It’s the one night of the year where you’re not supposed to Netflix in your PJs (although hey, if you still want to, you’ll find absolutely no judgement from us).
But if you want to see off the last 12 months with a bit more glitz and glamour, you’re not short of options in Dubai.
So if you’ve got an empty calendar and a lack of ideas, we’re here to help. Whether you want a front-row seat to the fireworks, a place to boogie the night away, or a fine-dining deal, here are 10 spots where party poppers are at the ready…
Where: Mori Sushi, Downtown Boulevard
Foodies, this is one for you. The Brazilian-Japanese eatery is putting on a tailor-made set menu featuring a selection of sushi dishes, seafood, sides and drinks – plus you get one of the best views of the Burj Khalifa fireworks that Dubai has to offer.
Timing: 9pm until late.
Price: Dhs750 for set menu.
To make a booking: (04) 5521853.
Where: Brasserie Quartier and J&G Steakhouse, St Regis Dubai
What could feel more glam than a Great Gatsby themed spread? So put on your 1920s gladrags and get down for a cocktail reception, followed by an elaborate sabering and then a tasty set menu.
Price: The grand buffet at Brasserie Quartier is Dhs800 per person, including the house beverage package, or Dhs550 per person with a glass of bubbly on arrival. The set menu at J&G Steakhouse is Dhs900 per person, including the house beverage package, or Dhs650 per person with a glass of bubbly on arrival.
Extra: House band and live DJ.
Dress code: Great Gatsby style.
Timing: 7.30pm to 2am.
To make a booking: (04) 4355577 or email email@example.com.
Where: Yesterday Pub, Four Points by Sheraton, Downtown Dubai
If hours of singing and dancing sound like your kind of thing, look no further than this all-night party.
Price: Dhs380 per person including selected house beverages, Dhs280 per person including soft drinks. Children between six to 12 will get 50 per cent off, while children under six dine free.
Timing: 7pm until late.
To make a booking: (04) 501 3115 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where: Ewaan, The Palace Downtown Dubai
Fancy a splurge? Then this place should fit the bill. There’s a lavish Oriental buffet, free-flowing bubbly, and top-notch views of the firework-illuminated Burj Khalifa and the dancing fountains.
Extra: A live band will set the mood for a night of celebration.
Timing: 8pm to 3am.
Price: Dhs1,600 per person including soft beverages and Dhs2,000 per person including premium bubbly if you choose a seat indoors. Dhs1,800 per person including soft beverages and Dhs2,500 per person including premium bubbly for outdoor seating. Dhs800 per child for indoor seating and Dhs900 per child for outdoor seating for ages six to 11.
To make a booking: (04) 4287806 or email email@example.com.
Where: At.mosphere, Burj Khalifa
Wrap up 2016 on a high (quite literally, at the world’s tallest building), where this restaurant is putting a night-time spin on traditional brunch dishes. You’ll also get an inside view of the night’s most famous fireworks display.
Timing: 7pm to 1am.
Price: Dhs2,900 per person for a window table and Dhs2,500 for a regular. Price includes unlimited sparkling beverages.
To make a booking: (04) 8883828 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where: Trader Vic’s, Madinat Jumeirah
Here you’ll get a world-class view of the Burj Al Arab’s fireworks, plus dishes including oyster Rockefeller, beef tartare, crab-stuffed lobster and roasted lamb shank.
Extra: Show off your dancing skills to DJ DTorro and Trader’s in-house Cuban band.
Timing: 9pm to 3am.
Price: Dhs650 per person minimum spend.
To make a booking: (04) 3665646 or email email@example.com.
One of the city’s newest newest hotspots is keeping things stylish with a black-and-gold themed party. Expect Peruvian Japanese cuisine and thumping tunes with coastal views from the Palm Jumeirah.
Extra: Two DJs will be in the house for non-stop dancing.
Price: Dhs900 for unlimited house beverages and a ‘gold’ seven-course meal, Dhs550 for a ‘black’ seven-course menu and unlimited soft drinks, or go a la carte with a minimum spend of Dhs600.
Timing: 8pm to 2am.
To make a booking: (04) 5520244.
Where: Al Muntaha, Burj Al Arab
So it’s not cheap, but it’s definitely one of Dubai’s most iconic spots (and hey, NYE is all about excess, right?). Begin your evening with a glass of champagne in the tallest atrium in the world, before tucking into a selection of modern French creations.
Extra: A front-row view of the spectacular fireworks, then an after-party in Al Falak Ballroom with a live DJ.
Price: Dhs8,750 per person.
Timing: 7pm until the wee hours.
To make a booking: (04) 3017600 or email BAArestaurants@jumeirah.com.
Where: Play Restaurant & Lounge, H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road
Always wished you could have had a part in Goldfinger? Well now you can (kind of) as Play is hosting a James Bond-themed party. Expect opulent decor, the finest tuxes, and plenty of 007-worthy props.
Extra: The night will include models coated in gold balancing on gilded balls, and guests can also get golden touches of makeup from Max Factor makeup artist Samira Olfat.
Price: The Shaken Not Stirred package (Dhs200 per person) includes a complimentary cocktail in hand. The 007 package (Dhs900 per person) includes select dishes and unlimited house beverages. The Goldfinger package (Dhs1,400 per person) includes a set menu with unlimited house beverages and full access to the restaurant and lounge area.
Dress Code: Black and gold.
Timing: 6pm to 3am.
To make a booking: (04) 3364444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where: JAAN at the Penthouse
If you’re looking for spectacular views of the Dubai skyline and fireworks at the Burj Khalifa (plus a seven-course menu), look no further.
Price: Dhs1,000 per person for a seven-course meal with house beverages. Dhs1,400 per person for a seven-course meal with free-flowing premium blends. Dhs1,200 for a free-flowing premium open bar, plus small plates and appetizers. Dhs3,000 per person for the JAAN VIP table experience which includes a seven-course menu and unlimited premium beverages for a minimum of eight guests.
Timing: 7pm to 3am.
To make a booking: (050) 601223 or email email@example.com.