Whether you’re a local, expat or a tourist, Dubai is undeniably one of the best global cities to welcome New Year. Boasting a cornucopia of choices for partying, dining, and of course, anything if you wish to do something distinct or exotic, this classic destination goes all out to promise visitors an outstanding New Year’s Eve experience.
Not yet figured out the ways to rejoice in the last few sprightly hours of 2017? From the striking fireworks and amazing events to fabulous dining and exciting party celebrations that extends to the early hours of 2018, have a look at this guide for some great inspiration and make New Year’s Eve 2018 not only dazzling but equally memorable.
Watch Spectacular Fireworks and Brand-new Lightup 2018
Ringing in the New Year against the backdrop of magnificent fireworks displays is sure to provide you with a Dubai New Year’s Eve experience of a lifetime. These wondrous pyrotechnics are launched from not one but multiple places across the city, as the clock strikes 12 in the midnight, thereby forming one of the world’s biggest firework shows.
Burj Al Arab Fireworks: The enchanting fireworks presentation at the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab, which is often dubbed as the world’s only seven-star hotel, is second to none! To best appreciate this unsurpassed view, consider a spot near Kite Beach or Jumeirah Beach or make your way to Madinat Jumeirah, boasting some great points to feast your eyes.
Atlantis Fireworks: The imperial five-star resort, Atlantis, The Palm, is another place which you can head out to witness fireworks splendor. You can reserve beforehand special New Year’s Eve Royal Gala or Atlantis Gala Dinner Under the Stars with the special Kids Go Free deal. Alternatively, witness it from Palm Jumeirah Boardwalk or opt for one of the many hotels or dining venues in the vicinity to absorb the views.
Global Village: You’ll be able to take in astonishing fireworks display not once but seven times when you’re in Global Village. This is in line with the arrival of New Year in seven countries, such as Philippines (20:00 hrs), Thailand (21:00 hrs), Bangladesh (22:00 hrs), India (22:30 hrs), UAE (24:00 hrs), and Istanbul (1:00 hrs). The firework representing the UAE is special and lasts for seven minutes, marking it as the longest of its kind this season.
Lastly, LightUp2018 Instead of Burj Khalifa Fireworks: Burj Khalifa is renowned world over for its astonishing New Year’s Eve fireworks display. But this time Emaar has planned something bigger and more majestic by way of LightUp2018. Yes, this incredibly choreographed light show is expected to be a record-breaking spectacle, as it resplendently illume the skyline across Downtown Dubai, giving you the best ever perspective of Burj Khalifa and other iconic modern landmarks.
Wherever you choose to spectacle fireworks display in Dubai, make sure that you reach the spot much earlier, as they tend to occupy fast on a first-come, first-served basis. Also, be sure to dress warmly due to cold temperature outdoors.
Go out for a Lavish New Year’s Eve Feast
Dubai is second to none when it comes to amazing dining choices. So if you wish to welcome New Year with a delightful feast, here are a few dining venues which you can check out for a special New Year’s Eve menu.
Al Dawaar: Set within the opulent Hyatt Regency Dubai, Al Dawaar is credited to be the city’s only revolving rooftop dining venue. From the finest seafood and grilled meat delicacies to Wok fried specialties, you can sample foods dished out à la minute from a live kitchen. Also, revel in amazing DJ performances while taking in great city skyline views and New Year’s Eve fireworks display. You can opt for dining option with free-flowing Laurent-Perrier Champagne (AED 1100 / person) or dinner featuring unlimited house beverages (AED 900 / person). For kids aged 6-12, the rate is AED 450.
Jumeirah Beach Hotel: Are you in search of an imposingly classy venue to dine your way to New Year? The sumptuous Gala Under the Stars at Jumeirah Beach Hotel makes a great choice. Starting at AED 2400 per person, it guarantees you an incredible New Year’s Eve experience. With the stunning views of Burj Al Arab in the background, you can take in the astonishing fireworks display and savor a lavish feast comprising international cuisines and limitless alcoholic supply.
Rock Fish: This popular hangout place located in proximity to the private beach of Jumeirah Al Naseem not only lets you savor the finest seafood specialties along with a bottle of champagne, but also leave you spellbound with the special five-piece band entertainment. You can even enjoy a free access to the afterparty in Shimmers.
Skyline Lounge: For a relatively reasonable rate, Skyline Lounge at the posh InterContinental Dubai Festival City enables you to bid adieu to 2017 in the most stylish way. Immerse in the grand New Year’s Eve festivities at Festival Bay and enjoy the special gala dinner buffet with live BBQ stations and house beverages. The best thing is that kids below 5 years can dine for free.
Boardwalk: This restaurant, supremely overlooking Dubai Creek, offers a refreshing setting to mark the beginning of New Year. Lose yourself to the magnificent views of the surroundings, as you dine on a Mediterranean inspired menu with seafood specialties, freshly baked pizzas, and flavorsome combo of fish and chips, washed down with a great variety of drinks.
Pierchic: Looking for an absolutely romantic venue to make your New Year’s Eve unforgettable? Head to Pierchic for an astonishing over-the-water dining experience. The unparalleled views of Arabian Gulf and the stunning Burj Al Arab fireworks spectacle will envelop you as you savor a special five-course gala dinner with unlimited beverages. The rate is AED 2900 per person. However, it will set you back a good AED 5500 if you go for an upgrade with vintage champagne.
Party Your Night into 2018 at These Venues
For night owls and hardcore party animals, the following bars and night venues will host the exciting-ever New Year’s Eve party in Dubai.
Mr Miyagi’s: Drawing its inspiration from Thai style full moon parties, the special New Year’s Eve party at Mr Miyagi, Media One Hotel, allows you to end 2017 and welcome New Year on a high note. You can take your pick from three options: Total Eclipse with unlimited drinks (AED 450), Half Moon Brunch (AED 550), and Full Moon Brunch (AED 650).
Barasti: For an eclectic party vibe, make your way to the open-air Barasti Beach at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina. Starting from 19:00 hrs to lasting till 03:00 hrs in the early morning, the highlights of this New Year party are not just mindblowing décor as well as great food and drinks, but also the electrifying performances by Chuckie and Fat Man Scoop.
Irish Village: This classic English pub in Al Garhoud treats you with a menu filled with authentic Irish specialties as well as an extensive wine and champagne list. Immerse yourself in its vibrant atmosphere with the exuberant performance by the premier music party band, the MapleJacks.
Q43: 43 floors atop Media One Hotel, Q43 provides an unmatched New Year’s party vibe in its expansive setting that replicates a New York loft space. Relish great food, sip on unlimited drinks with early bird packages (AED 399), and most of all, throw yourself to the energetic music and entertainment by the Grammy Award Winning DJ, Roger Sanchez.
Zero Gravity: It’s another hotspot in Dubai for a lively New Year’s Eve celebration. Get a charge out of killer performances with the special Jax Jones and Sigma Live. The unrivaled beachfront setting, together with fireworks display and awe-inspiring views of glitzy skyscrapers along Dubai Marina, will round-out the party experience.
Bring In the New Year at the Arabian Desert
If you dread being at a bustling dining or a raving party spot, then a wonderful way to spend the eve of 2018 is to escape to Dubai’s serenely consummate dunes by booking a specialized desert safari package. With an expert local guide in tow, set out to the Bedouin-style campsite, where you can experience warm Arabian hospitality and get a slice of rich Emirati tradition. Besides appetizing BBQ delights and unlimited refreshments, you can engage in many exciting activities including camel ride, henna designing, Shisha smoking, and much more. Depending on the packages you choose, you’ll be able to have fun with live DJ shows, sip on your favorite drinks, and even enjoy a thrilling overnight stay under the desert stars.
Celebrate New Year’s Eve aboard A Traditional Dhow
A scintillating combination of great food, live entertainment, attentive service, and intimate ambiance, the dinner cruise is yet another great choice if you’re looking for an alternative way to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Dubai. As the dhow sets sail for an extraordinary three-hour cruise around the stunning sights of Dubai Marina or Dubai Creek, you can take delight in a multi-course buffet dinner and also get a chance for a champagne toast at midnight. Be in awe at the dynamic spectacle of the glittery city skyline, get entertained by DJ performances, and have up-close views of fireworks from the middle of water, before this special New Year’s Eve cruise comes to an end.
Lastly, Make the Most of DSF Discounts
After a spectacular New Year’s Eve celebration and a grand welcome of 2018, continue the festivities in Dubai with some serious shopping. It is known to all that Dubai’s most awaited event Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) is kicking off a bit early this time on December 26th 2017. Mix in the endless possibilities of this 34-day extravaganza with the unsurpassed spirit of New Year and get ready to grab unbelievable shopping deals.
Accompanied by the most astounding adventure and festivities yet, we hope that these ideas will allow you to jam your way to the brand new year in the most alluring way! We wish you all an incredibly wonderful year ahead!!!