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Where to celebrate New Year's Eve in Dubai 2020

Let the countdown begin…

Where will you be at midnight? We’ve scoured the UAE to find the hottest spots to spend the last few hours of 2020. Here are our pick of the best places to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Dubai this year.

99 Sushi

99 sushi dragonfly maki

Say farewell to 2020 with an amazing spread of 99 Sushi dishes, free-flowing premium beverages and spellbinding views of the Burj Khalifa fireworks on New Year’s Eve in Dubai. Prices start from Dhs3500 if you want to sit inside the restaurant and it’s Dhs4500 if you want to sit on the terrace.

99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant, Address Downtown, Downtown Dubai. Tel: (0)4 547 2241. 99sushibar.com

Address Dubai Marina

Take a time warp to the ’70s with a themed family-friendly New Year’s Eve Dubai party at Mazina promising fun, food and live cooking stations. The night will be lit up with live entertainment bringing back a retro feel and thrills from the past.

Address Dubai Marina, 8pm to 2am, Dhs345 with soft drinks, Dhs445 with house drinks, Dhs145 for children six to 12 years. Tel: (0)4 4367777. @addressdubaimarina

Address Sky View

Get front row seats to Burj Khalifa’s New Year’s Eve Dubai show at Deck Too with a delicious international buffet. Prices start from Dhs1,288.

Address Sky View, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, prices start from Dhs1288. Tel:(0)4 873 8888. @addressskyview

Aloft City Centre Deira

A Mask-a-rade celebration is taking place at quirky Aloft City Center Deira with an extravagant international buffet. Cuisines range from Arabic, Asian, Western and more. Yes, you will be able to see the Dubai New Year’s Eve fireworks, too. Prices start from Dhs325.

Aloft City Centre Deira, Deira, Dubai, prices start from Dhs325. Tel:(0)4 210 3335. @aloftdubai

Al Nafoorah

The multi-award-winning Levantine dining destination is serving up Lebanese fare along with a live Arabic band. Expect an all-you-can-eat a la carte brunch with free-flowing drinks at this lively New Year’s Eve event in Dubai.

Jumeirah Emirates Towers, 7pm to 1am, Dhs295 with soft drinks, Dhs495 with house drinks, Dhs95 for kids. Tel: (800) 666353.
@alnafoorahdubai

Amazonico

Head to the rainforest to bid 2020 a grand farewell with shimmering disco balls, streaks of neon lights and all things glitter. A feast awaits in The Restaurant, where you can choose from the classic a-la-carte, or a specially created New Year’s Eve set menu for Dhs800. After, head to the rooftop terrace for the New Year’s Eve Dubai countdown to 2021.

Gate Village 11, Pavilion DIFC, Dhs800 per person. Tel: (0)4 571 3999. @amazonicodubai

Anantara The Palm Dubai

Anantara the Palm Dubai New Year

Be seated at this beautiful beachside venue with stunning views across the water. You’ll be served a carefully prepared four-course menu as you celebrate New Year’s Eve in Dubai.

Anantara The Palm Dubai, 8pm to 2am, Dhs1,350 with soft drinks, Dhs1,850 with house drinks, Dhs675children six to 11 years. Tel: (0)561897000. @anantaradubai

Andreeas

There’ll be an international buffet with live food stations and an open bar from 8.30pm to 1am at this lively beach club. A DJ spins until the fireworks show. What a way to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Dubai.

Habtoor Grand, Dubai Marina, 8.30pm to 1am, Dhs499. Tel: (0)586935778. @andreeasdubai

Anise

Eight different live cooking stations inspired by the world’s culinary traditions, including seafood, ceviche and oysters. There will also be live entertainment and terrace views of the Dubai New Year’s Eve fireworks at Festival Bay.

Anise, Intercontinental Dubai Festival City, 8.30pm to 12.30am, soft drinks:Dhs599 (indoor) or Dhs749 (terrace) house and bubbles: Dhs699 (indoor) Dhs849 (terrace). Tel: (04) 701 1111.

Asia Asia

At this Pier 7 hotspot, enjoy an unlimited sharing menu of modern Asian flavours, paired with free-flowing drinks and a backdrop of the glittering Dubai Marina skyline.

Asia Asia, Pier 7, Dubai Marina, 8pm to 2am (dinner 9pm to 1am), packages from Dhs700. Tel: (04) 276 5900. 

Atlantis, The Palm

KISS at Atlantis the Palm Dubai

Legendary rock band KISS are set to throw a huge New Year’s Eve party in Dubai at Atlantis, The Palm this year. The huge show will be live-streamed to fans around the world, with registration costing $39 (Dhs143) to see the show online. Fans in the UAE will also be able to see it live, providing they book a room at the five-star hotel.

kiss2020goodbye.com

Avli by tashas

Avli by tashas is ending the year in true Athenian style. The sophisticated venue plays host to an evening set to the eclectic tunes of Antonis Dominos and Cycladic beats by DJ Scarf. Guests will get welcome drinks and authentic mezedes before indulging in authentic flavours of the Mediterranean.

Avli by tashas, Ground Floor, Gate Village Building 9, DIFC, Dubai, Tel: (04) 359 0008. avlibytashas.com

Bab Al Shams Desert Resort

Bab Al Shams New Years Eve

The hotel’s flagship alfresco restaurant Al Hahheerah is pulling out all the stops for its New Year’s Eve celebrations this year. It features a Middle Eastern feast, classic drinks, live entertainment, dancers, a DJ, and a grand fireworks display.

Bab Al Shams, from 8pm, Dhs1,000 with soft drinks (premium seating), Dhs1,300 with house drinks (premium seating), Dhs800 with soft drinks (regular seating), Dhs1,100 with house drinks (regular seating). Tel: (0)48096194. @babalshamshotel

Baby Q

Located on the 43rd floor of Media One hotel, enjoy the stunning views of the Dubai skyline and unlimited food and beverages from 9pm to 1am. Want to stay on? The cash bar is open from 1am to 3am. Reservations are a must. Doors open at 7pm.

Baby Q, 43rd floor, Media One Hotel, Media City, Duba. Tel: (0)58 592 9508. @babyqdubai

Bagatelle

The French party venue is going big this New Year’s Eve with live entertainment, DJ and cotillon (that’s a French version of an English country dance, FYI). There are two seatings at 7pm and 9.30pm.

Fairmont Hotel Sheikh Zayed Road, 7pm for Dhs550, and 9.30pm for Dhs1,300. Tel: (0)4 4545035. @bagatelledubai

Beau Rivage Bistro

The all-you-can-eat and drink buffet features international flavours with live cooking stations and desserts buffet full of tasty treats. There’s live entertainment and spectacular views of the Dubai Canal and Burj Khalifa from the stunning outdoor terrace. Prices start from Dhs495.

Ground Floor, Grand Millennium Business Bay, Business Bay, Dhs495 with soft drinks, Dhs595 with house drinks, Dhs660 with house and bubbly. Tel: (0)4 873 3333. millenniumhotels.com

Boardwalk

Welcome 2021 at one of Dubai’s most iconic dining destination with live music on the deck coupled with a delicious buffet and front row seats to the hotel’s very own New Year’s Eve fireworks.

Boardwalk, Dubai Creek Yacht Club, Dubai Creek, 8am to 1pm, Dhs545 with soft drinks, Dhs745 with house drinks, Dhs895 sparkling, Dhs255 children ages 6 to 12 Tel: (0)4 205 4647. dubaigolf.com/dubai-creek-golf-yacht-club/dine/boardwalk

BOA

Spread over two floors of the V Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton – Al Habtoor City, Boa Lounge is home to lavish interiors, expert mixology and a temperature-controlled terrace, which offers stunning views over Dubai, making it a good New Year’s Eve spot.

V Hotel, Al Habtoor City, Dhs5,000 minimum spend with up to five people per table. Tel: (0)56 501 2039. @boadubai

Bubbalicious

The multi-awarding-winning brunch, which combines Mina’s Kitchen, Sui Mui and Baba, pulls out all the stops for a special Bubbalicious New Year’s Eve brunch.

The Westin Mina Seyahi, Dhs895 with champagne, Dhs295 for children 6 to 11 years. @westindubai

Buddha Bar

A four-course feast of Asian flavours is on the menu on New Year’s Eve at this Dubai Marina hotspot, along with DJ tunes, a live dinner show, and premium house drinks.

Buddha Bar, Grosvenor House Dubai, Dubai Marina, 8pm to 2am, Dhs1,500. @buddhabardubai

Burj Al Arab

From sensational food and incomparable views to glittering fireworks and enthralling music, you will start with pre-drinks at Sahn Eddar before moving onto the Terrace for a gala five-course Mediterranean dinner. After this, head to The Terrace to begin bringing in the New Year with a glass of premium French bubbly, while enjoying the hotel’s stunning firework display. It will cost you Dhs3,500 for adults and for children ages four to 11, it’s Dhs1,900.

Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim 3, Dubai. Tel: (04) 301 7600. jumeirah.com

Cafe Nikki

Toss on your finest white attire and head to Cafe Nikki for their New Year’s Eve bash from 8pm to 12am. House drinks and dinner will cost you Dhs1550 and the champagne package is Dh1850 per person. Just want dinner and soft drinks? It’s Dhs950. For little ones ages six to 12, it’s Dhs425. Full pre-payment required at least 14 days in advance.

Cafe Nikki, Nikki Beach Resort & Spa, Pearl Jumeira, Dubai, Dec 31, 8pm. Tel: (04) 376 6290. dubai.nikkibeach.com

Café Society

Cafe Society New years eve dubai

Café Society hosts a gala dinner followed by elevated views of the fireworks from Tamani Marina’s pool on New Year’s Eve in Dubai.

Tamani Marina Hotel, King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street, Dubai Marina, 7pm to 1am, Dhs250 with juice. Tel: (0)4318377. @cafesocietydxb

Cartagena 

A decadent New Year’s Eve brunch awaits at the top of the JW Marriott Marquis with 360-degree views of the city and the glittering Burj Khalifa. Expect a momentous banquet packed with explosive flavours of Latin America and beyond. Mrs Buendia’s dancers and resident DJ Kio will keep you entertained. 

JW Marriott Marquies, Business Bay, 9pm yo 1am, Dhs799 house, Dhs899 bubbles. Tel: (04) 560 1799. @hotelcartagenadxb

Casa de Tapas

From 8pm to 1am, ring in the New Year the Spanish way with a live band, DJ and traditional flamenco dancers. The hotel even has its very own fireworks.

Boardwalk, Dubai Creek Yacht Club, Dubai Creek, Dhs695 house, Dhs795 sparkling. Tel: (0)4 205 4647. dubaigolf.com 

Cé La Vi

Located at Address Skyview Hotel, you and your loved ones will enjoy delicious food curated by Executive Chef Howard Ko and artisan cocktails. Additionally, the city skylines and resonating soulful sounds of the resident DJ will keep you company. Spending New Year’s Eve here will cost Dhs2,500 per person.

Cé La Vi Dubai, Address Sky View, Downtown Dubai, Dubai. Tel: (0)4 582 6111. @celavidubai

Certo

A delicious six-course menu awaits with a live DJ and free-flowing beverages at Certo in Radisson Blu Hotel in Dubai Media City on New Year’s Eve in Dubai. It will cost you just Dhs299 for the soft drink package, Dhs439 for the house drink package and Dhs499 for sparkling. Add in just Dhs199 and you will get free entrance to the cool Tamanya Terrace with unlimited beverages until 3am.

Certo, Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Media City, Dubai. Tel: (0)4 366 9187. radissonhotels.com

Coco Lounge

Have an insatiable appetite? Get unlimited food and drinks while partying under the stars at Coco Lounge. Apart from cool Miami vibes, there will be a DJ and more entertainment plus views of the cool marina skyline. Early bird tickets cost Dhs299, else it’s Dhs399. Premium tickets go for Dhs499.

Coco Lounge, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City, Dubai. Tel:(0)4 427 1000. @cocoloungedxb

Cove Beach and Caesars Bluewaters

Cove Beach and Caesars Bluewaters Dubai are collaborating this New Year’s Eve and are inviting partygoers to ring in the new year with a glamour-filled Vegas-themed night out. Fusing nightlife and luxurious dining, guests can ring in 2021 at one of three venues under one thrilling Sin City-inspired concept. Expect world-class live music, roaming entertainment and unrivalled views of Dubai’s famous fireworks.

For a Bijoux 6 Course Menu, pay Dhs1,000 and a lounge table booking price starts from Dhs5,000 minimum spend. Make a reservation on (0) 50 454 6920.

At Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen, indulging in Ramsay’s signature dishes, including Beef Wellington, foie gras, lobster ravioli and decadent desserts. Fan of Mediterranean food? Head to Cleo’s Table and enjoy a delectable menu with sharing starters, choice of main course and unlimited desserts, all paired with free-flowing beverages. Prices for both Hell’s Kitchen and Cleo’s Table start from Dhs1,500 and it’s Dhs650 for children from the age of seven to 12. Reservations can be made at (0)4 556 6466.

Cove Beach Caesars Palace, Caesars Palace, Bluewaters Island, Dubai.

Coya Dubai

COYA Dubai NYE

A glitzy and glamorous night awaits featuring metallic décor and live entertainment by a violinist, DJs, and a four-piece band awaits at Coya on New Year’s Eve in Dubai. The a la carte menu featuring ceviches, lamb chops, octopus, wagyu and more. Minimum spend is Dhs800 per person throughout the venue and if you want mesmerizing Dubai skyline view it’s a minimum spend of Dhs1,500.

Coya Dubai, Restaurant Village Four Seasons Resort Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 2, Dubai, Tel:(0)4 316 9600. coyarestaurant.com/dubai

Da Vinci’s

From 8pm until midnight, indulge in an indulgent Italian set menu. It will cost you Dhs189 for the soft package and Dhs349 for unlimited house drinks per person. Coming with children? If they are aged six to 12 years old, they get 50 per cent off. Under 5’s dine for free.

Da Vinci, Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai, Dubai. Tel: (04) 702 8811, millenniumhotels.com

Dubai Hills Golf Club

‘New Year in The Hills’ is taking place across both The Duck Hook and Hillhouse Brasserie, featuring live stations galore, free-flowing festive drinks, and kids’ entertainment. Diners can enjoy live entertainment at the venues, with tables available both indoors and out on the spacious terrace to take in the stunning views of Downtown Dubai. 

Dubai Hills Golf Club, 8pm to 1am, Dhs395 with soft drinks, Dhs595 with house drinks, Dhs695 with sparkling, Dhs95 for children. Tel: (800) 666353. @hillhousedubai

Farzi Cafe

Welcome 2021 at modern Indian bistro Farzi Café City Walk, with views of Burj Khalifa and the fireworks and light displays on New Year’s Eve in Dubai. Dine outdoors for Dhs249 on sharing-style platters including Kerala shrimp biryani, Parsi chicken curry and more. Indoors, an a la carte menu presents all-time favourite Farzi plates.

Farzi Cafe, Citywalk, Dubai, outdoor dining menu Dhs249, indoors a la carte. Tel: (0)52 689 2012. @farzicafedubai

Feast

Feast is inviting you to, well… feast on a seafood bu­ffet, featuring extensive live cooking stations with seafood counters, carving station and a delectable sushi selection. Prices start from Dhs425. Head to the afterparty at Larimar by Dawn & Dusk and enjoy with house beverages for three hours for just Dhs150.

Feast, Sheraton Grand Dubai Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai. Tel: (0)4 503 4444. @sheratongranddubai

Five Jumeirah Village Dubai

Indulge in street food classics from around the world at Soul Street while listening to urban beats by a surprise DJ act and enjoying the various bottle shows lighting up the night. Children get free entry to the kids’ club.

Five Jumeirah Village Dubai, Dhs799 for adults, Dhs399 for children aged 5 to 12 years. Tel: (0)44559989. @fivejumeirahvillage

Five Palm Jumeirah

Soak up those Five beach vibes this New Year’s Eve in Dubai with friends and family as you dine under the stars with the resort’s smokin’ beach barbecue and get ready to count down and watch the stunning JBR fireworks.

Five Palm Jumeirah, 8pm to 1am, Dhs1,250 Tel: (0) 4 4559989. @fivepalmjumeirah

Flamingo Room

Located at the scenic Jumeirah Al Naseem, a stylish dining experience awaits on New Year’s Eve with bubbles and African Glamour. The sensational voice of the star-performer Natalia will keep you company accompanied by the sounds of the drums by Aleks and vibrant beats of DJ Alex Trask.

Flamingo Room By Tashas, Jumeirah Al Naseem, Dubai. Tel: (04) 244 7278. flamingoroombytashas.com

Folly

Ring in the new year with a six-course tasting menu followed by drinks at The Rooftop at folly. With panoramic views of the Souk Madinat waterways, it’s up there as one of the best spots to watch the fireworks on New Year’s Eve in Dubai.

Souk Madinat Jumeirah, 7pm and 9pm, Dhs550 with soft drinks, Dhs845 with house drinks. Tel: (0)44308535. @follydubai 

Grand Plaza Movenpick Media City

An international buffet with cooking stations offering foie gras, European charcuterie, seafood and a barbecue station feature at Bytes Restaurant, Bar and Pool at this hotel in Dubai Media City this New Year’s Eve in Dubai.

Grand Plaza Mövenpick Media City, 8.30pm to 12.30pm, Dhs299 with soft drinks, Dhs449 with house drinks, Dhs149 for children 4 to 12 years. Tel: (054) 7931424. @gpmovenpick

Great British Restaurant

Tuck into a buffet decked with mouth-watering dishes and sweet dessert while you enjoy the outstanding views of the Marina Skyline and the much-awaited firework displays. Prices start from Dhs850 for the soft package and prices for children vary.

Great British Restaurant, Dukes The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai. Tel: (04) 455 1111. @dukesthepalm

H Bar

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Dubai at 4pm at H Bar where you can choose from 2 or 4 hours of unlimited house beverage packages and enjoy upbeat music, subtle décor and lighting. Prices start from Dhs149 for two hours of unlimited house beverages.  

H Bar, The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, World Trade Centre roundabout, Dubai, Tel: (04) 501 8888. @thehdubai 

Hanami

A sharing-style set menu of amazing amped-up Asian food and a mouth-watering assortment of drinks is served up on New Year’s Eve at Hanami. For entertainment, there’s a live DJ, and, of course, unparalleled views of the city’s iconic firework displays – from the Burj Al Arab, city skyline and coastline shows on one side, to the Palm and JBR displays on the other. Prices vary and start from Dhs1,300.

Hanami, Andaz Dubai The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai. Tel: (04) 581 1234. facebook.com/hanamidxb

Khyber

A lavish yet wholesome dinner awaits for the whole family. The menu includes starters, mouth-watering North Indian mains, unique sharing platters and palatable desserts. Prices start from Dhs499 for the soft package for the adults, while children ages six to 12 pay Dhs250.

Dukes Hotel, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai. Tel: (04) 455 1111. dukesdubai.com

Koko Bay

City views meet Bali beach vibes at this Palm Jumeirah favourite. On New Year’s Eve, indulge in a five-course dinner paired with a range of drinks packages. There’s a special kids’ menu for little ones, too.

Koko Bay, West Beach, Palm Jumeirah, 7pm to midnight, Dhs895 with house drinks, Dhs1,195 with premium drinks, Dhs695 with soft drinks, Dhs295 ages 6 to 12. Tel: (04) 572 3444. kokobay.co

Kyo

For a killer view of the new Pointe Fountains on New Year’s Eve, check out pretty Japanese spot Kyo. Chef Arturo Mendez is serving a set menu featuring his best-selling dishes, including his sushi platter and short rib teriyaki.

The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah, Dhs1,400 with soft drinks, Dhs1,600 with cocktails. Dhs395 for children three to 11 years. Tel: (0)45575182.
@kyorestaurantdubai

La Cantine du Faubourg

Usher in 2021 at this Parisian favourite. Highlights of the sharing menu include foie gras torchon and lobster medallions, wagyu striploin and caviar-topped Chilean seabass, and a rich chocolate assortment for dessert. Version Originale band get things going before the DJs spins.

Jumeirah Emirates Towers, 8pm, Dhs950 excluding drinks. Tel: (0)4 3527105. @lacantinedubai

La Serre

A Moulin Rouge-themed celebration awaits at La Serre on New Year’s Eve with live acts throughout the evening by dancers, a violinist and a DJ. Available 8pm till late, highlights include oysters, pan-seared seabream and prawn bisque, chicken ballotine with cream sauce, black Angus tenderloin Rossini and more. Both indoor and outdoor terrace seating with Burj Khalifa views available.

La Serre, Vida Downtown, Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai. Tel: (0)4 528 3779. @laserreboulangeri

Lah Lah

Ring in 2021 at this beloved neighbourhood hangout. Choose between an evening brunch or canapé menu, before heading to the terrace for a great view of the fireworks from Lah Lah Bazaar terrace.

Zabeel House by Jumeirah, 8pm to 12.30am, Dhs575 with sharing platters and house drinks, Dhs675 with sharing platters and premium drinks. Tel: (0)4 519 1111. @lahlahdxb

La Ville Hotel & Suites

Gather your family for a fun night at City Walk’s urban steakhouse Graze Gastro Grill & Bar. The menu features a lavish three-course New Year’s Eve menu, unlimited drinks, including a glass of bubbly at midnight, and a live performance all night long.

La Ville Hotel & Suites, 8pm to midnight, Dhs599, half price for children below 12. Tel: (0) 44033111. @grazedubai

La Mezcaleria

Tex-mex inspired cuisine is on the menu with unparalleled views of the Burj Khalifa fireworks at this rooftop spot in The Oberoi. In addition to the cool firework display, there’s live entertainment and a DJ. Pick from fountain tables (Dhs1,000 per person), lounge and window tables (Dhs1,200 per person) or Burj Khalifa views (Dhs1,500 per person).

La Mezcaleria, The Oberoi, Business Bay, Dec 31, from 8pm, Tel: (050) 423 4044. @lamezcaleriadxb

Larimar by Dawn & Dusk

Celebrate under the stars this New Year’s Eve in Dubai at one of the highest rooftop bars in town with breathtaking views of the Dubai skyline, live DJ, handcrafted cocktails and an electrifying ambience. Prices are just Dhs300 for the house package and Dhs400 for sparkling.

Larimar by Dawn & Dusk, Sheikh Zayed Road, Sheraton Grand Hotel, Dubai. Tel: (0)4 503 4444. @sheratongranddubai

Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort

This is as close to celebrating New Year’s Eve in a Sri Lankan beachside shack as you’re going to get this year. For a no-frills but full-on fun party, head to Gonu Bar & Grill for a four-course surf and turf meal served with a side of beach breeze.

Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort, Fujairah, Dhs400 with soft drinks, Dhs600 with house drinks, Dhs780 with house drinks and bottle of bubbly. Tel: (0)92449000. @lemeridien_alaqah

Larte

larte

Studio One’s gorgeous Italian restaurant, Larte is serving up a  delicious four-course set menu on New Year’s Eve with unlimited beverages, as you sit on the terrace overlooking the pool. There will be entertainment keeping your feet tapping all night and a delicious Panettone traditional Italian cake at midnight with a glass of bubbles.

Larte, Studio One Hotel, Studio City, Dubai. Tel: (0)4 581 6870. @larte.dubai

Lock, Stock & Barrel

This party-ready bar is ready to bid farewell to 2020 with a four-hour package for Dhs400, from 9pm to 1am. If you want to get the festivities started early, there’s happy hour from 4pm to 8pm. Kicking on? There’s a cash bar from 1am to 3am.

Lock, Stock & Barrel, Al Barsha, Dubai, Dhs400, 9pm to 1am. Tel: (0)4 514 9195 or JBR, (0)4 382 7120. lsbdubai.com

Mandarin Oriental Jumeira Dubai

Enjoy the glittery night sky at Tasca and tuck into a five-course menu of unique Portuguese flavours with a DJ dropping the beats until the early hours. Pay Dhs2,000 for the soft package and Dhs3,000 for premium beverages. Alternatively, couples can celebrate at Netsu over a sumptuous five-course sharing menu featuring Japanese delights and premium beverages for Dhs1,500 per person.  The beautiful seaside setting, The Bay boasts festive décor, live band and Mediterranean flavours. Prices are set at Dhs1,500 per person for premium beverages.

Mandarin Oriental Jumeira Dubai, Jumeirah 1, Dubai, prices vary. Tel: (0)4 777 2222.  mandarinoriental.com/dubai

Maya

See in 2021 with a Mexican fiesta, on the Maya terrace at Le Royal Meridien Resort & Spa. There’ll be DJ on the deck, fireworks over the beach, and a menu of Mexican food and drinks.

Maya, Le Royal Meridien Resort & Spa, 8pm to 2am, Dhs1,650 including dinner and house drinks, Dhs800 ages six to 12. Tel: (04) 316 5550.

McGettigan’s JLT

A classic offering of the McGettigan’s night brunch, hosted in the garden with fabulous live music.

McGettigan’s JLT, 8pm to 12.30pm Dhs499. @mcgettiganspubs

Motorino

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One of our favourite pizzerias serves a four-course set menu with Italian delicacies crafted by the restaurant’s award-winning chefs. Afterwards, guests can join the New Year’s Eve party in LVL Blue for a view of the fireworks.

JA Ocean View Hotel, JBR, 7pm to 11pm, Dhs549. Tel: (056)2165027. @motorinodxb

Nara Pan Asian

One of the most affordable New Year’s Eve deals in Dubai we’ve seen –Nara Pan Asian in JLT is offering a four-hour brunch for Dhs299 with house drinks and sparkling, or Dhs399 with Champagne. Want to kick on after midnight? Purchase a three-hour drinks package for Dhs149.

Nara Pan Asian, Cluster A, JLT, Dhs299 with sparkling, Dhs399 with Champagne. Tel: (04) 421 1356. @narapanasian

Nassau

Celebrate at Jumeirah Golf Estates with a set menu specially curated by celebrity chef Silvena Rowe. The three-course meal includes some of Nassau’s all-time favourites and signature dishes such as pan-seared duck foie gras and wild mushroom risotto balls.

Nassau by Chef Silvena Rowe, Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai, Dhs325 for soft pakage, Dhs625 house package. Tel: (0)4 360 1816. dubaigolf.com/nassau

Nikki Beach Dubai

From 9pm to 2am, there will be live dancers, a DJ and a sax player to help you welcome in 2021 at Nikki Beach Dubai. Package prices start from Dhs3000 for six people which includes premium drinks and signature Nikki Beach bites. Pre-payment is required and make sure you go dressed in glam white.

Nikki Beach Dubai, Pearl Jumeira, Dubai, prices start from Dhs3000 for six people. Tel: (04) 376 6162 dubai.nikkibeach.com

Noir

Start 2021 in true style at Noir at Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates. On the night, tuck into a delicious ten-course set sharing menu and unlimited premium beverages and bubbles. There will be live entertainment all night long and incredible views of the Burj Al Arab fireworks. All this for Dhs750 per person.

Noir, Kempinski Hotel, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai. Dhs750. Tel: (04) 409 5222. kempinski.com

Oasis Pool and Bar

Kick-off the new year with sizzling live entertainment and a spectacular gala dinner buffet at the Pool and Graden Area at Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai. Prices start from Dhs259.

Oasis Pool and Bar, Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai, Dubai. Tel: (0)4 702 8888. millenniumhotels.com

Observatory Bar & Grill

A six-course menu featuring the best surf and turf and a stellar view of the city’s fireworks.

Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites, 8pm to 1ampm, Dhs1,200 (for Dubai Marina view), Dhs1,400 (for Palm Jumeirah view). Tel:(0)43194000. @marriottharbour

Olea

Olea Dubai

Indulge in a selection of food served from Olea’s fresh seafood bar, live-cooking stations and extensive pastry offerings while enjoying music and other live entertainment on New Year’s Eve in Dubai.

Kempinski Mall of the Emirates, 8pm to 1am, Dhs1,250 with house drinks. Tel: (0)4 4095999. @kempinskidubai

One&Only The Palm

Enjoy live entertainment, the glittering Dubai skyline and spectacular fireworks at 101 Dining Lounge at One&Only The Palm. It will cost you Dhs2,250 per person with sommelier’s selection plus a midnight Champagne toast.

101 Dining Lounge & Bar, One&Only The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Tel: (04) 440 1030. oneandonlyresorts.com

One&Only Royal Mirage

Enjoy a gala dinner at Drift Beach Club inclusive of the sommelier’s selection for Dhs2,250 until 11.30pm. Want a pool and beach setting, head to Eauzone and pay Dhs1,650. For the most stylish outdoor settings with palm-lined gardens and water fountains for Dhs1,650.

One&Only Royal Mirage, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street, Dubai, Tel: (0)4 399 9999. @ooroyalmirage

Opa

This perennially popular Greek restaurant, in the Fairmont Dubai, will be ringing in 2021 with fabulous Greek food, live music and, of course, a good old-fashioned plate-smashing session.

Opa Dubai, first floor, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Trade Center Area, Dubai, Dec 31, 8pm onwards, Dhs450 per person. Tel: (0)4 357 0557. opadubai.com

Pai Thai

Pai Thai is hosting a decadent five-course gala dinner to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Dubai. Enjoy views of the stunning waterways throughout the Madinat and access to watch the Burj Al Arab’s fireworks.

Jumeirah Al Qasr, 8pm to 11.45pm, Dhs950 with soft drinks, Dhs1,250 with house drinks, Dhs350 for children. Tel: (800) 666353. @paithaidubai

Palazzo Versace Dubai

palazzo versace

This year’s theme of 1001 Arabian Nights at Palazzo Versace promises all sorts of entertainment, featuring characters such as Aladdin, Jasmine and The Genie. Starting at 7pm, guests will be welcomed with cocktails and canapés on the Mosaico terrace. Guests then dine at Giardino, Vanitas or Enigma. The evening finishes by the Central Pool where DJ Tim and a live band entertain guests all through the night.

Palazzo Versace Dubai, 7pm to 11pm, Dhs690 to Dhs1,399, children’s discounts also apply. Tel: (0) 45568805. @palazzoversacedubai

Park Regis Kris Kin

This international venue is offering unlimited favourites and plated festive specials and a variety of signature festive cocktails. For entertainment, tunes spun by a live DJ and uninterrupted views of the Dubai city skyline. Prices start from Dhs299. K2-Zero, the chic rooftop at the hotel is also celebrating (0nly for guests 21+ years of age) with live BBQ along with unlimited sparkling grape and house beverages for Dhs499.

Park Regis Kris Kin, World Trade Centre Road, Dubai. Tel: (0)4 377 1111. @parkregiskriskin 

Prime 68

New Year’s Eve dinner with a view at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai. Prime 68’s event is priced at Dhs1,400 per person including house beverages and a glass of bubbly on arrival (window seat), or Dhs1,200 for a non-window seat.

Prime 68, JW Marriott Marquis, Business Bay, 7pm to 12am. Tel: (04) 414 3000. morecravings.com/venues/prime68

Publique

The alpine-inspired bar serves up a selection of cheese, platters of beef cold cuts, arancini, fried cheese and meat skewers, as well as the restaurant’s signature traditional raclette and fondue this New Year’s Eve.

Souk Madinat Jumeirah, noon to 1am, Dhs450 with soft drinks, Dhs699 with house drinks. Tel: (0)44308550. @publiquedubai

Radisson Red

A New Year’s Eve street food market takes place from 9pm to 1am for Dhs125 where you will get two beverages and a food item. Have a family of four? Pay just Dhs400. At Red Roof, pay Dhs495 for unlimited house beverages and bubbles. What a great budget-friendly way to spend New Year’s Eve in Dubai.

Radisson Red Dubai Silicon Oasis, Dubai, Tel: (04) 571 4343. @radissonreddubai

Sheraton Mall of the Emirates

Celebrate at Besh Turkish Kitchen with live music and you can continue the party at the after-party with DJ, Acrobats and Brazilian dancers. Prices at Besh start from Dhs299 and the starting price for the after-party is Dhs450 per person. Get both packages for a starting price of Dhs650.

Sheraton Mall of the Emirates, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, Tel: (04) 377 2000. @sheratonmoe

Sofitel Dubai Downtown

Enjoy a New Year’s Eve gala dinner at Les Cuisines’ Festive Factory with live stations serving gourmet cuisine from around the world for a starting price of Dhs389. At the Snow Land, there’s an international offering of British, French, Asian, and Arabic cuisine with mulled wine, festive cocktails, and house drinks and more plus sweet treats – prices start from Dhs599. At L’Apero, there’s a masquerade for a starting price of Dhs389 with a cheese and charcuterie platter, slow-cooked beef brisket and more.

Sofitel Dubai Downtown, Downtown, Dubai Tel: (0)4 503 6116. @sofiteldubaidowntown

Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk

Newly opened hotel, Sofitel The Obelisk has a number of ways you can spend New Year’s Eve in Dubai. At Brasserie Boulud, a lavish six-course set menu awaits paired with complimentary beverages to toast the start of 2021. Priced at Dhs495 per person including soft beverages and Dhs795 including house beverages.

If you’re looking for more of a casual, easy-going New Year’s Eve, The Nine Gastropub is the place to go with light bites, bar food and an array of beverages being served up. The entertainment will include current and classic tunes. A la carte options are also available.

At Taiko Dubai pick from either a 5-course Omakase dinner that boasts signature Taiko-style dishes or opt for a lighter approach with small canapés style dishes being served around the restaurant. Both dining options include a beverage package. For entertainment, you will have lively, upbeat entertainment performed by traditional Taiko drummers as well as an international DJ taking to the decks. House beverage package will cost you Dhs888 and it’s just Dhs488 for the soft package.

Sofitel Dubai The Obelisk, Wafi, Dubai. Tel: (04) 281 4020. sofitel-dubai-theobelisk.com

Splendido, The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai

Celebrate with an Italian New Year’s Eve soiree at Splendido. It’s priced at Dhs995 per person, including a six-course set menu and soft drinks, Dhs1,250 with house drinks, Dhs1,495 per person with French sparkling and open bar. The night begins with a French sparkling and oyster reception from 7pm to 8pm with dinner from 8pm to 12.30am.

Splendido, The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, 7pm to 12.30am, tel: (04) 318 6150. morecravings.com/venues/splendido

The City Grill

A gala dinner awaits on New Year’s Eve at this steakhouse complete with a selection of irresistible seafood and steaks plus free-flowing beverages.

The City Grill, The Atrium at Al Habtoor City, Dubai, 5pm to 1am, Dhs375 soft drinks, Dhs499 house and a glass of bubbly. Tel: (0)4 437 0088. @thecitygrilldubai

The Rose & Crown

Spend New Year’s Eve in Dubai at this fine British pub in the heart Al Habtoor city where a specially curated menu for four hours awaits for just Dhs295 for unlimited drinks and one main course.

The Rose & Crown, The Atrium at Al Habtoor City, Dubai, from 9pm to 1am, Dhs295, Tel: (0)4 437 0022. @theroseandcrowndubai

QD’s

QDs Dubai

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Dubai’s legendary Creekside venue, with live entertainment, resident DJ set, and front-row seat to Dubai Golf’s fireworks.

Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, 8pm to 2am, Dhs645 with house drinks, Dhs845 sparkling. @qdsdubai

Qwerty

qwerty

Located at the cool Media One hotel, Qwerty is serving up a delicious five-course set menu plus a bottle of wine for two on for Dhs295 per person. The fun starts at 8pm onwards.

Qwerty, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City, Dubai. Tel: (0)4 427 1000. facebook.com/qwertydxb

Reform Social & Grill

Gather your friends and family and celebrate New Year’s Eve in Dubai in true British style. There’s entertainment for the kids, live music for the adults, and British bites including dill smoked salmon, spiced roast lamb, and plum and blackberry crumble.

The Lakes, Dubai, 5pm to midnight, Dhs375 with soft drinks, Dhs550 with house drinks, Dhs650 with Prosecco, Dhs150 children under 12. Tel: (0) 44542638. @reformdubai

Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, JBR

Set amongst the resort’s spectacular gardens with the JBR skyline as the backdrop, the hotel’s gala at the Gulf Lawn offers classic tunes from a live jazz band and DJ, an open bar, and an elaborate dinner buffet. Highlights include a caviar bar, antipasti, charcuterie selection, as well as a premium variety of live stations.

Ritz-Carlon, Dubai, JBR, 7pm to 12.30am, Dhs995 with soft drinks, Dhs1,250 with house drinks, Dhs1,495 sparkling, Dhs750 for teenagers, Dhs500 children six to 12 years. Tel: (0)43186150. @ritzcarltondubai

Skyline

Enjoy a New Year’s Eve firework spectacle at Skyline, Festival Bay. Dine at the gala dinner buffet with live BBQ stations and DJ.

Skyline, Intercontinental Festival City, 8.30 pm to 12.30am, Dhs799 soft, Dhs899 house. Tel: (04) 701 1111.

Sonara Camp

Sonara Camp

What better way to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Dubai than with glitz and glamour in the heart of the UAE desert? This Great Gatsby-themed party features a lavish sharing menu using seasonal ingredients. Entertainment includes camel rides, football in the sand, a fire show, dancers and a movie under the stars.

Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, Dhs1,200 with house drinks, Dhs450 for children 6 to 12 years. @naraescape

STK Downtown

Catch all the action of Burj Khalifa this New Year’s Eve in Dubai from STK Downtown. Get the night off to a flying start with happy hour from 5pm to 9pm, then sit down for your New Year’s feast from 9pm to 1am. A cash bar will be in operation from 1am to 2am.

STK Downtown, from Dhs1,300, Tel: (04) 425 3948 or reservations@stkdubaidowntown.com

STK JBR

STK’s Midnight Masquerade soiree in JBR looks set to be a glamorous affair. Prices start at Dhs1,000 for the four-hour package, from 9pm to 1am.

STK JBR, Rixos Premium Dubai, 9pm to 1am, from Dhs1,000. Tel: (04) 394 1832 or reservations@stkdubaijbr.com

The London Project

Get front row seats this New Year’s Eve in Dubai for various firework displays from the skyline terrace or get front row seats for the venues live band and DJ. Prices start from Dhs950 for indoor seating and all packages include sparkling wine.

The London Project, Bluewaters Island, Dubai. Tel: (0)56 913 4699. @thelondonprojectdubai

Thiptara

Indulge in a four-course feast of the finest Thai delicacies at the gorgeous Thiptara from 7pm to 1am. Prices start from Dhs2,300 per person for indoor seating.

Thiptara, Palace Downtown, Downtown Dubai, Dubai. Tel: (04) 28 7961. @thiptaradubai

Town Square

This New Year’s Eve in Dubai, Town Square features dazzling performers and live entertainment. There will be plenty to keep adults and children entertained as 2020 draws to a close as the space comes alive with delicious food stalls, an inflatable play area, carousel, kids train and Splash Pad water park and more. The night includes a spectacular six-minute fireworks show as the clock strikes midnight. Ticket prices per ride are Dhs5 for Town Square Dubai residents and Dhs10 for visitors.

Town Square Dubai, Al Qudra Road, Dubai. @townsquaredxb

Traiteur

For a luxe New Year’s Eve in Dubai, enjoy an extensive selection of international cuisine that showcases the signature dishes of the hotel’s top restaurants. There’ll be a live band, DJ, and the resort’s very own fireworks show.

Park Hyatt Dubai, 8.30pm to 2am, Dhs1,800 with premium champagne, Dhs785 children six to 12 years. dxbph-restaurantreservations@hyatt.com

Tulum

From 8pm to 1am, expect live entertainment complete with dancers, mariachi band, Live DJ paired with Mexican delights at this stunning restaurant overlooking the fountains. Prices start from Dhs680 for indoor seating and Dhs1100 for outdoor seating.

Tulum Restaurant, Dubai Mall, Fashion Extension, Downtown Dubai, Dubai. Tel: (050) 777 0018 tulum.ae

Vault

Few places can rival the views from Vault on New Year’s Eve in Dubai, which is located on floor 71 and 72 of the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai. Enjoy a buzzing atmosphere and crafted cocktails inspired by old-time classics. Entrance price includes canapes and house drinks.

JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay, 7pm to 11pm, Dhs500 with house drinks. Tel: (0)44140000. @Jwmarriottmarquisdubai

Vietnamese Foodies

Fan of Vietnamese food? Head here for an all-you-can-eat table-service menu with unlimited street food favorites, live DJ, party favors and stunning views of the Burj Khalifa’s fireworks. Get your tickets for Dhs699 per person for indoor seating and Dhs899 per person for outdoor seating.

Vietnamese Foodies, Downtown Dubai, Tel: (04) 554 2090, @vietnamesefoodies

Walnut Grove

Award-wining Walnut Grove in City Walk includes a three-course menu including, a selection of starters, mains, desserts, and non-alcoholic beverages for Dhs2,000. Starters include a selection of canapés, a mussel pot and more. Mains include a choice of black Angus rib eye, lobster thermidor, and more. The venue includes incredible views of the Burj Khalifa and Dubai fountains from its expansive outdoor terrace.

Walnut Grove, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai. Tel: (04) 344 4441. walnutgrove.ae

Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah

Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah new years eve dubai

The New Year’s Eve Gala takes place in the resort’s elegant outdoor surroundings and is the perfect spot to watch the Palm’s fireworks. After a round of canapes, enjoy a six-course gourmet meal follows featuring seafood platters, bluefin tuna with caviar, Australian wagyu beef tenderloin, and traditional baked Alaska as a live band plays. Book before 15 December and receive 20 per cent discount.

Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah, 7.30pm to 2am, Dhs900 with food, Dhs1,800 with house drinks (and a glass of bubbly at midnight). Tel:(0)48182222. @waldorfdubai

Weslodge

Weslodge Saloon hosts the highest New Year’s Eve party in Dubai, offering 360-degree views of the Burj Khalifa and Dubai skyline. Expect hip-hop and RnB beats serves alongside a specially curated brunch, featuring Canadian and classic festive plates, handmade cocktails, champagne and world-class bourbons – all expertly paired plate by plate.

JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, 9pm to 1am, from Dhs799. Tel: (0)4 560 1700. @weslodgedubai

West 14th Steakhouse

Relish in a buffet decked with mouth-watering dishes and sweet desserts while you enjoy the outstanding views of the Marina Skyline and the much-awaited firework displays. A live band trio spins the night away. Prices start from Dhs850 for the soft package. Prices for children vary.

Dukes, The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, Tel: (04) 455 1101. facebook.com/West14thUAE

Zoco

Tuck into a delicious selection of appetizers including ceviche, nachos, turkey followed by hearty mains at this soulful eatery at The Atrium. There’s a live singer until 2am and for little ones, there’s a dedicated area with activities.

Zoco, The Atrium, Al Habtoor City – Dubai, from 8.30pm to 3am, Dhs295 soft drinks, Dhs425 house drinks, Dhs625 bubbly. Tel: (0)4 437 0044. @zocodubai

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