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What To Do This New Year’s Eve

Say good riddance to 2020, and hello to a far more hopeful 2021 at 10 of the UAE’S hottest (socially-distanced) New Year’s Eve soirees

New Year’s Eve at DRIFT Beach Dubai

Where? DRIFT Beach Dubai at One & Only Royal Mirage, Dubai 

Price: From AED 2,250 per person for a minimum of four people in one party.

VIP beachside cabanas can be booked for AED 3,000 for four people from 11pm – 3am with bottle service.

Time: 7.30 – late

The Lowdown: Kicking off with a four-course gala dinner including dishes like Foie Gras Ravioli, Australian Wagyu Beef Tenderloin and Praline and Chestnut Le Carré followed by a celebration on the beach ahead of midnight fireworks, singers, DJs, and saxophonists will join guests ringing in the New Year at the beautiful Drift Beach Dubai.

To book: call 04 315 2200 or email [email protected]

New Year’s Eve at Grove Road

Where? Grove Road, The Pointe West, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai

Price: 699 Dhs per person for indoor seating and 999 Dhs per person for the outdoor terrace.  

Time: 8pm-late

The Lowdown: Taking inspiration from the culinary capital of Melbourne, New Year’s Eve sees new Australian restaurant Grove Road offering a sharing menu of reimagined gastro classics and an all-inclusive drinks package with bubbles on arrival and when the clock strikes midnight. Along with delicious small plates of great Aussie food and good company, Grove Road’s second story terrace offers unparalleled views of The Palm Fountain’s NYE celebrations, as well the hotly-anticipated KISS concert taking place at Atlantis.  

To book: Call 00971 4 564 9874

Moulin Rouge New Year’s Eve Party at La Serre Bistro

Where? Vida Downtown, Dubai

Price: Silver package: AED 1,999 for four hours with free-flow house beverages and set menu. Gold package: AED 2,999 for four hours with free-flow premium beverages, set menu and oyster service. Premium bubbles & caviar package: AED 3,999 for four hours with free flow bubbles and premium beverages, set menu and oyster service. 

Time: 8pm-Midnight, with the after party till late

The Lowdown: Journey to Paris this New Year’s Eve at La Serre Bistro’s Moulin Rouge Dinner Party, where divine French fare will be paired with free-flowing beverages. Looking to the legendary Moulin Rouge cabaret for inspiration, guests will enjoy live performances by dancers, a violinist and a DJ to celebrate 2021’s arrival in a formidable French style

To book: Call 00971 4 528 3779 or email [email protected]  

New Year’s Eve at Level 43 Sky Lounge

Where? Four Points by Sheraton Sheik Zayed Road, Dubai

Price: AED800 per person 

Time: 8pm-2.30am

The Lowdown: Celebrate the New Year with some of the best views in the city and the perfect vantage point to catch the Burj Khalifa fireworks. With an exclusive 3-course set menu accompanied by free-flowing bubbly, enjoy live music from a DJ and saxophonist as well as knockout views when the clock strikes midnight.

To book: Call 00971 56 414 2213 or email [email protected]

Hedkandi Double New Year’s Eve Party

Where? Breeze Beach Grill, Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai

Price: from AED 395 per person for the daytime session, and AED 895 per person for the evening ticket,

Time: 1pm-5pm/7pm-12am

The Lowdown: With two separate sittings, the glamorous club brand and global music movement will lead a daytime New Year’s Eve Beach House Brunch hosted from 1pm to 5pm followed by a New Year’s Eve After Dark Beach House Brunch from 7pm to 12am, with a party through till 2am. Both events will have an uplifting DJ set from Hedkandi founder and dance music legend Mark Doyle, as well as Dutch DJ Mike Van Loon, with a live performance from UK vocalist Soraya Vivian, and a stream of local DJs and artists to ensure the feel-good vibe doesn’t drop. Tickets include unlimited food from a specially-curated menu and house beverages.

To book: Call00971 4 568 3000 or visit Ticketmaster.ae

Secret Jungle Brunch at Mama Zonia

Where? Pier 7, Mama Zonia, Dubai Marina, Dubai

Price: AED499 soft drink package, AED699 house drink package, AED849 sparkling package. After-party packages are available starting at AED2000 per table inclusive of bottles of beverages.

Time: 8pm-12am After-party 12am-2am

The Lowdown: Party with gorillas in this jungle-themed venue as you enjoy gorgeous views of the marina and delicious food brought straight to the table, to a soundtrack of top tunes from the in-house DJ. 

To book: visit secret-parties.com 

Mexican fiesta at Tulum

Where? Tulum, Fashion Avenue, Dubai Mall, Dubai

Price: Silver package AED 680 (indoor) / AED110 outdoor 

Gold package AED780 indoor / AED1300 outdoor

Platinum AED880 indoor / AED1500

Time: 8pm-1am

The Lowdown Enjoy live entertainment and a Mexican fiesta at this stunning Mexican restaurant overlooking the fountains. Complete with dancers, mariachi band, live DJ and festive party food.

To book: Call 050 777 0018


Where? Marina Social by Jason Atherton, Intercontinental Dubai Marina, Dubai

Price: AED795 per person including house beverages and Italian bubbles and AED895 per person with French bubbles

Time: 7pm onwards

The Lowdown: Enjoy a night of the finest British cuisine, festive music and panoramic views of Dubai Marina at Jason Atherton’s award-winning dining destination. As midnight nears, enjoy a live countdown and raise a glass as the clock strikes 12, then continue the party with your closest friends and family well into the early hours of 2021.

To book: Call 00971 4 446 6664, +971 55 483 5962, or email [email protected]

New Year’s Eve Brunch at The Meydan Hotel

Where? The Meydan Hotel, Dubai

Price: Silver Package – AED 550 per person inclusive of a welcome glass of bubbly & free-flowing soft beverages. Gold Package- AED 750 per person inclusive of a welcome glass of bubbly & free-flowing soft beverages.

Sparkling Package- AED 875 inclusive of a welcome glass of bubbly, free-flowing house beverages and sparkling grape. French Fizz Package- AED 950 inclusive of a welcome glass of bubbly, free-flowing house beverages and bubbles

Time: 7pm-1am

The Lowdown: Experience a lounge-style gala dinner at The Meydan Hotel on December 31. Guests will be treated to a decadent menu selection created at live cooking stations, topped off with beautiful views of the Burj Khalifa’s fireworks when the clock strikes midnight and 2021 arrives.

To book: Call 00971 4 381 3111 or email [email protected] 

The Big Sing NYE edition at Lucky Voice 

Where? Grand Millennium Hotel, Barsha Heights, Dubai 

Price: Brunch: AED300 (soft) AED350 (house) AED450 (sparkling) After Brunch: AED200 unlimited drinks 2 hours 

Time: Brunch 8pm -11pm / after brunch 11pm – 1am 

The Lowdown: Enjoy a night singing your heart out at Dubai’s karaoke hotspot Lucky Voice. With crowd karaoke and a great party atmosphere, this is one for those who want to show off their vocal skills as 2021 arrives.

To book: Call 800 58259 


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Dubai Delights: Top Things to Do and Experience During December

Festive Dubai Delights.

Welcome to the enchanting realm of Dubai in December, where the cityscape comes alive with festive cheer and dazzling experiences. In this guide, we’ll uncover the top activities and events that make Dubai a must-visit destination during the magical month of December.

1. Festive Wonderland at Global Village:

Immerse yourself in the vibrant Global Village, transformed into a festive wonderland with dazzling lights, international cuisines, and cultural performances that capture the spirit of the season.

2. Glittering Nights at Dubai Miracle Garden:

Witness nature’s artistry at Dubai Miracle Garden, where millions of flowers bloom in captivating designs. During December, the garden transforms into a twinkling paradise, offering a surreal and romantic experience.

3. Skiing in the Desert at Ski Dubai:

Embrace the juxtaposition of skiing in the desert at Ski Dubai, an indoor ski resort. Experience the thrill of winter sports and snow play, providing a unique and surreal adventure in the heart of the Middle East.

4. Dubai Shopping Festival Extravaganza:

Indulge in a shopping spree at the Dubai Shopping Festival, where world-class retail therapy meets entertainment. Discover unbeatable deals, cultural performances, and a vibrant atmosphere that defines the city’s festive spirit.

5. New Year’s Eve Spectacular:

Ring in the New Year with a bang at the iconic Burj Khalifa fireworks display. Join the celebration at various venues across the city, where the skyline transforms into a canvas of breathtaking fireworks and festivities.

Dubai in December is a sensory delight, offering a unique blend of cultural richness, festive celebrations, and unforgettable experiences. Whether you’re seeking winter wonderlands in unexpected places or immersing yourself in the extravagance of shopping festivals, Dubai has something to captivate every traveller’s heart during this magical season.

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes Dubai in December special for tourists?

December in Dubai offers a unique blend of festive celebrations, cultural events, and pleasant weather. Explore the top activities and experiences that make it an ideal month for travelers.

Are the December festivities family-friendly?

Absolutely! Dubai’s December festivities cater to all age groups. From the magical atmosphere at Global Village to family-friendly events during the Dubai Shopping Festival, there’s something for everyone.

What should visitors know about celebrating New Year’s Eve in Dubai?

Discover tips and recommendations for experiencing the iconic New Year’s Eve celebration in Dubai, including prime viewing spots for the Burj Khalifa fireworks and other festive activities across the city.


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