Find out the prime lo­ca­tions to have a meal fit to usher in 2019 – ac­com­pa­nied by glit­ter­ing sky­lines and grand fire­works, of course.

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What will you be do­ing as the clock strikes 12 and ush­ers us into 2019? Here are places around the UAE you can watch fire­works from and count­down to the New Year.

Play Restau­rant & Lounge, H Ho­tel: The glitz and glam­our of the roar­ing twen­ties is what The Great Gatsby-themed cel­e­bra­tion is all about. You’ll step into ex­trav­a­gant decor, tuck into deca­dent dishes such as ot­toro gunkan with 24 carat gold leaf and grilled king crab with lemon but­ter sauce, and be ser­e­naded by a live singer, vi­o­lin player and sax­o­phon­ist. From Dh650 per per­son for set menu, call 04 336 4444.

Flair No. 5, The Ritz Carl­ton DIFC: The Won­der­land at The Ritz part will see the ho­tel’s scenic ter­race trans­formed into a dance floor to party away the last night of the year. Munch on tasty bites such as Prawn Cro­quette, Crispy Cala­mari, and Duck Gy­ozato, while a DJ will pump up the tempo. From 8pm, call 04 372 2323. QE2 Royal Va­ri­ety Show: Ahoy good times! Va­ri­ety is the spice of life aboard

The Grand Lounge on New Year’s Eve.

A slew of tribute bands, com­edy acts, ma­gi­cians and dance shows will keep you en­thralled through­out the evening. From 8pm-11:30pm; Dh695 in­cludes the show, food, soft bev­er­ages and house bev­er­ages. 21 years and above only. Call 04 526 8888.

Al Maryah Is­land, Abu Dhabi: Out in the cap­i­tal, Al Maryah Is­land has part­nered with Plat­inum Records to pave a starstud­ded en­trance into the New Year with per­for­mances by Egyp­tian singer Amr Diab and Le­banese Myr­iam Fares and a spec­tac­u­lar fire­works show. From 7pm-1am; free to at­tend. Flamingo Room by tashas, Jumeirah Al Naseem: Ring in the new year friends and fam­ily at the all-day fam­ily style brunch that will per­son­ally be hosted by renowned restau­ra­teur, Natasha Sideris. There’ll be live en­ter­tain­ment, gourmet food such as lob­ster burger and more. From 11am-7pm; from Dh450. Call 04 244 7278. Azur Restau­rant, Raf­fles Dubai: As dif­fer­ent parts of the world cel­e­brate the turn of the year, cel­e­brate with an elab­o­rate spread from around the globe. En­joy seafood such as Alaskan king crab, Scot­tish salmon welling­ton and an ex­ten­sive carvery with all the tra­di­tional trim­mings and deca­dent desserts. Kids can keep busy in a des­ig­nated chil­dren’s area. From Dh395 per per­son and Dh200 fpr kids aged seven to 12; from 8pm to 1am. Call 04 324 8888. Ri­vage Bistro, Grand Mil­len­nium: Take the cel­e­bra­tions out­side with a Euro­pean in­spired set menu that’ll be served al fresco, ac­com­pa­nied by views of the Dubai Canal water­front and life en­ter­tain­ment. Dh699 for a three-course set menu. From 8.30pm-12.30am; call 04 873 3333.

COYA Dubai and Abu Dhabi: The award­win­ning restau­rant chain will be host­ing ‘Mid­night in Paris’ themed soirees at both venues. Rel­ish Peru­vian del­i­ca­cies, en­joy Parisian en­ter­tain­ment and when the clock strikes 12, watch the Burj Khal­ifa come alive, fol­lowed by a DJ set that will con­tinue the party up to 3am. From Dh500 per per­son; call 04 316 9600. 55&5th, The Grill St Regis Saadiyat Is­land Re­sort: Head to the steak­house for a dose of glam­our, a live pian­ist and a gourmet four­course din­ner. Dh1,000 per per­son, in­clud­ing grape bev­er­age. Call 055 258 5612.­sphere, Burj Khal­ifa: End and start the year feel­ing at the top of the world at­sphere. Choose from a seven or an eight-course de­gus­ta­tion menu by Ex­ec­u­tive Chef Yann Mein­sel in­clud­ing scal­lops with pump­kin, parme­san and black truf­fle, a cel­ery risotto dressed in white truf­fle, wild sea bass with caviar and leek fon­due and wagyu in pep­per jus, all savoured against the panoramic views of Dubai’s glit­ter­ing sky­line and live mu­sic from the res­i­dent vi­o­lin­ist. From 7pm, Dh2,800 per per­son. Call 04 8883828.

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