New years evening in Dubai

8 Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Dubai

Let the countdown to 2023 begin!

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 2023, it can be a little tough to settle on only one. Enter: this round-up of the best in town.

Lotus Mega Yacht

This luxurious boat will take you on a journey past famous Dubai sights like the Burj Al Arab, Bluewaters Island, and Atlantis, The Palm as you cruise in style. Enjoy live cooking stations while you soak up city skyline views, or enjoy some fun in the sun at the onboard swimming pool with your friends and family. Various entertainment decks feature live music and dancing, perfect for getting into the NYE spirit!

Lotus Mega Yacht, Berth L, Dubai Marina, lotusyatch.com, 054 581 5288

New years evening,  Lotus Mega Yacht

The Penthouse

Say goodbye to 2023 at one of Dubai’s most beloved rooftop lounges, The Penthouse. This hotspot will be hosting a night of festivities on December 31 with contemporary Japanese food, live music, and entertainment by local DJs. You’ll enjoy delectable cuisine while watching fireworks over the marina at midnight, so make sure you book your table early. 

The Penthouse, FIVE Palm Jumeirah Hotel, thepenthouse.co, 052 900 4868



This 54-floor restaurant in Downtown Dubai is another great place to ring in the new year, courtesy of incredible views of Burj Khalifa and delectable Asian-inspired cuisine. Bonus: a special guest star or two is expected to drop by! CE LA VI offers a wide selection of à la carte dishes, so you can tailor your meal to your liking. Celebrating with several friends? Ask about the special packages for groups.

CE LA VI, Tower 2 – Level 54, Address Sky View Hotel, celavi.com, 04 582 6111

Roof top dining

Dubai Opera

Ready to ring in the New Year with a little class? Dubai Opera has got you covered. With a stellar line-up of bands, DJs, and performers playing live all night, this will be one of the best NYE parties in Dubai. Meanwhile, a gourmet dinner with canapés, starters, main courses, and desserts will be served.

Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, dubaiopera.com, 04 440 8888

Opera house

A Cappella

The NYE bash at this one is going to be one for the books. DJs Alban and Ron will be spinning live sets while you dance, enjoy a delicious meal, and take in the best view of the fireworks display at Atlantis. Whether you’re looking to relax with close friends or dance with a crowd of strangers, this year-end party promises to be unforgettable.

A Cappella, The Palm Fountain, acapelladxb.com, 058 971 9542


Nikki Beach Dubai

Shake off your resolutions and dance until you drop at Nikki Beach Dubai. This one-of-a-kind venue has everything you need to have a night to remember: great food, fantastic music and drinks, and some of the best views of fireworks over the city skyline. Here, performers will include Dutch DJ Bakermat, who’s famed for his tropical house and techno beats.

Nikki Beach Dubai, Pearl Jumeirah, dubai.nikkibeach.com, 04 376 6000

Nikki Beach Dubai


Want to ring in 2023 on a musical note? Then consider Lucia’s at Address Sky View. The Italian cuisine here makes it one of the most popular restaurants in the city. As for December 31? Lucia’s is taking things to a new level with an outstanding celebration that will feature popular jazz combo Bandakadabra, saxophone sensation Anastasia McQueen, and Italian musician Mr. T-Bone. 

Lucia’s, Sky View, luciasdubai.com, 04 422 4321



Usher in the new year with a bang by spending it at Burj Al Arab. This iconic hotel’s open-air afterparty will take off at midnight and continue late into the night. There’s a minimum spend of AED 5,000 per person, but you’ll get access to amazing food, plenty of drink options, and live entertainment to fuel you all night long.

Sal, Ground Mezzanine Floor, Burj Al Arab, jumeirah.com, 800 032 3232


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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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