Dubai party people – it’s time to starting planning the biggest night out of the year.
The end of 2019 is fast approaching and if you’re looking to enter 2020 with a bang, here are our top picks on where to celebrate New Year’s Eve.
Take it back to the ’80s at the QE2
Dig out those shoulder pads, perm your hair and hop aboard the QE2 for a two-night ’80s-themed bash. Expect an international buffet, free-flowing drinks, a live DJ spinning ‘80s tunes and a five-piece band playing 1980s hits – are you ready to moonwalk your way into 2020? And if one night isn’t enough you can extend it into a two-night staycation. Book a hotel stay to include the New Year’s Eve Gala and you’ll get breakfast thrown in too with prices starting at Dhs2,799 per room.
Dhs495 (soft drinks), Dhs595 (house beverages), Dhs695 (sparkling), Dhs295 (kids aged five-12), free (kids under four). Two-night stay and party from Dhs2,799. Tue Dec 31. QE2, Port Rashid, Deira (04 526 8811).
Or really take it back – to the 1600s at Manzil Downtown
How does a Shakespearean-themed soirée sound to you? Manzil Downtown in Downtown Dubai is set to go all out this year with a “Shakespearean Tale”, which is promising a whimsical end to the year. The Courtyard will be transformed into a fairy-tale forest – think fairy lights and forest foliage – inspired by Shakespeare’s play of comedy and romance, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and guests can expect a gala dinner buffet, an international DJ spinning dance-worthy tunes and plenty of live entertainment.
Dhs650 (soft drinks), Dhs850 (house beverages and one bottle of bubbly), Dhs325 (seven-11 years old), free (six and under). Tue Dec 31, 7pm-1am. Manzil Downtown, Downtown Dubai (04 428 5888).
Head to the capital for some 24 karat magic with Bruno Mars
World-famous musical megastar Bruno Mars is bringing some of his 24 karat magic to Abu Dhabi to celebrate the start of 2020. That’s right, the Hawaiian singer-songwriter, pop star polymath will be performing at Resolution by Night on Yas Island on New Year’s Eve. With more than 200 million singles sold and 26 million albums worldwide, he’s one of the biggest solo artists of all time and we can’t wait to ring in the New Year with him.
From Dhs350 (general admission). Tue Dec 31, 6pm. du Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.ticketmaster.ae.
See the Ras Al Khaimah fireworks and enter 2020 with a bang – literally
If fireworks are your thing, it looks like Ras Al Khaimah is the place for you to be. Last year the emirate broke two Guinness World Records for its dazzling firework show and this year the city is attempting to break two more. Get ready for a “mind-boggling” presentation of lights, where pyrotechnics, fireworks and laser displays will create a new kind of experience and for the very first time, pyro-drones will create “never before-seen” fireworks to kick off the countdown. Not impressed so far? Well, when the clock strikes midnight, the city’s main landmarks will be recreated in the sky accompanied by more fireworks. What’s more, there will also be a special Japanese aerial shell fireworks display. Along with family-friendly activities, there’s also set to be a host of celebrities heading down, including top performers from the Arab world, and huge music gigs.
Tue Dec 31. Various locations including Al Marjan Island by Marjan.
See Ne-Yo at WHITE Beach
Grammy-award winning R&B star Ne-Yo will be playing on New Year’s Eve in Dubai. The US megastar will be playing at the brand-new WHITE Beach at Atlantis The Palm on New Year’s Eve to see out 2019 in style in Dubai. The beachside location on Palm Jumeirah will open its doors at 9pm on December 31 and early bird tickets start at Dhs350 for ladies and Dhs450 for gents. Fancy dinner too? You can also book a table for New Year’s Eve at WHITE Beach’s restaurant, with dishes including scallop carpaccio with caviar, black winter truffle burrata, Atlantic lobster thermidor and wagyu tenderloin, as well as 18 karat profiteroles. Sounds fancy.
From Dhs350. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, www.platinumlist.net. For dinner reservations call (055 200 4321).
It’ll be getting hot at Drai's Dubai
You won’t just be hearing fireworks go off when the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, as the resounding beats from famed American rapper Nelly will be heard from Drai’s Dubai. Time Out Dubai’s Club of the Year will be hosting the hit rap and hip-hop star to ring in the New Year. Kicking off from 9pm all the way to 2020 at 4am, celebrators can expect to dance away to some of his top tracks, including Ride Wit Me, Dilemma and Hot in Herre.
From Dhs500 (ladies, five drinks), Dhs700 (gents, six drinks). Tue Dec 31, 9pm-4am. Drai’s Dubai, Meydan Racecourse, www.tickets.virginmegastore.me (052 388 8857).
And cold at Cavalli
Having already thrown a decade’s worth of New Year’s Eve parties, Cavalli Club Dubai is set to go all out for its eleventh year. The swish nightclub is going to be transformed into a “frosted dream” which is being called Cava11i Winterland. There are going to be stunning performances, beverages made by an actual robot and make sure to bring a coat for the ice lounge bar which is a freezing -18 degrees. Brrr. Make a night out of it and head down for dinner from 9pm until 11.30pm and enjoy a four-course set menu along with free-flowing select beverages for Dhs1,650 per person. There are also tickets available for the lounge area which are Dhs900 for ladies and Dhs1,100 for gents and include free-flowing beverages until 3am.
Prices and packages vary. Tue Dec 31, 9pm-4am. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.cavalliclubdubai.com (04 332 9260).
See Jonas Blue at Zero Gravity
Zero Gravity will be hosting two of world’s biggest dance music artists for its popular New Year’s Eve Beach Festival – Jonas Blue and Jax Jones. The party begins with brunch from 1pm until 5pm with free-flowing drinks and unlimited nibbles. It’s Dhs350 for ladies www.timeoutdubai.com/ladies-night-dubai-2018 and Dhs400 for gents and includes all-day pool and beach access from noon onwards – meaning you can chill out by the beach before the party picks up in the afternoon. The brunch also guarantees you access to the Beach Festival bash in the evening – which is a decent deal in our books. If you can’t make it to brunch and just want to head down to the party from 5pm onwards tickets start from Dhs300.
From Dhs300. Tue Dec 31, timings vary. Skydive Dubai Drop Zone, Dubai Marina, www.0-gravity.ae (04 399 0009).
Secret Brunching at The Palace
Secret Parties is throwing a special edition of its Secret Brunch to help end the year in style. The brunch will be thrown from 8pm until midnight at miX by Alain Ducasse at the Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai. Expect a four-course dinner, music from international DJ Chris Wright, a live band starring a singer, a saxophonist and a drummer performing hit tunes, break dancing performances and a magician. Brunchgoers will be seated on the outside terraces so you’ll be able to catch all the firework action across the city. The night continues with an after-party until 4am and entry comes in at Dhs200, which includes two house drinks.
Brunch: Dhs700 (soft drinks), Dhs800 (house beverages), Dhs1,000 (sparkling), Dhs1,200 (bubbly). After-party: Dhs200 (entry with two free drinks). Tue Dec 31, 8pm-midnight, midnight-4am. Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai, Palm Jumeirah, www.secret-parties.com.
One ticket = two parties with unlimited drinks at Soho Garden
Soho Garden is throwing not one, but two mega parties this year. The giant entertainment complex will be hosting Berlin-based house and techno DJ Dixon plus international party brand elrow who will be welcoming Solardo for the occasion. It will be the second year in a row that elrow takeover Soho Beach for New Year’s Eve and if last year is anything to go by, you’re in for a cracking night. World-renowned for its epic fiesta style parties, the famed festival concept will be returning with its Sambowdromo do Brasil edition which promises more music, more decorations and most importantly, more fun. Meanwhile Dixon, who’s known for wowing crowds at some of the world’s biggest clubs and festivals, will play at Soho Garden. Each bash can accommodate up to 6,000 people with the entry ticket granting you access to both. The night kicks off at 9pm and tickets cost Dhs1,500 (or Dhs799 for one) which include unlimited drinks all night long.
From Dhs799 (unlimited drinks). Tue Dec 31, 9pm-4am. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba, www.sohogardendxb.com (052 388 8849).
Ten-hour celebration at Address Dubai Marina
Address Dubai Marina is hosting a ten-hour bash so get ready to sip, dine and dance the night away at four different venues with free-flowing premium beverages and bubbly all night long for Dhs1,200 per person. The celebrations start with caviar canapés at Kambaa from 7pm until 8pm, before moving on to a dinner buffet at Mazina until 11pm. There will also be a live DJ pumping out ’80s and ’90s tunes to really get the party started. The next stop on the agenda is Shades for a Black & White Masquerade Ball until 2am. And if you’re still not worn out from dancing the night away, the celebration ends at Nezesaussi Grill for a glow-in-the-dark after-party until 5am.
Dhs1,200. Tue Dec 31-Wed Jan 1, 7pm-5am. Address Dubai Marina, Dubai Marina (04 888 3444).
New York party at WHITE Dubai
We all know that WHITE Dubai is famous for throwing a mega party and as expected, the award-winning is throwing a huge bash for New Year’s Eve. Forget about flying to New York to welcome in the new decade, the outdoor nightclub is bringing a taste of the Big Apple to Dubai and is promising to transport Dubai partygoers directly to Time Square – which is famed for its annual New Year’s Eve spectacle. Expect entertainment shows with live performance acts, dance-worthy hits, stunning visuals, plenty of sparklers and much, much more. Fly us to New York? Without having to fork out a bucketload on air fares? Yes please.
From Dhs550. Tue Dec 31, 10pm-4am. Meydan Racecourse Grandstand, Nad Al Sheba, www.whitedubai.com (050 443 0933).
Beachside bevvies at Bungalow
Bungalow, the brand-new bar at Dubai’s La Mer, has a mega event planned for this New Year’s Eve – a full-blown festival. The seaside beach bar is promising a countdown to midnight in an unforgettable style, with stunning views of Dubai’s very best firework displays – including two custom-built firework boats on the water for the ultimate show. Packages on the ground floor start from Dhs300, which include one main meal and free-flowing house beverages and packages on the deck start from Dhs400 and include canapés, sharing dishes and unlimited house beverages. The party will extend over two floors and onto the Bungalow’s very own arena. Exciting stuff.
Ground floor packages: Dhs300 (one main meal + unlimited house beverages and sparkling from 7pm-midnight), Dhs300 (one main meal + unlimited house beverages and sparkling from midnight-3am), Dhs500 (one mail meal + unlimited house beverages and sparkling from 7pm-3am). On The Deck packages: Dhs400 (canapés, sharing dishes + unlimited house beverages and sparkling from 7pm-midnight), Dhs400 (canapés, sharing dishes + unlimited house beverages and sparkling from midnight-3am), Dhs700 (canapés, sharing dishes + unlimited house beverages and sparkling from 7pm-3am). Tue Dec 31, 7pm-3am. La Mer, Jumeirah 1, www.bungalowdubai.com (054 994 7971).
All-you-can-eat food and Burj Khalifa views at Vietnamese Foodies
Vietnamese Foodies, which can be found in the heart Downtown Dubai, is throwing a “New Year’s Eve Street Festival”. End the year chomping on unlimited street food favourites along with unparalleled views of the Burj Khalifa’s world-famous fireworks display – all from just Dhs500.
Dhs500 (indoor seating), Dhs700 (outdoor seating), half-price (kids aged 12 and under). Tue Dec 31, 8pm onwards. Burj Vista Residence, Downtown Dubai (04 554 2090).
Fiesta, flamenco dancers and fun at Casa de Tapas
Ring in the New Year at Casa de Tapas and experience a huge Spanish fiesta with a buzzing live band, DJ and traditional flamenco dancers performing throughout the evening, along with a grand fireworks show from the Dubai Creek. Arriba, arriba!
From Dhs700. Tue Dec 31, 8pm-2am. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Baniyas Road (04 416 1800).
Splash out at a fancy midnight gala dinner at Madinat Jumeirah
Madinat Jumeirah Midnight Gala Dinner. Expect a festive buffet, free-flowing drinks, live entertainment and a DJ. And it doesn’t end there – the celebrations continue with access to a beach party at Shimmers with breath-taking views of the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah fireworks display at midnight. Sounds fancy, right?
Dhs3,710 (house beverages), Dhs2,340 (12-20 years old), Dhs1,170 (four-11 years old). Tue Dec 31, 8pm onwards. Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 366 8888).
License to thrill at The Penthouse
Our Bar of the Year is a prime spot to watch all New Year’s fireworks – and with a theme that is not to be missed. Join in the extravaganza at one of Dubai’s hottest spots and ring in the New Year James Bond-style. There’s also set to be a surprise DJ, drinks and top grub including a caviar and oyster station, mushroom-truffle risotto and Peking duck. Dress to impress at this one.
Dhs1,500 (Marina side), Dhs2,000 (city side). Tue Dec 31, 8pm-2am. FIVE Palm Jumeirah Dubai (052 900 4868).
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