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Things to do for New Year's Eve 2017

The best ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Dubai

Fireworks, parties, feasting and dancing – New Year’s Eve celebrations in Dubai are always something special. If you plan to visit the city for the festive season, there are plenty of ways to welcome in 2018. Join the crowds watching the world-famous fireworks bursting from the coastline or, for a New Year’s Eve with a twist, drive to the desert for a little serenity. Here are some amazing ways to help plan your holiday.

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See the fireworks

Across the city

See the fireworks

Across the city

Make sure to grab your spot early

Dubai likes to ring in every New Year with explosive grandeur. Pyrotechnics will burst from iconic landmarks such as the Burj Al Arab and the Palm Jumeirah. Many popular venues will sell tickets for perfect vantage points, or you can simply join the crowd at Dubai’s various outdoor districts offering great views of the displays. Just remember – seeing Dubai’s awe-inspiring NYE fireworks is popular and access is limited, so plan to reach your viewing spot super early. 

Cost: Free

Contact Details
    Various locations

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Dance the night away

Dubai’s lounges

Dance the night away

Dubai’s lounges

DJs, dancing and more

If you fancy hitting the dance floor at one of the city’s buzzing nightspots that attracts the world’s top DJs, there are plenty of choices for this New Year’s Eve. Top spots include 360 and Mercury Lounge. One of the city’s newest spots, Inner City Zoo, tucked away at the Rixos Premium in Jumeirah Beach Residences is importing global dance music superstars Basement Jaxx for its NYE party. 

Cost: Basement Jaxx earlybird tickets from AED590
Contact Details
    Various locations
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It's showtime

Dubai Opera

It's showtime

Dubai Opera

A night of song and dance

Ring in 2018 with dinner and a show at Dubai Opera. The first ever New Year’s Eve gala at Dubai Opera will see a special performance by the London Concert Orchestra, along with soloists Iona Domnich and Jesus Leon Rendon, after which guests can choose between an al fresco dinner with prime views of the Burj Khalifa, or a reception inside the iconic venue. After the clock strikes 12, the DJ takes over, spinning crowd classics to keep the party vibes going.

Cost: Gold package – AED3,500 per adult, Silver package – AED3,000 per adult, Bronze package – AED2,500 per adult.
Contact Details
  Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai
  +971 4 440 8888

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A Royal Gala

Atlantis, The Palm

A Royal Gala

Atlantis, The Palm

Book a table at the hottest ticket in town

One of the city’s most sought-after New Year’s Eve parties is the annual extravaganza at Atlantis, The Palm. Wear your finest outfit to this bash and enjoy uninterrupted views of Palm Jumeirah and the spectacular Dubai skyline. During the evening, feast on lobster and caviar before dancing to a 30-piece band until the wee hours of New Year’s Day. If you have children, this venue even hosts a party just for them – children under 12 can enjoy a free under-the-sea themed celebration of their very own. 

Cost: Adult: AED2,900; Child (ages 12-20): AED2,030

Contact Details
  Atlantis, The Palm, The Palm Jumeirah
  +971 4 426 2626
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Dine and party

Meydan Hotel

Dine and party

Meydan Hotel

Head to one of Dubai’s famed rooftops for an epic view

Dubai’s world-class restaurants offer a staggering variety of global cuisine and many plan special New Year’s Eve menus and celebrations. Meydan Hotel hosts a beautiful dinner overlooking the race track, which includes a five-course menu starring cuts from around the world at the fine-dining steakhouse Prime. Families can book a table at Farriers where diners can look forward to a three-piece live band and kids’ corner. Or, for a laid-back lounge vibe, head to the Qube or Sky Lounge. 

Cost: Prime gala dinner with rooftop party from AED1,250 per person; Farriers from AED950 per adult; Qube AED395 per person; Sky Lounge Rooftop Party AED770 per person 


Contact Details
  The Meydan Hotel, Nad Al Sheba
  +971 4 381 3111 

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Sail away

Rustar

Sail away

Rustar

Board the world’s biggest wooden dhow

Why not ring in the New Year in style aboard the world’s largest wooden dhow, a majestic 350-passenger vessel named Rustar? Sailing across the waters of the Dubai Creek, you can dig into a luxury international buffet prepared by chefs from leading hotel chain, Mövenpick. Enjoy live entertainment and a DJ while taking in magnificent views of the famous Dubai skyline as you cruise along the bustling waterway.


Cost:
NYE cruise from AED800 a person
Contact Details
   Dubai Creek
   +971 50 915 3339 

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Dinner date

Pierchic

Dinner date

Pierchic

An offshore adventure with a view

Dubai’s restaurants offer a staggering variety of global cuisine and are known to have special menus and celebrations planned for New Year’s Eve. Hovering over the Arabian Gulf, the luxurious Pierchic restaurant offers by far the best views of the iconic Burj Al Arab fireworks and a fine-dining seafood feast fit for royalty. NYE packages include a five-course dinner, a live band, a DJ, and front-row seats to the most exclusive fireworks display in the city. Contact the restaurant for prices.
Contact Details
   Jumeirah Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah
   +971 4 366 6705
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Escape to the desert

Bab Al Shams Resort & Spa

Escape to the desert

Bab Al Shams Resort & Spa

See fireworks from afar

Drive 45 minutes from the city to the desert for a more serene New Year’s Eve at Bab Al Shams Resort & Spa, which is hosting a trio of New Year’s Eve events. The resort’s Al Hadheerah restaurant is putting out an Arabian fusion buffet extravaganza featuring live cooking stations dishing up delicacies from Egypt, Lebanon, Oman, Iran and more, as well as sashimi and caviar corners. A DJ and other entertainment will be on offer at the Al Sarab Rooftop Lounge while families can head to the Al Forsan restaurant for the international buffet. 

Cost: Al Hadheerah: from AED1,100 per adult; Al Sarab: AED300 per adult; Al Forsan from AED345 per adult
Contact Details
    Bab Al Shams Resort & Spa
    +971 4 809 6194