Best Last-Minute New Year Parties in the UAE

Not booked your New Year's Eve soiree yet? Here's our top pick of what's still available...
BySarah Swain
,Nazia Khan
Tuesday , 24 December 2013
See the New Year in at Meydan’s Sky Bubble lounge
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See the New Year in at Meydan’s Sky Bubble lounge
Iris at The Oberoi is one of Dubai’s sleekest new spaces
Iris at The Oberoi is one of Dubai’s sleekest new spaces
See stunning fireworks at Zabeel Saray
See stunning fireworks at Zabeel Saray
Li Jiang offers stunning views of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
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Li Jiang offers stunning views of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

A real Winter Wonderland
The Meydan Hotel holds the key to a truly magical New Year’s Eve bash this year! It’s hosting an Alice in Wonderland themed Mad Hatter’s tea party – and it promises plenty of surprises! The event will be held in the venue’s Sky Bubble lounge, which overlooks the racecourse, with DJs on the decks throughout the night. There’ll also be lots of fireworks to mark the stroke of midnight – enough to have anyone grinning like a Cheshire cat! INFO: Dhs895, including house drinks and food, 8pm-2am, Al Meydan Rd, Dubai, 04 381 3333, www.unlock-the-door.com

Celebrate like a  movie star
Countdown to 2014 from the rooftop bar at stylish new hotel the Oberoi. Dig out your vintage ballgown because the venue is holding a retro Hollywood-style night. Tunes will be provided by the resident DJ and a live band, and you’ll be perfectly situated for a view of the spectacular fireworks display above Burj Khalifa.
INFO: Dhs650, house drinks, 12.30am-3am, Dhs1,500, set menu and house drinks, 9pm-3am, Sheikh Zayed Rd, Dubai, 056 951 1442, www.oberoihotels.com

Eat sweet treats before the final countdown
Media One hotel’s NYE bash will be held in the Med restaurant. There’ll be brunch-style food served and enough desserts to last all year. Guests will get free access to bar Dek on 8 in time to catch the fireworks.
INFO: Dhs595, 8pm-3am, including drinks from 8pm-11.45pm, Al Falak St, Dubai, 04 427 1000, www.mediaonehotel.com

Give New Year an Asian Twist
Li Jiang at the Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal is planning a feast fit for a king, with dishes including dumplings, crispy duck, wok fried ginger veal and fragrant lotus rice. The bar and restaurant will host live entertainment, and at midnight you’ll be able to sip bubbly on the beach while watching a huge fireworks display.
INFO: Dhs588 (food only), Dhs888 (with house drinks), 8pm-1am, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai, 02 818 8282, www.ritz-carlton.com

Celebrate at Sandance
It’s one of the hottest tickets in town, with the line-up at Atlantis, The Palm led by British star Emeli Sandé, who’ll be making her first Middle East performance. DJs Paul Oakenfold and Pete Tong will also be jetting in.
INFO: Tickets cost Dhs450 in advance, Dhs530 on the door, Dhs600 VIP, 3pm-3am, The Palm, Jumeirah, Dubai, 055 200 4321, www.sandance.ae

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Dance the year away with top dishes and DJ Turk
Channels restaurant at Media Rotana is holding a special bash on 31 December featuring international dishes and music.
INFO: Dhs659 (bubbly), Dhs520 (soft drinks), 7pm-2am, Hessa St, Dubai, 04 435 0443, www.rotana.com. 

Oriental dazzle at ICHO Restaurant & Bar (50th floor)
Savour delish dinner from the teppan grills and fab views over Sheikh Zayed Road as the DJ plays the latest hits all night long. Plus, booking enters you into a raffle draw for a chance to win a weekend stay in Royal Suite including breakfast and dinner for two.
INFO: Dhs999 per person including bevs, ICHO Restaurant & Bar (50th floor), Radisson Royal Hotel Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, 04 308 0550 rric.royaldubai@radissonblu.com.  

Superstar times at Le Classique
Perfect for your inner superstar! An Oscars-themed New Year’s Eve celebration will be held at Le Classique! Expect an opulent feast featuring foie gras, scallops, oysters and lobster with selected beverages and live entertainment. 
INFO: Le Classique New Year’s Eve Oscars Night Themed Dinner, 7pm onwards, Dhs995 per person for food and unlimited select beverages, 04 4 417 9999, emiratesdining@dubaigolf.com.

Glam it up at Spike Bar
It'll be glammed up for a Hollywood Bollywood spectacular, with an international buffet, unlimited beverages and entertainment provided by a live band and DJ. 
INFO: Spike Bar New Year’s Eve Celebrations, from 7pm, Dhs445 per person, 04 4 417 9999, emiratesdining@dubaigolf.com.

Chill out at M's
With live cooking stations, carvery, raw seafood bar and dessert buffet, this will be perfect for families to enjoy. There'll also be a live band playing on the night and guests can also enjoy the afterparty at Spike Bar.
INFO: M’s New Year’s Eve Dinner, 7pm onwards, Dhs485 including select house beverages, children from 4-12 years Dhs95, 04 4 417 9999, emiratesdining@dubaigolf.com.

Bond best at LakeView 
Love a James Bond theme? Head to LakeView for an evening of iconic glamour to celebrate ‘Bond Moments’, a themed-evening in celebration of 007’s 50th anniversary. You can go dressed as the legendary spy, a glam Bond girl or one of the famous villains and will be welcomed by 007’s favourite bevs on arrival, followed by a sumptuous dinner buffet with live cooking stations prepared by the experienced team of chefs. A live band and DJ add to the fun!
INFO: 007 New Year’s Eve at LakeView; Dhs607 per guest, Dhs180 per child aged 6-12 years. Prices include food and selected beverages including cocktail amd grape beverages for adults and soft drinks for children.
04 295 6000, creekdining@dubaigolf.com.

Light it up at QDs
Top creek-side venue QDs will light up in style to welcome in 2014. Expect to glow as you walk into QD’s and be dazzled by an array of glowing beverages. An international buffet will come complete with live cooking stations, while a live DJ will provide eclectic tunes and an impressive light-show.
INFO: Glow at QDs’ New Year’s Eve Party; Dhs600 for food and selected beverages, Dhs950 for food and selected premium beverages and seating, 04 295 6000, creekdining@dubaigolf.com

Boardwalk’s New Year’s Eve White Party
Embrace the white theme as you ring in 2014! 
INFO: Dhs375 for food and soft drinks and Dhs580 with select house beverages, children from 7–16 years Dhs180 including soft drinks, 04 295 6000, creekdining@dubaigolf.com.