Ring it in
Time Out Dubai looks at the best spots in the city to kick-start 2019
Looking for a venue for this year’s perfomance of Auld Lang Syne? We’ve got the lowdown on all the best NYE parties
It’s time to party like it’s 2019 – because it nearly is. Whether you’re up for boogying your way into the new year, seeing out 2018 with a massive feast or looking to see a spectacular firework show, we’ve got you covered. Here are the best places to be when the clock strikes midnight.
Burj Khalifa views Aqua
Fancy seeing the Burj Khalifa fireworks up close? Of course you do. For some of the best views, head to this pool party for a cracking vista. Live DJ sets from Smokingroove and Adam J will keep partygoers on their feet, while anyone who’s booked dinner in the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai can enjoy an afterparty at Aqua for Dhs250.
→ Dhs250 (after-party), Dhs500 (full party, house beverages). Mon Dec 31, 7pm-3am. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay (04 414 3000).
If you’re worried about getting caught in the crowds trying to watch the Burj Khalifa fireworks head to this casual restaurant. It spills out into the Manzil Downtown’s central courtyard and the terrace looks out towards the Burj. This classic Lebanese is familyfriendly, too.
→ Indoor: Dhs650 (soft drinks), Dhs999 (house beverages and one bottle of bubbly), Dhs325 (kids aged six-11), free (kids under five). Outdoor: Dhs999 (soft drinks), Dhs1,250 (house beverages and one bottle of bubbly), half-price (kids aged six to 11), free (kids under five). Mon Dec 31, 8pm-3am. Manzil Downtown, Sheikh
Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).
Views of the Burj don’t get much better than sitting right opposite it on the waterfront promenade. Here, at Günaydin, front-row seats to the fireworks are exactly what you’ll get – as well as a five-course Turkish dinner. → Outdoors: Dhs2,250 (soft drinks). Indoors: Dhs1,850 (soft drinks), half-price (kids aged seven-12), free (kids under seven). Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 554 0700).
Chill out at this Sheikh Zayed Road party spot. Anyone dining at Shangri-la’s restaurants will also get a discount. There’ll be an international buffet and plenty of entertainment to be enjoyed.
→ Dhs500 (walk-in rate, house beverages), Dhs850 (walk-in rate, premium house beverages), Dhs1,650 (bubbly with seats), Dhs2,950 (premium bubbly with seats). Mon Dec 31, 8pm-2am. Shangri-la, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 405 2703).
This newly-reopened 63rd floor vantage point offers up stunning views of Burj Khalifa.
→ Dhs1,500 per person (minimum spend on one table). Mon Dec 31, 6pm-2.30am. Address Downtown, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).
STK Downtown Dubai
Looking for front row seats to one of the world’s greatest firework shows? Head to this swanky steakhouse and enjoy the performance while digging into a fillet steak. → Dhs999 (bistro seating), Dhs1,299 (carpet seating), Dhs1,899 (terrace seating). Mon Dec 31, 9pm-2am. Address Downtown, Downtown Dubai (04 425 3948).
Swim & Tonic
This edgy rooftop pool bar has a spectacular vantage point for the Burj. There’ll be five hours of free-flowing house beverages, canapés being passed around and a dancefloor for shape throwing. Just be sure to stop doing the robot when the clock strikes midnight.
→ Dhs750 (house beverages). Mon Dec 31, 9pm-2am. Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay (04 369 0000).
The Meat Co.
This newly-revamped venue at Souk Al Bahar is offering a tasty four-course set menu for this year’s celebrations. There’s even a floating deck if you’re feeling fancy.
→ Dhs1,500 per person (indoor seating), Dhs1,900 (outdoor terrace seating), Dhs2,500 (floating deck). Mon Dec 31, 7pm until closing. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 420 0737).
Is there anything more Dubai than dinner on the water overlooking the fountains and Burj? This super restaurant, which is the current holder of our Best Thai and Best Romantic categories, is throwing a lavish New Year’s feast that you don’t want to miss.
→ Dhs1,995 per person (soft drinks and indoor seating), Dhs3,045 (soft drinks and al fresco seating), Dhs2,625 (premium bubbly and indoor seating), Dhs3,675 (premium bubbly and al fresco seating). Mon Dec 31,
8pm-3am. Palace Downtown, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).
Fancy a pizza to see in 2019? DIG into Italian dishes while you ogle at the stunning firework show in front of you at this spot.
→ From Dhs500 (adults), Dhs200 (kids). Mon Dec 31, 8pm-3am. Manzil Downtown, Sheikh Zayed, Downtown Dubai (04 242 7882).
This brand-new Downtown restaurant has eyepoppingly good views. Enjoy a four-course set menu featuring Californian and Asia-inspired cuisine, right in the shadow of Burj Khalifa. Dhs1,500 per person (soft drinks), Dhs2,250 (house beverages), Dhs1,500 (lounge seating with signature house beverages). Mon Dec 31, 6pm-2.30pm. Address Downtown, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).
Something different Al Mansour Dhow
Take things outdoors, or rather on water, by sailing along the Deira Creek on board Al Mansour Dhow. You can enjoy the tranquil waters as well as a buffet before the dhow sets sail at 10pm, eventually docking again at 12.30am for a unique way to see in 2019.
→ Dhs399 (house beverages). Mon Dec 31, 9.30pm-12.30am. Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek (04 205 7033).
Atlantis The Palm
From fantastic fireworks displays to incredible, sumptuous feasts and live entertainment along the beach of Atlantis The Palm, this world-famous Atlantis Royal Gala NYE party takes celebrations above and beyond. The huge dinner will have everything from lobster and caviar to smoked salmon and sushi, along with live cooking stations and child-friendly buffet stations. It all kicks off at 7.30pm, with canapés, bubbly and welcome drinks in Asateer, all before welcoming everyone to the extravagant venue where a 30-piece live band kicks off the night’s entertainment and plays through until 3am.
→ Dhs3,200 (adults), Dhs2,240 (ages 12-20), free (kids aged under 9). Mon Dec 31, 7.30pm-3am. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
Beefbar’s ‘Meat Me Monday’ NYE special
For Dhs1,000, guests can dig into some fine cut meats, take in the live entertainment and a (not so) surprising flash mob. It all kicks off from 7pm, but be sure to get there before 8pm, as those who do will get a complimentary bottle of bubbly.
→ Dhs1,000. Mon Dec 31, 7pm-4am. Al Fattan Currency House, DIFC (056 115 1724).
JA Bateaux Dubai
A NYE celebration on a cruise? With a party celebrating like it’s back in the 1920’s, the luxury glass-roofed dinner cruise boat will be setting up an eight-course à la carte gala dinner, along with live entertainment and great views of the fireworks around Dubai as guests cruise along the Dubai Creek.
→ Dhs1,150 (soft drinks), Dhs1,300 (house beverages and bubbly), Dhs495 (kids aged 5-11). Boarding: 7.15pm. Cruise: 8pm-10.30pm. Mon Dec 31. Al Seef Street, Dubai Creek (04 814 5553).
Tr!beca Kitchen & Bar Glow in the Dark Party
While the night sky all over the world will be lighting up, the New York bar and grill will
have you shining through the night instead at its blowout New York Eve glow-in-the-dark luminous extravaganza.
→ From Dhs299 (food and drink packages). Mon Dec 31, 9pm-4am. JA Ocean View Hotel, JBR (050 345 6067)
Beach Parties Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE
One of Dubai’s best party destinations is bringing back one of its biggest parties to ring in the new year, and with the line-up its bringing in, its looking to be an absolute blast. Get ready for electrifying beats from house and techno DJ Dixon, futuristic tunes from DJ duo group Âme, underground dance and electronic artist Denis Horvat and a lot more.
→ Dhs500 (ladies), Dhs700 (gents), Dhs1,400 (restaurant package). Mon Dec 31, 7pm onwards. Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotels and Resort, Sheikh Zayed Road, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).
If you’re thinking of sticking to one place and making the most out of the final day of the year, Zero Gravity will treat you to the sun, nightlife vibes and two stellar headlining acts. The hugely popular party spot is bringing in Rudimental and Sigala to spin some of their best tracks so you can dance away on the sand while under a firework-filled sky. From just Dhs300, this beach festival is up there as one of the better ways to spend New Year.
→ Dhs300 (online), Dhs400 (at the door), Dhs1,000 (unlimited VIP package, from Dhs5,000 (table packages). Mon Dec 31, noon-3am. Skydive Dubai Drop Zone, Dubai Marina (04 399 0009).
Blow-out buffets Bubbalicious
If you’ve visited this massive party brunch before, you’ll know just how much food, drink and, of course, free-flowing bubbly will be on offer. Setting up more than ten live cooking stations in three of Dubai’s hottest restaurants, the four-hour evening brunch will
also have its resident band to keep you dancing about.
→ Dhs850 (bubbly), Dhs300 (kids aged 6-11). Mon Dec 31, 8.30pm-12.30am. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh (04 511 7373).
For something the whole family can enjoy, Flow Kitchen will be setting up fantastic activities including live music, outdoor entertainment and a Falcons Kids’ Club for kids aged three to 12. Let’s not forget about the staggering amount of food it will be serving either, with a buffet dinner and live stations filled with international cuisine. Families can then make their way to the resort’s outdoor stage to party it up on the dancefloor, with a DJ and trio band busting out all the tunes until 2am at the Seaview Garden. → Indoor seating: Dhs895 (house beverages), Dhs395 (kids aged 6-12). Outdoor seating: Dhs1,195 (house beverages), Dhs395 (kids aged 6-12), free (kids below 6). Mon Dec 31, 7pm-1am. Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 3457).
Dinner dates Ayamna
If you’re looking to sign off 2018 in style, look no further than this elegant gala dinner at high-end Lebanese Ayamna restaurant at Atlantis The Palm. Be sure to dig out your glad rags, this is a special occasion that you won’t forget – with food to match. → Dhs1,000 (adults, unlimited house beverages), Dhs770 (ages 12 to 20), Dhs495 (ages four to 11). Mon Dec 31, 7pm-1am. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
Ba Restaurant and Lounge
Enjoy a four-course sharing menu of sushi, bao buns and dishes straight from the wok while taking in views of the Dubai Marina – what a way to celebrate the last day of 2018. → Indoor seating: Dhs699 (house beverages), Dhs349 (kids aged 6-12). Outdoor seating: Dhs1,099 (house beverages), Dhs549 (kids aged 6-12), free (kids below 6). Mon Dec 31, 7pm-1am. After party: 2am-3am. Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 3457).
Bistrot Bagatelle Dubai
This super-cool French spot is hosting a massive bash, with plenty of entertainment in the form of a live singer, pianist and saxophonist and resident DJ Sam Starks.
→ First seating (7pm-9pm): Dhs550 (set menu and
beverages based on consumption); Second seating (10pm-10.30pm): Dhs1,300 (Dhs550 set menu and Dhs750 minimum spend per person on beverage). Mon Dec 31, 7pm till late. The Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 3545035).
folly by Nick & Scott
Winner of Time Out Dubai’s Best Bar with a view and Best European Restaurant 2018 for a very good reason, folly by Nick & Scott is setting up to impress come New Year’s Eve. Guests can peer out to the pristine Arabian Gulf while taking on a snack platter and a selection of eight drinks. The restaurant will stay open from 6pm all the way until 4am, so drop in or stay the whole night and enjoy those beautiful views across the city with drink in hand.
→ Dhs650 (eight drinks). Mon Dec 31, 6pm-4am. Souk Madinat Jumeirah (04 430 8535).
Dig into flavours from Brazil with this full-on churrasco experience, with an unlimited meat cut selection carved tableside, seafood dishes, along with a variety of Brazilian salads and family-style desserts for those with an aching sweet tooth. Plus the resident Brazilian duo band will be keeping up the tunes going all the way until 1am.
→ Indoor seating: Dhs749 (house beverages), Dhs375 (kids aged 6-12). Outdoor seating: Dhs899 (house beverages), Dhs449 (kids aged 6-12), free (kids below 6). Mon Dec 31, 7pm-1am. Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, (04 457 3457).
Le Méridian Village Terrace
Fancy an outdoor New Year’s Eve extravaganza? The beautiful outdoor terrace will have a buffet spread with free-flowing holiday drinks, with resident band X Groove to keep you entertained all night. If that’s not enough, enjoy the happy hour from 12.30am until 2.45am.
→ Dhs499 (house beverages). Mon Dec 31, 8.30pm-12.30am. Le Méridian Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Garhoud (04 702 2455).
Little Miss India
This swanky Indian restaurant is preparing for its second New Year’s Eve in Dubai by hosting a lavish banquet inside and out. You won’t go hungry at Little Miss India and you’ll be treated to unrivalled views of the Dubai Marina skyscrapers.
→ Outdoors: Dhs1,199 (house beverages). Indoors: Dhs699 (house beverages), bar: Dhs599 (house beverages). Dec 31 7pm-1am. Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 3457).
Maison Mathis is readying itself to throw a house party to remember with free-flowing bubbly and house beverages, live cooking stations and classic anthems to dance the night away to.
→ Dhs650 (bubbly). Mon Dec 31, 8pm-2am. Arabian Ranches (04 450 1313).
Welcome the first day of 2019 at Morimoto Dubai with super tunes from Dubai-based DJ Dany Neville. From acclaimed Japanese chef Masaharu Morimoto, this restaurant will be serving some of the freshest (and tastiest) sushi around, so party it up with an array of Japanese dishes and groove into 2019 in absolute style.
→ From Dhs500 (minimum spend). Mon Dec 31, 8pm until late. Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai, Business Bay (04 512 5577).
For something extra special indulge in an eight-course meal aboard the QE2. You’ll get grape pairings and live jazz, too. Well if it’s good enough for royalty...
→ Dhs1,500 (8-course tasting menu with paired beverages). Mon Dec 31, 8pm-1am. Queen Elizabeth 2, Mina Rashid (04 526 8888).
Fancy a seafood supper? Head to this restaurant and you’ll get an eight-course menu, free-flowing drinks and a bottle of bubbly per couple at midnight. Plus, you’ll get to party the night away at Shimmers.
→ Dhs3,800. Mon Dec 31, 8pm onwards. Jumeirah Al Naseem, Umm Suqeim (04 432 3232).
The Rib Room
Carnivores, for your ideal New Year’s Eve feast, make a date at this swanky steakhouse. → Dhs400 (soft drinks), Dhs700 (free-flowing house beverages). Mon Dec 31, 8pm-1am (restaurant); 8pm-3am (bar). Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 432 3232).
The Fish House
Swinging open its doors earlier this year, this seafood centric restaurant wants you to toast to the New Year with friends and family by dining on a three-course menu of the finest delicacies from the ocean. For an extra Dhs50, guests can enjoy stunning views from the venue’s terrace.
→ Dhs495 (soft beverages), Dhs595 (house beverages), Dhs50 (additional for terrace seating). Mon Dec 31, 8.30pm-12.30am. Intercontinental Dubai Festival City (04 701 1027).
For three brunches in one, spend New Year at The Square. You’ll get dishes from tapas joint Toro + Ko, Peruvian flavours from LIMA Dubai and fancy European dishes from Galvin Bistrot & Bar. The night begins with a canapé reception, followed by four-course
dinner and open bar until 2am.
→ Dhs650 (house beverages). Mon Dec 31, 8pm-2am. The Square, City Walk, Al Safa (056 500 4571)
World Cut Steakhouse
Our Best Steakhouse 2018 is hosting a New York, New York four-course dinner that you don’t want to miss. Plus, book before Monday, December 10 and you’ll get 20 percent off.
→ Dhs550 (soft drinks), Dhs750 (house beverages), half-price (children aged 12 to 18). Mon Dec 31, 7pm1am. Habtoor Palace, LXR Hotels & Resorts, Al Habtoor City (04 435 1542).
Laid-back celebrations Girders Garden
JA Ocean View Hotel’s brilliant new garden is comfortable and lively, and this year, Girders will be throwing a lengthy New Year’s Eve do with an international buffet to dig in to and live music from 7pm until 12.30am. That’s plenty of time to enjoy all the banter and gear up for the New Year’s cheers.
→ Dhs500 (soft drinks), Dhs975 (house beverages), Dhs495 (kids aged 7-11). Mon Dec 31, 7pm-12.30am. JA Ocean View Hotel, JBR (04 814 5591).
Cielo Sky Lounge
This stunning rooftop bar is hosting a New Year’s Eve bash with live DJS and free-flowing drinks. Plus, there are top views of Dubai Creek from it’s super vantage point.
→ Dhs770 (house beverages), Dhs470 (house beverages only). Mon Dec 31. Dubai Creek & Golf Yacht Club, Deira (04 416 1800).
This brilliant contemporary pub is perfect to party without blowing your holiday budget. There are separate food and drinks packages
with a live DJ and dancers as well as a fitting glass of bubbly on arrival. You can also ditch the diet with a three-course dinner.
→ Dhs109 (entry plus two free drinks), Dhs279 (house beverages), Dhs239 (food and soft drinks), Dhs399 (food and house beverages). Mon Dec 31, 8pm-1am. Amwaj Rotana Hotel, JBR (04 428 2000).
This laid-back Miami-style pool bar in Media City is hosting White Party. Food and drinks packages on the night run for three hours until midnight, with a cash bar afterwards.
→ Dhs499 (house beverages. Mon Dec 31, 9pmonwards. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).
Eve Penthouse & Lounge
This brand-new rooftop bar in Deira not only has great views, its New Year’s Eve party will serve up loads of super-fresh seafood and a range of international cheeses.
→ Dhs1,500. Mon Dec 31, Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights, Dubai Healthcare City (04 553 1214).
Fiesta into 2019 at this longstanding Mexican bar. You’ll get free-flowing beverages for Dhs400 from 8pm all the way until the early hours of the morning. Arriba!
→ Dhs400 (house beverages). Mon Dec 31, 8pm-2am. Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah (04 346 1111).
This longstanding bar is continuing its reputation for brilliant value with its New Year’s Eve bash – partygoers can enjoy a spread of festive favourites and unlimited house beverages from 7pm for just Dhs399. → Dhs399 (house beverages). Mon Dec 31, 7pm-onwards. Towers Rotana, World Trade Center Area, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 343 8000)
Ribs & Brews
Kick-back with an American dinner, drinks and live entertainment at this chilled spot.
→ Dhs250. Mon Dec 31, 8pm-1am. Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City (04 437 3333).
The Irish Village
This legendary pub is preparing to host its 23rd New Year’s Eve party, so you can be sure The Irish Village knows how to host a proper knees up. You’ll find more than 125 beverages, live music from Dubai-based Kiwi/ Brit band the Maple Jacks and DJ Marky Mark. Doors open at 7pm and the party at Time Out Dubai’s current Pub of the Year goes on well into the next year.
→ Dhs125 (include two house beverages). Mon Dec 31, 7pm-onwards. The Irish Village, Garhoud (04 282 4750).
Vista Terrace & Bar
This Festival City rooftop bar has lovely views of the city skyline. From 8.30pm until 12.30am, chill out to the live beats from the DJS. For Dhs600, partygoers will get bar access and unlimited house beverages, and for Dhs900, guests will get reserved seats.
→ Dhs600 (bar access, house beverages and bubbly), Dhs900 (seating, premium beverages). Mon Dec 31, 8.30pm-12.30am. Intercontinental Dubai Festival City (04 701 1027).
Swim & Tonic
Al Mansour Dhow
Frevo Eve Penthouse & Lounge
The Fish House