Enjoy NYE at Atlantis: One of Dubai’s most famous New Year’s Eve parties takes place at Atlantis The Palm, and the night includes a gala dinner on the beach and views of one of the top festive firework displays in the city. Dhs3,200 per person. Free for children three and under. From 7.30pm-midnight. Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
Feast on Japanese fare: Japanese restaurant and lounge bar Sake No Hana celebrates its first New Year’s Eve in Dubai in grand style with a six-course menu and perfect views of the Burj Khalifa from the terrace. Restaurant menu: Dhs1,200 (house beverages). Lounge menu: Dhs1,500 (house beverages). Terrace menu: Dhs1,500 (house beverages). 6pm-3am. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 432 7808).
See Jazzy Jeff spin: The star of 1990s US TV show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is making a special New Year’s appearance at Barasti. Dhs150 (early bird). Dhs210 (advance). Dhs260 (door). 7pm-late. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Dubai Marina (04 318 1313).
Watch a rap veteran: Old-shool hip-hop superstar Vanilla Ice will be on stage at Atlantis for N’Dulge’s New Year’s Eve extravaganza. Expect to hear him belt out his classic hit ‘Ice Ice Baby’. Dhs300 (with a free glass of bubbly). 9pm-3am. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (055 200 4322).www.timeouttickets.com
Fun at Falcons Juniors’ Kids Club: A one-stop-shop amusement venue boasting arts and crafts, climbing frame facilities and an outdoor area. Dhs60 per hour, Dhs150 for three hours. Full-day packages from Dhs405. Five day packages from Dhs1,999 including lunch. Open daily. www.fairmont.com/palm (04 457 3331).