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11 great places to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Business Bay and Downtown Dubai



Our latest New Year’s Eve scan saw us take on Downtown Dubai and the Business Bay area. Behold, our choice of the 11 places that you should be heading to this December 31.

Burj Club Rooftop
The rooftop lounge on top of the world’s largest building will host a cracking party this New Year’s Eve. Fresh from her F1 performance, DJ Enjie will soundtrack the evening as guests indulge in a special menu between 7pm-12am. From this spot, you’ll also get one of the best views of the “Light Up 2018” show.
When: 7pm til late
Where: The Burj Club, Burj Khalifa
Price: AED1,600 (soft drinks), AED2,400 (house beverages), AED25,000 for a 10-person cabana.
Contact: +971 4 888 3900, website

There’s a genre spanning line-up of music this New Year’s Eve, from Latino to French and a few things in between. A special four-course menu has been crafted, too, including a Mont Blanc dessert.
When: 6pm-3am
Where: DIFC Gate 5
Price: From AED800
Contact: +971 55 455 6106, website

Aqua at JW Marriott Marquis
It’s a dress-to-impress affair at Aqua’s pool-deck party. As well as wide views of the city, you’ll be treated to live DJ sets from Smokingroove (8pm-11pm) and Adam J, who will take you through to 2018.
When: 7pm-3am
Where: JW Marriott Marquis
Price: From AED250
Contact: website

Blind Dragon
Not only do you get a superb range of Asian dishes and beverages at Dubai’s exclusive venue, you’ll also get access to the karaoke lounge. Music for the evening will have an 80s theme, so remember to bring your best new romantic hairstyles.
When: 8pm-3am
Where: The Atrium, Al Habtoor City
Price: From AED400
Contact: +971 4 437 0033, website

Double Decker’s Carnival
The resident DJ will be accompanied by samba dancers to help you get in the mood for an evening of fun. There’s the promise of even more entertainment on the night, which is being kept under wraps right now. You’ll also be able to enjoy an à la carte menu.
When: 7pm-4am
Where: Roda Al Murooj
Price: AED150 (with one beverage included)
Contact: +971 4 321 1111, website

You’re in for a night of disco balls and groovy tunes at Iris, which welcomes DJs Consoul Trainin and Anthony Bassoulou to the mix. Disco, funk, soul and house are all on the menu ahead of the firework shows you’ll be able to see across the city.
When: 8pm-2am
Where: The Oberoi Hotel
Price: From AED750
Contact: +971 56 951 1442, website

A Hamptons’ New Year’s Eve @ Vida
This ought to be a chic one. The contemporary setting of 3in1 is hosting a Hamptons’-themed seafood brunch and party, all around their Downtown pool area. There’s live entertainment and front-row seats for the midnight light show.
When: 7pm-3am
Where: 3in1, Vida Downtown
Price: AED950 (with house beverages), AED1,200 (with private cabana)
Contact: +971 4 888 3444, website

Fresh from collaborating with pop-reggae star Shaggy, Nicola Fasano is jetting in for an exclusive set at the W Hotel. Enjoy the high-altitude thrills of this 32nd-floor club, which will give you a bird’s-eye view of the fireworks and light shows across the city later.
When: 8pm-3am
Where: W Hotel, Al Habtoor City
Price: AED495 (soft drinks and buffet), AED795 (bubbles and buffet)
Contact: +971 4 435 5577, website

Welcome in the New Year at one of the highest parties in Dubai. This bar on the 68th floor of the tallest hotel in the world offers supreme views, live entertainment and a glass of complimentary bubbles at midnight.
When: 7pm til late
Where: JW Marriott Marquis, Business Bay
Price: AED968 (minimum spend)
Contact: +971 4 560 1700, website

The Eloquent Elephant
A nicely relaxed affair is on offer at this cosy pub, which prides itself on great food and a warm, intimate atmosphere. It’s basically great bar food and endless beverages, with a terrace from which to watch the light show at midnight. Ideal.
When: 8pm-1am
Where: Taj Dubai
Price: AED350 (bar snacks and two house beverages until 12am), AED650 (bar snacks and house beverages until 1am). Paid bar from 1am-3am
Contact: +971 4 438 3100, website

Resident DJ Tayllor will provide the soundtrack for an all-inclusive party including a live barbeque and seafood bar along with free-flowing beverages – all on a terrace with the best views of Burj Khalifa.
When: 8pm-1am
Where: Taj Dubai
Price: AED1,500 individual “standing” tables, AED20,000 for VIP tables up to 12 people. Paid bar between 1am-3am
Contact: +971 4 438 3100, website

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