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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 first shots have been fired in the New Year's Eve party battle after Swedish duo Axwell and Ingrosso were confirmed as the headline act at Meydan.
The pair, formerly of the Swedish House Mafia, are being brought to town this December by the same team behind last year's massive Martin Garrix shindig at the same venue.
Acts of this size are certainly hard to come by on what is the biggest party night of the year, and it remains to be seen who will try to top this exciting line-up.
Officially a duo since the split from Steve Angello backin 2013, Axwell Λ Ingrosso are two of the biggest names in EDM, and will be ably 'supported' by awesome views back over Downtown Dubai and the world famous fireworks display come midnight.
Fans can expect to hear tracks like ‘Can’t Hold Us Down’, ‘Something New’, and 'Sun is Shining’ fused with their usual high-energy house music.
Tickets for the gig are already on sale, priced from Dhs299 (inclusive of unlimited beverages only) right up to the VIP Table Deck, where private areas on an elevated platform are available for the first 1000 people. An early bird deluxe ticket is priced at Dhs799.
Coldplay, one of the biggest bands in the world, bring their A Head Full Of Dreams world tour to Abu Dhabi for a night to close out the year. This will be the third time they’ve performed in the UAE. Sold out.
Superstar DJ James Zabiela will be taking to the decks for an exclusive four-hour set. There’s a buffet and an open bar to keep you going until well after midnight, and you’ll have unobstructed views of the Burj Khalifa’s fireworks show.
What better way to kick off 2017 than headbanging the night away? Headlining will be the Nepalese rock band Cobweb, who have released eight studio albums and played more than 500 shows globally. Also on the bill for December 31 are Sanjay Shrestha, Pratha, and DJ Raj.
Eight international DJs will head into the desert for a concert brought to you Hardwell’s record label, Revealed Recordings. On the line-up are Manse, Thomas Newson, Kura, and Thomas Gold – just make sure you wrap up warm.
Dubai Eye presenter Mark Lloyd will be on the decks at Hard Rock Cafe and there’ll also be live performances from bands. You can either drink in the bar area or sit down for a three-course dinner, and there’ll be a glass of bubbly at midnight.
Headlining Zero Gravity’s New Year’s Eve celebration will be Chase & Status, the DJ duo behind number one hits like End Credits and Blind Faith. They’ll be joined on the bill by 2ManyDJs, brothers who’ve worked on remixes for everyone from Daft Punk to Arcade Fire. If you want to start partying earlier, Zero Gravity’s pool area is open from 1pm.
If your ideal New Year’s Eve evening doesn’t involve crowd surfing at a club, or being stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic jam on Sheikh Zayed Road, then TruckersDXB’s festive night is where you need to be at to usher 2017.
This weekly food truck festival is hosting a special jam on December to ring in the New Year, featuring over 20 homebred food trucks, live entertainment, and an art and craft market. This edition of TruckersDXB will be hosted at the al fresco setting of Emirates Golf Club.
There is a dedicated play area for children, and an option to book a private space for large groups. The ticket price includes four beverages and party accessories.
Meydan’s rooftop club was recently renovated with cutting-edge technology, and they’ll be using that to transform the venue for their Out of the Blue party. There’ll be a mix of EDM, house, hip-hop, and RnB all night from the resident DJs Anthony Bassoulou, DJAD, and DVN, and an open bar all night.
From Dhs1000 per person. 10pm-3am. WHITE Dubai, Meydan, Nad Al Sheba (050 443 0933).