New Year's Eve dinner brunches in Dubai, 2019
Where do you want to be when the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve?
It’s safe to say that NYE is one of the busiest times of the year here – at least when it comes to partying. It’s a night where having the biggest – and best – fireworks display in the world is paramount.
There’s a lot going on and you need to plan in advance – to party right and not blow it. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with all the best options for how to ring in 2020 in the UAE. Here are the best dinner brunches to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Dubai…
Firework fan? Dubai’s only rooftop revolving restaurant will, of course, provide you with a constantly changing skyline – complete with dazzling light shows. Plus, the live cooking stations and steady flow of drinks are sure to keep the not-so-fussed-about-fireworks pleasantly occupied, too.
Hyatt Regency Dubai, Dubai, 7.30pm to midnight, Dhs1,050 with house drinks, Dhs1,250 bubbly, Dhs450 for children aged five to 10. Tel: (04) 209 6914. hyattrestaurants.com
Save your appetite for this one, if going for the five-course dining package. The Pier 7 hotspot will also run drinks-only deals on the rooftop with table packages starting from Dhs2,000. It’s a Blanc de Blanc theme (that’s a white party) for all.
Pier 7, Dubai, 6pm to 4am, Dhs599 one free bubbly mixed drink, table packages start at Dhs2,000. Tel: (04) 4507766. atelierm.ae
BB Social Dining
NYE at BB will serve its exquisite Asian menu alongside classic pop hits from the 80s, 90s and 00s. A special set menu will be served alongside free-flowing house drinks and bubbly. Fancy dress is themed on your favourite decade, so get creative.
Gate Village 8, DIFC, Dubai, 8.30pm to 3.30am, Dhs750 bubbly. Tel: (04) 4074444. thisisbb.com
Head to this brand-new JBR sports bar to enjoy a one-of-a-kind 360-degree grill with your fireworks this year. There’ll be plenty of meat, drinks and dancing as the clock strikes midnight.
Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort, JBR, The Walk, Dubai, 7pm onwards, Dhs399 with house drinks. Tel: (04) 315 3861.
EAT & MEAT
Head back 100 years and join in the 1920s soiree at EAT & MEAT restaurant. Chefs will serve a top-notch seafood selection paired with a wide choice of drinks. A backdrop of live music will bring some good ol’ fashioned glitz and glamour to the evening.
The H Dubai, Dubai, 8.30pm, Dhs395 with soft drinks, Dhs695 with house drinks, Dhs895 bubbly. Tel: (04) 5018623. hhoteldubai.com
Celebrate the end of 2019 with Flow Kitchen, Fairmont the Palm. Enjoy the expansive buffet selection from a variety of live stations, with family-friendly live entertainment.
Flow Kitchen, Fairmont the Palm, Palm Jumeirah, 7pm to 1am, from Dhs995. Tel: (04) 457 3457. palmdining.com
folly by Nick & Scott
Head to Souk Madinat Jumeirah for some exquisite dining with even tastier views. Enjoy a three-course menu with soft drinks for Dhs695 or upgrade to the drinks package for Dhs1,195 – this runs until 9pm for those who prefer an early night.
Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, 7pm to 9pm, Dhs695 with soft drinks, Dhs1,195 bubbly. Tel: (04) 4308535. folly.ae
La Cantine du Faubourg
Dress to impress and head to this What’s On Award-winning French restaurant, which offers a special sharing menu featuring their signature dishes. Indoor and outdoor bars will also be available for guests who want to join for drinks only.
Emirates Towers, Dubai, 8pm, Dhs950 food only. Tel: (04) 3527105. lacantine.ae
There are two options at the DIFC Italian – dinner and drinks, or drinks only. Food includes a four-course set menu including Wagyu sirloin, truffle pasta, seared scallops and more. While the lounge bar hosts the after-party with a DJ until 3am. Get there before 9pm to avoid road closures.
DIFC, Dubai, 9pm to 3am, Dhs975 food and house drinks, Dhs1,250 food and bubbly, Dhs1,600 food and premium bubbly, Dhs500 house drinks only, Dhs850 premium drinks only. Tel: (04) 5836366. marearestaurant.com
Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra
Marking a solid first year in operation, the fine-dining Indian is putting together an innovative menu incorporating all the usual molecular gastronomy it’s known for. We won’t spoil the surprise – but expect an ending where a dark chocolate treat floats in the air.
JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai, 7pm to midnight, Dhs495 house drinks indoors, Dhs695 house drinks outdoors. Tel: (04) 4143000. jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com
Say hello to 2020 with a sophisticated dinner at Nassau. Warm, cosy and elegant, the newly launched venue will be providing live entertainment and a delicious set menu with smoked salmon terrine, grilled wagyu tenderloin steak, roasted cherry tomato risotto with parmesan crisps, and a soft chocolate and dolce de leche s’more cake for the grand finale.
Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, 7pm to 3am, Dhs425 soft drinks, Dhs725 house drinks, Dhs845 bubbly. Tel: (04) 4179999. jumeirahgolfestates.com
Outdoor seating by the infinity pool provides views of the Burj Khalifa fireworks. Live entertainment is on offer, along with an international buffet.
Kempinski Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, 8pm to 2am, from Dhs1,250 per person. Tel: (04) 409 5111. kempinksi.com
Park Hyatt Dubai
Park Hyatt is throwing a Mamma Mia themed bash this New Year’s Eve so get ready to become a Dancing Queen on December 31. With a live five-piece band, DJ
and international cuisine from the hotel’s signature restaurants, you can be a Super Trouper until the midnight fireworks light up the night.
Park Hyatt Dubai, Dubai Creek, 8.30pm to 1.30am, Dhs785 for children and Dhs1,800 for adults with free-flowing house drinks and champagne. parkhyattdubai.com
This one’s for the foodies as Chef Candice will rustle up a storm in the kitchen with a five-course dinner. It kicks off with welcome drinks in the outside bar and there are unlimited drinks all night. Head up to floor eight for a cash bar at garden on 8 and Coco Lounge afterwards.
Media One Hotel, Dubai, 8pm to midnight, Dhs295 with house drinks. Tel: (04) 4271000. mediaonehotel.com
If you’re looking for Burj Khalifa views when the clock strikes midnight, make sure you’re at Roberto’s carnival themed dinner. The four-course menu can be enjoyed in the restaurant for Dhs1,600 or on the balcony (with those all important views) for Dhs3,000. You can add house drinks for an extra Dhs500.
Expect entertainment from a DJ and acrobats.
Roberto’s, Gate Village, DIFC, 8pm to 4am, from Dhs1,600. Tel: (04) 386 0066. robertos.ae/dubai
Ribs & Brews
If the DJ and clock striking midnight doesn’t get everyone in the party mood, a series of fun games just might do the trick. At midnight, balloons filled with prizes will be popped and lucky winners can bag the likes of unlimited hops for the whole of 2020. Now that’s a happy new year. Book before December 15 to save 20 percent. Hotel guests will get 50 percent off after midnight.
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Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City, Dubai, 8pm to 3am, Dhs450 with house drinks from 8pm to midnight, Dhs500 premium bubbly 8pm to midnight. Tel: (04) 4355577. alhabtoorcityhotels.com/festive
The Cigar Room
Shun the crowds for a party where only 50 people are allowed in. Expect a saxophone player, free-flowing premium bubbly and a canapé menu that will outshine any fine-dining restaurant including caviar, fois gras crumble and petit four to name a few.
Fairmont The Palm, Dubai, 8pm to 3am, Dhs2,950 indoors with premium bubbly, Dhs3,950 outdoors with premium bubbly.Tel: (04) 457 3457. palmdining.com
Enjoy a celebratory Thai Experience menu created especially for New Year’s. It’s available for one night only and will showcase unique regional dishes, celebrating street food as well as authentic classics loved around the world. The price includes free-flowing house drinks.
JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai, 7pm to midnight, Dhs495 house drinks. Tel: (04) 414 3000. jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com