What finer way is there to say goodbye to 2019 than by spending it dressed up to the nines?

It’s the end of the year as we know it, and you should leave it behind feeling great. Here are some of the best gala dinners around town from where you can catch a fireworks show…

Al Bahou gala dinner

Welcome the new decade in style without the crowds when you join the celebration at Al Bahou with a real-time telecast of the Burj Khalifa fireworks. There will also be DJ performances, a live band, an extravagant food buffet and a special surprise awaits when the clock strikes midnight.

Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate, Dubai, 8pm to 2am, Dhs449 soft drink, Dhs749 house drinks, Dhs999 bubbly, Dhs225 ages seven to 12, Dhs99 ages three to six, free kids under three. Tel: (04) 444 5613. movenpick.com/uae/dubai

Atlantis, The Palm Gala Dinner

It’s the big one, the iconic hotel is throwing a 1920s themed celebration built on a special deck into the ocean. It begins with canapés and bubbly in the Asateer tent, before a 30-piece live band kicks off the night’s entertainment on the main deck. Expect unlimited food and drinks – it’s a goodie for families, too.

Atlantis The Palm, 7.30pm-onwards, adult packages from Dhs3,300, ages 12 to 20 packages from Dhs2,250, ages four to 11 packages from Dhs625, free under three. atlantisthepalm.com


Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a beautiful gala dinner at Babiole – the jewel restaurant atop Hilton Dubai, Al Habtoor City. Book a table on the terrace and enjoy picture-perfect Burj Khalifa views as you feast your way through a five-course menu of delicious dishes served up to free flowing beverages.

Babiole, Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City, 8pm to 1am, Dhs895 indoor seating, Dhs1095 outdoor seating. Tel: (056) 515 4665

JA Gala Dinner

Step into the theatre with JA Beach Club’s Broadway-themed NYE Gala Dinner. There’ll be live entertainment, a magician, free-flowing drinks and a huge buffet to keep you busy all night.

JA The Resort, Dubai, 7pm until late, Dhs1,500 inclusive of house drinks and sparkling. Tel: (04) 8145555. jaresortshotels.com

Shades Black & White Masquerade Ball

Get your glad rags ready, this is a night where you’ll want to dress to the nines. The Black & White Masquerade Ball will be held under the stars, complete with a red-carpet welcome. There’ll be a huge buffet, live DJ, spectacular views of the Marina (fireworks included) and the best dressed will win a hotel stay.

Address Dubai Marina, Dubai, 8pm to 2am, Dhs350 drinks-only, Dhs550 with food and house drinks, Dhs650 food and bubbly. Tel: (04) 888 3444. addresshotels.com

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Stoke House

Let the good times flow at Stoke House and bid goodbye to 2019 with four hours of eating, drinking and dancing (what else?). This will be a popular one for kids, too.

Trump International Golf Club, Dubai, 8pm to midnight, Dhs325 with soft drinks, Dhs725 with house drinks, Dhs325 kids. Tel: (04) 2453939. stokehouse.ae

Verve Bar and Brasserie

The brand-new spot by Dubai chef duo Nick & Scott transforms into a lavish New Year’s Eve Great Gatsby-themed black-tie gala dinner. Enjoy the five-course menu with live entertainment taking you back to the 20s. Dress to impress.

Grand Plaza Mövenpick Media City, Dubai, 6pm-onwards, Dhs695 with soft drinks, Dhs1,195 bubbly. Tel: (04) 525 7633. vervebrasserie.com

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