20 of the Best New Year's Eve Parties in the UAE
N’Dulge at Atlantis
BEST FOR: Star spotting
TOWIE’s Mark Wright will be the star guest at N’Dulge this New Year’s Eve, and has promised to bring along some of his celebrity friends – fingers crossed for Joey Essex! Joining him on the terrace will be resident DJs including David Craig. Tickets include bubbly on arrival. Totes Reem!
INFO: Dhs250, 9pm to 4am, Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai, 055 200 4322, www.ndulge.ae.
Snoop Dogg at Atelier/Festival
BEST FOR: Rap Fans
As revealed in Ahlan!, Snoop Dogg is returning to the region for the third time to ring in the New Year at Meydan Racecourse’s party.The Drop It Like It’s Hot singer was last in the UAE in 2011 when he rocked Yas Island wearing national dress, so expect a few surprises. Other highlights include Faithless, Gorillaz Sound System, and Armand Van Helden. Love it!
INFO: Dhs500 (standard) Dhs850 (VIP), Dhs1,750 (platinum), 2pm to 3am, Meydan Racecourse, Dubai, 056 675 2181, www.theatelierworld.com.
Rehab: New year’s eve Special at XL Beach Club
BEST FOR: A Rocking All-Day Party
A mammoth 16-hour celebration is planned at the trendy club, with American rapper Flo Rida and European DJ and producer Yves Larock playing. A pool party will kick off the action at noon, and a barbeque brunch will be available from 4pm. To cap off the year, a fireworks display at midnight will mark the start of the late-night clubbing.
INFO: Dhs350, 12pm to 4am, XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai, 04 408 4218, www.xlbeachlubdubai.blogspot.com.
Masquerade party at Ornina
BEST FOR: Dinner and Dancing
Don a flirty mask to see in the New Year at this chic venue’s Masquerade Party. The Mediterranean-style spot will provide the masks, and is offering dinner packages. Night Owl? Opt for the late-night party only and join the celebrations from 11pm.
INFO: Dhs500 to Dhs950, Ornina Restaurant and Lounge, Al Raha Beach, Abu Dhabi, 02 5566 090, www.orninalounge.com.
BEST FOR: Dancing Barefoot
Hot Right Now singer Rita Ora will storm the Sandance stage with her hits including RIP, and pop princess Ellie Goulding will also provide mellow tunes. DJs Paul Van Dyk, Roger Sanchez and Zane Lowe will also hit the decks. While you’re grooving, remember to check out the epic fireworks display at midnight.
INFO: Dhs295 (regular) Dhs500 (VIP), 4pm to 4am, Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai, 055 200 4321, www.sandance.ae.
Hed Kandi NYE Glow Party at Barasti Beach Club
BEST FOR: A Girls’ Night
Party-favourite Barasti Beach Club is rolling out a ‘dress in white and glow all night’ theme for its Hed Kandi event. The international club night is hosting White Parties all over the world, from Brighton to Brazil, Cancun to Sydney, so you’ll be in good company. DJ sets will be complemented by live music.
INFO: Dhs210, 7pm to 3am, Barasti Beach Bar, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Dubai, 04 318 1398, www.barastibeach.com.
The Crystal Tent Gala Dinner at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
BEST FOR: A Lavish Night
Recently visited by Nicole Scherzinger, Zabeel Saray’s celebration is A-list-worthy. Beneath a glass marquee, guests will enjoy oysters and caviar. Entertainment includes a DJ and band The Rhapsodies.
INFO: Dhs3,900, 7pm to 4am, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, The Palm Dubai, 04 453 0444, www.jumeirah.com.
New Year’s Eve Anthems at Trilogy
BEST FOR: Urban Music Fans
Head to the glam Trilogy at Madinat Jumeirah for New Year’s Eve Anthems. The three-level venue will pull out all the stops for 31 December. The headliner is Crown Prince, while Ejas and Somalie will also play.
INFO: Dhs150, 10pm to 3am, Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 366 6730, www.jumeirah.com.
The Prohibition Ball Mo*vida
BEST FOR: Glam Clubbing
Kate Moss and Beyoncé are among the celebs to have partied at the London branch, so it’s fitting Mo*vida is hosting a black tie ball on the 31st.The club will be transformed in to a Twenties speakeasy and resident DJs will play into the small hours.
INFO: Price upon request, 10pm to 4am, Mo*vida, Radisson Royal Hotel, Dubai, 055 174 4449, www.movida-dubai.com.
Cotton Club at West 14th
BEST FOR: Dressing-Up
It might be almost 2013 but it’s still the Twenties as Oceana Beach Club embraces the flapper era. Ladies should dig out bobbed wigs, pearls and drop-waist dresses. Entry includes bubbles as well as dinner.
INFO: Dhs1,295, 7pm to 1am, West 14th, Oceana Beach Club, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, 04 447 7601 www.west14th.ae.
Zuma’s award-winning a la carte menu will be served for both lunch and dinner on New Year’s Eve. Dinner will have two timings – one family-friendly early evening, the other from 9.30pm with a minimum spend policy of Dhs850 per person. After dinner, guests will be invited to see in 2013 on the dance floor with music from DJ Adrien Callier. The theme is glam and golden and there’ll be a photo booth so that guests can capture their favourite New Year moments.
INFO: Minimum spend of Dhs850 per person from 9.30pm in both restaurant and lounge area, bar tables must be booked in advance for Dhs1,000 per table (with a maximum of four guests per table), and an exclusive guest list will be held for this night only with a cover charge of Dhs500 per person; The Gate Village, Dubai International Financial Centre, 04 425 5660, email@example.com, www.zumarstaurant.com.
The Chef's Palette
Toast the New Year in style with a five-course dinner that'll include foie gras, Wagyu beef, caviar, Canadian lobster as well as private butler service. Each course will be paired with different varieties of bubbly, especially chosen by the resident sommelier.
INFO: Dhs1,499 per person inclusive of beverages, available for a minimum group of 8 guests and a maximum group of 14 , children up to five years dine for free, children between six to 12 years get 50 per cent off; 8pm to 12:30am; Fairmont The Palm; 04 457 3457; firstname.lastname@example.org.
A spectacular array of food stations, laden with festive specialties, music and dance all night with The MapleJacks and DJ Marky Mark and midnight fireworks to welcome the New Year.
INFO: Dhs150 if purchased before 25 December, Dhs200 after that date; The Irish Village; Aviation Club, Garhoud; 04 366 5646, www.irishvillage.ae.
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with an open seafood buffet, refined cheeses and large pastry selections and enjoy the live entertainment, then finish your countdown from the top of ICHO restaurant with a glass of bubbly.
INFO: Dhs350 inclusive of selected beverages, kids up to five years of age eat for free, from six to 12 years old get 50 per cent off.; 8pm to 12am; Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road – Dubai; 04 308 0550, email@example.com.
Indo Thai Restaurant & Bar
Think South-Eastern style celebrations; enjoy an open buffet with a selection that includes spicy Thai salads, Indian breads and curries and Vietnamese delicacies. later, head to ICHO restaurant to watch the fireworks from the top of the city with a glass of bubbly.
INFO: Dhs350 inclusive of selected beverages, kids up to five years of age eat for free, from six to 12 years old get 50 per cent off.; 7pm to 12am; Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road – Dubai; 04 308 0550, firstname.lastname@example.org .
ICHO Restaurant & Bar (49th floor)
Finish your year with fantastic views over Shaikh Zayed Road and an inspired seven-course Japanese menu at ICHO. The sumptuous dinner will include sushi, sashimi and lobster with other traditional Japanese selections. Book for four and receive a complimentary bottle of bubbly!
INFO: Dhs800 for food (no kids); 7pm to 3am; Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road – Dubai; 04 308 0550, email@example.com.
ICHO Restaurant & Bar (50th floor)
Savour the flavours of the delicious dinner made right in front of your eyes on the teppan grills and with fab views of Dubai. It's a gourmet style teppan dinner with foie gras, lobster, Wagyu beef and other traditional Japanese selections while the DJ plays the latest hits all night long.
INFO: Dhs600 for food (no kids); 7pm to 12am; Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road – Dubai; 04 308 0550, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
It's going to be an evening of quality food and fab entertainment at Ruth’s Chris Steak with special guest celeb DJ Dom T accompanied by resident DJ Jason Kabuki. The New Year’s Eve package includes a delicious set menu and an open bar inclusive of premium drinks.
INFO: Dhs895, Dhs495 (latecomers and guest list) for The Address Dubai Marina, 9pm onwards, 04 454 9538, www.ruthschris.ae.
Okku will have a Fire & Ice theme with music from resident DJ Marshall and you can celebrate in the lounge, main restaurant or the VIP private Tatami rooms with the delish dinner that's the restaurant's trademark.
INFO: Dinner options from Dhs850 per person as well as dinner and party packages for Dhs1,200 per person available from 7pm to 10:30pm, no minimum spend or cover charge from 11pm, with Okku open to 4am, The H Hotel, 04 501 8777, email@example.com
Spice up your New Year celebrations at Rang Mahal by top Indian chef Atul Kochhar with such dishes as mustard-spiced lamb fillets, cassoulet of seasonal green leaves and lots more!
INFO: Five course set menu from Dhs650 including non-alcoholic drinks, Dhs900 per person including grape pairing, and Dhs1,000 per person including grape pairing and a glass of bubbles on arrival; JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, 04 414 0000, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.jwmarriottmarquisdubai.com