Saturday 31 Stomp to the sounds of Sandance: What better way to see in the new year than getting down to the likes of Above & Beyond, Basement Jaxx, Roger Sanchez and Sister Bliss? Dhs250-450. 3pm-3am. Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm (04 426 2626), www.timeouttickets.com
Have a winning start to the new year at Meydan races: Enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet as the races take place on the pristine green track. A very different, relaxing New Year’s Eve option. Dhs250 (half a bottle of grape), Dhs220 (soft drinks). Races start at 4.30pm. Meydan, Nad Al Sheba (04 381 3371).
Sway to Coldplay in Abu Dhabi: The stadium-filling soft rockers return to the nation’s capital for a New Year’s Eve gig. Expect plenty of aching anthems and a rousing singalong camera-phone-fest, with hits such as ‘Yellow’, ‘Trouble’ and ‘Clocks’. From Dhs325. 7.30pm. Yas Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi (04 366 2288).
Drum your way into 2012: Enjoy a night of drumming, singing, dancing and general merriment at this desert camp. There’ll be food, drinks and a bonfire, but bring warm clothes as well (it gets chilly at night). Dhs500 (includes transportation). 8pm ’til late. Bedouin Oasis, Ras Al Khaimah (056 744 2129), www.timeouttickets.com
Get down with Armin van Buuren, the world’s best DJ: One of the best DJs in the world (he won DJ Magazine’s Top 100 poll for four years running) will be here to welcome the new year. Dhs400-1,000. 9pm-3am. Dubai World Trade Centre, www.timeouttickets.com