If you’re in the mood to party this New Year’s Eve in Dubai, here are all the ideas you’ll need to say sayonara to 2019…

Before you know it, New Year’s Eve will inevitably sneak up on you and you know you’re going to want to do something to celebrate the coming of 2020. Whether it’s dancing, dinner, and a little live music, Dubai has plenty of options to keep you busy on the last night of the year.

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Enjoy some of the finest Asian food on the Palm with a glistening backdrop of Dubai’s incredible skyline. Sit indoors or on the neon terrace outdoors and enjoy premium views to the best fireworks in the city – head up to Wet Deck for a post-dinner party.

W Dubai – The Palm, Dubai, 7pm to midnight, Dhs1,200 terrace lounge tables, Dhs1,450 indoors with bubbly, Dhs1,850 outdoors with bubbly. Tel: (04) 2455800. akirabackdubai.com


Spend New Year’s Eve at Alici, the homegrown restaurant from the team behind two-time What’s On Restaurant of the Year award-winner, Il Borro Tuscan Bistro. Located on the waterfront of Bluewaters island, you’ll be in for a night filled with vibes from the South of Italy with stunning views of the sea and beats from Boys for Roads and DJ Mateo Paz. You will pay Dhs400 to be seated at the bar, Dhs800 for indoors and Dhs1200 to be seated on the terrace. The dress code is Amalfi Chic.

Alici, Bluewaters, off JBR, Dubai Marina, 8pm onwards,  Dhs400 at the bar, Dhs800 indoor, Dhs1200 terrace, Tel: (04) 2752577. alici.com


Roll down the rabbit hole and celebrate an Alice in Wonderland-themed New Year’s Eve at Aqua. Dress in your finest attire for a special pool deck celebration with top views of the Burj Khalifa and get lost in the thoroughly bonkers live entertainment. Prices include free-flowing drinks and canapés between 7pm and 11pm. À la carte food and drinks will be available after 11pm. Guests holding an existing restaurant booking in JW Marriott Marquis on December 31 can visit Aqua for Dhs250 with house drinks.

JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai, 7pm to 3am, Dhs500 with food and drinks 7pm to 11pm. Tel: (04) 4143000. jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com


Party on the sand with Put Your Hands Up For Detroit DJ, Freddie Le Grand this New Year’s Eve. There’ll be graffiti arts and drummers in the lead up to the DJ taking to the stage, with tickets priced from Dhs209 inclusive of one drink. If you fancy planning ahead and making sure you’ve got somewhere to rest your feat in between dancing the night away, there are a range of VIP table packages starting from Dhs3000 for a table of four.

Barasti, Le Meridien Mina Syahi Beach Resort & Marina Dubai Marina, Dubai, 7pm to 4am, tickets priced from Dhs209. Tel: (04) 511 7373. barastibeach.com


BOA Dubai must have one of the best value parties in the city to celebrate the turn of the decade. Gents pay Dhs500 and ladies pay Dhs250 for free flowing drinks in the club from 10pm to 4am. The lounge will be open from 8pm to 6am for those that like to keep the party going. VIP table reservations are also available.

BOA Dubai, V Hotel, Al Habtoor City, 8pm to 6am lounge, 10pm to 4am club. Tel: (056) 501 20139. boadubai.com

Café Nikki

Ring in the New Year with a fabulous Great Gatsby-themed party at Café Nikki. Don your best 1920’s wear and swing into 2020 as you enjoy live music and entertainment, fabulous cocktails and mountains of food. You’ll then get access to their New Year’s Eve countdown and after party on the beach with one drink. Better get practicing the Charleston.

Nikki Beach Resort & Spa, Pearl Jumeira, Dubai, 7.30pm to 11pm, Dhs465. Tel: (04) 376 6000. nikkibeach.com

Cavalli Club

Step into the Cavalli Winterland and witness the world-famous club transform into a frosted-dream. Expect plenty of dancers, drinks made by a robot and an ice lounge complete with -18C temperatures. Cool as you like. There are three packages to choose from: dinner, lounge or open bar.

Fairmont Dubai, Dubai, 9pm-3am, Dhs1,650 dinner package, Dhs1,100 gents lounge package, Dhs900 ladies lounge package, Dhs1,100 open bar gents, Dhs900 open bar ladies. Tel: (050) 991 0400. dubai.cavalliclub.com

Drai’s NYE bash with Nelly

If you wanna go and take a ride wit’ Nelly, then head straight to Drai’s. The American rapper will headline the night. Early bird tickets for ladies include three drinks, gents’ includes four. General release include four drinks for ladies and five for men. You’ll enjoy Burj Khalifa firework views at midnight, too.

Meydan, Dubai, 9pm to 4am, Dhs300 ladies’ early bird, Dhs500 gents early bird, Dhs400 ladies general admission, Dhs600 gents general admission, from Dhs5,000 VIP tables. Tel: (052) 3888857. draisdxb.com

Garden on 8 & Coco Lounge

The entire eighth floor of Media One Hotel will unite for a mega NYE bash – meaning revellers can zip between both garden on 8 and Coco Lounge. The four-hour brunch package includes food and drinks between 8pm and midnight, then it’s a cash bar onwards.

Media One Hotel, Dubai, 8pm to 3am, Dhs495 house drinks (8pm to midnight). Tel: (04) 427 1000. mediaonehotel.com

Il Borro Tuscan Bistro

On New Year’s Eve at Il Boro Tuscan Bistro, choose from a biodynamic menu of Tuscan favourites and an exquisite selection of Italian grape to help you ring in 2020. Your entertainment for the night will come from the incredible Alan Scaffardi, followed by DJ Mari Geneva. It will cost you Dhs750 to be seated by the bar, and Dhs1600 to be seated indoors or on the terrace.

Il Boro Tuscan Bistro, Jumeirah Al Naseem, Dubai, 8pm onwards, Dhs750 to be seated barside, Dhs1600 indoor and terrace seating, Tel: (02) 275 2555 ilborrotuscanbistro.ae

Khaymat al Bahar

For a beautiful poolside location, look no further than Khaymat al Bahar, located at the swanky Jumeirah Al Qasr. To ring in the New Year, they’re putting on a huge dining spread including fresh salads and mezze’s, fresh seafood, tender meats, pasta, paella and loads more. (We said it was huge). Its the perfect way to spend the last evening of 2019 in style. 

Khaymat at Bahar, Jumeirah Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim, Tuesday December 31, 8pm to 12.30am, five packages including Dhs1000 (soft beverages), Dhs1250 (indoor standard seating), Dhs1500 (outdoor standard seating), Dhs1500 (indoor premium seating), Dhs1750 (outdoor premium seating). Tel: (800) 666 353. jumeirah.com

Miss Tess

The all-you-can-eat, all-you-can-drink brunch favourite ups the ante for an all-you-can-party NYE special. Expect the usual tip top Asian food, funky entertainment and those exceptional Burj Khalifa firework views. Plus, free bubbly to toast in the New Year.

Taj Dubai, Business Bay, Dubai, 7pm to 2am, Dhs898 indoor, Dhs1,498 outdoor terrace. Tel: (050) 4988505. misstessdubai.com


It really doesn’t get much more, well, chic than spending an evening at Pierchic, which sits on its very own jetty with unparalleled views of the Burj Al Arab. In true Perchic style, they’re going all out for New Year’s Eve with a Gala Dinner, comprising of two four-course set menus to choose from. You’ll dine on top dishes like bluefin tuna tartar, Japanese hamachi and Chilean seabass. Caviar is also on the menu, with French blue lobster ravioli or white alba truffle risotto. Fancy. 

Pierchic, Jumeirah Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim, Tuesday December 31, 8pm to 12.30am, Dhs2,100 including soft drinks with standard seat; Dhs2,500 including grape with standard seat; Dhs4,500 including bubbly (Veuve Cliquot Brut) with a premium seat; Dhs5,900 including premium bubbly (Dom Perignon) with a front row seat. Tel: (800) 666 353. makeitadecembertoremember.com

Roda Al Bustan

Disney fans this is for you: your three wishes will come true at once if you visit Roda Al Bustan’s Aladdin-themed New Year’s Eve bash. The lobby will transform into the family flick’s Arabian city of Agrabah. Tuck into a lavish buffet with live cooking stations and a wide selection of drinks alongside live entertainment.

Roda Al Bustan Hotel, Dubai, 7pm to 2am, Dhs420 food only, Dhs550 with house drinks. Tel: (04) 705 4689. rodaalbustanhoteldubai.com


With more than 220 dishes and 20 live cooking stations, Saffron’s New Year’s Eve line-up is a foodie’s dream. Partygoers can watch a team of top chefs slice, dice, sizzle and stir at Saffron’s many cooking stations. The resident DJ will be on hand to get everyone into the party spirit. Fee includes entry into The Royal Beach after-party.

Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, from 7pm, Dhs1,250 with house drinks, Dhs850 ages 12 to 20, Dhs625 ages four to 11, free kids under three. Tel: (04) 426 2626. atlantis.com

Soho Garden

If you spend New Year’s Eve at Soho Garden this December, you’ll get the choice of not one, but two huge parties. Huge carnival-house festival Elrow will be kicking off at Soho Beach DXB and popular house DJ, Dixon will be at Soho Garden, with an open bar on all night from 8pm to 4am. If you want access to both parties, you can upgrade to a VIP band which will set you back Dhs1,500. 

Soho Garden DXB, Al Meydan Road, Dubai, 8am to 4pm, early bird tickets from Dhs799. Tel: (052) 388 8849. sohogardendxb.com

STK Downtown

Downtown Dubai’s swanky steakhouse offers front row seats to the fireworks. There is a brunch-style menu with dishes like prime fillet, lobster risotto and miso black cod. A live saxophonist will get the upbeat atmosphere going, with plenty more entertainment throughout the night.

Address Downtown, Dubai, 9pm to 2am, Dhs999 for bistro seating, Dhs1,299 for carpet seating, Dhs2,499 for terrace seating. Tel: (04) 4253948. stkdubaidowntown.com

St. Trop Rooftop Lounge

Revellers can ring in 2020 at St. Trop, the 18th floor rooftop lounge at Waldorf Astoria DIFC and watch the magnificent display of lights and fireworks. Enjoy celebratory drinks and dance away to a rotation of classic chart hits.

Waldorf Astoria DIFC, 9pm to 3am, Dhs800 with house drinks. Tel: (04) 515 9888. waldorfastoria3.hilton.com

The 44

Enjoy five hours of free flowing drinks for just Dhs320 this New Year’s Eve at rooftop sports bar, The 44. The package is available from 9pm to 2am, so you’ll be able to enjoy prime views of the Downtown fireworks as the clock strikes twelve.

The 44, Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City, 9pm to 2am, Dhs320. Tel: (054) 581 1758. facebook.com/The44


The Friday brunch favourite boasts some of the best Downtown Dubai views from its rooftop. Expect bottomless drinks and a barbecue buffet, live grills and platters of fresh oysters. It’s a cash bar from 1am to 4am.

Taj Dubai, Dubai, 8pm to 4am, Dhs1,650 standing Treehouse Garden, Dhs1,750 standing Treehouse, Dhs22,000 VIP tables (12 people). Tel: (04) 4383100. treehousedubai.ae


The JLT favourite is running one of the city’s best-value packages at just Dhs349 for free-flowing house drinks and a food buffet. Early birds can even get the deal for Dhs299. You know what to expect from the easy-going bar – and that’s plenty of fun, a lively atmosphere and an easy trip home if you live in New Dubai.

Cluster A, JLT, Dubai, 9pm to 2am, Dhs349 with house drinks. Tel: (04) 438 0000. movenpick.com


Located on the 71st and 72nd floors, few places in Dubai can rival the skyline views from Vault. Enjoy a buzzing atmosphere and crafted mixed drinks, inspired by old-time classics, and soak in the fireworks.

JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai, 7pm to 3am, Dhs500 food and drink 7pm to 11pm, free entry after midnight. Tel: (02) 4143000. jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com


Listen up Old Sports, the Great Gatsby is coming to Dubai – well, a soiree fitting for the fictional party hound, that is. Expect live music from the Dusty Notes and a rotation of DJs who will transport you to 1920s Long Island.

Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, 8pm to 3am, Dhs350 with house drinks. Tel: (04) 702 2455. warehouse-dubai.com

Wet Deck

Expect big celebrations at W Dubai – The Palm as the luxury resort marks its first New Year. There’s no better place to join in the revelries than at Wet Deck, where you’ll be treated to a lavish food spread, live music acts, DJs and a prime seat for fireworks.

W Dubai – The Palm, Dubai, 8pm to 1am, Dhs1,850 bubbly and premium house drinks. Tel: (04) 245 5555. wetdeckdubai.com 

White Beach

Newly opened White Beach at Atlantis The Palm will ring in 2020 with a performance from R&B superstar, Ne-Yo. Fans can expect to hear a string of his best-loved hits including So Sick, Mad and Miss Independent performed against the backdrop of the wow-worthy Atlantis fireworks display. Tickets start from Dhs350 for ladies and Dhs450 for gents.

Atlantis, The Palm, 9pm onwards, from Dhs350 ladies, Dhs450 gents. Tel: (055) 200 4321. atlantis.com/white-beach

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White Dubai

Dubai super club, WHITE, will be ‘flying’ partygoer’s to New York with a spectacular Times Square-themed party on New Year’s Eve. Expect huge live performances and an epic show worthy of one of Dubai’s swankiest clubs on the biggest night of the year.

Meydan Racecourse, 11pm to 4am, tickets start from Dhs550 incl. three house drinks. Tel: (050) 443 0933. whitedubai.com


Ring in the New Year with an 80s throwback. DJ Kennedy will be spinning dancefloor hits from the decade throughout the night. Includes free-flowing drinks.

Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, 8pm to 3am, Dhs529 premium bubbly. Tel: (04) 702 2455. yalumbadubai.com

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