The countdown is on, 2021 is inbound, what are you gonna do about it..?

NYE is one of the busiest times of the year here – at least it usually is. While strict guidelines remain in place in the capital (I.E no more than four people per table), there’s still lots going on. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with all the best options for how to ring in the year 2021. Enjoy!

Alba Terrace

This New Year’s Eve, live entertainment sets the tone alongside an authentic, exclusively crafted 10-plate sharing menu, including bubbles and beverages.
The Abu Dhabi EDITION, 7pm to 2am, Dhs350 with soft drinks, Dhs500 sparkling. Tel: (0)22080000. @albaterrace

Beach Rotana

Celebrate NYE alfresco at Beach Rotana’s The Garden by Bay View where there’s a minimum spend of Dhs650 per person.
Beach Rotana, Dhs650. Tel: (0) 26979011.

Cyan Brasserie

What better time to check out the brand new Cyan Brasserie than for New Year’s Eve? The newly launched Franco-Arab Brasserie located at Andaz Capital Gate Abu Dhabi presents a six-course celebratory dinner with highlights such as blue fin tuna tartare with caviar and lemon, foie gras terrine with mango and cardamom jam, Chilean sea bass with squid ink tagliatelle and langoustine sauce as well as Wagyu tenderloin with pumpkin puree, wild mushrooms and black truffle.
Andaz Capital Gate Abu Dhabi, from 7pm, Dhs400 with soft drinks, Dhs550 with selected spirits, hops and grapes, Dhs800 with premium drinks. Tel: (056) 5448158. @cyanabudhabi

Dino’s Bistro Italiano

A special Italian à la carte- style brunch with a buffet of antipasti, cheese and cold cuts, artisan breads and turkey carving. Plus, there’s a live artist performance on NYE.
Pearl Rotana Capital Centre, 8pm to 1am, Dhs300 with soft drinks, Dhs350 with house drinks. Tel: (0)2 3075551.

Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi

A range of gourmet dishes are served courtesy of Dusit’s signature restaurants at a special buffet dinner beginning with a welcome reception in Orchid Lounge from 7.30pm.
Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi, 7.30pm to midnight, Dhs259 with soft drinks, Dhs449 with house drinks, Dhs749 with bubbles, Dhs129 for children 7 to 12 years. Under sixes free. Tel: (0) 26988137.


Tuck into a four-course Mediterranean grill-thriller at the Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche,  this NYE. You might even catch a glimpse of the Corniche fireworks if they’re happening this year.

Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, 8pm to midnight, Dhs295 for soft package, Dhs365 for house and Dhs396 for house and bubbly. Tel: (02) 813 7777, @sofitelabudhabicorniche


A royal feast awaits at Marriott Downtown this NYE. A special edition of the Eat, Play, Laugh brunch takes place between 7pm and midnight, with a three-hour package of unlimited sips and dining starting at just Dhs295. They’re serving food fit for good moods including, precisely-spiced delights from the Indian tandoor, roast turkey and lamb, there’s a chargrill station, an Asian counter, ice cream and Mexican churros. And if you’re planning to party hard you can tag on an overnight stay, and breakfast the next morning from a price of Dhs949 for to (which includes cost of the brunch).

Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street (Old Airport Road), 7pm to midnight (package price for three hours in this time period), Dhs249 for soft drinks, Dhs445 for house, Dhs55 for bubbles. Tel: (02) 304 7777,

Market Kitchen

The signature restaurant at Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi serves a table sharing brunch followed by exclusive access to Stratos between 10pm and 3.30am.
Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi, 8pm to 2am, Dhs250 with soft drinks, Dhs400 with house drinks, Dhs550 with sparkling, Dhs700 with champagne. @leroyalmeridienabudhabi


The popular brunch has had a festive makeover to help you ring in the New Year in style. As well as a festive buffet brimming with all manner of cuisine, there will be live entertainment in the form of a vocalist and pianist. It will kick off from 7pm with poolside dining available to give New Year’s Eve that extra bit of sparkle. Expect a range of live cooking stations featuring fresh oysters, a foie gras station, paella, risotto and much more.
Nahaam, Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi, December 31, 7pm onwards, from Dhs550 soft beverages. Tel: (0)2811 5666 or email

Noche Chill-Out Lounge

There’s a Bollywood Gala night at Millennium Capital Gate Abu Dhabi this NYE. Enjoy lush alfresco vibes and an epic international menu and live entertainment from the decks international star selectas: DJ Blaze, DJ Tushar and DJ B-Shek.

Millennium Capital Gate Abu Dhabi, Al Rawdah, 9pm to ‘late’, Dhs99 for entrance and welcome drink, soft package is Dhs199, Dhs299 for house and Dhs399 for the premium package. Tel:(02) 617 0000, @millenniumcapitalgate

Oak Room

Tom Aikens’ hit restaurant takes a British rock ‘n’ roll theme this New Year’s Eve, where more is more. Wagyu beef, scallops, oysters and more feature on the specially curated menu accompanied by cocktails and bubbles.
The Abu Dhabi EDITION, 7pm to 2am (four-hour experience), Dhs598 with soft drinks, Dhs798 sparkling. Tel: (0)22080000. @OakRoomAbuDhabi

PJ O’Reilly’s

The lively Irish bar in Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi hosts an NYE brunch with live festive music from a guitarist and singer.
Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi, 8pm to 2am, Dhs199 with house drinks, Dhs250 premium drinks. @leroyalmeridienabudhabi


Toast to the New Year with friends and family while enjoying lively music and stunning views over Abu Dhabi city and the Gulf. Food and drink service will be a la carte on New Year’s Eve so expect a range of flavourful tapas and classic Latin-inspired cocktails.
Andaz Capital Gate Abu Dhabi, from 7pm. Tel: (056) 5448158. Click here for the website.

Rosewood Abu Dhabi

Rosewood Abu Dhabi has some epic New Year’s Eve activities available. That’s a given. The only thing that’s ‘up in the air’ if you can excuse the terrible pun is whether its Al Maryah skyline will be lit up with fireworks come Thursday — we’re still waiting for the final nod. In whichever case you can still enjoy rooftop revelling at Glo Lounge with a private table or cabana and a bottle of house spirits from Dhs900. The alfresco grill specialists, Wood & Fire are offering a range of menu options from Dhs655. Sambusek will be offering a luxurious Levantine flavoured start to the new year from Dhs495. Where’s the afterparty at? Hidden bar has a la carte raving on offer until 4am.

Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island. Tel: (02) 813 5520,


The popular revolving restaurant hosts a Phantom of the Opera themed dinner with eats and free flowing selected house beverages.
Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi, 7pm to 10pm, Dhs450 per person. @leroyalmeridienabudhabi

The Warehouse Wine & Tapas Bar

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Warehouse is taking NYE as an opportunity to preview some new menu items. Come and enjoy unlimited sharing tapas as as DJ spins.
Pearl Rotana Capital Centre, 9pm to 1am, Dhs400 with house drinks. Tel: (0)2 3075552.

Westin Abu Dhabi Gala Dinner

Taste the award-winning cuisine at Fairways served from a variety of cooking stations, live grills, and seafood counter, as a DJ provides the entertainment.
The Westin Abu Dhabi, from 8pm, Dhs475 with soft drinks, Dhs625 with house drinks. Dhs165 for children.


Fancy riding breezy island vibes right the way into the new year? Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort has got you. The White New Years’ Eve Buffet Dinner boasts big culinary adventures, electric atmosphere, live entertainment and a family-friendly way to launch into 2021 in the best possible way. Packages start at Dhs475 and kids get in for half price.
For more information and to book your place now call: (02) 811 4342 or email

Up & Below

Welcome 2021 in style with the vibrant atmosphere of popular rooftop spot Up & Below, complete with cocktails and tasty food. Prices start at Dhs99 including two house drinks and one selected food item. Alternatively, it’sDhs149 with one bottle of bubbly and one selected food item.
Courtyard by Marriott World Trade Centre, Abu Dhabi, from 8pm. @courtyardabudhabi

W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island

Kick off the countdown with a feast at Garage followed by an after-party at WET Deck. Additional charges for the WET Deck after-party apply.
W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island, 7pm to midnight, Dhs295 with soft drinks, Dhs365 with house drinks, Dhs499 for sparkling package, Dhs150 for children seven to 11 years. Tel: (0)26560000. @wabudhabi