Welcome to our NYE celebrations guide, helping you have a nifty, thrifty, happy start to 2020 and a brand new decade.
Sunday, 29th December
Sunday is a ladies’ day at Zero Gravity, which means complimentary pool and beach access to all ladies for the whole day. There’s a DJ to provide the soundtrack to your sun, fun and frolicking on scandalously over-sized inflatables.
AED free. 9am-7pm. Zero Gravity, Dubai Marina, Skydive Dubai Drop Zone. 04 399 0009.
Bone of consumption
If you’re all about the carnivore life, tuck into some primal dining every Saturday and Sunday, at rainforest-themed restaurant Mama Zonia. ‘Meat’ spelled backwards is ‘team,’ and you’ll need a team to finish of their ‘Game of Bones’ night special – a 2.5kg beef back rib rack with fries. “When you play the Game of Thrones, you win or you die,” with Game of Bones, you win or at the very worst you’ll get the meat sweats. Read our full review of the restaurant here.
AED 349. Until 11pm Saturdays and Sundays. Mama Zonia, Mama Zonia. Second floor of Pier 7, Dubai Marina. Call 04 240 4747 for reservations.
Monday, 30th December
In the bagg
Toy Room DXB has a legendary party pedigree – but on Monday night they have a particularly special guest inbound. For the first time in the UAE, hip-hop luminary Moneybagg Yo will be live on stage – as a one-man fire-spitting choir, dropping ‘All Dat’ and a bag of chips. And because it’s ladies’ night, girls get in free all night.
Ladies’ night drinks deals till 12am. Gents have a minimum AED 500 spend. 11pm-4am. Toy Room DXB, Meydan. 052 463 3338.
It’s two-for-one day at Pizza Express Live’s Bay Square outlet. And it’s not just their ‘za prices getting sliced. Enjoy BOGO offers on a selection of starters, salads, pizzas, pastas, desserts and house beverages – topping it all off with the tunes of music maker Martin Go.
6pm-11.45pm. Bay Square 5, Business Bay. 04 566 5722.
Tuesday, 31st December (New Year’s Eve)
La Mer in Jumeirah, Al Seef at Dubai Creek and both The Beach & Bluewaters by the JBR are all hosting their own fireworks spectaculars when the clock strikes midnight. And although City Walk and Kite Beach won’t have their own displays, they will have live dancers and entertainment as well as a pretty good view of the neighbouring wizz-bangs.
Find a full breakdown of timings here.
If you’ve still not booked your NYE party venue – and are looking for something with cracking views of the JBR fireworks, food that bangs just as loud AND a budget-friendly price tag – we got you. Get a seat on Eggspectations‘ sea-facing terrace for free, with a minimum spend of just AED 150 on mains like filet mignon and lobster bearnaise, Spanish style garlic shrimp, salmon burger and fried chicken & waffles. Unsurprisingly, they also do some of the best egg dishes in town.
Mains from around AED 60. From 7pm. 04 430 7252.
Do you feel lucky?
We feel Lucky Voice. They’re providing an outstanding array of NYE offers to help start 2020 with a mic drop. There’s four complimentary drinks for ladies between 8pm and 1am, 30 per cent off the food menu from 8pm-10pm. AED 250 for three hours of house beverages and Karaoke or AED 295 for three hours of house beverages with sparkling grape and karaoke.
From 8pm. Grand Millennium Hotel, 6th Floor. 800 58259.
Superclub BASE is seeing in the New Year with the arrival of ‘The Golden Vision’ – world-class DJs backed by a light and sound extravaganza. For what promises to be one of the biggest NYE nights out in the whole of Dubai, there are a range of drinks packages available from AED 2,300 upwards. The good news is ladies get in for free, and gents gain access for only AED 200. We’re not sure who needs to hear this, but – pace yourself.
9pm-late. BASE, Dubai Design District. 055 313 4999
Wanna get up close and personal to Festival City’s firework display but not too fussed about standing in a crowd? Like tasty food, phat beats and free-flowing bevs? Yeah? Joe’s Backyard needs to be on your radar. There’s a four-hour house drinks package for AED 349, and for those seeking sustenance grab the AED 649 house package with five-course set menu. All set to Joe’s backdrop of the Festival City festivities.
From 8.30pm. Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City. 055 709 4509.
Looking for a more family-friendly NYE? Social Company at Zabeel House by Jumeirah in The Greens has got a little summin summin that might just appeal. Their canape collection includes smoked salmon tartlets – natch, turkey and cranberry sliders and mini mince pies. There’s also a canny four-course meal option that brings cauliflower kale soup, seared scallops and a herb-crusted lamb rack right to your table.
AED 245 for a four-course set menu, AED 95 for kids under 10. Tue Dec 31, 12pm to 12.30am. Zabeel House by Jumeirah, The Greens. 04 519 1111.
Wednesday, 1st January (New Year’s Day)
Breeze at The Palm’s Club Vista Mare have a double offering for those waking up in the new decade buzzing with enthusiasm. Get involved with their free beach swim and score yourself a complimentary croissant and coffee. If you’re looking for a more luxurious beginning to the new year, they’re also putting on a breakfast brunch for only AED 265.
Swim 9am-11am. Brunch 11am-3pm. Breeze, Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah. 04 568 3000.
Azure Beach is offering the ultimate recovery package for late NYE night. Head to the super-luxe pool and beach club between 10am and 12pm for unlimited free servings of a special ‘rescue’ blended bev. Those arriving between 1pm and 3pm can get a seperate free-flow package for only AED 300 which includes entrance.
Entrance AED 100. Azure Beach, Rixos Premium, JBR The Walk. 04 520 0000.