Things to do in Dubai for New Year’s Eve
If you’re looking to ring in the New Year with style, do it in Dubai: watch one of the grandest firework displays on earth, rub shoulders with the who’s-who at an exclusive party, get dinner at a luxury restaurant, jump onto a dhow or head to a desert safari.
Five ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Dubai
Fireworks, exclusive parties, unforgettable dining experiences – New Year’s celebrations in Dubai are set to be bigger than ever.
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 2016. Here are five 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.
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 Years 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 Cavalli Club, Cirque Le Soir 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 experience a quintessential Arabian night. There will be a live band playing fusion music, a dance show and an international buffet dinner with live barbeque stations.
Dubai Corporation of Tourism & Commerce Marketing