See Snoop Dogg, Ellie Goulding or some fantastic fireworks
Time Out staff
If you new year’s resolution is to party like it’s 1999 again, start as you mean to go on at one of the city’s biggest end-of-year bashes. See Snoop Dogg at Atelier, catch Ellie Goulding at Sandance or watch the sky light up at the city’s best fireworks displays. All together now, ‘Should auld acquaintance be forgot ...’
Under Dhs500 Atelier/Festival ‘New Year’s Eve Edition’ Atelier’s third festival bill stars a headline set from genuine rap legend Snoop Dogg – although he’s now launched a new career as a reggae artist under the name ‘Snoop Lion’, so we’re not sure what to expect. Meanwhile there’s a soundsystem set from Gorillaz (minus Damon Albarn), while Sister Bliss – who closed Sandance NYE last year – returns this time with Maxi Jazz to make up one half of Faithless for a live PA/DJ set. There’s also superstar DJ Armand Van Helden seeing us into the night, alongside singers Inna and September. Phew. Dhs400-750. 5pm-4am. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba
The Hed Kandi NYE Glow Party at Barasti Famous from Ibiza to Las Vegas for its legendary parties, UK clubbing brand Hed Kandi – which peddles a highly danceable, ear-friendly take on nu-disco and house – arrives at chilled beach bar Barasti. Dhs150 in advance, Dhs200 on the door; various group packages available. 7pm-4am. Barasti, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina
Belgian Beer Café Access to the bar is free, with live music from 10pm. A food package is available with two drinks for Dhs150, or opt for the six-course dinner package with unlimited beverages for Dhs2,200. Various prices. 8pm-3am Belgian Beer Café, Madinat Jumeirah (04 447 0227).
Blends Ambience meets entertainment at Blends. Join in the fun with the resident DJ on the decks as the clock ticks down to midnight and the tempo picks up. Dhs200 (including one complimentary beverage and canapés served from 9pm-11pm). 8pm-3am. The Address Dubai Marina (04 888 3444).
Relive the ’80s Reminisce about the decade that style forgot at Carter’s relaxed, fun-loving retro party, which will feature ’80s and ’90s hits played all night. The price includes free drinks until midnight, as well as free entry to the ‘Dance Through the Decades’ party on Wafi Rooftop. Dhs450. 8pm-late. Carter’s, Wafi, Oud Metha (04 324 4100).
The Dek on Eight Future Disco label boss Sean Brosnan is in town to spin. Dhs150 (entry); Dhs295 (with beverages 9pm-11.45pm). 9pm-3am. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).
Dusk Terrace Enjoy New Year’s Eve in a style within an intimate setting and stunning panoramic views of the fireworks displays from both The Palm and the Burj Al Arab while the DJ sets the mood for a blast of a party. Dhs399 (including unlimited house beverages and a glass of bubbly to toast the New Year). 9pm-3am. Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 366 9111).
Glasshouse Brasserie Feast on a New Year’s dinner. Dhs495 (additional Dhs250 for premium beverages). Call for times. Hilton Dubai Creek (04 227 1111).
Healey’s Bar & Terrace A DJ will be spinning the tunes all night long. Dhs399 (unlimited house beverages). Bonnington, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (04 356 0560).
Kris Wine Lounge Party in the bar with a live DJ and unlimited house beverages from midnight onwards. Dhs100 (for guests dining at Kris Restaurant or Dhs300. 9pm-3am. Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel, Bur Dubai (04 377 1111).
Mahiki The ‘Tiki Carnival’ will ensure that masks, feathers and headdresses are the order of the day. Dhs250 (before 11pm); Dhs500 (after 11pm). 7pm-3am. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah (04 380 7731).
Maxx Music Bar & Grill Live tunes from Roxx Empire and DJ Tom, plus a buffet and a bottle of bubbly. Dhs259-Dhs308. 8.30pm-late. Maxx Music Bar and Grill, Citymax Hotel Al Barsha (04 409 8000).
McGettigan’s Buffet and unlimited drinks, live music, a DJ and a glass of bubbly at midnight. Dhs499. 8pm-12.30am. McGettigan’s, Bonnington, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (04 356 0560).
Hot Creations showcase at N’Dulge Just a few weeks after Hot Creations boss Jamie Jones gigged at Blue Marlin, his crew are in town to see in NYE, with Burnski, Robert James and Mark Jenkins all behind the decks, plus guest vocalist Alex Mills. UK TV presenter Mark Wright hosts the terrace, plus there’s a glass of bubbly on arrival. Dhs250. 9pm-4am. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0561).
Nelson’s Enjoy a three-course dinner and music by DJ Tin Tin. Dhs299 (including one standard beverage). 7pm-3am. Until January 2. Media Rotana, TECOM (04 435 0201).
Neos Celebrate New Year’s Eve on the 63rd floor with dazzling views of Downtown Dubai. Dhs300 (entry between 6pm and 9pm); Dhs450 (entry from 9pm onwards); minimum spend of Dhs600 per person. Prices inclusive of a glass of bubbly. 6pm-2.30am. The Address Downtown Dubai (04 436 7700).
Oeno Guests can enjoy half-price drinks from 11pm until 1am, two free drinks for ladies after 1am and an international DJ. Dhs150 (with one drink). 9pm-3am. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Jumeirah (04 511 7139).
People by Crystal New Year’s Eve party Take a walk into People’s ‘Winter Wonderland’, wander through glittering pathways and explore the magical ice forest at this Time Out Award-winning club. Dress code is winter chic. Dhs2000 - Platinum, Dhs1500 - Gold, Dhs1200 - Silver, Dhs1000 - Black, Dhs900 - Men(Walk in), Dhs500 - Women(Walk in). 11pm-3am. People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (04 325 2560 for tickets, 050 856 6557 or 050 292 2912 for tables).
Pyramids Rooftop Gardens: ‘Dance through the decades’ DJ Josh Aderson takes you on a musical tour showcasing the best of the last four decades. Standing ticket Dhs195 (including three complimentary house beverages from 9pm onwards); seated ticket Dhs450 (including an international buffet of signature dishes from Wafi’s restaurants and unlimited house beverages from 8pm-midnight). Pyramids at Wafi, Oud Metha (04 324 4100).
Rock bottom café Welcome the New Year and ‘Dance till you Drop’, with live music from one of the hottest bands in town and sounds mixed by DJ Dean. Bur Dubai: Dhs189. 7pm-3am. Regent Palace Hotel (04 396 3888 / 055 200 9375 / 055 600 5553). TECOM: Dhs189 (including set menu). 7pm-11pm. Ramee Rose Hotel (055 600 5810).
Sandance NYE Whenever Sandance rolls out, it’s always one of the biggest nights in town – and NYE is no exception. Rather than going for an all-out dance-fest this year, the team has bagged Ellie Goulding, who famously performed at the Buckingham Palace wedding reception of the UK’s Prince William and Kate Middleton. She’ll have competition from ‘Hot Right Now’ singer Rita Ora, as well as German trance giant Paul van Dyk, Ibiza regular Roger Sanchez and Sandance fave Zane Lowe. Dhs295-500. 3pm-3am. Sandance Beach, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah
Seville’s Spend an unforgettable “Noche Vieja”, the Spanish way, with a four-course menu and the traditional 12 grapes ceremony at midnight. At 3am Seville’s will connect live to “La Puerta del Sol” in Madrid to see in the New Year in Spain. Complimentary entrance to ‘Dance through the decades’ at the Pyramids Rooftop Gardens after midnight. Dhs450 (including unlimited house beverages). 8pm-midnight. Pyramids at Wafi (04 324 4100).
Somerset’s The British Pub will present a special set menu. Dhs200 (food only). Call for times. Mövenpick Hotel and Apartments, Bur Dubai (04 310 4340).
The Irish Village A spectacular array of food stations, music from The MapleJacks and DJ Marky Mark and midnight fireworks to welcome the New Year. Dhs150 before December 25; Dhs200 at the door. Dubai Tennis Stadium, Garhoud (04 282 4750).
The Library Bar Celebrate in a graceful atmosphere with a pianist, a sumptuous three-course menu. Dhs320 (including a glass of sparkling grape). 7pm-11pm. Ritz-Carlton Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 318 6150).
Trilogy New Years’ Eve Anthems from Dubai DJs Crown Prince, Ejaz and Somalie. Price depends on package. Dhs150-Dhs700. 10pm-3am. Souk Madinat Jumeirah (050 624 5751).
Vista Bar and Lounge Premium drinks and tunes from DJ Danny C on the new terrace area. Dhs495-595, 9pm-3am. Vista Bar & Lounge, InterContinental Dubai Festival City (04 701 1111).
Flo Rida in Dubai for New Year’s Eve
Flo Rida will perform at XL Beach Club’s New Year’s Eve party.
The US rapper will appear alongside DJ Yves La Rock at the Dubai Marina venue’s December 31 bash.
The ‘Wild Ones’ singer performed at the club’s opening night in March last year.
Dhs500+ Audio Tonic and Infusion at 360° Top resident promoters Audio Tonic and Infusion go head to head for NYE this year. It signals a changing of the guard at the newly refurbished venue – Audio Tonic and MustHaveSoul shared the billing on the same night last year. Expect to see Hot Toddy, one half of electro duo Crazy P, behind the decks upstairs, with Inland Knights down below. Dhs750 (with canapés and half a bottle of bubbly); Dhs360 (after midnight, entry only). 9pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).
Celebrate Arabic-style For something a bit different, see in 2013 at Dubai Marine Beach Resort’s famous 1001 Nights New Year’s Eve party, which promises a full evening of entertainment including an Arabic dance show, belly dancers, cabaret, a Latin band and an international guest DJ – plus an open premium bar. Dhs1,500-2,000. 8pm-late. Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah (04 346 1111).
Aquaviva Terrace Gather around the poolside for a lavish buffet while a live band plays a varied selection of tunes. Dhs795 (including selected house beverages). 7pm-2am. The Address, Montgomerie Dubai, Emirates Hills (04 390 5600).
Armani Lounge A live DJ, canapés and sparkling beverages await guests. Dhs1,070 (bottle of bubbly); Dhs1,300 (bottle of rosé bubbly); Dhs3,240 (bottle of premium bubbly). Complimentary canapés. Minimum spend applies. Lobby level, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).
At.mosphere Lounge Watch the fireworks along with musical entertainment. Dhs250; Dhs1,000 minimum at window tables. 6pm-1am. Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3828).
Bahri Bar Hot and cold canapés and a bottle of bubbly per couple, plus a resident band. Dhs800. 8pm-late. Bahri Bar, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6730).
Bayview Head to ‘New Year Under the Stars’, for unrivalled views of the firework displays. Kamal Musallam’s jazz duo followed by a live DJ will provide the entertainment. Dhs1,200 (including soft drinks); Dhs1,900 (including bubbly, white and red grape); Dhs3,500 (including premium beverages and bubbly). 7pm-3am. 7th floor penthouse suite, Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah, The Crescent West, Palm Jumeirah (04 444 2000).
BiCE SkyBar and Wavebreaker Wavebreaker will offer a party on the beach, with one bottle of refined bubbly included, while at the SkyBar, guests can enjoy Rita Lombardi at the piano. Dhs2,150 (BiCE SkyBar); Dhs3,000 per couple (Wavebreaker). Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, Dubai Marina (04 399 1111).
Ballroom and Roof Top Celebrate New Year’s Eve at this gala party. Dhs980 per person (with house beverages). The Meydan Hotel, Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba (04 381 3111).
Dance Flamenco Remember The Gipsy Kings? Those crossover kids who took traditional Andalusian tunes and conquered the world with canny pop hooks? One distant member, Gipsy Moreno, will be bringing that flamenco flair to the dancefloor at Blue Marlin – although he’ll have some competition from progressive house co-headliner DJ Sharam. Dhs550 for ladies, Dhs750 for men; Dhs1,100 with five-course meal. 8pm-late. Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Golden Tulip Al Jazira, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).
Boudoir: ‘So Rich, So Pretty’ Following on from nights at Cirque du Soir and Rare, the Parisian clubbing brand comes out to play with DJs Keza and Genario. Dhs550 (ladies); Dhs750 (men) – prices include drinks. Boudoir, Dubai Marine Beach Resort (050 100 3310).
Buddha-Bar Enjoy a live performance by DJ Nicholas Sechaud and Asian-inspired dishes. Dinner: Dhs1,650 (including four-course set menu and unlimited selected premium beverages); lounge and bar: Dhs600 (ladies), Dhs800 (gentlemen). Inclusive of unlimited selected premium beverages and pass-around bites. Guests aged 21 and above only. Dress code: dress to impress. Grosvenor House Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 399 8888).
Cabana Celebrate at this trendy ‘White Night’ featuring barbecue stations and much more. Special surprises for all those dressed in white! Dhs950 (including unlimited selected beverages); Dhs8,000 (private Cabana, including one bottle of bubbly). The Address Dubai Mall (04 888 3444).
Calabar Party the night away to the tunes of an international DJ well into the small hours. Dhs800 (inclusive of entry fee and a minimum spend of Dhs500 per person, minimum four persons per table). 6pm-2.30am. The Address Downtown Dubai (04 436 8888).
C Club Treat your palate to an à la carte selection of canapés, pastries and chocolates while enjoying the live pianist, then head out to the terrace at midnight for the fireworks. From 9pm. Guests below 21 years old not permitted. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (04 453 0444).
Pretend you’re in Vegas If anyone knows how to throw a party, it’s the team behind Cirque du Soir – jugglers, clowns, fire-breathers and stilt walkers feature at the club every night of the week. So for utter extravagance, we reckon the venue’s Las Vegas-themed NYE party will be a sight to behold. The price includes house drinks and premium bubbly. Dhs1,150 for men, Dhs950 for ladies. 10.30pm-3am. Cirque du Soir, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 4900).
Crowne Plaza’s Party Tonite A night of indie-pop, bhangra, hip-hop, Bollywood and disco. Dhs550; Dhs950 per couple. 9.30pm-late. Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (800 116 000).
Crystal Tent The special beachside tent will feature tantalizing delicacies with live entertainment from tanoura dancers, belly dancers, fire performers and a magician. Dhs3,900 including bubbly, grape and soft beverages); half price (children aged four to 12); free (children under four). 7pm onwards. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (04 453 0444).
Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel and Suites Toast to good times on New Year’s Eve at The Observatory or AZ.U.R. with a four-course meal. Dhs1,200 (The Observatory); Dhs350 (AZ.U.R. including soft beverages and Dhs150 for children). Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites, Dubai Marina (04 319 4795).
Embassy Dubai DJ Dezarate will provide the tunes, plus there’s a four-course menu featuring modern European food available at Kitchen 45, and you can then watch the fireworks at midnight. Kitchen 45: Dhs1,500 (inclusive of unlimited selected premium beverages); Club 43 and Lounge 44: Dhs600 (ladies); Dhs800 (gentlemen), inclusive of unlimited selected premium beverages and tapas. Dress code: glamorous/club chic. Grosvenor House Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 399 8888).
iKandy Ultralounge Come in glamorous attire and enjoy views of the Burj Khalifa while sipping bubbles. Diamond Package Dhs1,400 (including premium beverages, food and a bottle of bubbly per couple); Crystal Package Dhs1,000 (including house beverages, food and a bottle of bubbly per couple); Standing Package Dhs600 (including house beverages only); Dhs18,000 (VIP table for up to ten people including premium beverages and a special menu). Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 405 2703).
Malecon Expect Latin dance champions, a Latin band, cabaret show, belly dancer and resident DJ. Dhs500 (unlimited beverages); Dhs850 (set menu and unlimited beverages). 9pm-late. Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah (04 346 1111).
Movida Resident DJs Emir and Mitchell spin a black-tie ball at the club. Prices TBC. 10pm-3am. Radisson Royal, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 174 4449).
Nezesaussi Grill Toast the year-end with a buy-one-get-one-free beverage package for the whole night. Call for prices. Al Manzil Hotel, Downtown Dubai (04 428 5888).
Polo Bar Celebrate with a wide selection of house beverages and seafood including sushi and sashimi. Dhs999 (including unlimited Russian beverage brands). 7.30pm-2am. The Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (04 408 4257).
Pullman The ‘Diamonds In The Sky’ event, will feature a masquerade ball with a gala dinner at Sanabel, live DJ and bubbly toast at Vantage. Dhs800. 8pm-3am. Pullman, Mall of the Emirates (04 377 2000).
Rosso Rosso welcomes the arrival of 2013 in “La Dolce Vita” style. Dress in your finest and get ready to dance the night away. Indulge in an Italian gourmet buffet with a plated main course, while the venue’s resident DJ and a live band will provide the entertainment. Dhs900 (including unlimited selected beverages until midnight); Dhs500 (drinks package only). 7.30pm-2.30am (last food order at 12.15am). Dress code: smart casual Amwaj Rotana Jumeirah Beach Residence (04 428 3088).
Shangri-La Feast on a specially themed menu in either Shang Palace, Hoi An, Marrakech, Amwaj or Dunes Café. After dinner, join everyone on the danceﬂoor in the lobby to dance the night away to international band Diamond Voices. Dinner in Dunes Café: Dhs1,000 (including house beverages and a bottle of bubbly per couple). Dinner in Shang Palace, Hoi An, Marrakech or Amwaj: Dhs1,250 (including house beverages and a bottle of bubbly per couple). Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 405 2703).
Siddharta Lounge by Buddha-Bar See in the New Year with smooth grooves played by resident DJ Dimi El. DJ Gusto will play the end to the year, and the beginning of the new one. Watch the fireworks, too. Dhs600 (ladies); Dhs750 (gentlemen). Prices include unlimited selected premium beverages and tapas. Dress code: stylish. Grosvenor House Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 399 8888).
The Rooftop Pool Bar Countdown with unlimited house Beverages, a barbecue, DJ and a glass of bubbly for the New Year. Dhs500. 9pm-3am. Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel, Bur Dubai (04 377 1111).
Toro Toro The restaurant lounge will feature cuisine created by multi-award winning chef Richard Sandoval. Lounge Bar Dhs600 (ladies); Dhs750 (gentlemen); Dhs1,500 (inclusive of four-course sharing menu, unlimited selected premium beverages and light bites). Dress code: stylish & Latino. Grosvenor House Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 399 8888).
Velvet Underground The ‘Hype 2013’ bash is a Hollywood-inspired party promising Indian tunes, Bollywood stars and a yet-to-be-announced international live act and DJ. Prices TBC. 10pm-3am. Velvet Underground, Royal Ascot Hotel, Bur Dubai (050 841 2440).
Villa Romana Live DJ, fashions shows and fireworks at this new exclusive beach club. Reservations only. Call for prices. 8pm-late. Villa Romana, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa (050 502 8666).
Voda Bar Reserve a private booth where you can indulge in bubbly, gourmet Japanese fare and caviar. Listen to the live resident DJ and enjoy access to the midnight fireworks display. Call for prices. From 9pm. Guests below 21 years old not permitted. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (04 453 0444).
Go back to prohibition Maybe it’s the mob rule, the glamour girls, or the ‘golden age’ of jazz, but the 1920s have long fascinated quirky clubbers. Palm Jumeirah steakhouse West 14th is tapping into this craze with a ‘Cotton Club’-themed retro party, starring a swinging five-piece jazz band. The best-dressed couple will win a prize. Dhs1,295 for five-course meal with bubbly. 7pm-3am. West 14th, Oceania Beach Club, Palm Jumeirah (04 447 7601).