FACT’s top picks for a New Year’s Eve to remember in Dubai.
25hours Hotel One Central
Close out the year in style at the FACT Award-winning Monkey Bar. Known for its epic parties, the popular rooftop bar at 25hours Hotel One Central will celebrate the arrival of 2023 with a ‘Jungle and Disco Fever’ themed party that brings together four DJs (Mocity, Doowap, Patch and Ledwarf). At midnight, head to the terrace for jaw-dropping views of the Museum of the Future and Burj Khalifa as fireworks illuminate the night sky. Saturday 31 December, from 9pm to 3am. Prices from AED 300 per person (inclusive of two drinks).
GO: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 04 210 2566 for reservations and more information.
99 Sushi Bar and Restaurant
New Year’s Eve is just around the corner and 99 Sushi has got you covered with front-row seats to the spectacular Burj Khalifa light show. An enticing 15-course menu will be served, including 99’s delightful signatures, celebrating the venue’s award-winning haute Japanese cuisine. This exceptional 2023 dinner will be paired with free-flowing premium beverages until midnight, when guests will be offered a complimentary glass of French bubbles as a prelude to the lavish after-party, with a DJ and live entertainment. Saturday 31 December, from 8pm. AED 4,500 (dining room), AED 6,500 (terrace) and AED 7.500 (99 Lounge).
GO: Call 04 547 2241 for reservations and more information.
For a perfect view of the fireworks over Atlantis, The Palm on New Year’s Eve, look no further than the vibrant A Cappella at The Pointe. Party all night with DJ Alban & Ron whose electric beats will get you grooving. Adding to the excitement, there will be hourly performances from the world’s largest fountain show. Saturday 31 December, from 7pm to 2am. AED 1,299 per person (indoor seating) and AED 1,499 AED per person (outdoor seating).
GO: Call 058 971 9542 for reservations and more information.
Set to transport guests into the nostalgic glamour, decadence and magic of a 70s Arabic Disco, Alaya in DIFC is celebrating the new year with its first Disco Arabesquo New Year’s Eve party. On the night, Amsterdam-based Egyptian DJ Moataz Rageb (also known as Disco Arabesquo) is set to deliver his eclectic repertoire of vintage Arab music with a groovy twist for a musical offering unlike any other. Once the clock strikes midnight, an exclusive afterparty awaits at the newly opened LY-LA. Saturday 31 December, from 7pm. AED 900 minimum spoend per person.
For one night, Amazónico will transform into a lavish Studio 54-inspired party paradise with twinkling mirror balls, neon lights and shimmering installations. Expect a curated a La Carte menu of Latin-American signature dishes and bottle service featuring a selection of highly coveted labels. Amazónico’s resident DJs and drummers will pump a mix of tribal and afro Latin-house for the ultimate NYE experience. Saturday 31 December, from 9:30pm to 3am. AED 1,500 minimum spend per person.
The newly-opened Amelia at Address Sky Views invites music lovers, socialites, and food connoisseurs to welcome in 2023 in style. With Nikkei cuisine from the a la carte menu, refreshing cocktails and premium drinks available throughout the night, partygoers will be treated to a live performance from DJ Cimeo. Welcome the new year with a glass of bubbles at midnight and views of the Burj Khalifa fireworks. Saturday 31 December, from 7pm. AED 2000 minimum spend per person (bar tables, bar seats, fine dining and green area) and AED 3000 minimum spend per person (lounge area with Burj Khalifa views).
End the year on a gastronomic high with an illuminating New Year’s Eve celebration overlooking the glittering Downtown Dubai skyline. Diners at Armani/Hashi inside the Burj Khalifa can expect a succession of exceptional courses of high-end Japanese cuisine. While you may not hear the ritual ringing of 108 temple bells to symbolise the arrival of 2023, you can start your own dining tradition by welcoming hatsuhinode – the first sunrise of the new year. Saturday 31 December, from 6pm to 11pm. AED 1,499 per person.
AURA Skypool Lounge
Expect an evening of fireworks, feasting and festivities accompanied by 360-degree views of Dubai’s fireworks. Celebrations will unfold with a vibrant pool and lounge experience on AURA’s elegant deck, complemented by live performances and vibrant tunes from AURA’s Resident DJs. Saturday 31 December. AED 2,750 per person (including a bottle of champagne, a selection of Pan Asian cuisine and cocktails).
GO: Visit auraskypool.com for reservations and more information.
BB Social Dining
Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Dubai to three decades of music as BB Social Dining transforms its three-floor townhouse to reflect different cultural eras. The lounge will pay tribute to the 70s, the second floor will swing to an 80s vibe, and the third floor will play 90s grooves. Each floor will showcase its own live band for the last night of the year to create the feel of a vibrant house party, whilst unlimited modern eastern cuisine and hand-crafted selected drinks will be offered. Saturday 31 December. AED 750 per person (unlimited food until midnight and bottomless beverages until 3am).
Ring in the New Year with a stunning fireworks display from the beach at Burj Al Arab. Diners at the FACT Award-winning ‘best steakhouse in Dubai 2022’ can enjoy the likes of rock corn, doner kebab, calamari crunch, the signature filet-frites, ginger sea bass, and marbled chocolate bar during a decadement NYE feast before parting until the early hours with Beefbar’s resident DJ and saxophonist. Saturday 31 December. Minimum spend ranges from AED 1,800 to AED 2,000 per person.
BQ French Kitchen and Bar
Add a little Parisian flair to your New Year’s Eve celebrations with a dining experience at the undeniably chic BQ French Kitchen and Bar in Habtoor Palace Dubai. With live entertainment to set the tone, the final meal of the year will feature a spread of traditional appetisers, fresh seafood and live carvings. An artisan French cheese display, homemade pastries and a selection of house beverages will round off the evening in the quintessentially French way. Saturday 31 December, from 7:30pm. Prices from AED 450 per person.
Nobody throws a party like Caviar Kaspia. This Parisian hotspot in Dubai is known for its opulence, and the end of the year will offer an evening not to be missed. Start the year with a bang and enjoy a fabulous evening with DJs, dancers, drummers, an eclectic mirror selfie station, and a few surprises along the way. Saturday 31 December. AED 1,800 minimum spend per person.
GO: Call 04 243 5633 for reservations and more information.
CÉ LA VI Dubai
Ring in 2023 with a sumptuous feast surrounded by family and friends whilst admiring the fireworks from the comfort of your seats and enjoying the live entertainment and tunes from the DJ. This year, CÉ LA VI Dubai presents a four-hands à la carte menu curated by Chef Howard Ko and Pastry Chef Roger van Damme, starring seasonal delights and customised highlights. Dress to impress and follow the exuberant atmosphere created by the SWAY band that guarantees the best party until the sun comes up. Bid farewell to 2022 and toast to 2023 at CÉ LA VI Dubai. Saturday 31 December, from 8pm to 4am. AED 5000 minimum spend per person.
Soak in the New Year’s Eve ambience at Clap Dubai upon the largest rooftop terrace in DIFC. Expect 360-degree views of Downtown Dubai whilst watching the fireworks illuminate the night sky. Once the clock strikes twelve, join the most elusive afterparty at the FACT Award-winning Ongaku whilst dancing the night away to an impressive lineup of DJs. Saturday 31 December. AED 1,200 minimum spend.
Mark the dawn of a new year with a New Year’s Eve Gala featuring internationally acclaimed dancers and the 2020 winners of Britain’s Got Talent, Jasmine & Aaron. Expect to be entertained with incredible live performances whilst indulging in a three-course set menu and six hours of free-flowing drinks. When the clock strikes twelve, make your way outside the Dubai Opera to witness the Burj Khalifa fireworks display. Saturday 31 December, from 6:30pm to 12:30pm. Tickets start from AED 1,850 per person.
GO: Visit www.dubaiopera.com for more information.
Eunoia by Carine
Boasting spectacular ocean views, chef Izu Ani’s Eunoia by Carine is the ideal location to ring in the new year. Enjoy a four-course meal featuring Burrata with cherry tomatoes, tuna carpaccio with citrus dressing, foie gras mousse with dried fruits, onion tart with crème fraîche and lobster fritters with zucchini. Main course options include a moreish selection of braised wagyu short rib, whole sea bream grilled with lemon oil and a truffle agnolotti with leeks and ricotta. Desserts include a cherry, vanilla and ricotta bombe Alaska. Saturday 31 December, from 8pm. AED 1,100 per couple (four-course meal) with optional add-on beverage packages starting from AED 250 for five hours.
Enigma promises an evening of mystery and magnificence inspired by Persian customs fused with European traditions. Entice your taste buds with a unique selection of culinary creations and celebrate the arrival of 2023 in style with an after-party at the central pool to witness the Palazzo Versace Dubai fireworks. Saturday 31 December, from 7pm to 11pm. AED 1,799 (food only), AED 1,899 (soft beverages), AED 2,199 (house beverages) and AED 2,399 (sparkling).
Fairmont The Palm
Ring in the New Year Brazilian style at Frevo. Diners can indulge in an authentic churrascaria experience with succulent meats served from all over the world, tableside. Guests can also try a glass of caipirinha, a variety of seafood and salads and a dedicated dessert station. With excellent tunes played by Latin Duo, Giselle & Diego, guests can head to the terrace to catch the city’s fireworks at midnight. Saturday 31 December, from 7pm to 1am. AED 1,100 (indoor seating and AED 1,400 (outdoor seating).
Fi’lia knows how to throw a dinner party 70 floors up, with incomparable views of the Burj Khalifa. A grand dinner welcomes in the New Year, with a stunning menu to match the views. Enjoy homemade focaccia served with a selection of salumi, pesto, tapenade, panelle, and arancini, followed bu cozze e vongole, steak tartare, truffle pizza, lemon risotto, charcoal grilled steak and gnocchi with caviar. Expect an evening filled with exciting entertainment including masquerade dancers and a live jazz band. Prices from AED 599 to AED 2,700 per person.
Flamingo Room by tashas
Bid farewell to 2022 with a fun-filled evening, dancing to the tunes of resident DJ Dimitris Ntioukad and De Cruz African Jazz Band whilst relishing delectable dishes from the a la carte menu. Embrace the beauty of the flamingo and dress up in white, pink, and gold for a memorable night. Saturday 31 December, from 8pm. AED 1,200 minimum spend per person).
On 31 December, GAIA will host a glamorous red-carpet event to ring in the new year. NYX will take over GAIA’s radiant interiors and the entire venue will be transformed to reveal the dark red glamour and enigmatic ambience of the sophisticated speakeasy hidden downstairs. Guests can indulge in their favourite dishes from the a la carte menu and enjoy a selection of festive specials, including oysters and caviar, roasted chicken; T-Bone steaks; and fresh fish. Promising a lively end to the year, resident DJ Marios Tsiaprazis will fuel excitement with versatile sets of house music, club classics and feel-good track. Saturday 31 December, from 7pm. AED 1,500 minimum spend.
GO: Call 052 573 6219 for reservations and more information.
The ultimate spot to see the New Year’s Eve fireworks above the Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa. Hanami at Andaz Dubai The Palm will see you dancing into the new year whilst a percussionist and DJ play the night away. Expect a five-course sharing menu featuring wagyu tenderloin, assorted sashimi and maki, chicken katsu sando, wagyu and foie gras gyozas and much more. The set menu also includes a delicious cotton cheesecake, black sesame tiramisu and traditional mochi. Saturday 31 December, from 7pm to 1am. AED 2,000 (indoor and outdoor seating) and AED 2,400 (Burj Al Arab terrace seating).
GO: Call 04 581 4037 for reservations and more information.
Ring in the New Year with a five-course dinner at Hudson Tavern. With its sultry surreptitious vibes, master mixology, live entertainment and DJs, this end-of-the-year celebration is not to be missed. Begin with cold carpaccio di manzo or Dibba Bay Oysters with mango and sesame ponzu, followed by a choice of hot appetisers like vegan meat skewers or fried baby squid. For the main course, soak in Hudson Tavern’s rustic charm with a pistachio beef tenderloin, barley risotto with pulled lamb shoulder or vegan shepherd’s pie. For dessert, indulge in cherry chocolate mousse, pumpkin pie or apple tart tartin. Saturday 31 December, from 9pm to 1am. AED 595 (indoor seating and AED 695 (outdoor seating).
IHG Hotels at Dubai Festival City
Countdown to the New Year, whether with a dazzling menu curated by acclaimed chef Pierre Gagnaire at Pierre’s TT, a party under the stars at Zaytoun Restaurant or dancing the night away at Vista. For Belgian specialities and your favourite hops, Belgian Café is the perfect place, while for those looking for glam can dress in White and indulge at Choix. With magical fireworks as a backdrop and breathtaking views and entertainment, this New Year’s Eve will be one to remember at IHG Hotels at Dubai Festival City.
GO: Visit www.dubaifestivalcityhotels.com/newyear or call 04 701 1127 for reservations and more information.
The FACT Award-winning Indochine is known for its innovative French-Vietnamese cuisine and a vibe of unadulterated fun. The DIFC hotspot will host a ‘Purple Paradise’ party, so come dressed for the occasion. Here, partygoers can indulge in a curated menu and exciting cocktails while dancing to the night away to music from Lehash and South City Rollers. Saturday 31 December, from 8:30pm to 3am. AED 850 minimum spend per person inclusive of midnight toast.
Kyma Beach Dubai
Kyma Beach Dubai welcomes you to an authentic Greek New Year’s Eve celebration. Revellers can expect a curated Mediterranean menu bursting with festive favourites that play to all of the senses. The chic and elegant beach club setting is the perfect choice to ring in 2023 in style. AED 2,500 per person (inclusive of selected beverages).
On New Year’s Eve in Dubai, Netsu will embrace the custom of Ōmisoka (the traditional Japanese celebration held on the last day of the year) with a fête that merges culinary refinement with a celebratory atmosphere. The Ōmisoka Experience comprises A five-course sharing-style menu that brings together lobster ceviche, o-toro oshizushi, Japanese wagyu gunkan sushi, spicy miso Chilean seabass, Japanese A5 wagyu beef striploin and truffle beef rice alongside indulgent desserts and free-flowing beverages. A live DJ will set the tone for the countdown to 2023. Saturday 31 December, from 8pm to 2am. AED 2,300 per adult (including cocktails, wines, and Louis Roederer champagne) and AED 1,000 per child.
GO: Call 04 777 2232 for reservations and more information.
Revel in a glamorous New Year’s Eve celebration to celebrate the arrival of 2023 at Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates. Guests can experience an elevated evening showcasing a live band and an extravagant food selection from a raw seafood bar to live cooking stations. At midnight, huddle up with loved ones to enjoy the splendid fireworks across the city from the outdoor terrace. Saturday 31 December, from 8pm to 1am. AED 900 (soft beverages), AED 1,150 (house beverages) and AED 450 (children aged six to 12 years).
GO: Visit www.kempinski.com for reservations and more information.
Ring in the New Year overlooking Dubai’s glittering skyline with views of the fireworks. Guests can say farewell to 2022 whilst enjoying the Dubai winter weather and indulging in Paros’ Mediterranean live stations including ceviche, sliders, gyros, and dessert. Guests can also expect festive cocktails and mocktails to keep the merriment going throughout the night. Saturday 31 December, from 7pm. Prices from AED 599 per person.
Piatti By The Beach
Piatti By The Beach will ring in the New Year with an unforgettable celebration under the stars. Expect roasted octopus, black truffle pizza, King crab ragout, beef tenderloin, wild seabass fillet, Sicilian-style profiteroles and Italian Panettone, accompanied by a live DJ performance and glittering fireworks. Saturday 31 December, from 8pm to 3am. AED 2,200 (indoor seating) and AED 2,700 (outdoor seating).
GO: Call 04 248 8889 for reservations and more information.
Ring in the new year at ROKA Dubai as it glams up for the most-awaited night of the year. Indulge in a contemporary Japanese feast with a selection of highballs and cocktails prepared by ROKA’s innovative mixologists. At midnight, enjoy Dubai’s famous fireworks from the ROKA Terrace, which offers a breathtaking view of the Dubai skyline and continue into the wee hours of the morning, grooving to the music of the resident DJ. Saturday 31 December, from 6:30pm. AED 450 (minimum spend per person on the high tables), AED 600 (minimum spend per person in the restaurant) and AED 700 (minimum spend per person on the terrace).
On New Year’s Eve in Dubai, Scalini Dubai invites guests to revel in the arrival of 2023 with a special celebration of the cornerstone of Italian cuisine, the pomodoro. Scalini Dubai celebrates and pays humble homage to this precious ingredient by inviting New Year’s Eve diners to indulge in an exquisite menu inspired by traditional Neapolitan recipes. In collaboration with Fineblooms, one of the region’s experts in floral artistry, Scalini will not only be offering diners a feast for their palettes on New Year’s Eve but also a feast for the eyes. Guests can enjoy their meal in the midst of a vibrant and colourful display of cascading and lush pomodoro. Saturday 31 December, from 7pm until late.
GO: Call 04 349 0068 for reservations and more information.
Unwrap some Shangri-La joy with a delightful selection of seasonal surprises, delicious treats and unique gift ideas that have been specially prepared with you and your loved ones in mind. Start the festive celebrations with a gastronomic selection, including a lavish buffet of international cuisine in Dunes Café, a chic pool party in ikandy Ultra Lounge, contemporary Vietnamese dishes in Hoi An and Cantonese delights in Shang Place, which was recommended in the 2022 edition of the MICHELIN Guide Dubai. For those looking to celebrate New Year’s Eve with stunning views, Level 42 is the perfect venue for you. Say farewell to 2022 with panoramic skyline views and multiple fireworks displays as you indulge in delectable dishes and creative beverages from greater heights.
SLS Dubai Hotel & Residences
Ring in the New Year with the best views Dubai can offer at Privilege on the 75th floor of SLS Dubai. Celebrate under the stars and enjoy uninterrupted views of the Burj Khalifa fireworks whilst indulging in sumptuous cuisines, premium beverages, world-class dancers, and live DJs as you prepare to welcome 2023. Saturday 31 December, from 9pm. AED 5,000 minimum spend per person (Burj Khalifa terrace) or AED 350 per person (one drink with no access to Burj Khalifa terrace).
See in the New Year with Sonara Camp’s Studio 54-inspired New Year’s Eve Desert Disco. Experience a New Year’s Eve like never before with a spectacular party featuring disco floor-fillers by the live band and a dance troupe. A sharing menu will be served using local and seasonal ingredients, and a full bar service will be available to purchase separately, including a carefully curated Champagne and wine list. Saturday 31 December, from 8pm to 1am. AED 1,200 per adult and AED 690 per child.
GO: Visit www.nara.ae for reservations and more information.
Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, The Palm, Dubai
Welcome 2023 in style with a lavish gala dinner at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, The Palm, Dubai. Guests of all ages are invited to ring in the new year with a spectacular lineup of live entertainment, including a DJ, a band, dancers, and fun activities to keep the kids entertained while the adults enjoy the party. Saturday 31 December, from 9pm to 3am. AED 1,995 per adult (inclusive of NYE Buffet and unlimited premium beverages) and AED 1,295 for children below 12 years of age (inclusive of NYE Buffet and soft beverages).
Tasca by José Avillez
New Year’s Eve at Tasca is a one-of-a-kind experience that merges Michelin-starred dining with views of Dubai’s fireworks displays. Expect a curated five-course set menu featuring dishes made from premium ingredients such as black cod, blue lobster and wagyu beef are served alongside champagne and live music for a night to remember. Saturday 31 December, from 8:30pm to 2am. AED 2,000 (soft beverages), AED 3,250 (house beverages) and AED 4,450 (Cristal champagne).
New Year’s Eve in Dubai will see the cage turning into the grooviest discotheque, complete with pink neon lights, sparkling disco balls, live entertainment and a playlist of disco classics and Motown beats. The Lolita terrace will allow guests to watch the impressive Burj Khalifa fireworks display as the clock strikes midnight, welcoming the new year in the most slammin’ way possible. Saturday 31 December, from 8pm to 3am. AED 1,199 (soft beverages), AED 1,399 (house beverages) and AED 1,799 (premium beverages).
The Nice Guy
Firmly established as one of the region’s hottest hangouts this year, The Nice Guy will celebrate New Year’s Eve in style. Guests can spend their evening at the newly opened patio and terrace, the main dining area, or an intimate lounge, all of which pay homage to the decadent era of Mafia bars and restaurants. Expect live performances, including upbeat drummers and DJs, to fuel the sounds of the year’s final night. Saturday 31 December, from 8pm to 3am. AED 2,000 basic (sparkling package) and AED 3,000 (bubbles).
Offering the best view of Burj Khalifa, the FACT Award-winning Urla has launched a luxurious New Year’s Eve package. Step into the Golden Age, dance under the stars and enjoy the most enviable view of the Burj Khalifa fireworks. From in-house fashion shows to upbeat dance performances and live singers, you will be in for a treat as you welcome in 2023 at Urla. Prices from AED 15,000 per person.
GO: Call 052 554 5997 for reservations and more information.
Make it a memorable night with a sophisticated year-end celebration infused with Italian flair at Palazzo Versace Dubai. Before counting down the minutes to an after-party celebrating the start of 2023 with fireworks, savour a five-course set menu featuring an enticing array of authentic signature dishes. Saturday 31 December, from 7pm to 11pm. AED 1,799 (food only), AED 1,899 (soft beverages), AED 2,199 (house beverages) and AED 2,399 (sparkling).
Via Toledo will host a spectacular gala dinner this New Year’s Eve, offering an elevated Italian dining destination that boasts Mediterranean authenticity and a luxurious edge. In true Via Toledo style, dinner will lead to an epic Great Gatsby-style party complete with a DJ, live band, dancers and a fireworks display over JBR and Ain Dubai when the clock strikes midnight. Saturday 31 December, from 9pm. AED 1,990 minimum spend per person.
Waldorf Astoria DIFC
Ring in 2023 at St. Trop with A magnificent display of lights and fireworks across Dubai’s skyline. Expect four hours of free-flowing house beverages and sweet and savoury canapés in a stylish rooftop setting that brings a slice of the French Riviera to Dubai. Sunday 31 December, from 9pm to 3am. AED 695 per person or AED 4,000 per table.
GO: Call 04 515 9800 for reservations and more information.
Waldorf Astoria Dubai The Palm
Experience the heritage and glamour of a Studio 54-themed gala dinner that brings Manhattan to Dubai. As the beautiful outdoor area is transformed, step back to the 1970s, complete with jaw-dropping décor and live performances throughout the evening. Live entertainment includes a horse entrance show, fake paparazzi, dance shows, a five-piece band, and a DJ. When the clock strikes midnight, the fireworks display over Palm Jumeirah is not to be missed. Saturday 31 December, from 7:30pm to 2am. AED 1,900 (soft beverages), AED 2,900 (house beverages) and AED 1,300 (children aged six to eleven years).
World Cut Steakhouse
Take a bite out of the big apple with a New York-inspired New Year’s Eve at World Cut Steakhouse in Habtoor Palace Dubai. A five-course dinner will be served amidst the restaurant’s glamorous surroundings, raising the bar for the year ahead. Saturday 31 December, from 7:30pm. Prices from AED 995 per person (children under 12 are not permitted).
Ring in the new year in extravagant style as the FACT Award-winning Japanese izakaya plays host to Zuma’s Glitter Gala. Guests can expect live music and light shows while indulging in a selection of Zuma’s signature dishes, including the spicy beef tenderloin, black cod marinated in miso and grilled seabass with chilli and ginger. A selection of innovative drinks will be available to ensure you have a memorable night. Saturday 31 December. AED 1,500 (minimum spend in the restaurant) or AED 2,000 (minimum spend in the lounge).