Andrea Anastasiou18 Dec 2016 AT 12:12 PM

38 awesome New Year's Eve parties in Dubai

Where will you be with the clock strikes 12?
Andrea Anastasiou18 Dec 2016 AT 12:12 PM
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Downtown and Business Bay

#NoRules NYE Party at W Dubai
What’s on offer: The W is offering you the chance to party in three venues – Level Seven, Wet Deck and W Lounge – for the price of one. You can also opt to include Japanese restaurant Namu – at an extra cost – as part of your package, where you’ll dine surrounded by great views of the city’s skyline.
What makes it special: You get to hop between three venues throughout the night.
When: 9pm-12am
Where: W Dubai, Al Habtoor City
Cost: AED495 (unlimited drinks and canapés), AED995 (table bookings at Level Seven, Wet Deck and W Lounge), AED1,495 (table bookings and entry to Namu).
Contact: +9714 436 6666

Aqua
What’s on offer: Electronic music duo Hollaphonic, DVJ King Arthur, DJ Norman Doray and Dutch duo Lucas and Steve will be on the decks throughout the night at the poolside venue.
What makes it special: The pool deck location offers great views of the Dubai skyline.
When: 8pm-3am
Where: JW Marriott Marquis
Cost: AED850 (house beverages and signature canapés) or AED1,600 per couple.
Contact: +9714 414 0000

Back2Basics NYE Party featuring James Zabiela
What’s on offer: An exclusive four-hour DJ set from UK DJ James Zabiela. There’s also an open buffet and unlimited selected drinks from this poolside venue.
What makes it special: You’ll be up close to one of the most respected names in progressive house music – and the venue is also right near the Dubai Mall Metro station so it shouldn’t be too difficult to get home at the end of it all. In theory, at least.
When: 8pm-4am
Where: Sofitel Downtown Dubai
Cost: Early bird tickets start from AED750 for ladies, AED850 for gents.
Contact: +9714 503 6666

Street Festival at The Daily 
What’s on offer: A backyard-style barbeque/street festival along with DJ entertainment and carnival games. Great views of the Burj Khalifa fireworks are certainly a plus.
What makes it special: This is a child-friendly party, making it a great option for parents who don’t want to miss out on the fun. There will be a child’s slumber party on the mezzanine floor of the hotel.
When: 8pm-2am
Where: Rove Downtown Dubai
Cost: AED650 (soft drinks), AED750 (house beverages), AED850 (with bubbly and canapés).
Contact: +9714 888 3444

Billionaire Mansion
What’s on offer: Having launched in 2016, we’re sure that Billionaire Mansion will be looking to make sure that their first NYE party is something special. As such, they’re offering a little bit of everything – food, drinks, music and great views of the Burj Khalifa on their terrace. The set menu includes oysters and Beluga caviar... oh, la, la.
What makes it special: The specialty seafood.
When: 7pm-3am
Where: Taj Dubai
Cost: AED2,500 (five-course dinner, unlimited grape and soft drinks), AED4,500 (five-course dinner, unlimited grape, soft drinks and a bottle of bubbly).
Contact: +9714 510 3100

New Year’s Eve at BOA
What’s on offer: This is where Drake chose to perform when he was last in town and the air of the A-list is being channelled for a New Year’s bash with DJ Tai. Choose a high table, inside table or a terrace table (an easy win) for an evening under or with the stars.
What makes it special: On their first New Year, the glam levels will be high.
When: 8pm-3am
Where: W Dubai, Al Habtoor City
Cost: AED1,000 (males), AED300 (females). Tables from AED1,500.
Contact: +971 56 501 2039

50 Shades of Gold at GQ Bar
What’s on offer: DJ Manoj and DJ Ace will be leading the entertainment; free-flowing drinks and canapés are part of the deal.
What makes it special: If you want a pit-stop, you can sit out on the terrace and partake of a shisha.
When: 9pm onwards
Where: JW Marriott Marquis
Cost: AED300 for bronze tickets (two premium drinks, canapés, AED700 for silver tickets (unlimited drinks).
Contact: +9714 321 4541

New Year’s Eve at Treehouse
What’s on offer: Free-flowing bubbly, drinks, and respected resident DJ Tayllor bringing everyone to their feet.
What makes it special: The Burj Khalifa is right in your eyeline.
When: 8pm-1am
Where: Taj Hotel, Business Bay
Cost: AED1,500, AED20,000 (VVIP tables for 12 people).
Contact: +9714 438 3100

Dubai Marina

Old School Party at Oeno
What’s on offer: A party soundtrack, free-flowing drinks including grape, and unlimited small snacks, too. 
What makes it special: A decent option for those looking for a reasonably priced, unpretentious night that side of town.
When: 10pm-3am
Where: The Westin Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
Cost: AED399
Contact: +9714 511 7139

XL Dubai
What’s on offer: DJ B Jones is headlining the party at the always popular and newly refurbished XL.
What makes it special: If you happen to have a spare AED25,000 knocking around, bag a private cabana for you and 19 pals.
When: 8pm-4am
Where: The Habtoor Grand
Cost: AED300 with free-flowing drinks (for ladies), AED950 for free-flowing drinks (for gents).
Contact: +971 52 634 1040

New Year’s Eve at Speakeasy Bar
What’s on offer: The prohibition-themed lounge will be laying on DJ performances and other surprises.
What makes it special: It’s a good option for those looking for something a bit more laidback.
When: From 6.30pm-3am
Where: Ramada Plaza Jumeirah Beach, JBR
Cost: AED299
Contact: +9714 398 888

80s New Year Party at Accents
What’s on offer: A barnstorming party to see in the new year, with a playlist of 1980s classics to sing along to and a crew of diDowsco dancers to make you move right.
What makes it special: You’ll probably be partying like it’s 1999.
When: 8pm-2am
Where: InterContinental Dubai Marina
Cost: AED650 (soft beverages only), AED950 (house beverages only), AED1,250 (dinner, house beverages and bubbles), AED 1,650 (dinner, house beverages, premium bubbles).

Candypants Dubai NYE Yacht Party
What’s on offer: The ultimate party brunch is setting sail for 2017. This yacht offers music from DJ Tango Williams and a sparkling reception with canapés and house beverages. But as you’re at the mercy of the skipper, you’d better pace yourselves.
What makes it special: Everything these guys do turns into party gold.
When: 9pm-2am
Where: Leaves from Pier 7
Contact: +971 56 640 6161

JB’s First New Year’s Eve
What’s on offer: ShortLister Jon Besant is on the decks while the dress code is black and silver, please.
What makes it special: Ben Mays will be playing live saxophone to get things warmed up.
When: 7pm-3am
Where: Amwaj Rotana 
Cost: AED599 (canapés, dinner and a welcome drink), AED199 (four standard beverages).
Contact: +9714 428 3084

Dubai Creek

Hard Rock Café
What’s on offer: Food, drink, loads of live entertainment and a DJ.
What makes it special: Getting in? The New Year parties at Hard Rock are always sold out so the atmosphere should be good.
When: 8pm onwards
Where: Dubai Festival City
Cost: AED395 (set menu, welcome drink and midnight bubbly).
Contact: +9714 232 8900

Cielo
What’s on offer: Ex Moto GP rider DJ Fonsi Nieto will be in charge of the decks alongside Cielo’s resident DJs Consoul and Michael Karrera.
What makes it special: Being outside and looking right the way down Dubai as midnight hits.
When: From 9pm
Where: Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
Cost: From AED799 (night brunch package), AED450 (selected beverages between 11pm and 3am).
Contact: +9714 416 1800

Rock and Crawl at Al Nasr Leisureland
What’s on offer: A night of Desi and international beats led by DJ AKS and DJ Sunny. There will also be an illusionist, as well as banter from RJ Garima from Radio 105.4FM.
What makes it special: It’s a great price considering the amount of entertainment they’re offering.
When: From 8.30pm
Where: Al Nasr Leisureland
Cost: AED200 (includes one drink).
Contact: +971 52 242 6246

Al Sufouh and Jumeirah

Laidback Luke at Barasti
What’s on offer: Dutch DJ Laidback Luke is Barasti’s main draw this year, along with the bar’s usual line-up of DJs. Expect a mix of house to EDM and crossover pop.
What makes it special: If you can’t have fun in Barasti, we can’t help you.
When: From 7pm
Where: Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
Cost: AED310 on the door.
Contact: +9714 511 7139

Roger Sanchez at Q43
What’s on offer: House music favourite Roger Sanchez – best known for his UK number one hit “Another Chance” –  is the main draw at this year’s NYE bash at Q43. A variety of packages are up for grabs, from drinks-only through to a six-course meal.
What makes it special: They understand their brand and so have drafted in one of the best DJs.
When: 7pm-3am
Where: Media One Hotel, Media City
Cost: AED499 (free-flowing drinks), AED799 (VIP table with free-flowing bottle service and canapés), AED999 (six-course meal with free-flowing drinks).
Contact: +9714 443 5403

New Year’s Eve at Provocateur
What’s on offer: You’re asked to don your most glamorous black and gold outfit and enjoy a night of drinks and great DJs. One of the places to be if you’re a fan of electronic music.
What makes it special: The AED30,000 table package. But you do get an awful lot of bubbly...
When: 11pm-3am
Where: Four Seasons Resort Dubai
Cost: Tables start from AED5,000.
Contact: +971 55 211 8222

Perry and Blackwelder’s
What’s on offer: Plenty of food and drink as well as live music – a DJ will be playing party hits until closing time.
What makes it special: Nice indoor-outdoor vibe, great location in Madinat Jumeirah and, well, who doesn’t like the food here?
When: 8pm-12am (the venue will be open until 2am).
Where: Madinat Jumeirah
Cost: AED395 (including drinks)
Contact: +9714 432 3232

New Year’s at McGettigan’s
What’s on offer:
Various packages, including a six-course meal and free-flowing beverages. Live music
will also be part of the entertainment.
What makes it special: The Irish don’t know how to throw a bad party, do they?
When: From 5pm until late.
Where: Madinat Jumeirah
Cost: AED699 (house beverages and pass-around bites), AED999 (six-course meal, free-flowing beverages until 12.30am).
Contact: +9714 447 0219

New Year’s Eve at Trader Vic’s
What’s on offer: The usual Trader Vic’s fun in the form of their in-house Cuban band and DJ DTorro. They’ve also created a special New Year’s menu that will be available in addition to their regular offerings.
What makes it special: Their hot drinks might be the best way to enjoy the action on the outside tables.  
When: 9pm-3am
Where: Madinat Jumeirah
Cost: Minimum spend of AED650.
Contact: +9714 366 5646

New Year’s Eve at Koubba 
What’s on offer: Hot and cold canapés along with unlimited selected beverages at this stylish rooftop bar. There will also be unspecified entertainment and their usual shisha offering.
What makes it special: Koubba has excellent views of the Burj Al Arab, so watch it illuminated.
When: From 8pm}
Where: Al Qasr Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah
Cost: AED995 inclusive of hot and cold canapés and unlimited selected beverages.
Contact: +9714 432 3232

New Year’s Eve at Bahri Bar 
What’s on offer: Aside from the great views of Burj Al Arab from this slick, very grown-up bar, you also get unlimited selected beverages, a selection of hot and cold canapés, and entertainment from DJ Diego.
What makes it special: This has always been a great spot for a chilled night, so it’s a good option for those looking for a party without the madding crowds. 
When: From 8pm
Where: Al Qasr Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah
Cost: AED995 inclusive of hot and cold canapés, platters on the table and unlimited beverages.
Contact: +9714 432 3232

New Year’s Eve at Uptown Bar 
What’s on offer: Hot and cold canapés, a glass of bubbly upon arrival, selected beverages, and great views of the Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah and beyond at this 24th-floor favourite. 
What makes it special: The terrace is the perfect spot for firework watching.
When: From 8pm
Where: Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Cost: AED1,200 per adult inclusive of hot and cold canapés, a glass of bubbly upon arrival and selected beverages.
Contact: +9714 432 3232

Sheikh Zayed Road

New Year’s Eve at Ikandy 
What’s on offer: We still love the way they call this an “ultra lounge”. This slick rooftop, poolside venue has a host of live acts and DJs, and they’re also throwing food into the equation – for a price, of course.
What makes it special: Ikandy has really good views of the Burj Khalifa, making it another ideal spot from which to have a gander at the fireworks at midnight.
When: 8pm-2am
Where: Shangri-La Hotel Dubai
Cost: AED1,550 (guaranteed seat, including buffet, premium drinks, and two glasses of bubbly), AED724 (buffet, drinks, and two glasses of bubbly).
Contact: +9714 405 2703

Cavalli Club
What’s on offer: It’s being billed as the most extravagant party in Dubai, and as the words Cavalli and “understated” don’t tend to go together, we’re inclined to believe them. In addition to the performances, there will be a sit-down dinner, too.
What makes it special: The whole place will be transformed into a winter wonderland, which will make it particularly Instagram-worthy.
When: 8.30pm-4am
Where: The Fairmont Dubai
Cost: AED950 (unlimited drinks for women), AED1,150 (unlimited drinks for men), AED1,650 (four-course meal and unlimited drinks).
Contact: +9714 332 9260

Mint Leaf of London
What’s on offer: Free-flowing drinks and contemporary Indian tapas at the bar or new terrace. The resident DJ will be keeping things lively throughout the night.
What makes it special:  Adding some spice to your party.
When: 8pm-1am
Where: South Tower, Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC
Cost: AED550 per person
Contact: +9714 706 0900                

Disco Sushi New Year’s Eve Party at Okku
What’s on offer: Okku will be hosting their famous party brunch – usually held on Fridays – for NYE. Expect your fill of contemporary Japanese food, bubbly and an upscale atmosphere.
What makes it special: In addition to the food, resident DJ Yiannis will be making his way through some proper old-school classics.
When: Two seatings: 7pm-9:45pm and 10pm-3am. 
Where: H Hotel
Cost: AED650 (7pm seating), AED850 (10pm seating).
Contact: +9714 501 8777

New Year’s Eve at The Black Lion 
What’s on offer: A night of old-school funk, soul, hip-hop and RnB classics mixed by DJ Shero. You can opt between a drinks-only package or to also have unlimited festive street food.
What makes it special: If you like urban music – especially the classics – this is the night for you.
When: 8pm-1am
Where: H Hotel
Cost: AED300 (unlimited beverages for four hours), AED425 (unlimited food and house beverages)
Contact: +9714 359 2366

New Year’s Eve at Level 43
What’s on offer: Music, a buffet and drinks with incredible views of Sheikh Zayed Road acting as the backdrop. The resident DJ will be in the house to keep the crowd going until midnight and beyond.
What makes it special: This place has one of the best rooftop views in town
When: From 8pm
Where: Four Points by Sheraton, Sheikh Zayed Road
Cost: AED1,450 (including a glass of bubbly at midnight).
Contact: +971 56 414 2213

Viva la Vegas at Dusty’s 
What’s on offer: An al fresco party on their terrace; the staff will be dressed as Elvis for the occasion and there will be loads of secret goodies to be won – even a Saturday brunch is up for grabs.
What makes it special: You definitely won’t be lonesome tonight.
When: From 7pm
Where: Al Fattan Currency House
Cost: AED450 (soft drinks), AED750 (house beverages), AED850 (three-course meal and bubbly).
Contact: +9714 354 5435

The Palm

Riva Beach Club 
What’s on offer: There’s a little bit for everyone here, with both dinner and drinks packages up for grabs. Dinner is a four-course Mediterranean meal and resident DJ Carlos will see party-goers through to 2017.
What makes it special: That whole laidback beach vibe but with views all the way up Dubai.
When: From 8pm
Where: Building 8, The Shoreline, Palm Jumeirah
Cost: Packages start from AED600 for open bar, AED999 for the four-course meal with beverages, AED1,250 for the four-course meal with bubbly.
Contact: +9714 430 9466

New Year’s Eve at Bidi Bondi
What’s on offer: Unlimited drinks and party nibbles at this Palm Jumeirah favourite. There will also be a DJ playing throughout the night.
What makes it special: It’s Australian so you can start celebrating whenever.
When: 7.30pm-12.30pm
Where: Clubhouse Al Manhal, Shoreline Apartments
Cost: AED495 per person
Contact: +9714 453 5421

Elsewhere

Elrow at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE
What’s on offer: New York-based DJ Dennis Ferrer is headlining at this special Elrow party at Blue Marlin. He’ll be playing a mix of soulful house alongside Stacey Pullen, De La Swing and a number of surprise DJs. We do love a surprise.
What makes it special: The Ibiza-based clubbing brand knows how to throw a good party, so this is bound to be a good one.
When: From 7pm until the early hours.
Where: Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotel and Resort, Ghantoot
Cost: AED650 for women, AED850 for men, while a dinner package is available for AED1,350.
Contact: +971 56 113 3400

Nikki Beach Dubai 
What’s on offer: The beach club will be transformed into an enchanted garden for NYE, and revellers can expect live entertainment. Nikki Beach’s resident DJs and musicians will keep the party going until late.
What makes it special: The weather is now good enough to be outside (we think), and this is a great al fresco option. Bring a sweater, though.
When: From 8pm
Where: Pearl Jumeira
Cost: AED550 (unlimited drinks for ladies, 8pm-12am), AED750 (unlimited drinks for gents, 8pm-12am). Dinner packages start from AED1,250 per person.
Contact: +971 4 376 6162

UBK New Year’s Eve Party 
What’s on offer: A DJ will be spinning a mix of house, soul and funk all night. There will also be a belly dancer and live saxophone player at hand to keep things a little more interesting.
What makes it special: Free entry – a rare commodity in Dubai on NYE.
When: 12pm-3am
Where: Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lake Towers, Cluster A
Cost: Free entry, food and drink charged on consumption.
Contact: +9714 429 8789

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