24 Places To Ring In The New Year In Style In The UAE

From gourmet buffets to exclusive parties, we've got the low-down...
24 Places To Ring In The New Year In Style In The UAE

Being in the UAE in the run up to the New Year can be tricky... there are just so many options when it comes to fun ways to ring in 2018! To make your decision a little easier, we've got a round-up of some of the top celebrations... 

1. Nikki Beach Resort & Spa, Pearl Jumeirah 

NYE on Nikki Beach

Kick-start New Year’s Eve at the Beach Club with festivities starting from 1pm with a stylish beach disco party, sun-kissed vibes and signature entertainment with the Queen of House and Barbara Tucker live alongside DJ Q. You can then head to the disco ball at Nikki Privé, a contemporary venue at Nikki Beach.

If you're looking for a little extra, you can also opt for an exclusive overnight package at the Ultimate Villa which includes an all day access to Nikki Beach and all night access to the Nikki Privé until 3am. The package also includes starting the New Year with a breakfast at Café Nikki, a ride in Rolls Royce and an exclusive personal welcome from singer Barbara Tucker at the New Year’s Eve party. For more information call 04 3766 162 or visit nikkibeachhotels.com

2. Q43 Restaurant, Bar & Lounge, Media One Hotel

NYE at Q43

Ring in the New Year with Q43's special set menu featuring seasonal dishes, cocktails and nibbles and live entertainment by the legendary DJ Judge Jules. Take in the stunning views of  the Dubai skyline and enjoy the set menu priced at Dhs899 from 9pm to 3am. For more reservations call 04 443 5403 or email info@q43dubai.com

3. Asia Asia Restuarant & Lounge, Pier 7

NYE at Asia Asia

Enjoy live music with High on Heels - an exclusive performance featuring DJ Kelly Marie and sax and percussion in a special brunch menu including a Pan-Asian fusion feast with unlimited beverages of your choice. Catch the views of Dubai Marina from Asia Asia's terrace between 9pm to 1am for Dhs699. For call 04 2765 900 or emial info@asia-asia.com

4. Karma Kafé, Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai 

NYE at Karma Kafe

Celebrate the New Year with a gastronomical experience featuring a five-course Pan-Asian feast for the senses. Signature Karma Kafé dishes along with unlimited beverages can be enjoyed amidst the backdrop of Burj Khalifa from 8pm unitl 2am with prices for the indoor seating starting from Dhs999 and the terrace from Dhs1,899. For more inquiries call 04 4230 909 or email info@karma-kafe.com

5. Lock, Stock & Barrel, Grand Millennium Dubai

Lock, Stock & Barrel

Welcome 2018 with a night filled by live music by the bar's resident band, Gorgeous George, free-flowing beverages, and delicious food in an electric atmosphere. Pick your unlimited beverages package, with prices starting from Dhs299, and enjoy the free entry from 9pm to 2am. For reservations call 04 5149 195 or email info@lsbdubai.com

6. The Atlantic Dubai, Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai

NYE at The Atlantic Dubai

Experience an unforgettable New Year’s Eve extravaganza with an array of exquisite dishes showcasing the finest produce from land and sea along Souk Al Bahar’s waterfront promenade. Indulge in the experience with prices starting from Dhs1,199 and Dhs1,999 for indoor and terrace seating respectively, available between 9pm to 2am. For bookings call 04 4425 662 or email info@theatlantic-dubai.com

7. Inner City Zoo, Rixos Premium Dubai 

NYE at Inner City Zoo

Celebrate NYE as the legendary duo Basement Jaxx come down to Inner City Zoo for an epic performance. Positioned right next to the JBR fireworks and with beach access, the New Year’s Eve bash starts from 11pm up unitl 3am with prices from Dhs599.

For reservations call 058 8675 357 or email info@innercityzoo.com

8. Speakeasy Bar & Restaurant, Ramada Plaza Jumeirah Beach

NYE at Speakeasy

Join Speakeasy as it counts down to the New Year with a full a la carte menu, Statement Band's performance and DJ Dean's music to end the year in high spirits. Celebrations begin from 12:30pm to 3am with free entry.

For bookings call  04 4398 888 or email restaurants@ramadaplazajbr.com 

9. Peyote, Dubai International Financial Centre

NYE at Peyote

Indulge in Peyote's Evening Golden Brunch with a variety of delectable dishes, sweet treats, flowing drinks and artists DJ Karl, AliDJ, and DJ Moe promising for a lively way to see in the New Year. Enjoy the Mexican food and beverage package for Dhs895 within the buzzing atmosphere of DIFC from 9pm to 12:30am.

For reservations call 04 5216 300 or email reservations@peyoterestaurant.ae 

10. Bleu Blanc, Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai 

NYE at Bleu Blanc

Ring in the New Year a with flavours of Southern France in a set menu designed by none other than the internationally-acclaimed celebrity chef David Myers. Take in the panoramic views of the Dubai Water Canal and the Burj Khalifa until midnight for Dhs1,499. For more information call 04 5125 533 or visit bleublanc-dubai.com

11. BASTA!, Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai


Ease into 2018 while savouring an Italian feast -prepared by chef David Myers’ team- served with premium beverages and cocktails. Embark on the flavourful jounrey for Dhs950 until midnight. For more information call 04 5125 522 or visit basta-dubai.com

12. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel

The NYE's five-course gala dinner is available with menu options for meat-eaters, vegetarians as well as party-goers looking to indulge in bar bites. From Cantonese baby lobster and parmesan gnocchi to Wagyu beef sliders, everyone can feast on their favourites for Dhs1,950 with views of the Burj Al Arab and the sweeping waters of the Arabian Gulf. For reservations call 04 4323 232 or email: 360@jumeirah.com

13. Solo Italian Restaurant & Bar, Raffles Dubai 

Celebrate the New Year in Italian-style with Capodanno with a five-course special menu, fine food, grape and live music from 7pm to 1am with prices starting from Dhs425. For more information call 04 3248 888 or visit raffles.com

14. Rüya Dubai, Grosvenor House Marriott Hotel

NYE at Ruya

Enjoy pristine sights over Dubai Marina while feasting on mouth-watering Anatolian cuisine. The resident DJ and three piece band will set the stage with live entertainment for a memorable evening for family and friends from 7 pm to 3am with prices starting from Dhs500. For more information call 04 3999 123 or email reservations@ruyadubai.com

15. Loca, All Branches

NYE at Loca

Revelers can ring in the New Year at any of the Loca branches ( Dubai Marine Beach Hotel & Spa, Souk Al Bahar and The Galleria on Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi) and find those Mexican rhythms early as the DJs start playing from 8pm onwards. For a minimum spend of Dhs500 on food and beverage, the evening will be a good way to enter 2018 in true Mexican style. For more informationa call 04 3461 111 or visit locauae.com

16. Royal China Dubai, Dubai International Financial CentreNYE at Royal China

Indulge in the award-winning restaurant's two delicately designed menus, available in until January 1, that take patrons on a culinary journey to the Far East with Royal China's signature dishes. While the Seafood Gourmet and House Dinner menu are for Dhs418 and Dhs250 respectively, a three hour drink package, exclusively available on NYE between 7:30pm to 10:30pm, is for Dhs250. For bookings call 04 3545 543 or visit royalchinadubai.com 

17. Cabana, Address Dubai Mall 

NYE at Cabana

Head over to Cabana for a New Year’s buffet including lavish live carving, seafood stations, unlimited premium house beverages, a bottle of premium bubbly and live entertainment with the choice of terrace seating or a private cabana. The buffet starts from 7:30pm unitl 2am and prices are Dhs2,350 for the table seating and Dhs17,000 for a private cabana. For reservations call 04 4388 888 or email dine@emaar.com

18. Mahiki, Jumeirah Beach Hotel

NYE at Mahiki

Celebrate NYE with performances by the Mahiki Honeys, limbo dance and bottomless drinks and canapes all night for Dhs350. Bid farewell to the year while dancing the night away to your favorite hits from 2017. For reservartions call 055 2160 181 or email info@mahiki.ae 

19. Coco on 8, Media One Hotel 

NYE at Coco

Say hello to 2018 in Miami Vice-themed night under the stars with live music from 8pm until 12am with a three-course meal and delicious cocktails. The package is Dhs450 for food & unlimited drinks. For more information call 04 4271 000 or email festive@mediaonehotel.com

20. Pearl Garden, Fairmont Ajman

NYE at Fairmont Ajman

Relish a menu of sumptuous flavours with live cooking stations while being entertained by LED violinist, LED costumed dancing troupe and live screenings of Burj Khalifa’s annual NYE extravaganza. A children’s entertainment area with fun activities is also available for the whole family to enjoy from 8pm to 3:30am for Dhs650. For more information call 06 7015 544 or e-mail ajman.dining@fairmont.com

21. The Daily, Rove Downtown 

NYE at Rove Downtown

Ring in the New Year in a refreshing laid back night with a three-course set menu, live DJ entertainment and shows to keep you entertained. The NYE celebration lasts from 7pm until 2am for Dhs1,200 per person. 

22. Vii Dubai, Conrad Dubai 

NYE at Vii Dubai

Join Vii Dubai for a night of debauchery, extravagance and Parisian chic. La Nuit Burlesque will offer on the spot glitter glam stations, Burlesque dancers, live acts, international DJs and much more. For reservations and table bookings call 050 1696 777 or email reservation@viidubai.com

23. Giornotte, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal 

Ring in the New Year under swaying palm trees, a gourmet buffet, live entertainment and spectacular fireworks over the Grand Canal at midnight. Indulge in the buffet from 7pm until 2am for prices starting from Dhs695. For reservations call 02 8188 282 or email abudhabi.restaurants@ritzcarlton.com 

24. El Chiringuito, Rixos The Palm Dubai

NYE at  El Chiringuito

For the first time ever, Burning Man’s Mayan Warrior leaves the Californian dust in search of some Arabian magic.and Deep Like will bring the real Burning Man to break into the New Year. Table packages start from Dhs3,500. For reservations call 054 4496 464.