Time Out Dubai has your guide to New Year's Eve in Dubai (parties). Find out about deals at the best New Year's Eve parties in Dubai at clubs and bars
New Year's Eve is a big deal in Dubai, so much so that earlier this year it was voted the number one spot in the world to be at midnight on December 31. And 2015 into 2016 will be no different.
Here, we preview all the big events, conveniently split depending on budget and what you want from your night. You can also check out our guide to the best New Year's Eve dinner deals in Dubai.
Of course, you don't actually have to go anywhere. If you want to marvel at the city’s fireworks extravaganzas but don’t want to blow a hole in your wallet, you could always watch them on the telly. But where’s the fun in that?
Dust off your hamper and head to one of Dubai’s public beaches – Kite, Palace and JBR especially – where the views of the Burj Khalifa, Palm Jumeirah and Burj Al Arab are not only spectacular (you’ll almost be able to smell the gunpowder), but completely free. Those wanting a closer view of yet another fireworks world record attempt and don’t have claustrophobic tendencies should brave the scrum Downtown. But get there early, preferably before 6pm, or you risk being at squinting distance. Definitely leave the car at home, too, as parking at the The Dubai Mall will be at a premium.
Last year’s event at the Burj Khalifa broke the record with more than 25,000 fireworks weighing 4.7 tonnes shooting skyward during the show that took a team of about 200 more than 192,000 hours to prepare. Expect organisers to outdo that fantastic pyrotechnic feat this time around and remember, the best seat in the house need not cost a fortune.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star and DJ Jazzy Jeff will headline the NYE bash at Barasti alongside ATB, Marty Metcalf and Tom Ferguson. Killer Queen, Paddyman and Emanuel will perform live on the middle deck of the bar. Table packages are available from Dhs4,000, including drinks and tapas.
Dhs250 in advance, Dhs300 on the door. 6pm-3am.
Dance music legend Pete Tong and house DJ and producer Duke Dumont will be joined on stage by the club’s resident DJs. With its location on the shores of JBR beach, guests will have an enviable view of the midnight fireworks.
Dhs390 in advance, Dhs450 on the door. 8pm-3am.
Join French DJ, record producer and remixer David Guetta as he smashes into 2016 with his epic catalogue of hits including, Who’s That Chick?, Dangerous and When Love Takes Over. All ticket holders must be over the age of 18. Dhs350 (early-bird ticket), Dhs495 (general admission). 8pm-late.
Escape the centre of the city and watch Luciano and Davide Squillace at this plush outdoor club.
Dhs500 for ladies, Dhs650 for gents in advance, Dhs650 for ladies, Dhs850 for gents on the door. Dinner packages Dhs1,250 per person. 7pm-3am.
Join electronic dance music star Martin Garrix, who is best known for his breakout single Animals, alongside DJs Jay Hardway, Julian Jordan and Justin Mylo. Deluxe packages cost Dhs750 with unlimited food and drinks.
Dhs350 (general admission). 7.30pm-late.
Wind back to the ’80s at Ikandy Ultralounge where UK DJs Brandon Bloch and Tall Paul will be spinning until the small hours. Ring in the New Year with a picture-perfect view of the Burj Khalifa fireworks.
Dhs695 per person (standing), Dhs1,395 (seated) both including food and drinks, plus two glasses of bubbly, 8pm-3am. Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.shangri-la.com/dubai (04 405 2703).