Doha’s Hottest New Year’s Eve Parties
Still trying to figure out where you’ll be for the 2014 countdown? No problem. Here’s our top picks for celebrating New Year’s Eve in style in Doha, so grab your most glam party outfit and get ready for a night to remember!
UNDER THE STARS
WHERE: Poolside at Rocca, Grand Hyatt Doha
BEST FOR: A glamorous NYE
In-demand British swing singer Matthew vanKan is headlining what is shaping up to be one of the most talked about parties of the year. The performer, a familiar face at some of London’s poshest hotels and a huge hit when he performed in Doha in April, will be purring through classics as well as contemporary jazz and swing (think Harry Connick Jr) during a chic exclusive concert poolside at Rocca. There will also be a Best Dressed contest, with prizes including a weekend in Dubai and deluxe two night weekend stays at the Grand Hyatt Doha!
INFO: Coco Latté presents Under The Stars in association with Dreamotion Entertainment at Grand Hyatt Doha, from QR850 including dinner, VIP packages available, 8.30pm-2am, 7021 8096, tickets also available at Virgin Megastore Villaggio and Landmark
HED KANDI DJ SUPERSET
WHERE: Al Jawhara Ballroom, Intercontinental Doha The City
BEST FOR: Cool clubbing to a host of DJs
Expect a night of non-stop dancing to an eclectic range of international and local DJs, spectacular live performers and all the bells and whistles of a big club night out at the Hed Kandi party. There will be two rooms of entertainment to flit between, with Andy Daniels, Gilo, Jared McCulloch, XWolf, Steve KZ & Pyrokiss in the Hed Kandi room, and Paris DJ Goldfingers, DJ Kabbi and Dj Bassoonda in the urban room.
INFO: QR250, 8pm-2am, Intercontinental Doha The City, West Bay, VIP tables available, 3029 1561, tickets from Virgin Megastore and the hotel, presented by Iconic Qatar & Global DJs in association with iloveqatar.net & Intercontinental Doha The City, www.globaldjs.tv/
WHERE: Pearl Lounge, Doha Marriott
BEST FOR: Glitzy outfits and a cool atmosphere
Get into your best silver and rock up to the Pearl Lounge for the return of the NYE Silver Party. Expect a fun night of people-watching and getting down to classic tunes from the resident DJ.
INFO: QR400 for girls, QR800 for guys (includes open bar), 9pm-late, Pearl Lounge, Doha Marriott, Ras Abu Aboud St, 4429 8444, www.marriott.com
GREAT GATSBY PARTY
WHERE: The Great Room, W Doha Hotel
BEST FOR: Dressing up in 1920s gear, so chic right now
Flapper dresses and feather boas at the ready! The W Doha is getting into the roaring ‘twenties vibe with a fancy dress party, complete with a 14-piece show band from Atlanta. The evening starts with welcome drinks and canapes before a four course gala dinner.
INFO: QR990 including selected unlimited drinks, 8pm-late, W Doha Hotel, West Bay, 4453 5135, email@example.com, www.whoteldoha.com/festive
BIG DJ DANCE PARTY
WHERE: The Globe, Crowne Plaza Doha
BEST FOR: A big night out with your besties
Doha’s clubbing crowd will be out in force at The Globe, where there’ll be some sizzling DJs to keep you partying well beyond the countdown. The night starts with Ed Knowles and D@Kroub, with Kayjay playing the main set of the night.
INFO: Free for ladies, QR100 for gents before midnight, VIP packages available, 7pm-late, Crowne Plaza Doha, Airport Rd, 5516 2293, www.facebook.com/CrownePlazaDohaTheBusinessPark
WHERE: Jazz At Lincoln Center, St Regis Hotel
BEST FOR: Bringing out your bad girl and all that jazz
If you’ve always had the urge to dress up like Renée Zellweger or Catherine Zeta-Jones in the hit movie, now’s your chance! Rock up as your favourite Chicago star and enter the dress to impress competition as you party with award-winning New York-based jazz vocalist Cyrille Aimee and her band.
INFO: From QR495 (three packages available), 7pm-2am, St Regis Doha, West Bay, 4446 0106, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.jalcdoha.com
VEGAS NEW YEAR’S
WHERE: Dunes, Grand Hyatt Doha
BEST FOR: Getting your bling on
Viva Las Vegas! Put on your best glamour outfit – think sequins and glitter – and rock in to 2014 at Dunes. Fab resident musical duo Natalie and Chass will get you out on the dance floor as you party like you’re in Nevada.
INFO: QR200 (includes welcome bubbly), 8pm-late, Grand Hyatt Doha, West Bay Lagoon, 7021 8094
CELEBRATE LIKE A CELEB
WHERE: Aroma and The Lounge, Kempinski Doha
BEST FOR: Feeling like an A-lister
Take the red carpet to party like a rock star or fashionista at Kempinski’s extravagant bash. Enjoy a five-course gala menu at Aroma before moving on to The Lounge to rock out to the DJ.
INFO: QR895 includes bubbly on arrival and open bar in the Lounge, QR 1,200 includes same plus dinner, 8pm-2am, Kempinski Doha, West Bay, 4405 3325, email@example.com, www.kempinski.com/en/doha
PACHA DANCE PARTY
WHERE: Club 7, La Cigale Hotel
BEST FOR: A taste of Ibiza in Doha
Global Pacha DJ Juan Diaz will be delivering his blend of deep house at one of the city’s most vibrant clubs. The Catalonian-born DJ is a regular at hot clubs across the world, including in Ibiza, Brazil and London.
INFO: QR300 (including canapes), 10pm-late, La Cigale Hotel, Suhaim Bin Hamad Street, Al Sadd area, 4428 8888, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.lacigalehotel.com
HIGH ON HEELS
WHERE: Crystal, W Doha Hotel
BEST FOR: Dancing the night away with your best girls
Put on your hottest outfit with sky-high stilettos and prepare for a glam girls’ night out with
DJ Lady Bex, Emma on saxophone and Jessy on strings. DJ Waylon Pereira will kick the night off.
INFO: QR150 girls, QR250 guys, limited table packages available, 9pm-late, Crystal at W Doha Hotel, West Bay, 3017 7049, www.crystaldoha.com/Events
DJ PARTY AT JAZZ UP
WHERE: Jazz Up Bar, Mövenpick Hotel Doha
BEST FOR: Dinner and dancing
Start off with a lavish dinner buffet at Seasons before joining the celebration in the Jazz Up bar, where a hot DJ will keep you moving as you count down until 2014.
INFO: QR290 for dinner, including entry to Jazz Up bar, Seasons 6pm-1am, Jazz Up 5pm-3am, Mövenpick Hotel Doha, Corniche Rd, 4429 1111, www.moevenpick-hotels.com
TEX MEX PARTY
WHERE: Paloma, Intercontinental Doha
BEST FOR: A lively, upbeat crowd
Begin the night by munching on some delish fajitas or tortillas in this friendly Doha nightspot while you check out the live band, then stay for the DJ to countdown to the new year.
INFO: QR150 7pm-11.30pm includes one drink, QR200 after 11.30pm, Intercontinental Doha, West Bay Lagoon, 4484 4444, www.ihg.com/intercontinental/hotels