Party time

Here's our pick of the New Year's Eve fire­works, feasts and par­ties in Abu Dhabi

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As 2018 comes to a close we take a look at the best New Year’s Eve par­ties and Àre­work dis­plays in the cap­i­tal.

FIRE­WORKS Al Maryah Is­land

More than 12,000 guests are ex­pected to join in the fun at this mu­sic-àlled event. The Cap­i­tal Cel­e­brates fea­tures live per­for­mances by Amr Diab and Myr­iam Fares be­fore the Àre­works start. En­try to the main con­cert is on a Àrst-come, Àrst-served ba­sis, with guests en­cour­aged to ar­rive early and grab their spot. → Free. De­cem­ber 31, 7pm-1am. Al Maryah Is­land.

Emi­rates Palace

This land­mark Abu Dhabi ho­tel is one of the top places to wel­come the new year here in the cap­i­tal. The venue is throw­ing a mas­sive Àre­works dis­play on its pri­vate beach, which is sure to be an oc­ca­sion to re­mem­ber. You can have a great view while en­joy­ing drinks and bites at the Palace Ter­race, with the adults’ pack­age in­clu­sive of mixed bev­er­ages and a din­ner buf­fet.

→ Dhs2,762 (adults), Dhs1,381 (chil­dren aged six-12). De­cem­ber 31. Emi­rates Palace, Cor­niche Road West

(02 690 7999).

Shangri-la Ho­tel, Qaryat Al Beri

Watch a mega Àre­works dis­play with great views of Abu Dhabi’s iconic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, which is just across the canal. Vis­i­tors can soak up the at­mos­phere at bars such as ESS Lounge, the Pool Bar and the Lobby Lounge as the clock ap­proaches mid­night.

→ Prices vary. De­cem­ber 31. Shangri-la Ho­tel, Qaryat Al Beri (02 509 8888).

Yas Is­land

Yas Is­land sure knows how to party, and this year will be no dif­fer­ent. You’ll be able to watch the skies light up as you en­joy a drink and some food in one of the is­land’s many great venues.

→ Prices vary. De­cem­ber 31. Yas Ma­rina, Yas Is­land.

PAR­TIES UN­DER DHS100 He­roes

A New Year’s Eve party with a wide se­lec­tion of drinks and food, plus the Time Out award­win­ning pub’s award-win­ning house band, The In­ter­na­tional Play­boys, will be per­form­ing live to make the cel­e­bra­tions go with a bang.

→ Free en­try (ladies), Dhs135 (men, three drinks).

Mon Dec 31, 8pm-4am. Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Ham­dan bin Mo­hammed Street (02 616 6132).

Loca

See in 2019 at Loca’s New Year’s Eve Mex­i­can-style party. Dress to im­press at this foot­loose and fancy free venue and en­joy live en­ter­tain­ment all night long.

→ Free en­try. Mon Dec 31, from 8pm. The Gal­le­ria, Al Maryah Is­land (02 582 3639).

DHS100-199 AT25

Cel­e­brate New Year’s Eve on this 25th-áoor rooftop bar at the Mar­riott Down­town and en­joy great views of the city’s Àre­works at mid­night. There’s a var­ied drinks menu on of­fer, plus sal­ads and steaks are avail­able to or­der à la carte.

→ En­try, Dhs150 (three drinks). Mon Dec 31, from 7pm. Mar­riott Ho­tel Down­town Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street (02 304 7777).

Chameleon Ter­race

En­joy the end of year party on this pop­u­lar Fair­mont ter­race with a per­for­mance from DJ Nuff Said and views of the Àre­works as they

light up the night sky all around you

→ Dhs150 (stand­ing and two house bev­er­ages), Dhs450 (seat­ing, an­tipasti plat­ter and half bot­tle of bub­bly). Mon Dec 31, 9.30pm-3.30am. Fair­mont Bab Al Bahr, Khor Al Maqta (02 654 3238).

Glo

A fun Masquerade Party will take place on the stylish out­door ter­race bar. Mu­sic comes from DJ Chad­phunk, who’ll be joined by Mi­lan on the sax­o­phone.

→ Dhs199 (en­trance and one drink), Dhs1,500 (ta­ble for four plus one bot­tle), Dhs3,000 (ta­ble for six and two bot­tles). Mon Dec 31, 7pm-4am. Rose­wood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Is­land (02 813 5520).

Hamil­ton’s Gas­tropub

A lively New Year’s Eve party that con­tin­ues into the early hours is on the cards at Hamil­ton’s, with a live DJ spin­ning the tunes. Bar bites will be avail­able, too.

→ Dhs150 (be­fore 11pm, two drinks, one bar bite), Dhs310 (after 11pm, house bev­er­ages). Mon Dec 31, 7pm-3am. Saadiyat Rotana Re­sort & Vil­las, Saadiyat Is­land (02 697 0000).

Pool Deck

Party into 2019 at the Pool Deck at Jumeirah at Eti­had Tow­ers. Tunes from the res­i­dent DJ will make sure the dance Áoor is busy. It’s Dhs150 to get in, then drinks are paid for at the bar.

→ Dhs150. Mon Dec 31, 10pm-3am. Jumeirah at Eti­had Tow­ers, Cor­niche West (02 811 5666).

DHS200-399 ESS Lounge and Pool Bar

Head out late to this beach­front bar and en­joy a spe­cial bev­er­age pack­age on De­cem­ber

31. The venue of­fers im­pres­sive views of the Àre­works and the glo­ri­ous Sheikh Zayed

Grand Mosque.

→ Dhs240 (house bev­er­ages). Mon Dec 31, from 10pm. Shangri-la Ho­tel Abu Dhabi, Qaryat Al Beri, Bain Al Jess­rain (02 509 8555).

Mcget­ti­gan’s

Ex­pect a lively party at this pop­u­lar Ir­ish pub, with live mu­sic and DJS get­ting you in the mood. There’ll be plenty of drinks and some shar­ing plat­ters go­ing around.

→ Dhs299 (house bev­er­ages and plat­ters). Mon Dec 31, 8pm-12.15am. Al Raha Beach Ho­tel & Re­sort, Chan­nel Street (02 02 652 4333).

PJ O’reilly’s

The Ir­ish pub is throw­ing a New Year’s Eve bash with live bands, DJS and free-áow­ing drinks. We can’t think of many bet­ter places to see in 2019 than at PJ’S.

→ Dhs300 (house bev­er­ages). Mon Dec 31, 8pm11.30pm. Le Royal Méri­dien, Sheikh Khal­ifa Bin Zayed Street (02 695 0515).

Ray’s Bar

The vi­brant bar on level 62 is throw­ing a NYE party with a DJ spin­ning house and techno beats. Im­pres­sive views of the city and Àre­works are guar­an­teed.

→ Dhs200 (one glass of bub­bly), Dhs485 (per per­son for ta­bles of six, house bev­er­ages and a glass of bub­bly), Dhs575 (per per­son for ta­bles of four, house bev­er­ages

and a glass of bub­bly), 25 per­cent dis­count for guests who dine at a Jumeirah restau­rant on Dec 31. Mon Dec 31, from 8pm. Jumeirah at Eti­had Tow­ers, Cor­niche Road West (02 811 5666).

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Join in the cel­e­bra­tions at the New Year’s Eve Glow Party. This rooftop bar of­fers great views of the city’s sky­line and plays great mu­sic un­til the early hours. A top late-night party.

→ Dhs399 (be­fore Dec 31), Dhs450 (Dec 31). Mon Dec 31, 8pm-3am. Aloft Abu Dhabi, AD­NEC, (02 654 5193).

DHS400-599 Abu Dhabi Golf Club

Party the night away at this ’80s themed bash on De­cem­ber 31, with a Ge­orge Michael trib­ute act and retro DJ. As well as the su­per live en­ter­tain­ment there will be a photo booth to cap­ture your best mo­ments. So why not party like its 1989?

→ Dhs499 (mem­bers), Dhs549 (adults), Dhs250 (kids aged 13-20), Dhs120 (kids aged four-12). Mon Dec 31, 8pm-2am. Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Sas Al Nakhl

(02 885 3555).

Filini Gar­den

Step into Filini Gar­den on New Year’s Eve and be trans­ported back to 1970s New York with a Stu­dio 54-themed party. A DJ will be spin­ning the tunes and there’ll be food on of­fer should you get peck­ish.

→ Dhs495 (soft drinks), Dhs695 (house bev­er­ages), Dhs895 (pre­mium bev­er­ages). Mon Dec 31, 7pm-11pm. Radis­son Blu Ho­tel Abu Dhabi, Yas Is­land

(02 656 2000).

Skylite

This top bar is host­ing a big Min­istry of Sound party with res­i­dent DJ Tim Cullen and ra­dio DJS Lucy Stone and James Mur­ray. Im­pres­sive views across Yas Ma­rina and Àre­works at mid­night are guar­an­teed.

→ Dhs499 (bub­bly), Dhs599 (pre­mium bub­bly), Dhs10,000 (eight guests, pre­mium bub­bly). Mon Dec 31, 8pm-4am. Yas Ho­tel Abu Dhabi, Yas Is­land

(02 656 0600).

DHS600+ Buddha-bar Beach Abu Dhabi

A lively New Year’s Eve party, with en­ter­tain­ment in­clud­ing Go-go dancers, a sax­o­phon­ist, res­i­dent DJ Bam­bina and celebrity DJ Sam Popat.

→ Dhs600 (en­try to after party with house bev­er­ages from 11pm on­wards), Dhs800 (canapés and freeÁow­ing bev­er­ages), Dhs1,000 (four-course din­ner with free-áow­ing bev­er­ages). Mon Dec 31, 8pm-3am. The St. Regis Saadiyat Is­land Re­sort, Abu Dhabi

(02 498 8888).

Na­tion Riviera Beach Club

An ele­gant beach club party with live mu­sic and an all-you-can-eat buf­fet to ring in the new year in style. If you’re ready to party, this one is for you.

→ Dhs750 (soft drinks), Dhs950 (house bev­er­ages), Dhs1,150 (bub­bly). Spe­cial rates for groups of more than ten. Mon Dec 31, 8pm-2.30am. Na­tion Riviera, Cor­niche Road West (02 694 4553).

FEASTS DHS100-199 Cho Gao

Ex­pe­ri­ence a culi­nary jour­ney through Asia with a Àve-course menu of­fer­ing sig­na­ture dishes in­clud­ing hand­made har gao and sui mai dim sums. It’s go­ing to be bril­liant.

→ Dhs199 (soft bev­er­ages), Dhs299 (house bev­er­ages). Mon Dec 31, 7pm-11pm, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Ham­dan bin Mo­hammed Street (02 616 6149).

Mar­ket Kitchen

Savour an all-amer­i­can four-course feast and free Áow­ing bev­er­ages on NYE. Clas­sic dishes and a re­laxed at­mos­phere are guar­an­teed.

→ Dhs199 (food only), Dhs399 (house bev­er­ages), Dhs499 (bub­bly). Mon Dec 31, 7pm-11pm. Le Royal Méri­dien Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khal­ifa bin Zayed Street (800 101 101).

Mr Miyagi’s

Tuck into a Thai-in­spired Àve-course meal with three hours of free Áow­ing drinks, plus live en­ter­tain­ment at this fun and funky new venue on Yas Is­land.

→ Dhs190 (soft drinks), Dhs290 (house bev­er­ages), Dhs390 (pre­mium bev­er­ages). Mon Dec 31, 8pm-11pm. Yas Ma­rina, Yas Is­land, [email protected]­miyag­isauh.com.

The Ware­house

Get in­volved in the count­down to the new year with a tapas menu and à la carte din­ing. A DJ will be keep­ing the party go­ing into the early hours of 2019.

→ En­try Dhs100 (two wel­come drinks). Mon Dec 31, 9pm-1am. Pearl Rotana Cap­i­tal Cen­tre, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street (02 307 5591).

DHS200-399 Amerigo’s Mex­i­can Bar & Restau­rant

Head to this pool­side venue and join the Mex­i­can street food party on New Year’s Eve. Mu­sic and views of the Àre­works in­cluded.

→ Dhs320 (soft drinks), Dhs520 (house bev­er­ages), Dhs125 (kids aged six-11). Mon Dec 31, 7pm-11pm. Park Inn Abu Dhabi, Yas Is­land (02 656 2000).

Bel­gian Café Abu Dhabi

There’s an ’80s-themed New Year’s Eve bash out on the ter­race at this ex­cel­lent bar,

Ray’s Bar

ESS Lounge and Pool Bar

AT25

Skylite

The Ware­house

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