Here's our pick of the New Year's Eve fireworks, feasts and parties in Abu Dhabi
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.
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 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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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
→ Dhs240 (house beverages). Mon Dec 31, from 10pm. Shangri-la Hotel Abu Dhabi, Qaryat Al Beri, Bain Al Jessrain (02 509 8555).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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.
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,
ESS Lounge and Pool Bar