For your NYE delectation, we have wild all-nighters, sophisticated soirees, sit down feasts, front seats to a gunpowder-packed spectaculars and, for the traditionalists, a bit of good Auld Lang Sine fashioned fun – each for less than AED 500
We’ve selected some of the best ways to celebrate the transition to 2019. Many of them have all-inclusive deals, some of them are free… and all ticketed events we’ve featured still have spaces available.
DIFC’s private members’ club welcomes us all on NYE. There’s a terrace overlooking the Burj Khalifa and a new Botanical Garden for those jungle ‘Gram shots. Three courses of fine food start from AED 250, rising to AED 500 with beverages. On the menu, there’s such swanky delights as wild trout with tarragon butter sauce and mulled grape poached pears. Celebrations start from 7pm with a complimentary glass of bubbles.
Doors open 5pm. Capital Club Dubai, Gate Village, DIFC. 04 364 0111.
Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City
Early (ish) birds catch the party worm. Entry to Tamanya Terrace is free until 10pm. After that, it’s AED 100, with a free glass of bubbles. There’ll be plenty of reasons to hit the dancefloor and hang about until midnight to see the various displays of fireworks exploding along Dubai’s coast.
Tamanya Terrace, Radisson Blu Media City. 04 366 9184. Opens 5pm. Free before 10pm.
IMG Worlds of Adventure
Scream your way into the new year at Dubai’s huge indoor theme park. On stage, there are performances from Indian singer Shibani and Filipino group Wishful5. There’s also the no small matter of the finale of reality singing show TheOneUAE LIVE. As the clock counts down to explore four ‘adventure zones’ of Marvel and Cartoon Network-themed rides, Lost Valley full of dinosaurs and IMG Boulevard of 25 stores and 28 places to eat and drink.
Got an annual pass? There’s no extra charge for entry to the end of year party.
Tickets AED 98. Rides 7pm-11.30pm. Performances 8.30pm-1am. Free parking on site. IMG Worlds of Adventure, E311 Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, near Global Village.
For the best view of the Atlantis fireworks, head to The Pointe this NYE. Dining deals abound at Palm Jumeirah’s new attraction and we like the look of Lebanese restaurant Al Sadafi. Here adults get to browse buffet stations for AED 300 and children under 12 years eat for AED 150.
Reel Cinema at The Pointe is holding free movie screenings for kids at 7pm and 9pm. Under 12s get a free meal at Guy Fieri’s Kitchen, where adults get three courses of solid American comfort food and unlimited soft drinks for AED 250. Around the attraction, a live DJ, roaming entertainment and giveaways complete your evening’s entertainment.
Al Safadi Restaurant. 8am-2am. Zone A, First Floor, The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah. 600 500 601. Reel Cinema at The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah. For online bookings, go to www.reelcinemas.ae
Feel the love tonight with Rudimental and Sigala at Zero Gravity. As usual, a day of shenanigans builds up to the evening gig under a firework-lit sky, but the beachside pool bar is offering guests changing facilities and lockers, so you can go from day to night with ease.
12pm-3am. Advance tickets AED 300. AED 400 on the door. Zero Gravity, Dubai Marina, Skydive Dubai Drop Zone, Al Sufouh Road. 04 399 0009.
Get your Tron on with a spectacular display of LED screen virtual fireworks at this trendy new bar that’s part speakeasy part gastro eatery. The Vegas-ness doesn’t end there – there’s a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party theme, so expect an indulgent food and drink package that’s available between 8pm and 1am for the thoroughly humble price of AED 300.
AED 300 for 8pm-1am brunch package. Cash bar afterwards until 3am. Hideout, Marina Byblos, Dubai Marina. Reservations on 058 534 6000.
Only 30 seats are available at this Asian street food spot and diners must bag a spot before 27th December. For AED 99, you’ll be served tasty bites from the Wok Boyz menu, including the popular build-your-own wok option. Watch over the Burj Khalifa fireworks and enjoy.
Call 056 887 8649 for reservations. Open 11am-2am. Wok Boyz, Al Durrah Tower, next to Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road. 04 526 9182.
New kid on the block marks its first NYE with a minimum AED 495 spend that rivals most Downtown diners. Modern soul food like duck pizza and lamb shoulder for mostly under AED 100 awaits, along with hip and happy staff and a neck-crackingly good view of the Burj Khalifa fireworks show. What to wear? The theme is sequins and sneakers.
6.30pm-3am. Kizmet, next to Dubai Opera. 04 33 88 717.
In keeping with its international flavour, fireworks at Global Village will go off in sync with seven new years around the world. From 8pm (UAE time) with China, to 1am for Moscow, there’ll be shows across the evening. Stunt performers and family entertainment, plus food kiosks from a wide spread of countries keep us all entertained in between.
4pm-2am. Entry AED 15. Exit 37, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road. www.globalvillage.ae
Ras Al Khaimah
Ready for a road trip? RAK is making yet another end-of-year bid for a Guinness World Record, with a 12-minute firework display. There are viewing areas at Al Marjan Island and Al Hamra Village. Amongst the sky show you’ll catch stilt walkers, mime artist, bands and food trucks. More than 27,000 parking spaces and non-stop feeder buses should make getting around easy.
Free. 5pm-2am. Al Marjan Island, RAK. www.facebook.com/AlMarjanIslandRAK
Barasti Beach Bar
Watch the sun sets on 2018 from Barasti Beach Bar. Sweet beats come from hip-hop heavy hitter Fatman Scoop and Dutch dance duo the Bassjackers. Entry includes a welcome drink. Ladies, head there during the day for free entry and free-flowing frozen pink grape up until 5pm. Cheers!
Over 21s only. From 7pm. Tickets AED 210 in advance from Barasti, or AED 249 on the door. Barasti, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi. 04 318 1313.
Dubai Roads and Transport Authority’s Marine Transport
See rockets popping off over the Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab and Atlantis from onboard the RTA’s Dubai Ferry, Waterbus and abras. Tours start from AED 125 and set off from 9.30pm. Kids are welcome and under twos even get on board for free.
From 9.30pm. To book, call 800 9090 or 050 793 2662 to learn more about the Water Bus, Dubai Ferry and abra journeys. Go to rta.ae for more info.
Dubai Festival City Mall
Not one, but four fireworks shows await at Festival City. Ring in the new year with a one-off episode of light and laser show IMAGINE at 7pm, followed by live music from Australian singer Katie Elle Jackson at 8pm (who does a mean rendition of ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, FYI). Firework displays follow at 9pm, 10pm and 11pm, with a grand finale at midnight.
Want eats and a seat? Plenty of the mall’s restaurants will overlook the fireworks – Nando’s three-course NYE menu is AED 600 per couple and AED 150 for children.
From 7pm. Admission is free. www.dubaifestivalcity.com
Do the ideas of sweaty dance floor sing-a-longs, ringing ear drums and thronging crowds switch your New Year’s interest to the off position? We have a remedy that’s perfect for the sophisticated sort. A leisurely dining experience, flowing with fresh Mediterranean and Levantine seafood cuisine, breath-taking sea views from a stylish terrace and a pretty good chance of seeing multiple firework displays.
AED 245 for set menu and soft drinks. AED 380 with sparkling package. Flooka Dubai, Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah. 04 346 1111.
Excellent Pan Asian cuisine? TICK. Amazing party theme? DOUBLE TICK. Nara’s got your entry into 2019 fixed with these and other big ticks. The Masquerade Party, asks that you come dressed in masks for a Gatsby-esque celebration of epicurean adventure. Six hours of yummy food and drink, groovy music and mysteriously undefined ‘entertainment.’ For AED 349, that ain’t too bad at all now is it, old sport?
AED 349. 9pm-3am. Cluster A, besides Movenpick Hotel, JLT. 04 421 1356
If you want to add a little Emirati flavour to your New Year’s party, Seven Sands is an excellent way to do just that. They’ve got a gourmet locally inspired six-course menu, dancing, live singing and of course those enchanting views over Bluewaters Island, the Gulf and JBR’s own fireworks.
AED 399, including unlimited soft drinks. Seven Sands, The Walk, JBR. 04 5516652.
Get (vertically) high this New Year’s Eve with a party on the 42nd floor of Media One hotel. Beaut views, free-flowing beverages, the DJ settin’ ’em up, whilst the dance floor knocks ’em down. It’s a welcome into 2019 for the consummate party professional.
AED 299. 10pm-3am. On 42, Media One, Dubai Marina(ish) Media City(ish). 054 430 8583
L!QD in TRYP by Wyndham
Splash about under the stars. If you’re not fussed about eats, the rooftop bar in Barsha Heights is holding a pool party to welcome the new year. House beverage packages are AED 225, or bring in 2019 with bubbles for AED 325. When hunger strikes, tapas here are decent, with five plates for AED 104.
7pm-1am. TRYP by Wyndham, Al Saef 1 Street, Barsha Heights. 04 247 6644.
The Brunswick’s 10,000 Volts early evening countdown clock offer starts late for 31st December. Ticking off the minutes from from 9.13pm to 12am, AED 100 gets you unlimited blended drinks, craft hops and delicious steamed bao buns.
From 9.13pm. Level 2, Sheraton Mall of the Emirates Hotel, Al Barsha. 056 404 0685.
SOBO, Courtyard by Marriott, Dubai Green Community
Poolside barbecue buffet and chilled out vibes at the hotel overlooking a picturesque lake. Packages start from AED 350 and booking is a must.
8pm-1am. Dubai Investment Park. 04 885 2222.
Head to Tribeca for one of the fleekiest New Year’s Eve shindigs in the city. They’re welcoming in the new year with a stylish glow-in-the-dark NYE party with a range of packages catering for all party preferences. Putting the NY in NYE, the New York inspired bar, has several packages available for the evening including Brooklyn Lite – which gives you access to canapés and house beverages till the magic hour of 12am.
Packages from AED 299. 9pm-4am. JA Ocean View Hotel, JBR. 050 345 6067.
No door policy, no bar bills and it’s VVIP. Stay home this NYE and watch the Burj Khalifa fireworks from the comfort of your couch with your besties and an online broadcast at mydubainewyear.com
Free. Counting down to 12am.