The best ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Dubai
Fireworks, feasting and festivities – New Year’s Eve celebrations in Dubai are always something special. If you plan to visit the city for the countdown, there are plenty of ways to welcome in 2019. Join the crowds watching world-famous fireworks displays bursting from the coastline or enjoy a grandiose gala at the iconic Atlantis, The Palm. Here are some amazing ways to ring in the New Year.
See the fireworks
Across the city
MAKE SURE TO GRAB YOUR SPOT EARLY
Dubai likes to ring in every New Year with explosive grandeur. Pyrotechnics will burst from iconic landmarks such as the Burj Al Arab and the Palm Jumeirah. Many popular venues will sell tickets for perfect vantage points, or you can simply join the crowd at Dubai’s various outdoor districts offering great views of the displays. Just remember – seeing Dubai’s awe-inspiring NYE fireworks is popular and access is limited, so plan to reach your viewing spot super early.
Tickets: Free entry
Out of the ordinary
SLEEP UNDER THE STARS BEDOUIN-STYLE
If you’re in Dubai for New Year’s Eve, then there’s no better place to celebrate the occasion than the desert. The emirate’s vast landscapes offer a unique escape from traditional festivities, so welcome the New Year in a new way with your loved ones. Platinum Heritage has curated a variety of desert safari options that include a delicious feast, live cultural entertainment and fireworks, so whether you want to spend a night under a starlit sky or get back into the city in time for all the parties, you’re bound to find something that suits you. Luxurious, authentic and exciting – Dubai’s desert safaris have it all.
Cost: From AED995 to AED1,495
AN AUTHENTIC MOUNTAIN ESCAPE
It’s not all glamorous parties and decadent dinners this NYE. Indulge in the great outdoors for a different kind of celebration in Hatta, an exclave of Dubai located in the scenic Hajar Mountains. A must-see for nature and adventure lovers, Hatta is home to a wealth of adrenaline-pumping activities. Head to the Hatta Wadi Hub adventure centre for mountain biking and zip-lining to kayaking, hiking and more. For those who prefer a slower pace, explore the region’s natural treasures and cultural attractions, including the Hatta Lake and Heritage Village for an unforgettable start to 2019.
Celebrate in style
CRUISE INTO THE NEW YEAR
If none of Dubai’s pre-planned festivities tickle your fancy, there’s a way to design your very own ultimate New Year’s Eve bash. Charter a private yacht with Royal Yachts for an exclusive party and get the works with options for live DJs and musicians, fireworks and catering menus. Or, you can get in on one of Amwaj Al Bahar’s fabulous New Year’s Eve cruises that include a gourmet buffet and all-night dancing. Intimate dinner or a thrilling party – spend a spectacular New Year Eve’s floating along Dubai’s coastline where you can nab an unparalleled view of Palm Jumeirah’s fireworks display.
Dance the night away
DJS, DANCING AND MORE
If you fancy hitting the dance floor at one of the city’s buzzing lounges known for attracting the world’s top DJs, there are plenty of choices for this New Year’s Eve. One top spot includes beachside venue Zero Gravity, which will be hosting a live concert by famed English drum and bass band Rudimental, and electro-dance celebrity Sigala.
Tickets: Zero Gravity tickets per person – AED200 (Early Bird); AED300 (Regular Advance); AED400 (Regular Door); AED1,000 (Unlimited VIP)
A memorable night
A NIGHT OF SONG AND DANCE
Ring in 2019 with a spectacular party at Dubai Opera. The iconic performance venue is hosting a fabulous night of music and dancing with live performances by Chinua Hawk Band, DJ Said Mrad and DJ C who will keep the good times rolling late into the new year. Located at the heart of the city’s downtown district, Dubai Opera give guests a prime view of Burj Khalifa’s brilliant fireworks display.
Tickets: AED700 per person (Silver package); AED1,000 per person (Gold package, table of 12)
A royal gala
Atlantis, The Palm
BOOK A TABLE AT THE HOTTEST VENUE IN TOWN
Tickets: AED3,200 for adults; AED2,240 for children between 12 to 20 years
DIP YOUR TOES IN THE CITY’S COOLEST CELEBRATION
Sand in your toes, wind in your hair and the sea by your side; there’s no better way to start a new year than at one of Dubai’s most beloved beach venues. Barasti Beach is bringing back its grand New Year’s Eve bash with appearances by not one but two world-famous headliners: Fatman Scoop, who has worked with the likes of P. Diddy and 50 Cent, and the Dutch electro-dance duo, Bassjackers. For early birds, Barasti Beach is hosting the ‘One Last Barasti Pool Splash of 2018’, an electrifying pool party that kicks off bright and early at 10am. The venue also offers front-row seats to the Palm Jumeirah’s incredible fireworks display, so here’s to a night you won’t forget.
Tickets: One Last Barasti Pool Splash of 2018 – Free entry
NYE Party: AED180 (Early Bird); AED210 (Standard Advance); AED249 (Standard Door)