The Insiders ESSENTIAL NYE, our definitive line up of parties, nightlife, and dining options to celebrate the beginning of 2023

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are to be celebrated like no other, the UAE is a first class place to be so here is our ESSENTIAL listing for you .. see you in 2023

JA Beach Hotel

Is perfect for when you want to get out of town and away from the craziness of the city centre. New Year’s Eve sees the Al Fresco Gala Dinner at Palmito Garden, and then you can keep going till 3am at the Taperia after party. Live music entertainment and fireworks – it’s all there but you will need to book for that. Taperia will have a Spanish party vibe with late night tapas and no need to book. The timing is from 7pm-2am and the price is AED 1,895 per person including alcoholic beverages, AED 995 per child ages 6-12 years, children below the age of 6 dine for free. Some might say it’s better to play it down NYE and go hard on NYD and that’s something we preach. The Anchor Pool at JA Beach Hotel will host a monster feast at the picnic-styled brunch with live cooking stations, a DJ, live music, and entertainment for the kids. Booking is required, the event is on the 1st of January, 12:30pm-4pm. Price: AED 280 per person including soft beverages, AED 375 per person including alcoholic beverages. Children aged 6-12 years will enjoy a 50% discount, children below the age of 6 dine for free.

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Jumeirah Saadiyat Island Resort

Is hosting an absolutely glittering NYE lineup with various events across their hotel. Catch the fireworks on the boardwalk from 11pm-2am with a cash bar and drinks and nibbles. For sumptuous dining the White Buffet with international cuisine from Arabic to Asian. Feast on Italian cuisine at Mare Mare in an al fresco setting with views of the fireworks and their lush pools. Packages between at these venues are AED 780-980 and kids eat for AED 390. Tean is offering more regional cuisine with spiced meats, seafood and salad, there’s a minimum spend of AED 500 per adult and AED 190 per child. The best viewing location is at The Lounge, their rooftop bar with incredible views. Enjoy shisha, gourmet dining and drinks, from AED 780-605 between soft beverages and premium bubbly.

For reservations please contact: +97128114342 or email To follow their social media or view more pictures of each venue visit @jumeirahgroup and @jumeirahsaadiyat on Instagram.

The Grand Hyatt Dubai

Has a fabulous ‘Paris at Night’ Gala Dinner promises to be something very chic indeed. The format is buffet with everything free flowing, hops, spirits, and sparkling wines. Packages for children between 8-12 are AED 800 and for adults AED 1,600. The Grand Hyatt featured in our best places to hot desk from and we have also reviewed Andimao and iZ which are both great. So as far as we are concerned this is another property that reflects the description of being ‘grand’ and deservedly so. In true grand style you can attend a gala dinner on New Year’s Eve taking place in the Baniyas Ballroom.

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Sofitel Dubai Downtown

Has two incredible offers, the Carnaval under the Stars and Sofitel’s Sky Table. The hotel boasts a resort size outdoor pool and decking area with marvelous close-up views across downtown. Couple that with its varied outlets it’s one of our favorite gems in the downtown area. So, if Sofitel Dubai Downtown is going to produce a gala dinner outside with that marvelous view it’s got to be high on your list to check out. Dance the night away and experience an extravagant food spread whilst surrounded by a Chic Carnaval ambience. Starting at 7pm, the party will last into the night, ending past midnight. Children below 12 years old are welcome to join for only AED 600, including food and beverages, whilst adult packages AED 1,200 for Classic with food and soft drinks, AED 1,600 for the Gold package including food and house beverages, and the Limitless package for AED 2,200 including food and premium beverages and sparkling grape.

Meanwhile Sofitel’s Sky Table is a uniquely curated experience for two promising absolute romance and privacy. You even get your own butler from 8pm, and for AED 6,999 you can enjoy a lavish three-course set menu and chilled prestige bubbly to the privacy of your room. Finally, end the night and welcome the New Year with joie de vivre and unbeatable scenic views of Downtown Dubai at 12:30am. These offers are available on December 31st 2022, bookings are now open.

For festive enquiries and bookings please contact: +971 56 996 0582 or email or visit

The Sheraton Grand

Promises guests a lush celebration under the stars at beautiful Larimar on the 54th floor. Breath-taking views across the Dubai skyline are accompanied by a live DJ and amazing selection of beverage packages starting at AED 300 and VIP tables are have a minimum spend of AED 600.

To book, call: +971 (0) 4503 4444 or visit:

Delta Hotels by Marriott Jumeirah Beach

Promising the New Year’s Eve Celebrations Brazilian style with a Live Band and Samba Dancers, Fogueira is ready to welcome guests to ring in the New Year. Guests can indulge in the popular churrascaria experience with succulent meats from all over the world at their table. With options to tuck into their fresh salads from the buffet, delicious desserts and Caipirinha, it’ll be a New Year’s feast to remember. New Year’s wouldn’t be the same without fireworks and completing the night Dubai style, Fogueira has the perfect spot to catch the incredible display at midnight.

Dates: Saturday, 31st December

Time: 7pm to 12am 

Prices: AED 799 with free-flowing soft beverages, and AED 999 with free-flowing house beverages

Reservations: For reservations, please call +971 50 189 6214 or email

Conrad Dubai

Has events including a Gala dinner on Ballaro’s Terrace, plus breakfast there the morning after and another event at Kimpo. For a celebration like no other, ring in 2023 with loved ones, upbeat tunes, a magnificent spread of international delicacies, complete with live cooking stations, and handcrafted drinks by our expert mixologists. Guests will be welcomed with cocktails on the Ballaro Terrace, with a dazzling performance by DJ Lewis together with a live percussionist, slick choreography, jaw-dropping costumes, and exceptional energy by a Brazilian dance troupe. Embark on a gastronomic adventure, paired with a selection of grapes, premium beverages, and mixed drinks. There’s no better place to wrap up 2022 and head into the New Year with style. Packages are AED 599 per person with soft beverages, AED 799 per person with house beverages, and AED 275 per child.Meanwhile over at the most Instagrammable Korean hotspot in Dubai as they take you “back to the future.” The Y2K New Year’s Eve elicits nostalgia with throw-back tunes by DJ Angie, delicious street food, and tasty beverages. A party like no other, get your groove on amidst a kitschy cachet of neon street art and ring in 2023 with a bang. From 7pm-4am on NYE at the Lobby Level 1.

Enjoy a delicious breakfast the day after the night before and kick-start the New Year with leisurely morning breakfast including freshly baked bread, homemade pastry and nut butters, various styles of eggs served at the live station and freshly brewed tea or coffee transcending tropical vibes of our lush green oasis, for only AED 160 per person from 6am-1pm.

For reservations, call: +971 (04) 444 7444, email: or visit at

St. Regis Downtown

Has three exclusive events at their venues Basta, TABŪ (the best place to watch the fireworks) and Hayal. The St Regis downtown is a blissful cocktail of cosmopolitan elegance; the House of Astor, at the BASTA terrace, offers an early dinner experience, guests of The St. Regis Downtown Dubai can enjoy a three-course set menu or minimum spending option with live entertainment from 7pm-midnight which is AED 450 per person minimum spend with an a la carte menu. Meanwhile over at newbie Turkish venue Hayal, enjoy an eclectic, artistic and modern atmosphere. With free-flowing beverages and a set menu of vibrant flavours by Chef Roberto Segura. Expect to be entertained by a DJ and live music performance and get wowed by interactive services. Special prices on bottles of bubbly and spirits are offered, and views of Burj Khalifa fireworks are available at midnight for a luminous start to the new year! AED 550 per person for a set menu and free-flowing beverages. Up at TABŪ you can enjoy modern Japanese cuisine, served, and plated with artistic finesse and bold statement, TABŪ is the very best place to ring in the new year. From over-the-top fireworks spectacular views and fine dining affairs to all-out entertainment, this event is from 5pm for drinks and from 7pm for drink orders until late, and packages are AED 2,900 minimum spend with outdoor seating and a la carte options, and AED 1,900 minimum spend option with a la carte and indoor seating.

If you’re up and about the next day, enjoy a delicious Turkish breakfast at Hayal. A perfect spread of succulent dishes made to share, from 8am to 4pm priced at AED 198 per menu for 2 people.

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Best of the rest …

Downtown & DIFC

Avli by Tasha’s is hosting a boho-themed NYE party with dress code from 8pm onwards, live entertainment and Burj Khalifa views, starting at AED 1,500 per person minimum spend.

Ergo at The Edition Hotel in Downtown Dubai is hosting a mysterious venetian themed party with free-flowing cocktails and other drinks, plus bites from the Mediterranean menu. Minimum spend is AED 1,500 on their a la carte menu, from 7pm until late.

Hutong in DIFC are celebrating NYE with an a la carte menu from AED 850 indoors and outdoors AED 1,150. Guests can also choose a set menu AED 1,488 with premium spirits and champagne from 9pm-12am. You can also choose the more wallet-friendly bar package with selected beverages from AED 598. Accompanying your evening will be a DJ, saxophonist, and violinist.

LPM in DIFC have a La Follie Douce themed a la carte evening brunch for NYE from 6pm until late priced at AED 1,200 per person excluding drinks.

Enjoy ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’ at DIFC’s Roberto’s, where from 7pm-4am guests can enjoy delicious dishes and a variety of food and drink packages starting at AED 2,500 to sit at the lounge bar and up to AED 10,000 per person for the Lounge terrace seating including all F&B. There’s also a brunch on New Year’s Day from AED 395 with soft drinks and up to AED 795 for the champagne package, from 12-4pm.

La Mezcaleria (downtown and JBR) are hosting a super affordable and entertaining NYE with minimum spend AED for downtown and AED 700 at JBR and up to AED 1,300 per person for Burj Khalifa views.

Views don’t get better than at Armani/Ristorante at the Burj Khalifa, where they’re hosting a spectacular seven-course set menu from 6-11pm for AED 1,599 per person.

Armani/Prive hosts the socialites dream NYE event with world-class mixology and DJs, for AED 1,000 for men and AED 500 for ladies.

Teatro at the Rotana has a memorable festive set menu with sushi, sashimi, seared Atlantic scallops, truffle mushroom risotto and miso Chilean sea bass – yum yum. Dance the night away with Rachel Leah, and enjoy your night with packages from AED 799 including four courses and house beverages and AED 699 including soft beverages, from 8pm-1am.

Dubai Marina & JBR

Be enchanted at Dream for their fairytale dinner and drinks package with incredible live performances. Starting at 8pm until late it features a premium set menu and cocktail chic menu with prices starting from AED 4,000 per head.

La Mezcaleria (downtown and JBR) are hosting a super affordable and entertaining NYE with minimum spend AED for downtown and AED 700 at JBR and up to AED 1,300 per person for Burj Khalifa views.

New Year’s Gala at The Observatory Bar & Grill has exceptional views, a lavish menu and free-flowing premium spirits and bubbles. 8pm-1am AED 1,299 with Marina views, AED 1,499 with Palm Jumeirah views, and guests can avail 15% early bird discount before November 30th.

NYE Brunch at The Croft features British classics and views over the iconic Dubai Marina. From 8pm-till late, AED 499 including house beverages and indoor seating and AED 599 including house beverages with outdoor seating.

Millennium Place, Barsha Heights – visit either M One Restaurant for a buffet and Cuban live duo for only AED 419 or a more intimate vibe at Twenty9 Lounge with live food stations and tapas, 8pm-3am for AED 399.

Business Bay

Basko/Suave are hosting a retro NYE party with live music and disco with two seating options from 7-9pm and 9pm-4am, prices are AED 1,200 per person outdoors and AED 990 indoors.

A festive CARNAval at SLS Hotel includes a welcome cocktail at their carnival-themed event at Carna by Dario Cecchini, prices for window tables are AED 990 per person while a regular table is AED 890 per person.

Smoke and Mirrors is an intimate cigar lounge at SLS Hotel, but their NYE event called Casa Guevara promises live singers, salsa dancers and percussionists playing latino tunes. First seating 9pm-12am is AED 5,000 per person and includes all beverages, and the second seating from midnight is AED 1,000 per person a la carte.

Check out Hotel Cartagena’s NYE party from the 71st floor, with epic views of the fireworks, dance performances, sharing spreads and premium beverages. From AED 1,500-2,000 per person starting at 9pm-1am at The JW Marriott Hotel.

Dubai Creek

Newly opened ONZE has a trendy Nikkei restaurant at the Dubai Creek and Yacht Club, blending Peruvian and Japanese cultures on a plate. For NYE enjoy DJ Seth Sharz on the decks while you overlook the incredible fireworks. Their lavish menu features a ceviche raw bar series, but also sushi, fish, and meat – they even have vegan options, and desserts including Tres Leches or legendary churros. Their minimum spend per person is AED 1,500 with special packages for champagnes and spirits, from 8pm-3am.

Palm Jumeirah

Hanami at Andaz the Palm has spectacular views over the Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa. A DJ accompanies the five-course sharing style menu with Wagyu tenderloin, sashimi and maki and desserts including the Cotton Cheesecake and Black Sesame Tiramisu. 7pm-1am indoor and outdoor seating available from AED 2,000 with house beverages and AED 2,400 with Burj Al Arab views and outdoor seating.

Party hotspot La Coco is hosting Miami vice NYE party with a DJ and dancers by the beach. Dining options include caviar, foie gras duck carnitas and short ribs. From 7:30pm-1am, AED 799 for high tables with snacks and house beverages, AED 999 with sofa seating, snacks and house beverages, and dinner and drinks packages (including sparkling) from AED 1,599 to AED 1,799.

Celebrate NYE at Raffles the Palm Dubai from 7pm-1am with live DJ performances and live band The Fanatics. Indoor seating AED 2,300 including house beverages, AED 1,150 for kids aged 6-11 years, AED 1,610 for kids 12-18 years. Outdoor seating AED 2,600 including house beverages, AED 1,150 for kids between 6-11 years, and kids under 6 are complimentary.

Aura Skypool promises a NYE in the sky celebration on the 50th floor of the Palm Tower hotel. Enjoy fireworks, feasts, and drinks with 360-degree views. AED 2,750 per person with a bottle of champagne between two and Pan-Asian bites.

The Pointe

The Kitchen Bar – A Capella – at The Pointe is hosting a super glamorous NYE event with buffet options, canapes, main course, and dessert with indoor seating from AED 1,299 per person and outdoor from AED 1,499 per person. DJ Alban and Ron will keep you entertained with their electronic beats while you have an unrivaled view of the fireworks.


For something more family friendly you can enjoy either the Pool & Sky Lounge or Mix Restaurant at Aloft Mina Hotel (nannies welcome at Mix), with prices starting at AED 499 per person, kids from AED 200, and VIP tables on the pool deck from AED 799.

Abu Dhabi

LPM at The Galleria are offering diners a luxury a la carte menu with a Chic and Elegant Hawaiian themed evening on NYE from 6pm until late. Indoors minimum send is AED 900 and outdoors is AED 1,200.

49er’s Steakhouse & Club have a NYE event in their Wild West Saloon with BBQ kitchen, light entertainment and gaming zone, plus huge dancefloor, live DJ, and band. From 10pm-4am on the 31st with tickets from AED 200.

Ras Al Khaimah

At The Hilton RAK Beach Resort you can party away at their Vida Gala with Latin flair and enjoy drinks, dining, and fireworks. AED 750 for food, AED 1,095 plus free flowing drinks and AED 375 for kids between 4-11 years, from 7pm until 1am. You can continue the party at Arriba rooftop from midnight until 3am.

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