Celebrate in style

New Year’s Eve in Dubai is a night like no other and for such a spectacular event, its best to be at the coolest place in town. We have done the hard work and found  the best places to eat, drink, party and usher in the New Year 2019.



Here are the most fabulous 2018 festive brunches in Dubai


Where: Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera

For one night only, get ready to party like it’s the glittering 70’s again at the city’s coolest downtown dining spot, Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera. It’s time to dig out your sequins, hot pants, gold leggings and channel your inner Studio 54 starlet as you roll into 2019.

Food: The menu features star dishes such as the French sea bass with Scottish scallops and carabineros red prawns, king crab linguine with Amstur royal caviar and more before finishing off with some delectable desserts.

Extra: The alfresco terrace offers one of the best views of the Burj Khalifa iconic midnight fireworks show.

Timing: The evening starts off at 7pm with a welcome drink followed by dinner from 8pm onwards.

Price: Packages range from AED 1,500 per person for indoor seating and AED 2,000 per person for outdoor seating. If you really want to up the ante for the night you can book the exclusive Private Dining Room Dhs15,000. Children between ages six to 11 get a 50 per cent discount.

To make a booking: (04) 3627312 or reservations@seanconnollydubai.com


Where: Palazzo Versace

Dress up in your Wonderland best and join the madness for a night to remember at this Alice in Wonderland themed party. As you meet up with March Hare, the Chesire Cat, the magic poker and a series of inspirational creatures relive the magic of this classic fairy tale.

Extra: Show of your dance move on the poolside dance floor

Food: Choose to dine on international fare at Giardino, Go Italian at Vanitas or feast on Persian cuisine at Enigma

Timing: Arrival at 7.30pm after which you dine at your selected restaurant of choice. At 11pm to 2am move outside for the dance party, fireworks and mad fun welcoming in the New Year.

Price: Packages begin from AED 550 per person

To make a booking: (04) 5568888 or email: info@palazzoversace.ae

Where: Flair No5 at The Ritz Carlton DIFC

Journey down the rabbit hole at this epic bash. You can expect a night filled with the glitz, glamour and sass in this Wonderland.

Food: Sumptuous prawn croquettes, crispy calamari and duck gyoza to name a few are stapled on the menu.

Extra: Set fire to the dance floor twirling to the tunes belted by local favourite DJ Salvatore Peppina.

Timing: 8pm to 3am

Price: AED 400 per person inclusive of four drinks. VIP tables start from AED 800 per person

To make a booking: (04) 3722323 or email difcrestaurants@ritzcarlton.com

Where: Ewaan, Palace Downtown

Unrivalled views of the spectacular fireworks, the legendary dancing fountains and the upbeat tunes belted by the live band taking excitement up a note is how you will begin your New Year.

Food: Live cooking stations and a lavish buffet spread

Timing: 8pm to 3am

Price: From AED 1680 per person for indoor seating and from AED 2,625 per person for al fresco. From AED 840 per child for ages between six and 11 for indoor and AED 945 for al fresco

To make a booking: (04) 8883444 or email dine@emaar.com


Where: Bistrot Bagatelle, The Fairmont Hotel Sheikh Zayed Road

Embark on a night of glitz, glamour, endless celebrations and wonderful beginnings. To kick off the celebrations Clarita De Quiroz will sernade the crowd on the live piano  and as the night crescendos the saxophonist and resident DJ Sam Starks will have you grooving to the tunes.

Food: Savour on French favourites such as Pizzetta à la Truffle Noire, Linguini au Homard Épicé and Salad Bagatelle

Timings: First seating at 7pm and second seating at 10pm and 10.30pm. The lounge table for six people are also available.

Price: From AED 550. Each lounge table requires a minimum spend of AED 2,500

To make a booking: (04) 3545035 or email reservations@bistrobagatelledubai.com

Where: Katsuya by Starck, Jumeirah Al Naseem

Celebrate the end of yet another fabulous year and bring in 2019 in style at Dubai’s Japanese culinary wonderland. With gorgeous front-row views of the Arabian Sea, iconic Dubai landmarks and the fireworks spectacle to revel in, the New Year can’t begin on more special note.

Food: It’s Japanese cuisine, so mouthwatering and innovative sushi rolls and decadent desserts that will wow are a given

Timings: 8pm onwards

Price: Minimum spend of AED 500 per person

To make a booking: (04) 419 0676 / katsuyareservations-uae@diversedining.co.uk


Where: all’onda, Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai

With panoramic views of the Dubai skyline, it’s the best place to base yourself and enjoy the fireworks, food and music. Welcome 2019.

Food: The Italian Venetian menu includes selection of antipasti and tempting delights such as Canadian lobster and Carbonari with black truffle are on the menu too

Timing: 7pm to 3am

Price: Minimum spend of AED 800 per person

To make a booking: (04) 2488870 or email reservations@allondadxb.com

Where: Queens Grill Gala Dinner, QE2

See in the New Year in spectacular style while relishing an utterly delectable 8-course British tasting menu, paired with fine vintage grape and bubbly, complemented by live jazz music throughout the evening.

Extra: Guests below 16 years of age will not be permitted

Food: British culinary delights

Timing: 8pm-1am

Price: AED 1,500 per person.

To make a booking: (04) 5268888 or email dining@QE2.com


Where: Fogo de Chão

End your year in a true Brazilian style fiesta making the most of indoor and outdoor dining options, a live band out in the open air and a DJ ready to get the party going.

Extra: Offers some of the best views of the fireworks

Food:  Brazilian bites, meats and of course the Churrasco

Timing: 8pm until very late

Price: Packages begin from AED 800. You can upgrade any package for an additional AED 250

To make a booking: (04) 3438867

Where: Il Café, Bvlgari Resort Dubai

Welcome the New Year under the tapestry of sparkling stars while discovering the flavours of Italy through nine lavish stations. The outdoor terrace offers amazing views over the Marina and sets just the right festive mood for Instagram-worthy pics.

Food: Mouthwatering Italian fare, oysters, roasted turkey with trimmings, fresh seafood and yummiest desserts.

Timing: From 7pm

Price: From AED 1,150 per person

To make a booking: (04) 7775433 or email dine@bulgarihotels.com


Where: The Penthouse, Five Palm Jumeirah

For a party night of true Gatsby opulence, front row seats of the sensational fireworks and stunning burlesque shows.

Extra: The Great Gatsby Extravaganza stars international sensations Claptone, Elli & Fur and Paris House Addict

Food: 11 live stations featuring everything from sushi to shawarmas to mouth-watering desserts

Timing: 8pm to 5am

Price: AED 2,000 per person

To make a booking: (052) 9004868

Where: La Petitie Maison

Revel in the movie star glamour of Cannes Festival right here. Aptly named Tous Célèbres Ici (Everyone’s famous here), this soirée is all about having the best fashionista fun night out.

Food: All the delicacies of Mediterranean cuisine

Timing: 7pm to 3am

Price: AED 1,500 per person

To make a booking: (04) 4390505 or email info@lpmdubai.ae


Where: Armani/Privé, Armani Hotel Dubai

How about a flamboyant start to the New Year? Armani/Prive has drawn out all the stops for its Countdown Downtown year-end party, and, it’s the time to don on your lbd, strap on your heels and party away. There is also the giant LED wall live-streaming the city’s fireworks, but step out to watch them and the merrily dancing fountains.

Extra: Musicos DJ Cammora and Nader Razdar will have you tapping your feet and doing the twirl with their tunes.

Food: Feast on a large array of finger foods

Timing: 9.30pm to 3am. Dress code is smart fashionable. Over 21s only

Price: Open bar with entrance included is AED 1,000 for gentlemen and AED 500 for the ladies

To make a booking: (04) 8883308 or email reservations@armaniprivedxb.com


Where: Level 43 Sky Lounge, Four Points by Sheraton

Ring in the New Year on top of the world in great style as you watch the skies of Dubai light up while indulging on gourmet food and feet-tapping live entertainment

Food: Unrivalled views, Scrumtious buffet spread and unlimited canapies

Timing: 7pm till late

Price: From AED1400 per person

To make a booking: (04) 3169726 or email 03094businesscenter@fourpoints.com


Where: Sofitel The Palm Resort & Spa

Welcome 2019 marvelling at the extravagant fireworks show as the clock strikes midnight. The band belting out festive and catchy tunes will have you swaying all through the night.

Food: Six restaurants will be putting out scrumptious feasts to satisfy every taste bud. You choose.

Timing: 10.30pm till early morning

Price: From AED1,900 per person and AED1,150 for young adults between ages 12 to 20

To make a booking: (04) 44555656 or email: dining.palmdubai@sofitel.com


Celebrate NYE with a difference

Where: Ultimate Villa, Nikki Beach Resort & Spa

For those of you who are looking to begin New Years on a high note, pay attention. It can’t begin better than this. Nikki Beach Resort & Spa, with its spectacular views of the Arabian Gulf are offering the Ultimate 3-bedroom beach villa with a private entrance, large private pool and your own private chef.

Package includes: Drinks, dinner for 6 at Key West, breakfast at Café Nikki, complimentary VOP bed at the Beach Club and a 20 per cent discount on selected Nikki Spa treatments.

Price: AED 60,000 for one night.

Contact: (04) 3766000 or email info.dubai@nikkibeach.com


Where: Burj Al Arab

Can we let you in on a secret? The iconic Burj Al Arab has planned a New Year’s Eve for you in a style never seen before. Book a stay at the hotel from 28 December to 2 January in any one of the hotel’s 202 duplex suites and have the time of your life.

Package includes: VIP pick-by the hotels famed chauffers, A traditional welcome by your own personal butler, plenty of festive in-room treats, breakfast on all of the days, daily culinary experiences, afternoon tea and lots of traditional food. Your child will be kept entertained with camel rides, sand art classes, yoga, cinema screening and of course access to Wild Wadi Waterpark for the whole family. There is also no better place to base yourself to watch the fireworks extravanganza.

Price: From AED 17,940

Contact: (04) 3017400 or email BAAreservations@jumeirah.com

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