NYE: Up to the minute

Last few updates on their way!!! 54 Comments


5.38pm And still they come. Blue Bar Novotel Hotel open Rock Bottom Cafe Regent Palace open

5.33pm Barasti WILL have live music, it will just be a bit quieter than normal. Still no fireworks though. Everywhere else at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi is open too.

5.20pm Rattlesnake Metropolitan Hotel open Scarlett's Emirates Towers open

5.20pm The Palace - The Old Town will be celebrating the New Year as planned. For reservations: 04 428 7888

5.18pm Jules Bar Le Meridien open C-Bar Al Murooj Rotana open

5.13pm Keva Restaurant and bar are open; background music; The Apartment, JBH - TBC; The 400 Club - fully operational.

5.07pm Premiere Hyatt Regency open Star Studio Sheraton Deira open

5.05pm Plan B/Ginseng, Wafi (Kemistry - Pippi/Marco V) - Now closed.
5pm The Bar, Hyatt Regency cancelled

4.58pm Atlantis have just confirmed that their events will be going ahead tonight but without fireworks.

4.51pm Sorry, no news from Atlantis yet, we'll let you know as soon as we hear anything.

4.31pm Finally, we have contacted Club 400. It is open as planned tonight but it will be a quieter affair with no NY celebrations.

4.18pm Uptown Bar and Dhow and Anchor at Jumeirah Beach Hotel are open as usual.

4.02pm Souk Madinat Jumeirah's Restaurants all open except Al Hambra, Segretto and Centimetro. Malecon and Boudoir at Dubai Marine open but no fireworks display.

3.57pm Nelson's Bar fully operational; Harry's Place fully operational; Koubba Bar fully operational; Oeno Wine Bar fully operational; Trader Vic's Crowne Plaza fully operational

3.47pm Shakira. Going ahead as planned.

3.46pm Buddha Bar. Open as normal.

3.44pm New Year's Carnivale at Al Sahra Desert Resort is still on but no fireworks.

3.39pm Chill rooftop Lounge at the Royal Ascot Hotel. DJ cancelled, entrance Dhs100 includes one drink and food

3.26pm Crystal Bar New Year' Eve at Grand Millennium is on. Al Bustan Rotana Hotel- Inside events as planned JW Marriott Dubai- Inside events as planned Shangri La Dubai- Band is cancelled but dinner is still on.

3.25pm Chi has cancelled its NYE party tonight. Tickets for tonight will be valid tomorrow night with two free drinks.

3.20pm Double Decker is on, Barasti will be on but with no fireworks or live music, Tamanya Terrace open but doing everyday operation not NYE party, Calabar is on, 400 Club waiting for confirmation but planning to go ahead, Wafi Rooftop (Skool Daze) still operational but no loud music and no dancing,

3pm Chaos VIP night - fully operational.

2.53pm Axwell has been cancelled. Anyone who bought their tickets from Time Out will have the money refunded back onto the credit card they paid with directly.

2.50pm Solid Gold, Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa - no fireworks, quieter music.
Tribe, Crowne Plaza
- fully operational.
Belgian Beer Cafe (Jeremy Live/Da:Funct)
- fully operational.
Zinc, Crowne Plaza - fully operational.
Hive: Not cancelled - remains open, no DJ, cash bar, no entrance fee; full refund on tickets bought on www.timeouttickets.com (refund may take up to three weeks)- for tickets bought elsewhere, contact providers.
Lama Tours Desert Extravaganza - fully operational.
Plan B/Ginseng, Wafi - fully operational.

2.47pm We have been told that New Years Eve in Dubai at the Madinat Jumeirah is on. Only the fireworks display is cancelled.

2.29pm The Apartment Lounge and Club at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel will still have the New Year's Eve Ball with Grandmaster Flash supported by DJ Rone Jaxx and Ricardo da Force.

2.21pm Lotus One will be operating as planned with the NYE Gala Canapes & Dinners 8.30 p.m onwards. Toll Free:800 Lotus

2.17pm Club Persia is still on. ZUMA will be open for dinner on New Year's Eve, as per the
original plans. The opening hours are 7pm on 31 December to 3am on 1 January. For more information, please contact 04 425 5660.

2.10pm The Dubai Drums event is still on. It's going to be called "New moon Desert Drumming For Peace". The Chaos event at the Madinat Arena is still on. Kandy Club is on.

2.05pm 360 is cancelled tonight. More details to follow.

2.05pm Alpha Alpha will not be celebrating NYE tonight, they will however be OPEN and supporting the Palestinians with a live tribute from Osheasis and JoJo De Freq. Donations welcome at the door for Palestinians relief fund. 047022640

1.52pm The Irish Village have announced that anyone who has bought tickets will get a voucher to the value of their ticket back. This can be spent at the IV anytime from January 1 2009. If you don't have a ticket you can come along and enjoy the free buffet anyway. The bar will operate as normal but there will be no live music. There will be background music but no New Year celebrations.

The Cellar For those who have bought tickets dinner will be as planned but without entertainment. Those who still wish to attend will get a Dhs300 discount on their ticket price. If you don't want to attend and would like a full refund please contact the venue to arrange this.

1.41pm We have just been told that all indoor events will go ahead as planned but there will be no outdoors events. We will keep you updated on which of these events will be moved inside and which will be cancelled.

1.29pm No official word as yet but the following hotels have added comments.

The Address, Downtown Burj Dubai- Cala Bar and Sky Bar open for parties with DJ
Ritz Carlton Hotel- Dinner as planned
Rennaissance Hotel- Dinner as planned
Raffles- Inside Parties will go on as planned
Movenpick - Gala Dinner as planned
Kempinski Hotel, Mall of the Emirates- Inside events as planned
Le Meridien Dubai - Inside events as planned
Fairmont Dubai - Dinner as planned

12.48pm The Pacha party with Jon Carter will now be held in the Johara Ballroom at the Souk Madinat Jumeirah. The timings will remain the same. Tickets are now all Dhs750, those who paid Dhs850 will get a refund at the door.

12.41pm Venue heads, who have been in talks with Dubai Government, have told us to expect confirmation on whether events will be taking place, cancelled, or be moved to another night, by 1.30pm today. We will post more information as soon as we have it.

12.05pm The final decision on which events, if any, will be allowed to take place for NYE is expected within the hour.

By Emily McCarrick
Time Out Dubai,

User reviews:

Posted by: sarhosh on 01 Jan ' 09 at 13:08

Thanx a lot for all the info provided by timeout,coz of them lastnight at Chaos was brilliant

Posted by: Time Out Editor on 31 Dec ' 08 at 13:26

A big thanks to all of you lovely people today for your comments and updates. We'll be keeping you posted with all of the latest news until 6pm. After that, if you're still unsure, give the venue a shout. Happy New Year.

Posted by: Noor on 31 Dec ' 08 at 13:24

Party At Atlantis is ON... without the fireworks! 100% sure.

Posted by: frank scheunert on 31 Dec ' 08 at 13:23

but be early in hive at around 9 or 10

Posted by: Abraham on 31 Dec ' 08 at 13:21

Thanks a lot for these updates. Had it not been for Time Out, we'd still be running around in circles.

Posted by: Satheerth Kunneth on 31 Dec ' 08 at 13:17

Kandy Club is still ON!

Saw a few gals already queuing up!

Posted by: frank scheunert on 31 Dec ' 08 at 13:12

Hive in Old Town is open as usual. Tickets will be reimbursed. For food it costs Dhs 400.

Posted by: elena on 31 Dec ' 08 at 13:01

Thanks :)

Posted by: Ajay on 31 Dec ' 08 at 12:54

Hi Mamta, Dhoom 2009 is same as planned.

Posted by: Rijo on 31 Dec ' 08 at 12:54



The event is named as 'DHOOM 2009'


Posted by: Cleo on 31 Dec ' 08 at 12:51

Kandy Club is on as planned. The organiser confirmed to me in the morning.

Posted by: elena on 31 Dec ' 08 at 12:47

What about Sanctuary????????

Posted by: Deepak on 31 Dec ' 08 at 12:45

Dhoom 2009 - The Royal Desert tours party is 'ON'
No cancellation reported so far.
The Organisers have not received any notice from the authorities for any cancellations. So lets all hope for the best....

Posted by: Jennifer on 31 Dec ' 08 at 12:33

i don't want to ask anything...but just thank Timeout for being so helpful and informative, i have realized no one has thanked you and your staff enough...=)...a Big Thank you to all the staff for their efforts...

Posted by: uy on 31 Dec ' 08 at 12:32

4:36pm WAFI Plan B / Kemistry cancelled (per hotline).

Posted by: karim on 31 Dec ' 08 at 12:24

it baffles me why Axwell got cancelled when it is an indoor event... :(

Posted by: donny on 31 Dec ' 08 at 12:20

is 400 on or no? why is it that we are the last to know?

Posted by: chie on 31 Dec ' 08 at 12:06

is Chi closed tonight???

Posted by: rahul on 31 Dec ' 08 at 12:05

can ny1 tell me the scene at MIX - grand hyatt?

Posted by: ali on 31 Dec ' 08 at 11:43

What about KANDY CLUB. Is it still on or cancel.....

Posted by: kris on 31 Dec ' 08 at 11:36

Just spoke to Barasti & they said no fireworks, but live music & beach party is still on. Timeout says no live music. no infor re: refund. can timeout re-confirm? (3:36)

Posted by: Ben McBride on 31 Dec ' 08 at 11:36

Chill rooftop Lounge DJ cancelled, entrance aed100 includes 1 drink and food

Posted by: DJ Paul Hamilton on 31 Dec ' 08 at 11:20

See you all at Lotus One tonight !!
more info 050 5188946

Posted by: Hay on 31 Dec ' 08 at 11:19

The latest news from Chi is that tonight will be a regular club night instead of a NYE celebration. The same DJs will play, tickets will be Dhs200, but there will be no fireworks.

Chi @ lodge just said that they are closed today...

Posted by: uy on 31 Dec ' 08 at 11:19

3:20pm WAFI Plan B update pending, may open, will know in 1 hour.

Posted by: peter pan on 31 Dec ' 08 at 11:19

It's all a wind up everything going ahead as planned

Posted by: MIX on 31 Dec ' 08 at 11:06

ANY idea about mix at grand hyatt ??

Posted by: uy on 31 Dec ' 08 at 11:04

3:08pm WAFI says that Plan B is closed tonight. Can timeout reconfirm?

Posted by: robb on 31 Dec ' 08 at 10:58

any news on wafi rooftop?

Posted by: Renée on 31 Dec ' 08 at 10:51

360º Event with Joey Negro has been moved to New Years Day, Thursday 1st January 2009 at 360º from 8pm. Updated ticket details on Facebook group announced shortly ... watch this space :) http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/event.php?eid=39354363543&ref=ts Some indoor events have still not been confirmed ... But I'll be at Alpha Club ... yes it's confirmed as open :) Our thoughts are with those effected by recent events in our region. See you at Alpha tonight and then 360º on New Years Day! xRenée

Posted by: huwaida on 31 Dec ' 08 at 10:51

what about club 400.. is it on?? please update

Posted by: Kelly on 31 Dec ' 08 at 10:48

Barasti is on as planned but no fireworks!

Posted by: Megan on 31 Dec ' 08 at 10:41


Posted by: Zak on 31 Dec ' 08 at 10:23

Any news on club 400????

Posted by: Sam on 31 Dec ' 08 at 10:22

Siville's??? Wafi indoor!!

Any news?

Posted by: aimee on 31 Dec ' 08 at 10:20

Any news on Brasati?????

Posted by: Anil Kumar on 31 Dec ' 08 at 10:16

Lotus One-Lounge, bar & restaurant will be operating as planned with the NYE Gala Canapes & Dinners 8.30 p.m onwards.
Toll Free:800 Lotus

Posted by: Lizzie on 31 Dec ' 08 at 10:13

Heard is cancelled, booked there now going to The Palace in the Old Town, they have an amzing pool side lounge and their NYE party is on!

Posted by: valentin on 31 Dec ' 08 at 10:09

Apparently canceled...We are moving to The Palace, Next door...Party is going on

Posted by: faz on 31 Dec ' 08 at 10:06

any one know about kandy club?
jay sean and juggy d were supposed to be performing?

Posted by: Megh on 31 Dec ' 08 at 09:51

all the best parties have been shut down.
CHAOS... CHAOS is closed down, axwell is gone too
Yves Larock at the 400 is shut down as well?

this new years is soo gna suck.

Posted by: tan on 31 Dec ' 08 at 09:48

What about clubs, djs, load music etc is ok?

Posted by: Mamta on 31 Dec ' 08 at 09:41

Please anyone let me know about the desert party event Dhoom 2009. Is it happening or not....

Posted by: Ashish on 31 Dec ' 08 at 09:31

Is the desert drumming event on or off? Can any1 update. Cheers!

Posted by: event guy on 31 Dec ' 08 at 09:19

Hi Karim, Yes! the axwell event is canceled. They will refund our tickets. I spoke with the organizers..

Posted by: karim on 31 Dec ' 08 at 09:08

It seems Axwell in Dubai event in the World Trade Center has been cancelled. I called one of the numbers for table bookings and that is what they told me. They said to check the website www.axwellindubai.com for more information. Upon looking at the website it seems that everything is ok...this is a little confusing.

If anyone knows what is happeneing regarding the World Trade Center event please let us know.


Posted by: Romana on 31 Dec ' 08 at 08:48

Hi Karuna, the party at Qd's is cancelled, but will operate as on a regular night, but no DJ, just background music, shisha's.
The ticket fee will be refunded in full from tomorrow.

Posted by: Sonali on 31 Dec ' 08 at 08:46

I checked with Barasti at about 12.15 and they said that they were awaiting further information from the government which they were expecting anytime between 1 and 2pm.

Posted by: Riya on 31 Dec ' 08 at 08:41

The Solid gold party @ Dubai Marine is still on,but there would be no fireworks.

Posted by: Ruba on 31 Dec ' 08 at 08:36

Hey everyone,

Okay, Shakira live in Abu Dhabi is definitely going ahead, because it's not in Dubai - this has been confirmed from the organisers

Atlantis The Palm is yet to confirm what they're doing.

Indoor events at venues such as Kempinkski, Lotus One...etc...are still going to confirm too :)

Posted by: aimee on 31 Dec ' 08 at 08:00

is there anymore news on any bars? Brarasti?
Please can you announce anymore news???

Posted by: Amanda Barrett on 31 Dec ' 08 at 07:53

I called Le Meridian Mina Seyahi today at 11.53am to ask about Barasti this evening and they have confirmed that the party will still go ahead if you have a ticket.

Posted by: Karuna on 31 Dec ' 08 at 07:40

What about the party at QDs? Is that happening?

Posted by: Radhika on 31 Dec ' 08 at 07:24

What about the desert parties??? Are those happening??

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