Ring in 2019 at one of these epic bashes.

Whether you want to lounge at a rooftop bar, spend the evening dancing to Rudimental, grab your glow sticks and hit the dance floor, or just kick it at one the town’s best bars surrounded by good people and good drinks, you’ve come to the right place….

Aloft Palm Jumeirah

The Splash Pool at Aloft is throwing an ‘80s-themed New Year’s Eve gala dinner. Expect an international buffet, live band, DJs and a dance show, as well as great views of the fireworks.

East Crescent, Palm Jumeirah, 8pm to 2am, Dhs800 adults, Dhs400 children 6-12. Tel: (04) 2475555. marriott.com

Asia de Cuba

It’s a Latin-American carnival with a lively Chino-Latino atmosphere and tropical drinks. The chic restaurant opened in Dubai earlier this year after proving to be a hit in New York and London.

The Westin Mina Seyahi, Dubai, 8.30pm to to 2.30am, Dhs555 with premium drinks, Dhs299 for the lounge package with free-flowing drinks from 11pm to 3am. Tel: 04 511 7333. asiadecuba.com


Get your glad rags on for this party by the pool, where you’ll have Burj Khalifa views. DJs Adam J and Andrii Burmas are behind the decks, with canapés and free flowing house drinks to keep
you going.

JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai, 7pm to 3am, Dhs700 for drinks and canapés all night, Dhs500 for drinks and canapés until 11pm, Dhs250 for guests who hold an existing restaurant booking from 11pm to 3am. Tel: (04) 4140000. jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com


The ultimate beach party with a brilliant view of the fireworks and a Dubai Marina backdrop. The seaside bar will have music, as well as food and drinks to fuel you into the New Year.

Barasti Beach, Le Meridien Mina Syahi, Dubai, from 7pm, tickets from Dhs210, tables from Dhs3,000 including a drinks package and tapas platter. Tel: (04) 511 7373. barastibeach.com


American rapper Yo Gotti, who has collaborated with the likes of Nicki Minaj, T.I. and Trey Songz, is performing at BOA to close 2018.

V Hotel, Al Habtoor City, Dubai, lounge from 8pm and club from 11.30pm, regular table minimum spend, Dhs150 on the door with a complementary drink. Tel: (056) 5012039. boadubai.com


Skydance is a space-themed night that will take you on an intergalactic journey into 2019. The venue will be transformed with futuristic decorations, and partygoers can opt for a late four-course dinner or open bar tickets.

Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, dinner from 9.30pm to 11.30pm and open bar until 3am, Dhs1,650 for the set menu with drinks until 11.30pm, Dhs900 for open bar tickets until 3am for ladies and Dhs1,100 for gents. Tel: (050) 991 0400. dubai.cavalliclub.com

Coco Lounge

This glamorous all-white party offers stunning views over Dubai, which makes it an ideal viewing spot for the fireworks. The poolside celebration includes food platters and three hours of free-flowing drinks.

Media One Hotel, Media City, Dubai, 9pm to 12am, silver package Dhs499 with one platter and house drinks, gold package Dhs3,333 for six people including a cabana, six platters, house drinks, sisha and one bottle of sparkling. Tel: (04) 4271000. mediaonehotel.com

Double Decker

One of the ultimate brunches to let your hair down. Enjoy a selection of dishes along with three hours of free-flowing drinks if you opt for the all-inclusive package (Dhs369 for ladies and Dhs399 for gents). Alternatively, you can pay Dhs100 for entrance and a drink. This place has views of the Burj Khalifa fireworks and a resident DJ.

Roda Al Murooj Hotel, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, from 9pm. Tel: (04) 3211111.

Dubai Opera

Chinua Hawk Band kick-off the party with pop classics from the likes of Michael Jackson and Ed Sheeran. DJ Said Mrad (who was behind the decks at the Clooney’s wedding) and DJ C will continue the party atmosphere. Guests also get a view of the Downtown fireworks and the Burj Khalifa.

Downtown, Dubai, from 7pm, Dhs700 including four drinks, Dhs12,000 for a table of 12 with bites and limited premium drinks. Purchase tickets via Virgin Megastore or dubaiopera.com

El Sur

Dine alfresco on the terrace or stay inside with the chic urban interiors. The Spanish restaurant will be in full swing with celebrations for New Year’s Eve.

The Westin Mina Seyahi, Dubai, 8.30pm to 12.30am, Dhs555 for free flowing premium drinks. Tel: (04) 3997700. marriott.com

Flair No. 5

Cocktail aficionados have plenty to get stuck into, with mixes like the peppered strawberry infused Tangy Bite, or coffee boosted Wake Me Up. There will also be bites from the kitchen, all served up in a swish outdoor terrace setting complete with cabanas.

The Ritz-Carlton DIFC, Dubai, from 8pm. Tel: (04) 3722323. ritzcarton.com


Say farewell to 2018 Lebanese-style, with a night of dancing at Gemayze night club. There will be a buffet to help keep energy up.

Habtoor Grand Resort, Dubai, 9pm to 3am, Dhs750 with house drinks, Dhs1,000 with premium drinks. Tel: (04) 4084257. habtoorhospitality.com

House Party Dubai & Cirque le Soir

These two venues are combining to throw a wild NYE party. The them is Home Alone with an edge, so think ‘90s music, arcade games, beds to jump on, and plenty of rooms to explore. With a name like “Trashed”, you know it’s going to a riot…

Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 7pm to 4am, Dhs300 for unlimited drinks from 8pm to 1am.

Contact: reservations@housepartydubai.com or visit cirquelesoirdubai.com

JB’s Gastropub

It’s a throwback to the ‘80s at JB’s with DJ Chris Smith behind the decks spinning all the best tunes from the decade. You can also expect a show from go-go
dancers to get the party atmosphere going. Partygoers can choose between a two-drink package, or go all-out with a three-course meal.

Amwaj Rotana Jumeirah Beach, JBR, Dubai, 8pm to 1am, Dhs109 with two drinks, Dhs279 with unlimited drinks until 1am, Dhs239 with a three-course meal, soft drinks and a welcome drink, Dhs399 for a three-course meal, house drinks and a welcome drink. Tel: (04) 4282000. rotana.com

Lock, Stock & Barrel JBR

Resident band Gorgeous George provide the tunes for Lock Stock JBR’s celebrations. The best part? Entry is free, so you can just choose your drinks package and get the party started.

Rixos Premium JBR, Dubai, 9pm to 2am, cash bar from 2am to 3am, Dhs399 for regular, Dhs499 on the night. Tel: (04) 5149195. lsbdubai.com

McGettigan’s JBR

McGettigan’s is throwing in all the right ingredients for a good knees up – a live band, a DJ, drinks and sharing platters.

Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, JBR, Dubai, from 8pm, Dhs550 for a sharing platter and house
drinks. Tel: (04) 3182580. mcgettigans.com

Nikki Beach

December 31 marks Nikki’s final celebration of the four elements: fire. DJ Valeron will be behind the decks at the red party, which will see a carnival descend on the resort after dark. Opt for Caribbean food and drinks at Nikki Beach from 8pm, or head to Cafe Nikki for the brunch – both will give you access to the all-important after party.

Nikki Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai, prices vary. Tel: (04) 376 6000 or (04) 376 6162. nikkibeach.com


Oeno is hosting a bash for those who love old school. As well as a drinks buffet, there will be an open bar and nibbles. Of course you can expect the all-important throwback tunes.

The Westin Mina Seyahi, Dubai, 10pm to 3am, Dhs395 per person. Tel: (04) 5117373. marriott.com

Rixos Premium Dubai

Rixos Beach is hosting a White Party, which promises the biggest open buffet in Dubai this New Year’s Eve. It’s a prime spot for catching the fireworks displays.

Rixos Premium Dubai, Dhs2,000 for adults, Dhs1,000 children 4 to 12. premiumdubai.rixos.com


Dubai Marina’s South American soiree includes a Latino-inspired buffet, a DJ playing until the early hours of the next morning, and stunning views beyond the deck’s infinity pool. It promises to be a party of “epic proportions”, so bring your dancing shoes.

Address Dubai Marina, from 8pm to 2am, Dhs350 with drinks only, Dhs650 with buffet and soft drinks, Dhs850 with buffet, house drinks and a premium drink at midnight, Tel: (04) 888 3444. addresshotels.com

Sky Lounge Rooftop

The far-reaching views of Dubai’s skyline make this a perfect fireworks viewing spot. A DJ will spin tracks all night.

Meydan Hotel, Meydan Racecourse, Dubai, 10.30pm to 3am, door admission Dhs250 minimum spend. Tel: (04) 3813111. themeydanhotel.com

Swim & Tonic and The Backyard

Another prime spot for those who love a good view, this place overlooks Dubai Canal and the Burj Khalifa. There will be free-flowing drinks and a selection of canapés, as well as a DJ to keep you dancing.

Steigenberger Hotel, Business Bay, Dubai, 9pm to 2am, Dhs750 per person. Tel: (04) 369 0000. steigenberger.com

The Penthouse

This rooftop terrace is known for its spectacular views of Dubai Marina, making it a great NYE spot. An international DJ will play to the crowd as premium drinks flow into the (extremely) early hours.

Five Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 7.30pm to 5am, Dhs2,400 per person. Tel: (052) 9004868. fivehotelsandresorts.com

Trader Vic’s

A live Latin band and a DJ should keep the dancefloor packed at Trader Vic’s. Revellers can also enjoy views of the Palm Jumeirah and the Arabian Gulf beyond.

Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, JBR, Dubai, from 8pm, Dhs675 per person with a sharing platter and house drinks. Tel: (04) 3686559. tradervicsjbr.com


New Year’s Eve is mainly about the view, and you can’t get much better than the 72nd floor of the world’s tallest five-star hotel. Vault will be loud and lively, with plenty of creative mixed drinks.

JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai, 7pm to 3am, Dhs500 for a standing ticket with canapés and house drinks until 11pm, free entry after midnight and minimum spend on tables. Tel: (04) 4143000. jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com

Vista Terrace & Bar

Celebrate under the stars with a selection of tapas and a DJ playing until the early hours of the morning.

Intercontinental Dubai Festival City, Dubai, 8.30pm to 12.30pm (cash bar until 3am), Dhs300 with tapas and house drinks, Dhs900 with tapas and premium drinks. Tel: (04) 7011128. diningdfc.com/festive

Weslodge Saloon

Get ready to rock ’n’ roll your way into the New Year at this party – that goes for the tunes and the dress code. As well as a lively atmosphere there are 360-degree views of Dubai’s skyline.

JW Marriott Marquis, 7pm to 3am, minimum spend of Dhs500 per person on lounge tables. Dubai, Tel: (04) 5601700. weslodge.ae

White Dubai

This year, White Dubai is taking you 800,000 years into the future with its time capsule-style end of year party. An artist line-up is still to be revealed.

Meydan, Dubai, 10pm to 4am, Dhs500 including three drinks, tables from Dhs 5,000. Tel: (050) 443 0933. whitedubai.com

Zero Gravity

It’s a double serving of Brit Award-winning DJs at Zero Gravity this year, with Sigala and Rudimental on the bill. Tickets include access to the beach and pool – if you fancy heading down early you can leave to freshen up and come back in.

Dubai Marina, Skydive Dubai Drop Zone, tickets from Dhs200 to Dhs1,000, tables from Dhs5,000. Tel: (04) 399 0009. dubai.platinumlist.net

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