Last-minute New Year's Eve holiday ideas from Dubai

Time Out has four last-minute New Year's Eve holiday ideas from Dubai, including flights to New York, Auckland, Berlin and Hong Kong

New Year’s Eve is big business. Even if you are one of those who think the whole affair is horrendously overrated, it’s still likely that you’ll be staying up until midnight to see in 2017 and perhaps break into a rendition of Auld Lang Syne.

Few places make more of a deal of New Year’s Eve than Dubai. The city has smashed world records for the sheer enormity of its fireworks displays, including the biggest of them all at the Burj Khalifa.

Last year, around two million people descended on Downtown and JBR to witness the pyrotechnic spectacles and although spirits were dampened somewhat by the fire at The Address Downtown Dubai, it will be the grand displays around the city that will live longer in the memory.

However, some of you who’ve already experienced Dubai’s NYE extravaganza might be thinking “been there, done that” about this year’s shindig. So, just for you, we’ve come up with four last-minute getaways to New Year’s party spots so you can discover how the rest of the world does it...


New York
Few cities throw a more iconic party for NYE than NYC. Revellers flock in their droves to see the famous Times Square ball drop and you can join them with this package that also includes four nights at the Doubletree Times Square South New York.
From Dhs10,995 per person (including flights). Valid Dec 26-Jan 3. www.flightcentre.ae (800 11 444).


Auckland
One of the first cities to ring in the new year, Auckland is gearing up for its first official NYE jamboree, the Wondergarden Festival. Be the envy of your Facebook pals by uploading the firework pics hours before them.
Emirates flies to Auckland for around Dhs8,990.


Berlin
Undoubtedly one of the coolest places on the planet, Berlin knows how to celebrate in style. If you’re not invited to a hipster house party, join the masses at Brandenburg Gate to hear the clock strike zwolf.
Qatar Airways flies to Berlin via Doha from Dhs2,680.


Hong Kong

Enjoy one of Asia’s biggest NYE parties in Victoria Harbour with its huge pyro-musical display. Flight Centre’s deal includes four nights at the Holiday Inn Express Mongkok.
From Dhs4,350 per person (including flights).Valid Dec 26-Jan 3. www.flightcentre.ae (800 11 444).

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