The biggest parties and best deals to see in 2014 with a bang
Time Out Dubai staff
Dubai has always done New Year's Eve with enviable panache – and this year is set to top them all. The entire Palm Jumeirah and The World islands will light up with a cork-popping 450,000 fireworks as the city unites to attempt the world record for the largest display ever. If that's not enough, a 1km stretch along the coast will then go up in sparkling, colourful flames, while yet more burst outwards from the Burj Khalifa. It's times like these that we wish we could be in five places at once. Unfortunately, the laws of physics forbid it, which means you've got to decide where to wave goodbye to a fabulous 2013 and welcome 2014 in with open arms (not to mention party poppers, bubbly and ear-splitting renditions of 'Auld Lang Syne'). Fortunately (or not so, for the indecisive) the city will host a staggering number of dinners, soirees and no-expense-spared concerts to mark the end of an incredible year. To help ensure you have a truly memorable night, we take a look at some of the best places to party with your closest pals.
Barasti presents Sugar Beach NYE 2013 Famous for his work with Will Smith as DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Jeffrey Allen Townes AKA DJ Jazzy Jeff will be performing live at the ever popular beachside venue. Expect a storming rendition of ‘Summertime’ – Jeff’s biggest Grammy-winning hit with Will Smith. The performer, who also played the character Jazz in the classic series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, will be joined by Skillz, while the upper deck will see a performances from A Tribute to Michael Jackson by The Man In The Mirror. Dhs150 (early bird), Dhs210 (advance), Dhs260 (door). From 7pm. Barasti, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Umm Suqeim, Dubai (04 318 1313). www.timeouttickets.com
NYE 2014 with Vanilla Ice The American rapper Vanilla Ice will be performing live at Atlantis with a set that’s sure to include classic tune ‘Ice Ice Baby,’ which famously borrowed its riff from the David Bowie and Queen track ‘Under Pressure.’ The hip-hop star will be joined on the bill by DJs David Craig, Dean Curtis, Mark and Safe and Smokingroove. Dhs300 (including a glass of bubbly). 8pm-4am. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (055 147 6034). www.timeouttickets.com
NYE 2014 at Azure Bleu The beachside nightspot will be rocking a strong line-up for its celebration with Italian Nazario and Fabio AKA Promise Land supplying their unique brand of house beats. The Italians will be joined on the bill by Stereo Punx, Afroboogie and DJ Mamsi. The location also happens to be the perfect spot to catch the Dubai Marina fireworks as the clock strikes midnight. Dhs200 per couple. Azure Bleu, Meydan Beach, The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai Marina (055 288 9460). www.timeouttickets.com
Audio Tonic New Year’s Eve 2013/14 at 360˚ A night for house music connoisseurs, following a consistently high standard throughout the year, the Audio Tonic team will be seeing in the New Year with sets from resident favourites Mr Mr, Raxon and Rod Lee Winters. And, when you take into account 360˚’s iconic location, with its unspoilt view of the Burj Al Arab, you’ll be hard pressed we reckon to find a better spot to watch the fireworks at midnight, welcoming in 2014. Dhs950 (including selected beverages and canapés). Dhs1,500 (including dinner and selected beverages). 9pm-late. 360˚, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim (055 500 8518).
Far East Movement at People by Crystal The hot LA crossover urban group – last spotted on these shores at dXb Festival in September 2012 – perform a more intimate gig at this award-winning club. Expect the vibe to be jacked at this Atelier World Club Tour event. People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai, tixbox.com
Art Department and Infinity Ink at Blue Marlin High-end al fresco nightspot Blue Marlin is throwing on a top line-up this New Year's Eve. Having honed their skills on the underground techno circuit in Toronto, house DJ Kenny Glasgow and No. 19 record label supremo Jonny White joined forces in 2009. The concept behind their partnership, Art Department, involves the performance of live vocal performances as well DJ sets. London duo Infinity Ink will be sharing the bill with the Canadians, performing their smash hit ‘Infinity,’ which features house-infused funky beats and the odd harmonious folky vocal. Dhs650 (for ladies including selected drinks), Dhs850 (for men including selected drinks). Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE (056 113 3400).
Gatsby Party at Cavalli Club Step back in time to Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age of flappers and parties at this exclusive party. Dinner and drinks package Dhs1,650 per person; drinks only Dhs950 for ladies and Dhs1,150 for men. Cavalli Club, Fairmont Hotel (04 332 9260).
House of Afrika with BlackCoffee This popular al fresco house night welcomes back notable South African DK Black Coffee. Expect credible tunes and a hipster crowd at The Dek on 8. Dhs250 (advance). Media One Hotel (04 427 1000).
L'art de Wivre New Year's Eve party at The Act Dubai DJ Kayper guests at this theatrical, one-off party, with a black and gold dress code. Dhs650 (ladies); Dhs950 (men). Shangri La Hotel, Sheikh Zeyed Road (052 811 9900).
XL Beach Club NYE party with eSQUIRE A lively poolside party is guaranteed with tunes from eSQUIRE. Dhs300 (advance). XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, www.timeouttickets.com
NYE 2014 at the Royal Island Beach Club For a grandstand view of the fireworks, and for the novelty of spending New Years’ Eve on The World Islands, head to this pricey but exclusive party, with live performances from Jazz After Midnight and DJ Chris Degenis. Dhs1,650. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 0506176507.
No.5 Lounge & Bar For those looking to party, the terrace of No.5 Lounge & Bar will play host to a Latin-inspired fiesta, with entertainment from the Viva Brazil Samba Show and music from Break DJ Lobito. Dhs450 (with soft drinks), Dhs550 (with unlimited beverages and bubbly at midnight). 6pm-3am. The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC (04 372 2323).
Greatest Show on Earth, New Year’s Eve at Cirque Le Soir For a slightly left-of-centre New Year’s experience, why not head to circus-concept, Cirque Le Soir. It's promising strong men, lion tamers, beared ladies and mermaids in a water tank. Tunes will be commercial and we’re expecting the weirdness to be off the radar at the Dubai branch of a brand which attracts celebrities ranging from Cara Delevingne and Leonardo DiCaprio through its doors. Dhs790 for women (including selected beverages), Dhs990 for men (including selected beverages). 10.30pm-3am. Cirque Le Soir Dubai, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (056 115 4507).
McGettigan’s JLT For a more relaxed New Year’s Eve, head to Irish-themed waterhole McGettigan’s, where you find a decent buffet and drinks package at a competitive price, along with plenty of 'craic'. The popular pub will see in 2014 with live performances from Nolan, DJ John Hayes, The Boz Boz and DJ John Hayes, which ought to keep the party spirit alive. Dhs499 (including unlimited beverages and food). 8pm-12.15am. Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (04 378 0800).
New Year’s Eve at The Irish Village The perennially popular Irish-themed institution with a sprawling garden will be laying on its unpretentious brand of entertainment in the form of house rockers the Maplejacks who’ll be belting out a repertoire of popular covers and DJ Marky Mark spinning the commercial tracks on the decks. The evening also promises an array of food stations with festive specialties. Dhs150 (including food before December 30). Dhs200 (including food on the door). 7pm-late. The Irish Village, Garhoud (04 282 4750).
Sandance NYE The city’s biggest beach party returns with another stellar line-up for this year’s finale with a live performance from critically acclaimed UK singer Emeli Sandé (pictured) as well as DJ sets from one half of the now-defunct Swedish House Mafia. Other superstars on the bill are legendary DJs Paul Oakenfold and fellow Brit spinner Pete Tong, complemented by a spectacular fireworks display at the turn of midnight. Last New Year’s Eve Sandance featured Ellie Goulding and Rita Ora, so it appears that the popularity of UK vocalists is set to continue for another year. Dhs450-Dhs600. 3pm-3am. Atlantis Beach, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (055 200 4321). www.timeouttickets.com
New Year’s 2014 Omarion and Mims Live With this club's high-tech sound system and multiple levels it’s already firmly on the Dubai clubbing radar having opened this year. For New Year, American R&B star Omarion, who’s collaborated with P Diddy and toured with Ne-Yo and Usher, will perform ahead of his brand new album in 2014, Love & Other... Other artists on the bill include DJs Mims ('Mr This Is Why I’m Hot'), Alex Seda and Ejaz – and a special guest, too. Dhs600 (including selected house beverages). 9pm-4am. 2Liv, Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa, (055 986 7182).
Seven Deadly Sins party at VIP Room This VIP nightspot is promising seven surprise entertainers and seven secrets to be revealed at this exclusive party. Mix with the city’s elite here. Reservations and guest list only. JW Marriot Marquis, Sheikh Zayed Road (052 881 8888). email@example.com@viproom-dubai.com
Unlock the Door to 2014 at Meydan Food, drink, fireworks and live entertainment included in the price at this glitzy event. Dhs895. The Sky Bubble, The Meydan Hotel, Nad Al Sheeba (04 381 3231).
Qube See in 2014 with the NYE Rock ‘n’ Roll Extravaganza, a spectacular night of music with a live Rock ‘n’ Roll band playing classic hits as well as fantastic drinks specials throughout the night and a complimentary bubbly toast at midnight. Dhs179 per person (buffet). 8pm-2am. The Meydan Hotel, Nad Al Sheba, www.qubesportsbar.com (04 381 3780).
Wafi Dance through the decades at this party on the rooftop gardens of Wafi and indulge in an international buffet and unlimited house beverages, accompanied by hits spun by DJ Josh Anderson. Dhs495. 7.30pm-late. Wafi Pyramids, Oud Metha (04 324 4100).
Pure Sky Lounge Ring in the New Year with a bird’s eye view of multiple firework displays from this 35th-floor lounge, either for sharing platters or simply for the after party. Dhs1,300 per person (inclusive of sharing platters and selected drinks), Dhs650 (after 11pm). Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort and Residences, The Walk, JBR (04 374 7888).
MusicHall Bid farewell to the year in a unique way at MusicHall. This modern and innovative take on the ‘dinner and dance cultural entertainment’ concept will host a series of fabulous live music acts that capture the essence of the season and add an exotic twist to the occasion. For group and individual table bookings, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com (056 270 8670).
Armani/Privé Experience Italian glamour at Privé’s Great New Year’s Eve Party. Make a grand entrance and dress to thrill, enjoying the rhythmical beats of the resident DJ and mingling with international celebrities and Dubai’s social trendsetters. Entrance Dhs500 for ladies, Dhs750 for gents (with selected drinks), VIP tables from Dhs5,000 (with selected premium bottles). Dress code: high fashion. Armani Hotel Dubai, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3308).
Supperclub Ring in the New Year at this unique venue’s Masquerade Ball. Dhs1,000 (with dinner and free-flowing beverages). Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah, jumeirah.com/jzsfestive (04 453 0444).
Bab Al Shams Diamonds in the Sky Party Spread across the three venues of Al Forsan, this is one event you won’t forget, complete with a live international band, one man show, DJ and fireworks. Other highlights include a welcome mixed beverage on the lawn, a photo booth, tabletop settings, party favours and a confetti canon. Dhs800 (buffet only), Dhs1,111 (buffet with unlimited house beverages and a bottle of bubbly for two), half price (children under five). Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Spa (04 809 6194).
At.mosphere Lounge Start 2014 at the top of the world’s tallest building and watch the annual fireworks extravaganza on big-screen televisions, or from an exclusive window table, while enjoying your favourite mixed drink or sparkling toast. Resident DJ Lou Lou will be on the decks with a mix of main-room house, progressive and tech. Dhs300 (regular table), Dhs1,500 (window table). At.mosphere Lounge, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai, www.atmosphereburjkhalifa.com (04 888 3828).
Uptown Bar Celebrate the New Year with 180-degree panoramic views of Dubai, Uptown’s mixed drinks and a selection of tapas and live cooking stations. Dhs995 (with an open bar), Dhs500 (after midnight, with an open bar). Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim, jumeirah.com/jbhfestive (04 406 8999).
Dhow & Anchor Celebrate the New Year with a festive buffet accompanied by a live band, entertainment and DJ. Then enjoy access to the Sun Deck level for a great view of the fireworks display. Dhs995 (with a glass of bubbly and house beverages), Dhs725 (children aged 12-20 years), Dhs497 (children aged four-11 years). Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim, jumeirah.com/jbhfestive (04 406 8999).
Koubba Bar Take in the sweeping views of the resort or simply sink into the comfy sofas under the warm lighting of the Arabesque lanterns as you ring in the New Year. Indulge in delicious canapés throughout the night as you raise a toast to 2014, and then watch the sky light up with myriad fireworks at midnight. Dhs800 (with one bottle of bubbly per couple). Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah, jumeirah.com/mjfestive (04 366 6730).
Shades Party al fresco with a night out under the stars at this lounge-style nightspot. Enjoy the sounds of a guest band and resident DJ, an international tapas buffet, unlimited selected beverages and roving paparazzi to capture the moment. Dhs850 (with house beverages). 8pm-2am. The Address Dubai Marina (04 436 7777).
Armani/Lounge Toast the arrival of 2014 from the Armani Hotel’s social epicentre, enjoying a sophisticated but fun chill-out lounge experience along with irresistible canapés, signature beverages and a live DJ, overlooking the Downtown Dubai skyline and The Dubai Fountain. Dhs300 (with three oysters and one glass of bubbly), Dhs1,500 (with 30g Beluga caviar and one bottle of bubbly). Armani Hotel Dubai, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3308).
Bubbles Bar Join the Retro Party with DJ Nicole in the new Novotel hotel. Dhs200 entry fee (includes two mixed drinks). Hotel Novotel Dubai Al Barsha, Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha 1 (04 304 9000).
La Baie Lounge Enjoy the Countdown Party 2014 by the pool accompanied by eclectic tunes spun by the resident DJ. Dhs250 (with a glass of bubbly and one beverage). From 10pm. The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai at The Walk, JBR (04 318 6150).
Al Khayal Enjoy a festive set menu complemented by live entertainment by a Lebanese band and belly dancer. Dhs995 (with a glass of bubbly and open bar), Dhs650 (children aged 12-20 years), Dhs450 (children aged four-11 years). From 8pm. Dress code: formal. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim, jumeirah.com/jbhfestive (04 406 8999).
Bahri Bar Experience a unique blend of fun and flavours, and soak up the sophisticated atmosphere while sipping on premium bubbly complemented by canapés and sweets. Dhs800 (with a bottle of bubbly per couple). From 8pm. Dress code: smart casual. Madinat Jumeirah, jumeirah.com/mjfestive (04 366 6730).
ICHO Bar Head to ICHO Bar to take in Dubai’s most amazing fireworks. Dhs1,500 (table with a bottle of premium beverage). Radisson Royal Hotel Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 308 0550).
Blends Enjoy a night of partying and celebrate on the dancefloor as you welcome in the New Year in style. Dhs200 (with one house beverage). 7pm until late. The Address Dubai Marina (04 436 7777).
Caramel Restaurant & Lounge Count down to the strike of twelve at this restaurant and lounge concept, which is set to be transformed into an elegant New Year’s Eve destination, with resident DJ Kirk and DJ Tom Field spinning the decks, exciting party favours and various pricing options, including a full menu and full bar, with a complimentary toast at midnight. Bar Dhs150 per person; Restaurant Dhs300 per person; Lounge Dhs500 per person. DIFC (800 CARAMEL / 227 2635).
Nelson’s Head to Nelson’s for an unforgettable celebration to welcome in the New Year. Enjoy a three-course dinner, great tunes by the resident DJ and the big countdown to 2014. Dhs279. 7pm-3am. Media Rotana, TECOM (04 435 0443).