From recovery roasts to poolside party brunches…

Been so busy planning Christmas you’ve neglected to remember that New Year’s Day is a public holiday? Fear not, people of Dubai, as we’ve rounded up some great ways to spend your first public holiday of the year.

From brunches to pool parties, here are six places throwing New Year’s Day events in Dubai.

Flamingo Room by tashas

It’s an all-day, family style brunch on offer at Flamingo Room by tashas, found in the picturesque Jumeirah Al Naseem hotel. The day-long affair will be hosted by renowned restauranteur, Natasha Sideris and will include sharing style starters, mains, desserts and snacks with free flowing soft or house beverage served up to live entertainment.

Flamingo Room by tashas, Jumeirah Al Naseem, Madinat Jumeirah, 11am to 7pm, Dhs450 soft, Dhs750 house. Tel: (04) 244 7278.

Cove Beach

The new look Cove Beach will be throwing a New Year’s Day party at their home on Bluewaters island on January 1. The four-hour brunch package will run from 1pm to 5pm, and include free-flowing drinks such as rose, sangria, Bloody Mary’s and beers for Dhs299. It’s Baywatch themed, so red swimwear is encouraged.

Cove Beach, Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai, Bluewaters, 1pm to 5pm, Dhs299. Tel: (050) 454 6920.


Carrying on the celebrations into the new year will be Zeta Restaurant and Lougnge, with a four-course tasting menu specially created for the season. The set menu will be available daily from January 1 to 5, priced at Dhs500 with soft beverages, Dhs700 including house beverages. Book a seat as close to the balcony as possible, and enjoy front row seats to the Dubai Fountain show.

Zeta restaurant and lounge, Address Downtown, Downtown Dubai, 6pm to 11pm, January 1 until January 5. Dhs500 soft, Dhs700 house. Tel: (04) 888 3444.

Azure Beach

Recover from the New Year’s Eve festivities with a beverage package poolside at Azure Beach on New Year’s Day. Running from 1pm to 3pm, guests can enjoy free flowing house drinks by the pool for Dhs300

Azure Beach, Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR, Dubai Marina, 1pm to 3pm, Dhs300. Tel: (052) 777 9472.

Ewaan, Palace Downtown

If you’re looking for a hearty breakfast on New Year’s Day, head to Ewaan at the Palace Downtown, for a grand buffet of breakfast dishes served up to the backdrop of the Burj Khalifa. There’s a soft beverage package for Dhs250, or upgrade to include unlimited house beverages and it’s Dhs350.

Ewaan, Palace Downtown, Downtown Dubai, 11.30am to 3.30pm, Dhs250 soft, Dhs350 house. Tel: (04) 8883444.

McGettigans JLT

Have yourself a lie-in on New Year’s Day morning then head to Mcgettigans for their New Year’s Day brunch, which will run from 2pm to 6pm on January 1. It’s a free flow package with unlimited food including breakfast favourites such as eggs benedict or American-style pancakes or heartier mains such as a roast with all the trimmings. It’s served up alongside free flowing house drinks, and priced at Dhs230 per person.

McGettigans JLT, Cluster J, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, 2pm to 6pm, Dhs230. Tel: (04) 356 0470.

Nikki Beach Dubai

Expect sun and snacks at Nikki Beach Dubai’s annual  ‘Recovery Brunch’ on New Year’s Day. Be warned, there’s a dress code: Come as a nurse, doctor or patient and ‘let the healing begin’ during this 9-hour-long party.

Nikki Beach Dubai, 11am to 8pm, Dhs265 with soft drinks, Dhs395 with wine and beer, Dhs465 with cocktails. Tel: (04) 3766162.

Soho Beach

Made in Soho is the new ladies’ day that’s got the whole city talking, and they’re running a special New Year’s Day edition this week. The new ladies’ day serves up five hours of food and drink for Dhs145 for ladies at the later time of 2pm until tpm with a lively soundtrack spun by the DJs. But it’s not just for the girls. Introducing the first ‘gents day’ package, guys can avail the exact same deal (as well as beers included in their package) for Dhs245.

Soho Beach, Medyan, Dubai, 2pm to 6pm, Tuesdays, Dhs145 ladies, Dhs245 guys. Tel: (052) 433 3375.

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