If there’s one place to be during New Year’s Eve, it’s definitely Dubai – the city has mastered the art of ringing in a new year. And with numerous ways to celebrate the coming of 2022, it can be a little tough to settle on only one. Enter: this round-up of the best in town by The Gaggler!
Luxury Dinner Cruise
You can wave 2021 goodbye and enjoy a luxury dinner cruise that will sail on the Dubai Water Canal. From here, you can witness many New Year fireworks taking place all across the city alongside an unlimited buffet of local specialities, grilled meats, salads, and delicious Arabic desserts. You’ll also enjoy unlimited drinks and a ride back home!
Dubai Water Canal, www.luxurycruise.com, timings according to booking
Atlantis, The Palm
Are you looking for an elegant New Year’s Eve? Well, you can never go wrong with Atlantis! The resort has a variety of restaurants offering distinct menus, each specially curated for an unforgettable evening, which means you can spend your night feasting on various regional and international delicacies to your heart’s content.
Atlantis, The Palm, 04 426 2000, www.atlantis.com, timings according to booking
New Year’s Show at Dubai Opera
For New Year’s Eve, Dubai Opera is offering a glamorous and sumptuous cocktail dinner, unlimited drinks, and different musical performances by live bands and some of the best DJs – truly a music lover’s paradise. Get your tickets early so you can catch performances by DJ Said Mrad, DJ Saif & Sound, and Carrie Gibson’s Nuvo Soul.
Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, 04 440 8888, www.dubaiopera.com, Dec 31 6:30pm onwards
Level 43 Sky Lounge
Take your New Year’s Eve celebrations to new heights (literally!) by celebrating at the Level 43 Sky Lounge, located 155 metres above the ground. Being a rooftop bar, you will get a front-row seat to the New Year fireworks taking place across Dubai. It also has a buffet with special in-house beverage options, so drink in style while being surrounded by the city’s tallest skyscrapers.
Level 43 Sky Lounge, Four Points by Sheraton, Sheikh Zayed Road, 056 414 2213, www.level43lounge.com, 2pm-2am
Queen Elizabeth 2
After sailing around the world, Queen Elizabeth 2 is here to stay at Port Rashid and has exciting things to offer, this New Year’s Eve included. You can board the ship for an elegant British-style gala dinner, complete with live music and DJ sets. You could even stay in one of its luxurious cabins.
Queen Elizabeth 2, Port Rashid, 600 500400, www.qe2.com, timings vary with booking
Global Village goes all out for New Year’s Eve, hosting numerous firework shows going on through the night, which ends with a bang at midnight. You can also enter 2022 with a bit of retail therapy! Another bright side? There’s a huge variety of restaurants and food kiosks to choose from.
Global Village, Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road – Exit 37 – E311, 04 362 4114, www.globalvillage.ae, 4pm onwards
La Perle by Dragone
Produced by Italian artist Franco Dragone, La Perle by Dragone is known for being the best live show in the city as it brings a mix of music, dance, astounding acrobatics, lights, and special effects together. The show has received the highest accolades from world critics and amazes millions of spectators worldwide, so why not head here to ring in 2022?
La Perle by Dragone, Al Habtoor City, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.laperle.com, timings vary with booking
New Year’s Eve in the desert? Trust us when we say that it is truly magical. You can enjoy a traditional Bedouin dinner and celebrate the big event under the starry sky, far away from city life. Stay overnight, and wake up to a royal treatment. And if you’re looking for a slightly less expensive option, it offers that as well!
Zero Gravity Party
New Year’s Eve and DJ Sigala? Sign us up! Dance your way into 2022 at the Zero Gravity Party, where you can witness several firework shows while jamming to fantastic music by the English DJ and record producer, making memories you’ll never forget.
Zero Gravity, Skydive Dubai Drop Zone, 04 399 0009, www.0-gravity.ae
Top Golf Party
Top Golf never fails to go all out. This year, it’s hosting a neon New Year’s Eve party featuring an array of mind-blowing entertainment. The party will feature unlimited drinks, appetiser platters, and a live DJ, all while enjoying the fireworks show and so much more. Don’t forget to book in advance!
Top Golf Party, Emirates Golf Club, 04 371 9999, www.topgolfdubai.ae, 9pm to midnight