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Hip Hangouts: Where to spend the New Year in UAE

Cool places in the emirates to ring in the New Year

  • Crystal Tent Gala Dinner
    The Crystal Tent Gala Dinner features a lavish meal with live-cooking, a seafood and oyster ice bar, plus a caImage Credit: Supplied picture
  • Crystal Tent Gala Dinner
    The Banyan Tree Ras Al Khaimah is a luxurious getaway.Image Credit: Supplied picture

Banyan Tree

Why go?

1. If the idea of spending another New Year’s Eve dancing away in a club full of people you don’t know, doesn’t take your fancy, you can head to Banyan Tree Ras Al Khaimah. Depending on what you’re looking for you can chose between a desert break at the Banyan Tree Al Wadi or a beachside getaway at Banyan Tree Ras Al Khaimah Beach.

2. Welcome in 2013 with a lavish buffet at Al Waha at the Al Wadi resort, or with an exclusive Thai menu at Safran at the beach resort. Plus there will be a fabulous firework show and lots of loveydovey music to get you into the NYE spirit.

3. Rise and shine because during your three-night stay you’ll be given a complimentary breakfast every morning. It’s pure pleasure on a plate.

4. And to kick the year off in the most luxe way possible you’ll be treated to a complimentary Hydrotherapy Spa Rainforest Experience, which will get you refreshed after your New Year’s Eve blowout. Cost Dh4,500 per night with a three-night minimum stay for the pick your paradise package.

Banyan Tree Ras Al Khaimah
December 28 to January 1
07 2067777

New Year’s Eve Crystal Tent Gala

For an extra special New Year’s Eve celebration, head to the opulent Crystal Tent Gala Dinner, where you’ll enjoy a lavish meal with live-cooking, a seafood and oyster ice bar, plus a caviar and sushi station. There will be a DJ on hand playing all the best tunes as well as fire dancers, modern Tanoura dancers and traditional belly dancers. At midnight there will be a world-class fireworks show to kick off 2013. As if that wasn’t enough, when the party at the Crystal Tent winds down you’ll be given exclusive entry to C Club and Voda Bar, which guarantee to keep the party going in style. Cost Dh3,900 including bubbles and house beverages

The Crystal Tent, Jumierah Zabeel Saray
7pm onwards, Monday December 31
04 453 0444

New Year’s Eve dinner at Fire & Ice

Welcome in the new year with a little sizzle at one of Dubai’s favourite grills. The elegant evening will see you dine on a variety of tasty dishes. You’ll have a sommelier on hand to make sure you have the perfect grape and dinner pairing, or you could opt for a bottle of bubbles. To guarantee a party atmosphere, live band Skitzofonic will be there with jumping covers. Cost Dh750 with soft drinks, Dh1,125 with house beverages

Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha
7pm-3am, Monday, December 31
04 324 8888

Cotton Club at West 14th

Go back to 1920’s New York this New Year’s Eve, with a five-piece band bringing the jazz age back to life as the steakhouse enjoys a revival of the city’s iconic Cotton Club. You’ll be transported back to the era of flappers, gangsters and the Charleston at this classy affair, where you’ll be treated to a delicious five-course meal, a cocktail reception and free-flowing bubbles, all teamed with a perfect view of the Dubai Marina skyline. Cost Dh1,295

West 14th, Oceana Beach Club, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
8:30pm onwards, Monday December 31
04 447 7601