Things to do in Dubai for New Year’s Eve
Have an unforgettable 2016 send-off by celebrating New Year’s Eve 2017 in Dubai. Spend your evening at one of our most luxurious restaurants or lounges, an all night concert, unique dhow cruises or even a party in the desert. Just make sure that by midnight you have an amazing view of either the Burj Khalifa, the Burj Al Arab or both so you don’t miss the world’s most breathtaking firework displays.
Doing NYE Dubai-Style
Fireworks, exclusive parties, unforgettable dining experiences—can Dubai outdo itself this New Year’s Eve?
New Year’s celebrations in Dubai are always special. If you plan to be in our emirate over the holiday period, there are plenty of ways to welcome in 2017. Here are a few ideas to help your holiday planning.
Watch the fireworks
During the 2014 New Year’s celebration, Dubai set the world record for the largest firework display with 479,651 shells released in a six-minute show. We always like to ring in every New Year with explosive grandeur at a number of iconic landmarks including the Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab and the Palm Jumeirah. All you need to do is grab a blanket and pick a picnic spot – and be sure to arrive early.
Attend a Royal Gala at Atlantis, The Palm
Find your way into the annual extravaganza at Atlantis The Palm, one of the city’s most sought-after New Year’s Eve parties. Start with canapés until a 26-piece live band kicks off, devour a luxury buffet serving everything from lobster and caviar to shawarmas and fajitas, and enjoy a grandstand view of The Palm and the stirring Dubai skyline.
Party the night away at Meydan
Experience the extravagance of Meydan’s NY Eve celebration with unique dinner options, a per-fect view of the Burj Khalifa’s fireworks over Dubai’s iconic Downtown skyline and high-energy concert. Featuring DJ Duo Axwell and Ingrosso, this glamorous celebration will help you kick off the New Year on a very high note.
Get on the world’s biggest wooden dhow
Jump aboard the world’s biggest wooden dhow, a majestic three-tiered vessel, at Dubai Creek. Dig into a luxury five-course buffet dinner prepared by chefs from Mövenpick, enjoy a live entertainment show displaying the traditional Tanoura dance until the DJ spins the decks, all the while enjoying magnificent views of the city skyline as you journey along the water.
Make a dinner reservation or head to a lounge
Dubai’s restaurants, offering a staggering variety of global cuisine, are known to have special menus and celebrations planned for New Year’s Eve.
If you don’t fancy a quiet setting, head to one of the city’s buzzing nightspots, which bring in some of the world’s top DJ and performance artists for their parties. Top places include Pierchic, Mercury Lounge, and 360.
Head to a desert safari party
If you’re travelling to Dubai in a large group, head to the desert with Dubai Desert Safari to expe-rience a quintessential Arabian night. There will be a live band playing fusion music, a dance show and an international buffet dinner with live barbecue stations.
Dubai Corporation of Tourism & Commerce Marketing