New Year's Eve parties in Dubai

New Year's Eve is a big deal in Dubai, so much so that earlier this year it was voted the number one spot in the world to be at midnight on December 31. And 2015 into 2016 will be no different. 

Here, we preview all the big events, conveniently split depending on budget and what you want from your night. You can also check out our guide to the best New Year's Eve dinner deals in Dubai.

Of course, you don't actually have to go anywhere. If you want to marvel at the city’s fireworks extravaganzas but don’t want to blow a hole in your wallet, you could always watch them on the telly. But where’s the fun in that?

Dust off your hamper and head to one of Dubai’s public beaches – Kite, Palace and JBR especially – where the views of the Burj Khalifa, Palm Jumeirah and Burj Al Arab are not only spectacular (you’ll almost be able to smell the gunpowder), but completely free. Those wanting a closer view of yet another fireworks world record attempt and don’t have claustrophobic tendencies should brave the scrum Downtown. But get there early, preferably before 6pm, or you risk being at squinting distance. Definitely leave the car at home, too, as parking at the The Dubai Mall will be at a premium. 

Last year’s event at the Burj Khalifa broke the record with more than 25,000 fireworks weighing 4.7 tonnes shooting skyward during the show that took a team of about 200 more than 192,000 hours to prepare. Expect organisers to outdo that fantastic pyrotechnic feat this time around and remember, the best seat in the house need not cost a fortune.
New Year's Eve parties in Dubai

Time Out Dubai has your guide to New Year's Eve in Dubai (parties). Find out about deals at the best New Year's Eve parties in Dubai at clubs and bars

New Year's Eve is a big deal in Dubai, so much so that earlier this year it was voted the number one spot in the world to be at midnight on December 31. And 2015 into 2016 will be no different. 
Here, we preview all the big events, conveniently split depending on budget and what you want from your night. You can also check out our guide to the best New Year's Eve dinner deals in Dubai.
Of course, you don't actually have to go anywhere. If you want to marvel at the city’s fireworks extravaganzas but don’t want to blow a hole in your wallet, you could always watch them on the telly. But where’s the fun in that?

Dust off your hamper and head to one of Dubai’s public beaches – Kite, Palace and JBR especially – where the views of the Burj Khalifa, Palm Jumeirah and Burj Al Arab are not only spectacular (you’ll almost be able to smell the gunpowder), but completely free. Those wanting a closer view of yet another fireworks world record attempt and don’t have claustrophobic tendencies should brave the scrum Downtown. But get there early, preferably before 6pm, or you risk being at squinting distance. Definitely leave the car at home, too, as parking at the The Dubai Mall will be at a premium. 

Last year’s event at the Burj Khalifa broke the record with more than 25,000 fireworks weighing 4.7 tonnes shooting skyward during the show that took a team of about 200 more than 192,000 hours to prepare. Expect organisers to outdo that fantastic pyrotechnic feat this time around and remember, the best seat in the house need not cost a fortune.
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Ladies and gentlemen of Dubai – whether you’re a tourist, a recent expat or a well-rooted, long-term resident – if you’re looking to hit the beach by day, or party by night then Zero Gravity should be on your must list.

This is one of the city’s most perennially popular party destinations, which is why it’s our Best Beach Club for the second year running. At the weekend you can laze by the pool or brunch – at the Ritual Brunch on a Friday and Supernatural Saturdays, both of which come in at under Dhs300 for four hours of unlimited drinks and food, accompanied by some top beats. And the party ramps up later in the evening when DJs take to the stage.

Zero Gravity is more than just a weekend hangout though, and midweek is a massive draw for ladies’ across town thanks to its two consecutive ladies’ day offerings – on a Tuesday and a Wednesday – and a ladies’ night on Tuesday.

The beach club has also ramped up its efforts to put itself at the forefront of the nightlife scene. Early 2018 saw Rudimental, Fatboy Slim, Chase & Status, Judge Jules, Kungs and more all take the stage, and its every-so-often festival One Big Friday continues to rake in huge international acts.

So whether you’re chilling out in the temperature controlled, 39-metre, glass-fronted infinity pool, the Jacuzzi or down by the sea – you’ve got everything you need here. You’ll love it, trust us.

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At more than 20 years old Barasti, is one beach bar that’s never going out of fashion. So while it might be ageing in years, it’s never getting old in terms of popularity with its army of fans here in Dubai.

The reason for its popularity is multi-faceted. The massive, sprawling beach bar and club provides whatever you’re looking for – be it lazing in the sun, watching the game, tucking into some decent bar food or partying to top name DJs. It covers all bases, and it covers them well.

Not only did it take home the gong for Best Beach Bar at the 2018 Music & Nightlife Awards, it also claimed Highly Commended in both Sports Bar and Beach Club categories, too.

On the top deck, you’ll find the club’s famous gigantic telly, always showing the day’s choice match or event – and the bar has a particular penchant for footie and a spot of rugger during the major tournaments.

Its huge, central tiki hut-esque bar is also surrounded by smaller screens and inside, you’ll find yet more screens, making this a dream of a sports bar on Saturday and Sunday.

On the lower deck, another bar and recently opened swimming pool make this a chilled-out spot for beachgoers throughout the week, and the mass of sand adds to the relaxed vibe.

But Barasti is also capable of throwing a pumping party, and does so with brilliant regularity. International DJs head into town regularly and thousands of beach-going party people can dance the night away barefoot on the sand.

It’s one of the city’s most famous spots for a reason.

The bottom line
Longstanding nightspot that’s as good as ever.

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Old school Dubai expats (by which we mean the people who tell you about how things used to be) will point out that this was one of the first rooftop lounges in the city. Still going strong, relying on the tried and tested formula of minimal design, palm trees, poolside chic and Ibiza chill out tunes, it is not part of the fashion circuit’s hyped up venue list like it used to be. But that’s fine, it means the crowd that call this a regular spot get to enjoy the setting without the hashtaggery that comes with newer locations.

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If you’ve ever wondered where all the pretty people go on a Friday afternoon, the answer is this secluded beach spot at Golden Tulip Al Jazira, Ghantoot. Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE is a lively day-to-night party experience, popular with young expats. It isn’t hard to see the attraction: the beach club/outdoor nightclub and restaurant is just 20 minutes’ drive from Dubai and about 40 minutes from Abu Dhabi, ideal for partygoers from both emirates. Girls here look like supermodels while the gents are perfectly chiselled, so do throw on your nicest board shorts or kaftan. Opening on weekends, Fridays at the Balearic-inspired beach club start off calm when doors open at 1pm, before erupting into a storm post 7pm. Beach loungers and private tables are available to catch some rays, ranging from Dhs3,000 up to Dhs12,000. The restaurant on the upper deck caters to Saturday brunchers; perfect for those who’d rather watch the action from afar. Music ranges from pumping dance anthems to laid-back house vibes and revellers even take to the table tops.

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