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New Year in Dubai

Things to do on New Year's Eve 2021

Tue, November 3, 2020

With glitz, glamour and a whole lot of celebrations in Dubai, there's no better place to ring in the new year.

With glitz, glamour and a whole lot of celebrations in Dubai, there's no better place to ring in the new year.


Fireworks fun

With splendid displays of fireworks at the city's world-famous landmarks, New Year's Eve celebrations are always a grand affair in Dubai. This year, Burj Khalifa will no doubt be a showstopping centrepiece as stunning fireworks, lights and lasers flash across the Downtown sky. Social distancing protocol may limit front-row views, but you can also book prime tables at restaurants across the city to catch all the action from a near-enough distance.


Stylish soirees

Start 2021 on a high note with live music extravaganzas. The Dubai Opera has organised an uptempo night with an all-star programme that includes Arab electronic house pioneer DJ Said Mrad, DJ Saif & Sound and Carrie Gibson’s Nuvo Soul band. For more beats with a view, take your pick from DJ sets at rooftop lounge Treehouse in Business Bay or rock out with KISS as they perform at Atlantis, The Palm. Stay tuned to Dubai Calendar to avoid missing out on all the electric live entertainment.

New Year's Eve 2021 at Dubai Opera
  • 31 Dec 2020

Book a yacht party

Spend a spectacular New Year's Eve gliding along the moonlit waters of Dubai, and watch in awe as celebratory fireworks light up the city. Gather your friends and charter a yacht with Xclusive Yachts to plan your very own intimate party complete with tailored menus, or hop aboard one of Amwaj Al Bahar's luxury vessels and let their expert staff take charge. Just make sure to call in advance if you're planning a bespoke experience. For a local twist, book a table at the Rustar floating dhow that's pulling out all the stops this year with live entertainment, henna painting and a five-star buffet.


Celebrate Bedouin-style

Travelling to Dubai for New Year's Eve? Dubai's desert offers an escape from the bustle of the city so you can ring in the new year in a tranquil way. A curated list of options, courtesy of Platinum Heritage, includes a variety of desert safari packages, complete with live cultural entertainment and fireworks. Whether you intend on spending the night under the starry skies or want to head back to the city in time for the countdown, you're sure to find something that suits you.

Mountain escapes

Venture to the great outdoors for a unique celebration. Hatta, an exclave by the scenic Hajar mountains, offers nature and adventure enthusiasts both picturesque views and numerous activities to indulge in. Head to the Hatta Wadi Hub adventure centre for mountain biking, kayaking, hiking and other active pursuits, or slow down the pace and explore the area's most popular cultural attractions such as the Hatta Fort and Heritage Village. Afterwards, camp under the stars and wake up to a brand new year.


Dine and shine

Dine and Shine

Dubai presents an incredible array of world-class restaurants to spice up New Year's Eve plans and we can't think of a better way to welcome 2021 than with a feast. Don't know where to start? Check out the city's hottest new restaurants or discover what's cooking at Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) – home to the city's best dining options, some of our favourite DIFC eateries include LPM Restaurant, Zuma, Indochine and BB Social Dining.


Stylish stays

Stay in Style

Whether a staycation for residents or a glamorous getaway for visitors, Dubai's hotel and resorts always present dazzling winter packages. While the neighbourhoods of Downtown Dubai and Dubai Marina are always popular options, the island of Palm Jumeirah shines a little brighter this season. Book a sunny beach retreat at one of the island's luxury resorts, such as Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Anantara The Palm, FIVE Palm Jumeirah and Sofitel Dubai The Palm, to enjoy activities for all ages and lively dinners with New Year's Eve menus.

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