Another year over, a new one just begun…

Get ready Dubai, 2019 is on its way! And what better way to celebrate than filling the first few days with fun stuff?

Whether it’s new dazzling fireworks to say goodbye to 2018 or a lively party brunch to say hello to the new year, here are 8 awesome things to do in Dubai this week.

Sunday December 30

1. Find your zen with free yoga

Get in the zone head of the new year with a free yoga session tonight at Dubai Marina’s outdoor gym, near Zero Gravity. The free outdoor session, hosted by Yalla Yoga, will take place from 9pm to 10pm, just sign up on the Facebook page and bring your yoga mat along.

Zero Gravity Outdoor Gym, Sky Dive Dubai, Dubai Marina, 9pm to 10pm, Sunday December 30, free.

2. Party hard at a one-off ladies’ night

Superclub White Dubai is throwing open its doors tonight for an extra special, extended version of their ladies’ night, Disturbing Dubai. As well as free drinks all night long for ladies, there will be a live performance from ‘Crank That’ hitmaker, Soulja Boy.

White Dubai, Meydan, Dubai, 11pm to 4am, Sunday December 30. Tel: (050) 443 0933.

Monday December 31

3. See a dazzling fireworks display

The Burj Khalifa was firework-free last year, with a stunning laser show in its place, but fireworks are back by popular demand this year. According to the statement, as well as the fireworks display, the New Year’s Eve Gala will also involve water-music performances from The Dubai Fountain. The show will be coordinated and produced by a team of world-class experts. Special viewing platforms will be set up across Downtown Dubai and across Burj Park, and the event will be broadcast live on television, beamed on big screens. The experience will also be available to watch online.

Burj Park, Downtown Dubai, free.

4. Head to a free New Year’s Eve party

It’s free entry for all at Marina eatery The Scene’s New Year’s Eve bash this year. Dishes can be ordered from the a la carte menu at leisure, with nostalgic British dishes such as steak and ale pie, fish and chips, and a curry of the week all on offer. There will also be deals on bottles of bubbly, which will be priced from Dhs199 and bottles of spirits from Dhs420 – perfect for toasting to 2019 with friends and family.

The Scene by Simon Rimmer, 4th floor, Pier 7, 7pm to 2am, Monday December 31.

Tuesday January 1

5. Kickstart the year with a New Year’s Day brunch

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 (which includes bubbly) 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.

6. Party hard at a new ladies’ day

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.

Wednesday January 2

7. Tuck into a cheese and wine deal

This little slice of France in Dubai Marina recently launched a Wednesday cheese fest, Une Raclette a la Marina, where you can tuck into two hours of unlimited Raclette cheese (a big drum of cheese used for melting) served alongside a variety of hearty dishes. It’s Dhs159 for food only, and Dhs249 for the house beverage package including red and white grape.

Bistro Des Arts, Dubai Marina Promenade, Wednesdays, from 7.30pm. Tel: (04) 551 1576.

8. Head out for happy hour

Wearing flip-flops and shorts? No worries; the happy hour at Key West welcomes you anyway. Catch the beautiful Arabian sunset in a serene beachfront setting, with 20 per cent off bar bites every day from 4pm to 7pm.

Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai, Pearl Jumeira, Dubai, daily from 4pm to 7pm. Tel: (04) 376 6000.

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