Mask up for a Venetian spectacular at Cavalli Club’s ultra-indulgent Venetian Carnival-themed New Year’s Eve party. Guests are encouraged to embrace the theme and come dressed in elaborate masks, fancy dress and extravagant headwear, as they enjoy delicious Cavalli dishes and performances from aerial acrobats, opera singers and house tunes from the resident DJ Kayaya.
Fairmont Hotel, Dubai. December 31, 9pm-4am. Call 04 332 9260
Cost From Dh850 for ladies and Dh950 for men
For a more refined New Year’s Eve option, book a terrace table with friends at Nautilus and enjoy a nautical-themed celebratory set menu. Savour Lobster tail while sipping on bubbles, before tucking into Cod fillet in sesame bok choy, confit shallots and vitelotte potato emulsion for your main. With the stunning Yas Marina views and buzzy restaurant atmopshere this is an ideal spot to celebrate the New Year in super-glam, grown-up style.
Yas Viceroy Hotel, Abu Dhabi. December 31, 7pm-1am. Call 02 656 0000
For an evening of London-style glamour, head to the newly opened supperclub to enjoy New Year’s Eve across three floors – plus 360º views of the Gulf and Dubai Marina – as you relax in the stylish lounges or dance the night away to the beats of deckmeister, DJ Ivan.
Grosvenor House Dubai. December 31, 8pm-3am. Call 04 317 6000
Cost From Dh1,600
XL Beach Club
This NYE, XL is flying in DJing legend, David Morales, to entertain the crowds. Plus, the club’s famous Excel Dancers will be hitting the stage, with fire-breathers and fire-dancers come midnight. Plus, prepare to be dazzled by a spectacular fireworks display!
Habtoor Grand Resort & Spa. December 31, 8pm-4am. Call 056 640 6161
Dreaming of being in New York for the Times Square New Year’s countdown? Well, West 14th is the next best thing. The Big Apple-style grill is hosting a ‘Roaring 20s’ party inspired by jazz-age New York, with a jazz band and five-course meal to enjoy. So, don your fave flapper dress and look up the Charleston moves on the internet!
Oceana Beach Club, The Palm, Dubai. December 31, 7pm-12.30am. Call 04 447 7601
Cost From Dh999
Prepare to be dazzled by a spectacular New Year’s Eve display, with free-flowing bubbles served all night long by a glamorous sommelière who’ll be suspended upside-down from the 30m high ceiling in Al Bahou. There’ll also be an impressive buffet spread included in the cost of your ticket.
Ibn Batutta Gate Hotel, Dubai. December 31, 7pm-3am. Call 04 444 5613
Ring in the New Year at Zinc, listening to best of R’n’B and hip hop from Greg Stainer, Rone Jaxx and Mr Hush on Bongos. The popular club is flinging open its doors for a sensational evening of non-stop dancing, and guests can also opt for a VIP or VVIP table with bubbles, for those I-must-sit-down-for-a-moment moments!
Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai. December 31, 9pm-2am. Call 04 331 1111
Cost Free for ladies all night, Dh150 for men after 10pm
Madeleine Café & Boulangerie
To start the New Year in true Parisian-chic style, enjoy a lavish buffet on the café’s terrace, along with welcome drinks to get you in the sprit of things. Plus, you’ll also enjoy uninterrupted views of the Burj Khalifa’s fireworks and the Dubai Fountain – and who knows what that will dance to come 12...
Dubai Mall. December 31, 8pm-2am. Call 04 438 4335
For a classic NYE, look no further than the Crowne Plaza Dubai’s Spice Island. With a delicious buffet and live cooking stations serving up international cuisines, you’ll be hard pushed to find a better place to start the festivities.
Crowne Plaza Dubai, Deira, Dubai. December 31, 8pm-3am. Call 04 262 5555
Cost From Dh499
The Atlantis, Ambassador Lagoon restaurant is hosting a New Year’s Eve to remember, and you’ll feel like you’re dining in the middle of the ocean, as the aquarium’s sea life swim around you. Enjoy free-flowing house beverages and bubbles upon arrival, with a fireworks display at Royal Beach at midnight.
Atlantis, The Palm. December 31, 7.30pm-1am. Call 04 426 2626
The UAE’s party people will love the option of 12 hours of solid partying at Sandance, with sets from David Craig, Goldfish, Roger Sanchez, Jonathan Ulysses, Basement Jaxx and Faithless’ Sister Bliss to keep you dancing well into the night. You’ll also
be in a prime position to catch the Atlantis fireworks on
Nasimi Beach, Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai. Dec 31, 3pm-3am. Call 04 426 0000
Cost From Dh250
Now in its 5th year, New Year’s Eve at Chi has become a Dubai institution, as the Ibiza-style club welcomes revellers looking to party their way into 2012. Dance to the sounds of retro and party anthems, house, R&B, hip hop, and rock and pop hits spun by the club’s resident DJs, across four rooms. Enjoy a lightshow and midnight balloon drop, as well as a competition to win a BMW, so one lucky party goer might be driving off into the New Year with a whole new set of wheels!
The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland, Dubai. December 31, 8pm-4am. Call 04 337 9470
Cost From Dh550, including house beverages