Welcome the new decade in style…

We can hardly believe the start of a new year, and a new decade, is almost upon us. New Year’s Eve is set to be huge this year, but whether your partying, working, or chilling at home, there’s still plenty of fun do be had on January 1.

You might be detoxing or just continuing the party, but these are the best places to celebrate in Dubai on New Year’s Day 2020.

Azure Beach

After all the festivities over the Christmas season, most of us just want to relax on New Year’s Day, so Azure Beach is offering a ‘Recovery by the Pool’ package of unlimited drinks from 1pm to 3pm. It features selected drinks for Dhs300, or you can get complimentary bloody Marys between 10am and 12pm. There’s a la carte food and a DJ to bring in 2018 with a beat.

Azure Beach, Rixos Premium JBR, 10am to 3pm, Dhs300 house. Tel: (04) 520 0000. azure-beach.com

Four Seasons Jumeirah

SUQ is hosting a New Year’s Day brunch for those who missed out on celebrating the night before, or just want to continue the fun. The international buffet offers flavours from around the world, with prices starting from Dhs580.

SUQ, Four Seasons Hotel Jumeirah Beach, 2 Jumeirah Street, 1pm to 5pm, Dhs290 kids, Dhs580 soft, Dhs755 house, Dhs955 champagne. Tel: (04) 270 7803. fourseasons.com/dubaijb

Hillhouse Brasserie

There’s singing, dancing and loads of fun to be had at Hillhouse Brasserie’s New Year’s Day brunch which is also running again on Friday January 3. Irish singer, Ciaran Fox will be providing the entertainment with a Rat Pack soundtrack and there’ll be tons of live stations providing guests with a selection of salads, seafood, breads and main courses.  

Hillhouse Brasserie, Dubai Hills Golf Club, Wednesday January 1, 1pm to 4pm, Friday January 3, 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs195 including soft drinks, Dhs345 including house beverages, Dhs445 including sparkling grape. Tel: (800) 666 353. makeitadecembertoremember.com

JA Lake View

Republik, JA Lake View Hotel is kicking off the new year with a Resolutions Day brunch. You’ll enjoy a three-course meal and your pick of several mocktail stations, plus complimentary pool access at the hotel. The brunch is Dhs300 with soft drinks and house beverage are charged on consumption.

Republik, JA Lake View, Jebel Ali, 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs300 soft. Tel: (04) 814 5555. jaresortshotels.com

The Rose & Crown

The Rose & Crown is hosting a New Year’s Day brunch between 1pm and 4pm on January 1. If you’re looking for a chilled atmosphere with plenty of British food to indulge in, head to The Rose & Crown where you’ll find pool tables, darts boards and games such as Jenga to keep you busy all afternoon.

The Rose & Crown, Atrium, Al Habtoor City, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs150 soft, kids under 6 free. Tel: (04) 437 0000. roseandcrowndubai.com


Once you’ve had an extra-long lie in and are ready to face the world again, SoBe is hosting a New Year’s Day party in the evening. From 4pm ’til late, enjoy the sunset with unobstructed views as the resident DJ soothes you back to your normal self.

SoBe, W Dubai – The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, 4pm ’til late. Tel: (04) 455 6677. sobedubai.com

Nikki Beach

If you want to celebrate somewhere with ‘good vibes’ then look no further than famed Dubai beach club, Nikki Beach. They will be hosting a huge New Year’s Day brunch, complete with pool and beach access. Prices start from Dhs265 with soft drinks, or you can include wine and beer for Dhs395. If you’d like cocktails and house spirits it’s Dhs465, or Dhs890 with champagne.

Nikki Beach, Pearl Jumeirah, 11am to 8pm, brunch from Dhs265. Tel: (04) 376 6162. dubai.nikkibeach.com

Kempinski Mall of the Emirates

Olea is hosting its famed brunch on New Year’s Day, between 1pm and 5pm. The family-friendly event includes Lego and American Girl themed play area and an extensive international buffet.

Olea, Kempinski Hotel, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha, 1pm to 5pm, Dhs145 kids, Dhs295 adults. Tel: (04) 409 5111. olea-dubai.com

Bab Al Shams

Desert resort Bab Al Shams will be offering an international buffet brunch in the garden on New Year’s Day. There will be a selection of international dishes on both indoor and outdoor stations, plus activities for the kids including face painting, juggling, a bouncy castle and magician.

Bab Al Shams, Al Qudra Road, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs195 kids, Dhs395 soft, Dhs575 house. Tel: (04) 809 6194. meydanhotels.com

Cove Beach

Cove Beach will be throwing a New Year’s Day party on January 1. The five-hour package will run from 12pm to 5pm, and includes a sun lounger and free-flowing rose. It’s Baywatch themed, so red swimwear is encouraged.

Cove Beach, Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai, Bluewaters, 12pm to 5pm, ladies Dhs100, guys Dhs299. Tel: (050) 454 6920. Facebook.com/CoveBeachDubai

Le Petit Belge

At Le Petit Belge, in the JLT, Business Bay and Motor City branches you can get your first two beverages free on New Year’s Day.

Le Petit Belge, Pullman JLT, Cluster T, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, 12pm to 1am. Tel: (04) 242 7794. lepetitbelge.com.

Zero Gravity

Enjoy the public holiday with a New Year’s Day brunch at Zero Gravity. With free-flowing drinks and barbecue live stations, you can chill or party under the sun from 12pm to 5pm. Brunch is priced at Dhs249 for ladies and Dhs299 for gents.

Zero Gravity, Skydive Dubai, Dubai Marina, 12pm to 5pm, Dhs249 ladies, Dhs299 gents. Tel: (04) 399 0009. 0-gravity.ae