Part ways with the decade at a party

Armani Hotel: the glamorous eatery in the Burj will put you at the centre of Dubai’s New Year’s Eve celebrations with a seven-course degustation menu at the Italian Armani Ristorante. A six-course New Year’s Eve Degustation menu awaits revellers at Armani/Hashi. You’ll be sampling sea urchin with royal beluga caviar, crisp and sweet lobster or asparagus tempura, signature sashimi, taima wagyu striploin with maitake mushroom and matcha green tea sphere. Dh1,499 per person. From 6pm, call 04 888 3666.

Verve Bar and Brasserie: Time to dust off those flapper dresses, old sport. A Great Gatsby themed black-tie gala dinner kicks off at this Grand Plaza Movenpick in Media City so you can enter 2020 in the spirit of the roaring twenties, complete with a lavish five-course menu and old-school live entertainment. From 6pm, starting from Dh521.25 per person.

Kaheela, The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert: The Middle-Eastern and Indian restaurant is hosting a live jazz duo for their New Year’s Eve buffet followed by a Countdown Party at Moon Bar Valley. From 8pm-11.30pm. From Dh600 per person inclusive of gala dinner buffet and soft beverages. Call 07 206 7777 or email rc.rktrw.festive.concierge@ritzcarlton.com. 

Shades, Address Hotel Marina: Dress to the nines for the glamorous Black & White Masquerade Ball at the restaurant. The masquerade party will have a red-carpet welcome, gala buffet with live cooking stations, music by DJ Cleary, and spectacular views of Dubai Marina. There’s more – the best costume also wins a hotel stay. From Dh350 per person; from 8pm-2am, call 04 888 3444 or email dine@emaar.com.

Bacchanal at Caesars Resort Bluewaters Dubai: Who says the partying has to stop at the stroke of midnight? Party away the first day of the New Year with the FamilyFest Brunch. The festival-themed brunch will have a slime station, areas for face painting, balloon art, as well as appearances by real-life princesses and superheroes as well as an animal petting zoo. Meanwhile, adults can dance away to disco, Motown and nineties tunes played by a live DJ. The FamilyFest package also includes mouth-watering food, circus acts and access to the resort’s kids’ club Empire and teens club ROAM. 

Vista Bar & Terrace, InterContinental Dubai Festival City: The New Year looks bright – well at the The New Year Masti 2020 party that’s neon-themed it definitely will. DJs Zubair, Chirag, Tushar and Pierre who will be joined on the decks by two prominent DJs from India – DJ Sunny and DJ Harneet – will play Bollywood chartbusters and dance music. Party-goers will also get to witness the water, laser and fireworks displays of Dubai Festival City, in addition to Burj Khalifa’s New Year fireworks. Tickets from Dh550 per person platinumlist.net. Call 055 362 6267; from 9pm-3am.

Reform Social and Grill, The Lakes: Once the sun sets, the family-friendly party kicks off from 5pm into the early hours of January 1. There’s a full programme of kids activities and full time babysitting throughout the night, as well as cinema for kids. There’ll be music by Nawar, Charl Chaka and Pierre Ravan. From Dh500 for eight-hour access to BBQ dining. Call 04 4542638 or email reservations@reformsocialgrill.ae.

Namu, V Hotel Dubai, Curio Collection by Hilton, Al Habtoor City: Bid 2019 a Seoul-ful adieu at this Korean restaurant by the Dubai Canal. It’s serving a four-course menu filled with Korean favourites whose preparation involves culinary theatrics – four live stations will focus on cooking methods incorporating steam, action, fire or ice. The restaurant is on the 31st floor of the hotel, so you’ll have floor-to-ceiling views of Dubai skyline and fireworks in the area. From 8pm onwards, packages start from Dh499. 

Eloquent Elephant, Taj Dubai: The gastropub is offering an NYE package featuring a menu of light nibbles such as mini spiced duck bao, wagyu sliders, truffle liver pate to chestnut tartlets, baked lavender cheesecake and salted caramel chocolate truffle. From 8pm-12am; from Dh399 per person including entrance, bar snacks and three house beverages. Call 04 438 3100 or email fbreservations.dubai@tajhotels.com.

W Dubai, The Palm: Musical group The Cuban Brothers will be bringing crazy Caribbean fun to the W’s iconic WET Deck on December 31. The comedy cabaret quartet who’ve been party-starters for the likes of Elton John, Robbie Williams and Damian Hurst, and are known for their sold-out tours, and appearances in festival spots will help ring in the New Year with beats, breakdancing and plenty of banter. Dh1,850 per person, from 8pm-1am. Call 04 245 5800 or visit wetdeckdubai.com.

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Swan songs for 2019

British singers Liam Payne and Jorja Smith will be performing at the Dubai Shopping Festival’s (DSF) opening weekend festivities celebrating the festival’s silver jubilee. The free gig is happening tonight at Burj Park and will feature hits such as Payne’s Get Low and Smith’s Be Honest. There’ll be foodtrucks onsite as well as plenty of high-octane sets by DJs in the run up to the concert. From 3pm-11pm; register at platinumlist.net.

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Nightspot Drai’s Dubai is bringing American rapper and songwriter Nelly to ring in 2020 with a special New Year’s Eve performance. The show kicks off at 9pm and will go on until 4am, so you can dance your way into a brand-new year to hits like Hot in Here, Ride Wit Me, Just A Dream and more. Tickets from Dh300 for ladies and Dh500 for men at virginmegastore.me. Call 052 388 8857 for details.

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At Atlantis The Palm, the sound of fireworks will be accompanied by the voice of Grammy-winner Ne-Yo. The RnB star will be performing at the resort’s beach club White Beach on New Year’s Eve. Expect to groove all night to hit such as Closer, Miss Independent, and Let Me Love You. Tickets start from Dh350 for women and Dh450 for men at platinumlist.net.

There’s going to be 24k Magic in the air at the du Arena on December 31 – Bruno Mars is headlining the Resolution by Night NYE concert at Yas Island. This will be the Just The Way You Are hitmaker’s second performance in the UAE. The two-day festival ends on January 1, 2020 with a line-up of exciting entertainment including roaming performers, a 300m bouncy castle with 40 obstacles called Monster, stage shows, performances by kids’ entertainer Magic Phil and more. Bruno Mars concert ticketholders can purchase their Resolution by Day fun festival Adult and Child tickets at 50 per cent discount. Tickets to the Bruno Mars concert starts from Dh350 per person at ticketmaster.ae. Doors open at 6.30pm.

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Put a desi spin on your end-of-year celebrations at the Race 2020 Bollywood New Year Bash at The Meydan Hotel Grand Stands. Singers Sukriti and Prakriti Kakar, Bollywood rapper Badshah and Punjabi singer B Praak will be performing at the concert on December 31. They’ll be accompanied on stage by DJs Jeff and Buddha. General tickets from Dh79 at platinumlist.net.

Bollywood Parks and Resorts will be ringing in the New Year with Indian rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh. The Punjabi singer’s live performance will see him belt out party anthems such as Lungi Dance, Blue Eyes, Angreji Beat and more. Tickets from Dh99 at Dubaiparksandresorts.com and includes entry to the concert and full-day access to Bollywood Parks.

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Fireworks – here, there, everywhere

DUBAI

Dubai Frame: The Dubai Frame will have a fireworks and laser show on New Year’s Eve. The largest picture frame in the world will capture the skylines of both old and new Dubai surrounded by sparkling fireworks and laser lights. Head to Zabeel Park for unobstructed views.

Burj Khalifa: The iconic building will bring the year to a dazzling close with spectacular fireworks at the stroke of midnight on December 31. Below, The Dubai Fountain will dance to an aquatic choreography set to the rhythm of lights and music.

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Madinat Jumeirah: Shimmers, the beachfront restaurant, offers unobstructed views of the fireworks by the Burj Khalifa. Dh3,700 per person.

RAS AL KHAIMAH

Al Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah: TruckersUAE is aiming to break Ras Al Khaimah’s record breaking 2018 NYE fireworks this year. #RAKNYE2020 aims to up the pyrotechnics ante with Japanese aerial shells and an arsenal of never-seen-before fireworks. DJs Bliss, Mr. Shef Codes, and Badir will bring the tunes to the NYE party; there’s a dedicated kids’ play area you can avail of for a minimal fee per child, a specific family area and 12 food trucks to choose from. From 6pm-3am; tickets from Dh100 at platinumlist.net.

ABU DHABI

Al Maryah Island: A 10-minute-long fireworks show will not be the only thing to keep you mesmerised. There’ll be live performances by Arab popstars Tamer Hosny and Nancy Ajram followed by a thrilling midnight countdown.

You can also watch the fireworks at Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi Grand Canal and the Abu Dhabi Corniche.