, moving to the festival-feel L!QD and finishing up at New York-style cocktail club BarBary.
TRYP by Wyndham, Barsha Heights, 8pm to 3am, Dhs599. Tel: (04) 247 6666. More info on website
For those wanting to head out (and back home) early this New Year’s Eve, Ostro is offering an early dine-and-ride buffet from 6pm to 10pm for Dhs225. It comes with a free Nol card for every diner on tables of three or more, to ensure you’re home safe and sound by the time the clock strikes twelve.
Ostro, dusitD2 Kenz Hotel, Barsha Heights, Sheikh Zayed Road, near Internet City Metro Station, 6pm to 10pm, Dhs225. Tel: (04) 567 2246. More info on website
Feast on an international spread at Crescendo’s annual gala dinner. There will be live cooking stations, fun activities to keep the kids busy, and live music from Good Company band. Plus, if you book before December 15, you’ll get 25 per cent off.
Crescendo, Anantara The Palm Dubai, 8pm to 2am, Dhs1,850. Tel: (04) 567 8888. More info on website
Dukes Dubai is combining all of its offerings for a gala dinner and beachside after-party. From 8pm to 11pm, enjoy dinner at British restaurant GBR for Dhs895, or head to 15th floor fine-dining Indian restaurant Khyber, which comes with beverage packages for three hours. Then, make the beach your base and bring in the New Year with an American BBQ and jazz party with a glass of sparkling included. Upgrade to an all-inclusive beverage package until 2am for Dhs1250.
Dukes Dubai, The Palm Jumeirah, 8pm to 11pm, afterparty until 2am, Dhs895 gala dinner and one glass of sparkling, Dhs1250 for dinner and beverage package 8pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 455 1111. More info on website
Fish Beach Taverna
Offering an authentic taste of fare from the Aegean Sea, Fish is offering a beachside set menu with either a soft or house beverage package at its picturesque Marina spot this New Year’s Eve.
Fish Beach Taverna, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, 8pm to 1am, Dhs600 soft, Dhs900 house. Tel: (04) 511 7373. More info on website
Folly by Nick & Scott
For uninterrupted Madinat views, folly is one of the best spots in Jumeirah. Bring in 2018 with an eight-course dinner menu created by What’s On‘s Chefs of the Year, and one of our favourite British duos, Nick Alvis & Scott Price.
folly by Nick & Scott, Madinat Jumeirah, 8pm to 2am, Dhs795 soft, Dhs1295 bubbles and house beverages. Tel: (04) 430 8535. More info on website
Step into the world of Brazilian flavours as you celebrate New Year’s Eve with Frevo at Fairmont The Palm. Feast on the Churrasco experience offering meat cut selections carved table-side, and enjoy entertainment by the restaurant’s resident Brazilian duo band as well as carnival dancers. The brunch-style feast goes on until 1am and costs Dhs850 including house beverages.
Frevo, Fairmont The Palm, 7pm to 1am, Dhs850 adult, Dhs195 children. Tel: (04) 457 3457. More info on website
Ring in the New Year at J&G Steakhouse at the St Regis, 1920s-style. There will be a reception in the champagne lounge to kick things off, then a four-course menu centering around J&G signature meat cuts. The dinner is Dhs1200 and includes three-and-a-half hours of free-flowing beverage from 7.30pm to 11pm.
J&G Steakhouse, St Regis Dubai, Al Habtoor City, 7.30pm to 11pm, Dhs1200. Tel: (04) 435 5555. More info on website
Karma Kafe has arguably got one of the best views of the Burj Khalifa, and this year they’re pairing it with a five-course pan-Asian set menu, unlimited beverage package until 2am, and live music from George Reyes ‘The Gipsy Man’. Drinks-only inside packages start from Dhs499 early bird, with terrace packages for food and drink from Dhs1899 early bird.
Karma Kafe, Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai, 8pm to 2am, from Dhs499 to Dhs1999. Tel: (04) 423 0909. More info on website
Meridien Village Terrace
A fun, family-friendly option for ringing in 2018, Meridien Village Terrace is throwing a Mad Hatters New Year’s Eve party. There will be bubbly on arrival, as well as food and drink served from 8.30pm until 12.30pm, with happy hour prices on drinks taking guests through to 3am.
Meridien Village Terrace, Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Center, 8.30pm to 1230pm, Dhs649. Tel: (04) 217 0000. More info on website
For one night only, enjoy the evening brunch at Hanaaya to toast the end of 2017. Set next to the lagoon of Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, the venue offers great views of the fireworks displays over the Arabian Gulf and an upbeat atmosphere with a five-piece band taking you into the New Year, right before the after-party at Shimmers. It’s Dhs1,400 per person including the buffet and free-flowing beverages, as well as a bottle of champagne per couple.
Hanaaya, Mina A’Salam, Jumeirah, 8pm onwards, Dhs1,400 including dinner buffet and free flow selected beverage. Tel: (04) 366 8888. More info on website
If you’re after the wow-factor this New Year, Pierchic ticks the box. It’s got some amazing views of the Burj Al Arab fireworks, and is offering a five-course gala dinner from 8pm to 1am, with prices including free-flowing house beverages from Dhs2900 per person up to Dhs5,500 for the caviar and vintage champagne option. Outdoor seating is allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Pierchic, Al Qasr at Madinat Jumeirah, 8pm to 1am, Dhs2900 to Dhs5,500. Tel: (04) 432 3232. More info on website
Located steps away from Jumeirah Al Naseem’s private beach, Rockfish restaurant is offering a six-course seafood dinner, free-flowing selected beverages and a bottle of champagne for two for Dhs3,000 per person. There will be a five-piece band to keep guests entertained through the night and free entry to the afterparty in Shimmers after dinner.
Rockfish, Jumeirah Al Naseem, Jumeirah, 8pm onwards, Dhs3000. Tel: (04) 432 3232. More info on website
Shangri-La Hotel Dubai is offering one lucky group one of the city’s most extravagant New Year’s Eve offerings, set against the backdrop of the Burj Khalifa. For the price of Dhs100,000, a group of up to 20 guests can enjoy a private dining room, bespoke five-course dinner, free-flowing premium beverages and some of the best views in town.
Level 42, Shangri-La, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 8pm to 2am, Dhs100,000, booking must be made by Dec 1. Tel: (04) 405 2703. More info on website
Skyline Lounge offers revelers the opportunity to welcome in the New Year al fresco. Located in InterContinental Dubai Festival City, the lounge will offer a gala dinner, live BBQ station, and front row seats to a selection of the city’s firework displays. There will be a cash bar after the dinner until 3am.
Skyline Lounge, Crowne Plaza, Dubai Festival City, 8pm to 12.30am, Dhs750 soft, Dhs850 house and bubbly, Dhs300 kids. Tel: (04) 701 1127. More info on website
Yalumba at Le Meridien in Garhoud is offering an all-inclusive buffet and beverage brunch package from 8pm to 12am. The package will come with an international buffet of pastas, shellfish, roasts and curries as well as a house beverage mix that runs until the clock strikes 12. After that, happy hour prices apply on drinks until 3am.
Yalumba, Le Meridien Dubai، Airport Road, 8pm to 12am, Dhs549. Tel: (04) 217 0000. More info on website
Parties and Clubs
Ring in the New Year at one of Dubai’s longest serving outdoor lounges, 360. There will be a five-course gala dinner with unlimited drinks for Dhs1,950, or if you’re just there for the beverages, drinks packages start from Dhs995 per person.
360º, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah, 8pm to 3am, Dhs995 drinks only, Dhs1950 including gala dinner. Tel: (04) 406 8741. More info on website
Our Favourite Bar 2017, Barasti Beach Bar, is a popular beachside spot to watch the fireworks and bring in the New Year, with special guests Fatman Scoop and DJ Chuckie. Early bird tickets are Dhs180, and Dhs260 on the gate for standard entry with one welcome drink. Tables and beverage packages start from Dhs3000 for four and up to Dhs7000 for 10 people.
Barasti Beach, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, 7pm to 3am, from Dhs180 to Dhs7000. Tel: (04) 511 7373. More info on Facebook
Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE
To keep out of New Year’s Eve Downtown traffic, head in the opposite direction to Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE. The popular party spot on the edge of town is bringing legendary German DJ Solomun to its shores for the final celebration of the year, with open bar drinks packages starting from Dhs500 for girls and Dhs700 for guys.
Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Al Jazira Hotels and Resort, Ghantoot, Abu Dhabi, 7pm to 3am, drinks packages from Dhs500 girls, Dhs700 guys. Tel: (056) 113 3400. More info on website
The ever-popular Candypants party brunch is offering up all its usual high energy, table dancing, bottomless party fun with a NYE twist this year. The mega brunch will run from 8.30pm to 12.30am with spectacular views of the midnight fireworks. Then, the afterparty remains on the outdoor terrace until 3am. It’s Dhs549 for the brunch package which comes with a selection of house and sparkling drinks.
Candypants, Andreea’s Terrace, Habtoor Grand, Dubai Marina, 8.30pm to 12.30am, Dhs549, afterparty until 3am. Tel:(050) 220 4638. More info on website
Bringing its typical glamour and opulence to its annual New Year’s Eve party, Cavalli will be adopting a French theme this New Year. The name of the night is ‘Let them eat cake’, and true to the title, there will be cake, lots of it, as well as all things French Victorian. A four-course menu with unlimited drinks until 11.30pm costs Dhs1650, or opt for the drinks-only package from 9pm to 3am for Dhs950 for ladies and Dhs1,150 for guys.
Cavalli Club, Fairmont Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, 9pm to 3am, Dhs950 girls drinks only Dhs1,150 guys drinks only, Dhs1650 dinner and drinks until 11.30pm. Tel: (04) 332 9260. More info on website
Cielo at Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club is set to host Russian DJ Denis First to their Made in Moscow-themed New Year’s Eve party. There will be two packages, the drinks-only party package for Dhs450 which includes an open bar from 11.30pm to 3am, or opt for the brunch package which kicks off at 9pm for Dhs750.
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Dubai, 9pm to 3am, Dhs450 drinks only 11.30pm to 3am, Dhs750 brunh 9pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 416 1800. More info on website
Inner City Zoo
See in the New Year at JBR’s latest nightclub Inner City Zoo, and you’ll be able to catch a DJ set by EDM duo Basement Jaxx. The duo made it big in the late 90s with party tune Red Alert and massive club and chart hits including Where’s Your Head At, Romeo, and Rendezvous. Early bird packages start from Dhs599 per person, or are Dhs699 on the day for an open bar from 11pm to 3am. VIP packages from Dhs1000 per person.
Inner City Zoo, Rixos Premium JBR, 11pm to 3am, Dhs599 early bird, Dhs699 on the day. Tel: (058) 867 5357. More info on website
Ring in the New Year at karaoke hotspot Lucky Voice, which will be putting on a New Year’s edition of their award-winning brunch. From 8pm to midnight, enjoy unlimited food and drinks, a sharing menu of Lucky Voice signatures and festive favourites served alongside Alan J Amazing’s famous Lip Sync Battle and crowd karaoke sessions. DJ Scott Forshaw will keep the party going until 4am, and glam bar will be on hand to add a little extra sparkle.
Lucky Voice, Grand Millenium Barsha Heights, 8pm to 12am, Dhs450. Tel: (800) 58259 . More info on Facebook
Inspired by the parties in Thailand, Mr Miyagi’s is bringing the annual full moon party to Dubai. Expect a five-hour package enjoyed in tiki decor, UV lights, glow in the dark bodypaint, entertainment and cocktails served in buckets. Prices start from Dhs450 per person for just drinks, up to Dhs650 for the brunch package. Cocktails and sparkling are included in all packages.
Mr Miyagi’s, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City, 8pm to 1am, Dhs450 drinks only, Dhs550 drinks and food platter, Dhs650 drinks and brunch . Tel: (04) 420 7489. More info on website
Offering up one of Dubai’s longest New Year’s Eve celebrations is Nikki Beach. The day-to-night festivities will kick off from 1pm with a poolside disco party, concluding with the disco ball at the first floor Nikki Prive restaurants and lounge. It’s Dhs500 for unlimited food and drink for four hours, or Dhs1000 for eight hours.
Nikki Beach Club, Pearl Jumeirah, 1pm to 3am, Dhs500 for four hour package, Dhs1000 for 8 hour package. Tel: (04) 376 6000. More info on website.
Popular Media City loft lounge Q43 is bringing legendary DJ Judge Jules to its annual New Year’s Eve party this year. Foodies can enjoy Q43’s special set menu featuring seasonal dishes in the restaurant, or if you’re there for the party, get down to the DJ’s catchy beats in the bar area. Open bar packages start from Dhs399, with restaurant and drinks packages from Dhs899.
Q43, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City, 9pm to 3am, from Dhs399 to Dhs999. Tel: (04) 443 5403. More info on Facebook
Famed for its cheesy soundtrack and impressive drinks deals, Societe is throwing a four-hour open bar party package this New Year’s Eve for Dhs200. The package includes a selection of house drinks, and the club will be staying open until the extended time of 4am.
Marina Byblos Hotel, Dubai Marina, 10pm to 2am (club open until 4am), Dhs200. Tel: 050 699 3191. More info on website
It’s not even open yet but Soho Garden are already vying for the top spot when it comes to going big in Dubai for New Year’s Eve. The new nightlife concept will be ringing in 2018 with French DJ and melodic house producer, Klingande.
Soho Garden, Meydan, 7pm to 3am, Dhs400 ladies open bar from 7pm to 12am, Dhs500 guys open bar from 7pm to 12am. Tel: (056) 82 22 559. More info on Facebook
Sheikh Zayed Road club Vii is hosting ‘La Nuit Burlesque’ this New Year’s Eve, giving the club a Parisian makeover for the special night. Expect a Parisian vibe a la Le Crazy Horse and Le Lido with glitter glam stations, Burlesque dancers, live acts, international DJs and more. It’s a non-ticketed event, but there’s a package for the girls for Dhs900 offering unlimited bubbly and cocktails from 9pm to 1.30am.
Vii, Conrad Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, 8pm to 4am, packages available from Dhs900. Tel: (050) 169 6777. More info on Facebook
Popular party spot Warehouse is throwing open its bar (and kitchen) for a bottomless feast this New Year’s Eve. From 8pm to 11.30pm, guests are invited to enjoy a widespread feast, with the open bar carrying on until 3am. For those that get peckish later on, a la carte options will be served until 3am too. Oh, and the Boxtones will be there to keep the atmosphere well and truly lively.
Warehouse, Le Meridien Dubai, Garhoud, 8pm to 3am, Dhs299 unlimited drinks, Dhs399 unlimited food and drink. Tel: (04) 217 0000. More info on website
With their three-time weekly changing production, we’re expecting big things from White’s ‘A Bizaar NYE Journey’. With some ‘Bizaar adventures’ expected, the superclub is offering a sushi and standard open bar package for Dhs800 per person. Table prices start from Dhs1500 per person, with up to a Dhs100,000 minimum spend for the best tables in the house.
White Dubai, Meydan, 11pm to 3am, from Dhs800 to Dhs100,000. Tel: (050) 443 0933. More info on Facebook
One of its biggest New Year’s celebrations to date, Zero Gravity will welcome back DJs Jax Jones and Sigma to celebrate New Year’s Eve at the beach club. Jones is best known for featuring on Duke Dumont’s number one hit I Got U and his 2016 top ten single You Don’t Know Me. Also, flying the flag for British music is Sigma, famed for their UK number 1 single Nobody to Love.
Zero Gravity, Sky Dive Dubai, Dubai Marina, 8pm to 3am, tickets from Dhs199 on platinumlist.net. Tel: (04) 399 0009. More info on website