Hello, 2020: Where to spend New Year’s Eve in Dubai

Restaurants across the city are pulling out all the stops on 31 December. Where will you see in the new decade?

Akira Back, W Dubai – The Palm
Bring in the New Year either on the neon terrace or indoors at this vibrant restaurant. Diners can experience the award-winning Japanese Korean venue designed to draw you in with its adrenaline-fueled Asian fare.
Details: December 31st from 7pm to 12am. Packages on the terrace start at AED 1,450 per person. Terrace lounge tables available from AED 1,200 per person. Access to the WET Deck party is included. Contact 04-2455800

Palazzo Versace Dubai
Get your golden ticket to the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory New Year’s party. The lavish hotel will open the gates of the candy world to a lucky few for a night of magic and pure imagination. The evening begins at Mosaico lobby lounge to meet Willy Wonka, Charlie and his friends, moving on to a buffet at Giardino, five-course dinner at Vanitas or a family-style menu at Enigma. The party continues by the pool as you bring in 2020 and dance into the early hours of the morning.
Details: AED 590 per person for food only and from Dhs690-1,199 for various packages. Contact 04-5568805

Rüya Dubai
Bring in 2020 in true Anatolian hospitality. Take in the picture-perfect views of Dubai’s iconic fireworks over the vibrant Dubai Marina as you ring in the new year, with tunes from resident DJ Alonzo accompanied by the live percussionist and violinist setting the vibrant atmosphere.
Details: AED 600 per person. Contact 04-3999123

Black Goose, Sheraton JBR
Welcome the New Year with views of the spectacular fireworks show at Bluewaters, and a wide selection of food offerings at this casual, fun eatery.
Details: AED 399 per person with a midnight toast. Contact 04-3153861

Gaucho Dubai
The Argentinian restaurant will be offering guests a special New Year’s Eve brunch with Gaucho classics such as Spiral-cut marinated sirloin or Ancho Ribeye. The party continues upstairs as Indie hosts its live music event, Caravan, followed by the resident DJ on the decks.
Details: AED500 per person for food and AED 690 with premium beverages. Call 04-4227898

Chicago Meatpackers
Get a glimpse of all the ultimate firework show at this eatery on The Pointe. You can choose to enjoy the party at the bar or feast and bring in the New Year. Various packages are available including a four-course meal.
Details: Packages from AED 1,000 per person. Contact 04-5807983

Vivaldi Restaurant, Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers
This New Year’s Eve, head to this Italian eatery for traditional food with views of the Dubai Creek. An authentic Italian meal awaits diners, with main course served to the table.
Details: Packages from AED 600 per person. Contact 04-2071717

Les Cuisines, Sofitel Dubai Downtown
Whet your appetite with an extensive selection of signature dishes from the Middle East, Mediterranean, Asia, and Europe. The spread features charcuterie, antipasti, cured fish, freshly baked pizza, hot mezze, slow-roasted meats, and innovative desserts. Rise to the New Year’s Eve countdown with a DJ at the decks.
Details: Packages start at AED 490 for the soft drink package. AED 300 for children (aged 6-12). Contact 04-503-6111.

Frevo, Fairmont The Palm
Brace yourself for a Brazilian feast this New Year’s Eve. Dance into 2020 with Samba and feast on the Churrasco experience offering succulent meat cut selections carved tableside, as well as a variety of Brazilian salads and a dedicated dessert station. The resident Brazilian duo band and Brazilian carnival dancers will provide live entertainment to usher in 2020.
Details: Packages start at AED 895 per person for indoor seating and AED 995 for outdoors. Children up to 5 years dine for free; children between 6 to 12 years dine at AED 448 per child for indoor seating and AED 498 for outdoor seating per child. Contact 04-4573457

Marea, DIFC
This New Year’s Eve, DIFC hotspot, Marea, reveals an exquisite four course set menu for an unforgettable night. The set menu offers seasonal specials, including Capesante (seared scallops, asparagus and wild mushroom) and Fegato, a delectable seared foie gras and fig jam served on a warm crispy brioche. Marea’s signature mouth-watering dishes including the famed Garganelli, an earthy rich truffle quill pasta paired with parmigiano and Cappellacci, a one of a kind squid ink ravioli stuffed with flavors of the sea, are featured too. Meat-lovers can relish the traditional Bistecca Wagyu Sirloin served with pomme puree and drowsed in truffle jus, while pescatarians are treated to the Rombo Pan Roasted Turbot is dished up with caviar flavoured beurre blanc on a bed of melted leeks. The meal concludes with an unmissable hazelnut Semifreddo and a warm apple Tartine served with vanilla gelato. For the latecomers, the party continues downstairs at the venue’s intimate club lounge, with a free-flowing beverage package, accompanied by Marea’s resident DJ.
Details: Packages start from AED 975 for the meal with three-hours of beverages. The lounge packages are AED 500 and AED 850. Contact +971 4 583 6366

GBR & West 14th Steakhouse, Dukes Dubai
A sumptuous dining experience awaits diners at this eatery. Grab a plate and head to the buffet for mouth-watering dishes and desserts, after-which, you are welcome to enjoy the fireworks during the midnight celebration.
Details: 8-11pm. Packages start from AED 700 inclusive of soft beverages. Walk-in access to midnight celebration from 11pm until 2am with beverages for AED 400 per person.

The Terrace, Media Rotana
Ring in the New Year under the stars at the outdoor lounge bar, The Terrace, known for its relaxing vibe complemented further by an amazing selection of cocktails and shisha. The Black & Gold New Year’s Eve Party will put you in the mood to dance your way into 2020 with live beats from the Resident DJ and pulsating performances by the scintillating Go-Go dancers & belly dancer.
Details: AED 400 minimum spend per person. Contact 04-4350201

Social by Heinz Beck, Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah
Savour an exclusive six-course set menu created by world-renowned, three-Michelin-star Chef Heinz Beck. Soak in the stunning skyline view as live piano music completes the magical ambiance. The menu is all about the spirit of luxury with foie gras and white and black truffle to wish the guests good luck for the upcoming 2020. In addition, the meal is full of innovation pairing brûlée with foie gras and seabass with melon. The finish will be surprise dessert. Afterwards, guests are invited to take in the spectacular fireworks show over the iconic Palm Jumeirah.
Details: Packages from AED 950 per person excluding beverages. Contact 04-818 2222