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Gala Dinner at Burj Al Arab
Where: A special marquee underneath Burj Al Arab
What’s on offer: A huge spread of food, unlimited beverages and a live performance from Heather Small, former lead singer of M People – all with a shoreline location.
How much: AED4,500 per adult. AED2,900 per child aged 12-20.
Contact: +9714 432 3232
Be Zen at Zengo
Where: Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa
What’s on offer: A slick menu put together by celebrity chefs Richard Sandoval and Akmal Anuar, with a resident DJ for when the desserts are done.
How much: AED1,800 per person inclusive of a five-course sharing menu and unlimited selected beverages.
What makes it special: Another place with a capacious terrace on which to watch the fireworks.
Contact: +9714 316 5550
Okku’s New Year’s Eve “Back to the Future” Party
Where: H Hotel Dubai
What’s on offer: Rewind to the 80s and then take a tour through hits to the present day, with a night full of classic tunes. There are two dinner sittings – one from 7.pm to 9.30pm for those who are heading elsewhere for the bells, and one from 9.30pm for those looking for lavish celebrations to see them through to 2016.
How much: AED595 for the first sitting, including a set menu with house beverages and bubbles. AED795 for the second sitting, including a set menu, house beverages and premium bubbles.
What makes it special: Okku is special whatever the occasion, but you can expect an even better party atmosphere to bid adieu to 2015.
Contact: +971 4 501 8777,
Where: Vida Downtown
What’s on offer: A secret garden soiree which will make you feel like you’re in an enchanted garden rather than the middle of Downtown.
How much: Minimum spend packages of AED750 from the 7pm, 7:30pm and 8pm seatings, and AED1,100 for the 9pm, 9:30pm, 10pm and 10:30pm seatings.
What makes it special: Guests are invited to come dressed for a Midsummer Night’s Dream to bring the magical backdrop to life. Swap the glittery 2016 bobbing headband for flowers.
Where: JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort
What’s on offer: An open-air party with DJs, fireworks and flamenco dancers at this beachside spot located perfectly in the opposite direction to the madness of Downtown.
How much: Party packages for six guests, with food and beverages, is AED6,000. The brunch package is AED500 per person with food an unlimited house cocktail, and general admission just AED300.
What makes it special: After a bit of a delay, this also doubles as the opening night of this much anticipated club spot.
007 New Year’s Eve Ball at Vii
Where: Vii Dubai
What’s on offer: A stylish and decadent 007 New Year’s Eve Ball at the all-new Vii Club.
How much: AED600 for ladies and AED800 gents including canapes and drinks.
What makes it special: Fast becoming the go-to spot in Downtown, Vii’s chic “secret garden” will be swarming with spies and secret agents. Shaken or stirred?
Contact: +971 50 169 6777
Spirit Odyssey at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE
Where: Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotel
What’s on offer: Dancing under the stars, an open bar, and tunes from Luciano and David Squillace.
How much: Ladies pay AED650, the guys AED850 for the open bar package. AED1,350 gets you dinner from Chef Mahmoud Turkmani, as well.
What makes it special: Fairytale-themed performances and the promise of surprises throughout the night.
Contact: +971 56 113 3400
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Groove on the Grass
Where: Emirates Golf Club
What’s on offer: Groove your way into 2016 under the stars with Canadian electronic DJ Richie Hawtin (aka Plastikman), known for his ENTER. Ibiza events, who is making his UAE debut, alongside John Acquaviva.
How much: AED395-450 per ticket. Table packages range from eight seats for AED6,000 to 20 seats for AED15,000.
What makes it special: You get the club and the al fresco firework experience in one. It’s also a good option if you want to avoid traffic jams as its set away from a lot of the other action.
Contact: +9714 457 3212
Where: Fairmont Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road
What’s on offer: A dinner to dance floor event based on the themes of the four elements make up the theme for the evening, titled ‘Elementi’, all topped off with the unique Cavalli stamp – Italian extravagance and animal print galore.
How much: AED1,650 includes a four-course dinner and unlimited beverages. Unlimited drinks-only packages are AED1,150 for guys or AED950 for the ladies.
What makes it special: A ‘special guest’, yet to be revealed, is set to make an appearance… mysterious.
Where: Four Seasons Resort, Dubai
What’s on offer: The slick New York nightlife brand will be hosting an all-out new Year bash with their resident DJs playing back to back.
How much: Free, if you can believe that.
What makes it special: They’re not letting on who the DJs will be until they turn up in the booth.
Contact: +971 55 211 8222