We scout out the best places in Dubai to ring in the New Year
Address Boulevard New Year’s Eve by the pool? Sounds like the perfect way to enrage your mates back home. We’ll have a table for two, please. The Restaurant terrace will be providing a variety of canapés, live cooking stations and free-flowing house beverages, along with a DJ and a splendid view of the Burj Khalifa light show. Alternatively, you can take a dally indoors to enjoy a four-course set menu with premium house beverages. If you’re entertaining little party-goers, head to the family pool for a gala-style dinner with a dedicated kids’ attendant. Dhs1,700 (reception by the pool), Dhs2,200 (per person for a table at The Restaurant plus access to the reception by the pool, minimum four guests), Dhs2,200 (family pool dinner with house beverages pairing, minimum four guests), Dhs1,100 (family pool dinner, children aged 14-21), free (family pool dinner for under 13s). Dec 31 7pm-3am. Address Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 561 8888).
Address Dubai Mall
Half of our hearts are in Havana, or in Address Dubai Mall in this case. Loosen your hips for an evening writhing around to the beats of a lively Cuban band at Cabana, while digging into meat and fresh seafood from the buffet and taking in impeccable views of the Burj Khalifa. If Hawaii is more your style, hula your way across to Na3Na3 for a live band and a fancy buffet with all the festive good stuff. Cabana: Dhs2,350 (per person at a shared table with unlimited mixed drinks and a bottle of bubbly to be shared between two guests), Dhs1,175 (children aged six-11), Dhs17,000 (private cabana with up to eight guests). Dec 31 7.30pm-2am. Na3Na3: Dhs1,100 (silver package, includes entry), Dhs550 (silver package, children), Dhs1,600 (gold package, includes house beverages and access to private cabana), Dhs800 (gold package, children). Address Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 438 8888).
Address Dubai Marina
Shades in Address Marina is pumping up the jam with an ode to the ’80s this NYE, for a night of pushing it real good – without the leg warmers and mad poodle hair. Alternatively you can head to Mazina for a sumptuous dinner of festive favourites and lively tunes from the DJ, or ease your way into the New Year with a leisurely breakfast on January 1, to set you up for the day (and year) ahead. Shades: Dhs745 (including dinner and soft drinks), Dhs985 (including dinner, mixed drinks and one glass of bubbly), Dhs350 (house beverages only). Dec 31 7pm-2am. Mazina: Dhs395 (dinner and soft drinks), Dhs595 (dinner and mixed drinks), Dhs795 (dinner and bubbly), Dhs150 (breakfast), Dhs75 (breakfast for children under 12), free (breakfast for under sixes). Open Dec 31 7pm-2am (dinner); Jan 1 8am-2pm (breakfast). Address Dubai Marina, Dubai Marina (04 888 3444).
Armani Festive Collection If you want to welcome the New Year in style then sashay down to Armani Hotel for fine food, swish service, and wallpaper that will put your outfit to shame (no, seriously). Armani/Ristorante promises a signature Italian experience (which we imagine involves being completely stuffed after seven courses), or you can head to Armani/Amal to sample the best of regional Indian dishes. Alternatively, lounge against fashionable backdrops while scoffing down an on-trend seasonal menu at Armani/Deli or travel a gastronomic runway to Armani/Mediterraneo for an NYE banquet (or an all you can eat buffet, to us). Last but not least, Armani/Hashi are offering a progressive menu of signature Japanese flavours that offer a collection of “one-of-a-kind taste sensations”. Sounds canny. Armani/Ristorante: Dhs1,100 (includes mixed drinks), Dhs550 (children aged four-ten), free (under fours), pre-payment required. Dec 31 6pm-1am. Armani/Amal: Dhs950 (includes mixed drinks), Dhs475 (children aged four-ten), free (under fours), prepayment required. Dec 31 6pm-1am. Armani/Deli: Dhs950 (includes mixed drinks), Dhs475 (children aged four-ten), free (under fours), prepayment required. Dec 31 6pm-1am.Armani/Mediterraneo: Dhs800 (includes mixed drinks), Dhs400 (children four-ten), free (under fours), prepayment required. Armani/Hashi: Dhs950 (includes mixed drinks), Dhs 475 (children aged four-ten), free (under fours). Dec 31 6pm-1am. Armani Hotel Dubai, Burj Khalifa, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3666).
Asia Asia Brunch with “High on Heels”
You won’t get into Asia Asia this NYE if your heels are less than four inches. We jest, but you might want to dress up for “High on Heels” – a live music experience with a performance from DJ Kelly Marie, plus live percussion and sax. Throw in a ‘gastronomical feast for the senses’ and you’ve got all the makings of a fabulous party. Best foot forward, then. Dhs499 (open bar, drinks only), Dhs699 (brunch), Dhs799 (bubbly brunch). Dec 31 9pm-1am (cash bar 1am-2am). Pier 7, Dubai Marina (04 276 5900).
What do you call a self-proclaimed fat fella who loves the sound of his own name? Fatman Scoop, of course, and you can see in the New Year with the vocal powerhouse at Barasti this December 31. The big man will be accompanied by international DJ Chuckie for some chart-topping hits and some lively dancing on the sand. We’re practising our moves already. Dhs180 (early bird), Dhs210 (advance ticket), Dhs260 (on the gate). Dec 31 7pm-3am. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi, Al Sufouh (04 318 1313).
Eat yourself into a carb-stupor as acrobats and dancers bend and flex around you at Billionaire Mansion this New Year. If you like caviar with your spuds then this five-course menu if definitely for you. And once you regain the ability to move, it’s time to hit the dancefloor and see in 2018 Billionaire style. Dhs1,900 (five course dinner with water and coffee), free (club and lounge entry) From 7pm. Billionaire Mansion, Taj Dubai, Business Bay (04 510 3100).
Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE If your New Year’s resolution involves swanning around cool beach clubs to the beat of top DJs then this is one for you. The party at Blue Marlin this year promises to be super-suave, though you may lose your cool when Ibiza legend DJ Solomun takes to the ones and twos to ring in 2018. Alongside him will be local heavyweight resident DJ Frederick Stone, DJ Jean B, Jixo & Danz and Aidin Karami, for a night of blissful energy and Balearic vibes. An open bar and a special set menu will fuel the festivities and keep you going into the early hours in true Ibiza style. Dhs700 (men, open bar), Dhs500 (women, open bar), Dhs1,300 (set menu with unlimited drinks). Dec 31 7pm-3.59am. Golden Tulip Al Jazira, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).
Coco on Eight Miami Vice
How do you fancy a party in the city where the heat is on, all night on the beach till the break of dawn? Granted, the Miami Vice NYE party at Coco on Eight is centered around the pool, as opposed to South Beach, but it’s probably the closest you’ll get to Florida here in Dubai. Coco promises a night under the stars with live music, a trendy atmosphere and a Miami-inspired three-course meal. We’ll see you by the cabanas. Dhs450 (food and mixed drinks). Dec 31 8pm-midnight. Media One, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).
Couqley’s Moulin Rouge Fancy a bit of mocha choca latta ya ya? If you still don’t know what we’re talking about – Couqley are having a Moulin Rouge-themed NYE party. The French bistro will be transformed the famous French nightclub for one night only, so you can wear a flapper dress/pinstripe suit and wildly can can without looking daft or risk getting thrown out. You’re welcome. Free entry, Dhs250 (down payment per person for tables). Dec 31 7pm-3am. Couqley, Cluster A, JLT (04 514 9339).
Deck the halls with boughs of holly, fa la LA LA LAAAA! See in 2018 at an event like no other with the Opera’s first-ever New Year gala. You’ll get an exclusive front row seat to the absolutely spectacular 50-piece London Orchestra at a special Last Night of the Year Proms in the Auditorium, along with soloists Iona Domnich and Jesus Leon Rendon. You’ll then be whisked away to a dazzling reception or a sit-down dinner (your choice), before enjoying the festivities at the stroke of midnight and loosening those black ties to get down to the live DJ. And if you aren’t all partied out, there will be a New Year’s Day concert on January 1 for another chance to see the world-class orchestra. Dhs2,500 (Bronze Package, includes Grand Circle seating, canapés, unlimited beverages and a glass of bubbly), Dhs3,000 (Silver Package, Royal Circle seating, canapés, unlimited beverages and a glass of bubbly), Dhs3,500 (Gold Package, stalls and VIP box seating, canapés, four-course gala dinner, unlimited beverages and a glass of bubbly), from Dhs200 (New Year’s Day concert). Dec 31 6pm-2am; Jan 1 4pm. Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com.
Feliz año Nuevo! That’s Happy New Year to you and me, and contento you will be once you’re getting stuck into an unlimited Spanish feast of tapas and mixed drinks. Arrive in your dancing shoes and prepare to be inspired by the furious moves of the flamenco dancer, or pitch up next to the live paella station for a frenzy of the culinary type. You’ll also be able to watch the fireworks from the terrace with stunning views over the Arabian Gulf. We’ll be charging there like a bull to a red rag. Olé! Dhs450 (early bird, unlimited food and soft drinks), Dhs600 (regular, unlimited food and soft drinks), Dhs640 (early bird, unlimited food, house beverages and bubbly), Dhs850 (regular, unlimited food, house beverages and bubbly). Dec 31 8pm-3am. The Westin, Dubai, Mina Seyahi (04 339 7700).
España Restaurant and Bar We’re in a twist over the NYE fiesta at España. Feel the beat of the live music, indulge in some tasty Spanish and Mediterranean bites and enjoy sights over the city that will take your breath away. It promises to be a night of culinary fervour. Dhs450 (house beverages), Dhs550 (sparkling), Dhs695 (premium). Dec 31 4pm-3am. Jumeirah Creekside Hotel Al Garhoud, Near Irish Village (056 134 0633).
Frankie’s NYE Celebration Trot on down to Frankie Dettori’s Italian spot this New Year’s Eve for a sumptuous seven-course menu from the Marco Pierre White kitchen. In addition to the hearty Italian grub, you will also be treated to complementary canapes, a glass of bubbly and a spectacular countdown to JBR’s famous fireworks that will have you proclaiming “Mamma Mia”. Now, where’s the balsamic? Dhs695 (regular), Dhs650 (early bird, 50 percent deposit for pre-booking). Dec 31 7pm-2am. Frankie’s Bar & Grill, JA Oasis, JBR (04 399 4311).
Grand Millennium Dubai present Jason Manford
Top UK comedian Jason Manford is coming back to Dubai to see the New Year in with some massive LOLs. The Mancunian, returning with The Laughter Factory for a NYE special, won Best Comedy Gig for his 2016 gig at the Time Out Dubai Music & Nightlife Awards 2017, and now he’s back in town with a brand-new show. Muddle Class is about Manford’s upbringing in a working class family, and how he’s getting over the confusion of becoming increasingly middle class with age. All that extra dosh must be hard for him. From Dhs195. Sun Dec 31 7pm. Al Thurday Ballroom, Grand Millennium Dubai, Barsha Heights, www.800tickets.com.
Habtoor Grand Resort Autograph Collection Get your gladrags on for a glam NYE at XL Dubai with DJ Albert Neve, special live entertainment and a spectacular view of the fireworks. Alternatively head to Andreeas for a New Year’s Eve MEGA Brunch, or to The Grand Grill for a prime cut of South African meat. XL Dubai: Dhs350 (ladies), Dhs750 (men). Dhs1,000 (Bronze Package, minimum six people), Dhs1,250 (Silver Package; sofas, minimum eight people), Dhs1,500 (Gold Package; gold sofas, minimum ten people). Dec 31 10pm-4am. Habtoor Grand Resort Autograph Collection (052 634 1040). Andreeas: Dhs600. Dec 31 8.30pm-12.20pm. Habtoor Grand Resort Autograph Collection (04 408 44 00). The Grand Grill: Dhs599. Dec 31 8pm-3am. Habtoor Grand Resort Autograph Collection, Dubai Marina (04 339 4221).
Hyatt Regency Dubai Dig out your tights for a night of circus fun – or stick to your party dress and let the entertainers at Hyatt Regency do all the back-bending hard stuff. You can expect acrobats, jokers, dancers, jugglers and unicyclists, as well as a DJ, an eight piece band and a spread your mum would be proud of. Alternatively, make your way up to Al Dawaar to enjoy the glittering skyline while being rotated around in Dubai’s only revolving restaurant and lounge. If you can peel your eyes from the ever-changing view, you can watch your last meal of 2017 being rustled up in the live kitchen. Dhs900 (Circus Night, including unlimited house beverages). Dhs450 (Circus Night, children six-12), Dhs1,100 (Al Dawaar, including free-flowing bubbly), Dhs900 (Al Dawaar, including house beverages), Dhs450 (Al Dawaar, children six-12). Dec 31 7.30pm-late (circus), 7.30pm-midnight (Al Dawaar). Hyatt Regency Dubai, Deira Corniche, Deira (04 209 6887).
Inner City Zoo Where’s your head at this NYE? This Dec 31 Basement Jaxx will be taking over Inner City Zoo to unleash the party beasts within at the venue’s first ever New Year’s bash. The legendary EDM duo will be delivering an epic performance to take you into 2018, and guests will also have beach access to take in the JBR fireworks. Dhs599 (early bird, drinks only), Dhs699 (on the day, drinks only), Dhs1,000 (VIP table, bottle servie, maximum ten people), Dhs20,000 (per table, premium drinks and bubbly, bottle service, maxium 15 people). Dec 31 11pm-3am (doors open at 10pm, cash bar). Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR (058 867 5357).
Karma Kafé See in the New Year at Karma Kafé with live music from George Reyes, aka ‘The Gipsy Man’ and a night of raucous entertainment. The evening includes a five- course Pan Asian feast with a top view of the Burj Khalifa and the new and exciting light shpw. Dhs499 (bar, early bird, drinks only), Dhs699 (bar, regular drinks only), Dhs899 (lounge, early bird, canapés and drinks), Dhs1,099 (lounge, regular, canapés and drinks), Dhs999 (early bird, indoor restaurant), Dhs1,199 (regular, indoor restaurant), Dhs1,899 (terrace, early bird), Dhs1,999 (terrace, regular). Dec 31 8pm-2am. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 423 0909).
Lock Stock & Barrel, Barsha Heights
If, like us, you love a band and a bargain, then LSB Barsha Heights could be the place for you this New Year’s Eve. Entry is free, and there’s some thrifty packages on offer along with epic live music from resident band, Gorgeous George. Let the good times roll. Dhs399 (advance ticket, drinks only), Dhs499 (on the night, drinks only). Dec 31 9am-2pm. Grand Millenium Hotel Dubai, Barsha Heights (04 514 3135).
Lock Stock & Barrel The Walk – JBR It’s a similar craic at Lock, Stock JBR, where 13 Daze will be singing in the New Year. You can expect a buzzing atmosphere, good vibes and a just the right amount of mayhem, plus the JBR fireworks just a short jaunt away. Dhs499 (advance ticket, drinks only), Dhs599 (on the night, drinks only). Dec 31 9am-2pm. Rixos Premium Dubai, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 520 0049).
McGettigan’s Ring in the New Year with a pint of the black stuff at McGettigan’s. For the 7th year running, McGettigan’s in JLT will be throwing a magnificent garden bash with live music and a gala dinner, or head down to McGettigan’s Souk Madinat Jumeirah to see in 2018 with picture perfect views of the Burj Al Arab as fireworks light up the sky. If you’re looking for something more relaxed, McGettigan’s DWTC will be open for a fuss-free NYE with live music from Mike Ross, free entry, and a cracking party atmosphere. Last but not least (and our favourite option) is a hearty New Year’s Day full Irish breakfast, available at all of these venues until 6pm on Jan 1, to restore your vigour for the year ahead. JLT: Dhs499 (all-inclusive gala dinner and house beverages). Dec 31 8pm-12.15am. Next to The Bonnington, JLT, Cluster J (04 356 0470). Souk Madinat Jumeirah: Dhs350 (indoor seating, unlimited beverages and pass-around bites), Dhs499 (outdoor seating, unlimited beverages and pass-around bites). Dec 31 8pm-12.30am. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai (04 447 0219). DWTC: Free. Dec 31 12pm-2am. Building 8, World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (800 6742).
Moombai & Co. Café and Bar See in the New Year with some Indian fire in your belly at Moombai & Co. The old-fashioned Parsi café-style restaurant will be dishing up a sumptuous three- course feast with live entertainment and a few surprises thrown in for good measure. You will also be able to enjoy the Burj light show with top views as you dig into a vegetarian or carnivorous menu before an authentic winter pudding made of carrots and caramel custard... New Year, new ventures and all that. Dhs295 (Glitter Ball Package inc. four hours of house drinks without food), Dhs395 (Disco Party Package inc. food and four hours of house drinks). Dec 31 8pm-2pm. The H Dubai, One Sheikh Zayed Road (04 501 8888).
Celebrate the New Year with top international DJ Judge Jules at Q43 this December 31. A set menu with seasonal dishes will be served to you at the table, before you get down to some catchy beats and enjoy incredible views of the fireworks from the 43rd floor. Dhs399 (early bird, drinks only), Dhs499 (regular, drinks only), Dhs699 (VIP, early bird, includes small bites and bottle service, minimum six people), Dhs799 (VIP, regular, includes small bites and bottle service, minimum six people), Dhs899 (restaurant, early bird, includes four course food menu and drinks), Dhs999 (restaurant, regular, includes four course food menu and drinks). Dec 31 9pm-3am. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 443 5403).
Reform Social & Grill Brighton Beach Brunch Oh we do like to be beside the seaside, and while the crystal sands of the Gulf have their advantages, you can’t beat a jaunt down to Brighton Beach. This NYE, Reform Social & Grill are bringing Brighton to the UAE with a festival brunch, transforming the lakeside into a nostalgic British beach (but without the frosty weather). The brunch menu will include fish and chips, ice cream galore and a posh barbecue, with seven bars to wet your whistle. There will also be a live band and DJ playing all your favourite songs, and face painting and a play area for the kids. Dhs325 (4.5 hours unlimited soft drinks), Dhs495 (4.5 hours hopes, grape and mixed drinks), Dhs695 (4.5 hours bubbly), Dhs250 (children added seven-14), free (under sixes). Dec 31 8pm-12.30pm. The Lakes, Dubai (04 454 2638).
Fancy chomping on fine contemporary Japenese cuisine? Us too! Head down to Sho Cho this December 31 for a sumptuous set menu, an open bar and breathtaking views of the Burj Khalifa light show. You can expect delectable rock shrimp with creamy chilli garlic sauce, marinated black cod with den miso sauce, and a delicious selection of maki rolls and exotic desserts. Dhs950 (open bar and a glass of bubbly). Dec 31 9pm-3am. Jumeirah Beach Road (04 346 1111).
Soho Garden Prance around to tunes from French DJ Klingande whilst taking in uninterrupted views of Dubai’s skyline at Soho Garden at Meydan Racecourse. The urban social hotspot promises an evening of “uplifting melodic house”. Sounds nice. Dhs400 (open bar), Dhs500 (open bar with unlimited canapes). From 7pm-12am. Soho Garden, Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba 1 (056 822 2559).
New Year’s Eve at The Atlantic is all about the food. This year, it is offering an array of exquisite dishes, showcasing the finest and freshest produce from land and sea. And the restaurant’s location, nestled along Souk Al Bahar’s waterfront against the backdrop of the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Opera, also means you’ll get a feast for the eyes with uninterrupted views of the light display. Get ready for “oohs” and “ahhs” through mouthfuls of oyster and rock lobster. Let’s just hope you get the news come midnight - and not the weather. Dhs1,199 (early bird, inside seating, all inclusive), Dhs1,499 (regular, inside seating, all inclusive), Dhs1,999 (early bird, terrace corner, all inclusive), Dhs2,499 (regular, terrace corner, all inclusive), Dhs2,499 (early bird, terrace, all inclusive), Dhs2,999 (regular, terrace, all inclusive). Dec 31 9pm-2am. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 442 5662).
Trader Vic’s Madinat Jumeirah “Hau ‘oli Makahiki Hou!” And if you don’t know what we’re talking about, that’s Happy New Year in Hawaiian, and a phrase we’re sure you’ll hear plenty of if you’re heading to Trader Vic’s this NYE. Dance the night away to the Hawaiian, Polynesian and Cuban themed band and indulge in an à la carte menu including lobster tail Oscar-style and roasted duck with orange sauce. Dhs650 (minimum spend per person on total bill). Dec 31 9pm-2am. Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai (04 3686 559).
TR!BECA Kitchen + Bar Prohibition Soirée Remember the days when Prohibition was a thing? Nope, us neither, but we’re happy to imagine that drought to fully celebrate its demise. Tr!beca’s Prohibition Soirée offers a dinner and drinks package to see in the New Year like it’s 1933. You can expect a delicious five-course menu, unlimited drinks, firework views from the terrace – and pumping beats from DJ 3G KID. Thank Roosevelt for the 21st amendment. Dhs349 (dinner only 9pm-12am), Dhs399 (drinks only 9pm-1am), Dhs599 (drinks only 9pm-3am), Dhs699 (five course Brooklyn dinner package and house drinks), Dhs599 (five course Manhattan package and house drinks). Dec 31 9pm-3am. JA Ocean View Hotel, JBR (050 345 6067).
Vida Downtown Ring in the New Year in elegance at 3in1’s Hamptons-themed party. There will be a delectable spread of nautical favourites to nibble on whilst enjoying live entertainment. And if you do get carried away on the 31st, the restaurant are offering an extended breakfast with detox juices and power drinks to put the wind back in your sails. Hamptons’ New Year party: Dhs399 (inclusive of soft beverages), Dhs950 (house beverages), Dhs1,200 (private cabana, house beverages and two shishas), children aged six-11 get 50 percent off, free (under fives). Dec 31 7pm-3am. New Years’ Day: Dhs125 (adults), Dhs63 (children six-11), free (under fives). Jan 1 7am-4pm. Vida Downtown, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).
Waka your way into 2018 at this Latin-American bash. If you don’t know what that means, Google Shakira 2010 – you’re welcome. The New Year’s shindig promises to be a vibrant affair with a resident DJ, an exciting á la carte menu and front row seats to the lighting up of the Burj Khalifa at midnight from the stunning lobby of The Oberoi. Dhs500 (set dining menu), Dhs550 (per person minimum spend in the lounge area) Dhs900 (per person minimum spend for table bookings). Dec 31 9pm-3am. The Oberoi, Downtown Dubai (04 444 1455).
Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah New York Gala Fancy celebrating NYE in the concrete jungle where dreams are made (oh)? Admittedly, it would be nice, but also obliterate all of our festive spends and require a (Christmas-spirit zapping) 15-hour flight. But it’s alright, you can still be a part of it at the Waldorf Astoria’s New York New York Gala dinner, which features a US-inspired buffet and tunes from Tom Rust and the Manhattan Groove to get you dancing to classic Rat Pack sounds. Dhs1,500 (soft drinks), Dhs2,250 (house beverages), Dhs900 (children six-12), Dhs800 (afer-dinner package from 10.30pm), Dhs22,500 VIP cabana. Dec 31 7.30pm-2am. Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah, The Palm Jumeirah (04 818 2222).
Weslodge See in the New Year from the top of the world, at the 68th floor of the tallest hotel on the planet. At Weslodge you can enjoy a complimentary glass of bubbly and live entertainment – if you can tear your eyes away from the stunning panoramic views of the Burj Khalifa and Dubai skyline. Dhs368 (beverage package without a table), Dhs968 (minimum spend with table reservation). Dec 31 6pm-late. Weslodge Saloon, Tower B, 68th floor, JW Marriott Marquis, Business Bay (04 560 1700).
Wild Wadi Waterpark
For a wild New Year that doesn’t involve losing your dignity before midnight, head to Wild Wadi and slide your way into 2018 with purpose. The waterpark will be opening its doors for some good honest fun this Dec 31, followed by a buffet and a firework display. Dhs600 (general package), Dhs800 (VIP treatment including premium fireworks location). Dec 31 8pm-1am. Umm Suqeim (04 348 4444).
Zero Gravity See in the New Year with fireworks, top DJs and a hop around on the sand at Zero Gravity. Jax Jones and Sigma will take to the main stage, whilst the rest of the beach club will be transformed into a variety of zones to keep you enthralled in the run up to midnight. Roll up the Helter Skelter zone for some fairground frivolities or head to the Ritual zone to awaken the senses with a silent rave and edible bubbles. Dhs199 (early bird tickets), Dhs295 (regular tickets on Platinum list), Dhs395 (on the door), Dhs999 (all-inclusive premium package), From Dhs5,000 (table packages). Dec 31 7pm-3am. Dubai Marina, Skydive Dubai Drop Zone (04 399 0009).
Zuma Zuma is catering for all levels of party-goer this NYE, whether it be the families and the early crowd, or the seasoned partygoers who want to go all night. The earlier sitting in the restaurant starts at 7pm with Zuma à la carte and a child-friendly, relaxed ambience. And at 9pm, the festivities will be taken up a notch with a DJ and live music to let loose and see in the New Year in unabashed style. Dhs1000 (minimum spend for diners). Dec 31 7pm-late. Gate Village, DIFC (04 425 5660).