The Best New Year's Day Parties in the UAE
The first day of the year should be spent beside one of Dubai’s iconic landmarks. Both branches of this very British institution fit this bill perfectly with the Madinat branch overlooking Burj Al Arab and the Souk Al Bahar in spitting distance of Burj Khalifa. Be sure to book a table on the outside terraces.
INFO: 12pm to 4.30pm; Souk Al Bahar, 04 423 0903; Souk Madinat Jumeirah, 04 366 6464, www.rivingtongrill.ae.
Pullman Dubai Deira City Centre
Kick-start 2013 the healthy way. After all the indulgences of the night (or month) before, ease the pain with a detoxifying brunch.
INFO: From Dhs195; 1pm to 3pm; 04 603 8080, www.pullman-dubai-deiracitycentre.com.
It’s a family affair at this famed Abu Dhabi brunch venue. International and regional delicacies will be served from the buffet along with free-flowing drinks and a welcome glass of bubbly.
INFO: Dhs270 with free sflowing house beverages; 12.30pm to 4pm; Shangri-La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi, 02 509 8555, www.shangri-la.com.
Armani Hotel Dubai
For the ultimate seasonal experience, the ‘Exquisitely Festive, Exceptionally Armani’ package goes the extra mile to deliver the quintessential Armani lifestyle this Christmas. The one-night stay in a Signature Suite with panoramic city skyline views includes chauffeured Maserati transfers, a thrilling helicopter trip for two over Dubai’s glittering landmarks, a bespoke dinner for six people at Armani/Ristorante personally created by the executive chef, and a signature couples’ treatment at Armani/SPA.
INFO: Dhs60,000 per couple; Armani Hotel Dubai, Downtown Dubai, 04 888 3 444, www.dubai.armanihotels.com.