They say, the way in which you welcome a new year is a reflection of how the entire year itself will play out. My thoughts: better make it a good New Year’s Eve!

Here are some marvellous ways you can spend New Year’s Eve in Dubai, a mixbag of fireworks, feasting and festivities. Ring in the new year on a kayak, sandboard down a dune, or spend your day in the clouds – whatever it is you decide to do, just make sure you welcome the new year in pomp!

Luxury Dinner Cruise

Take in Dubai’s breathtaking views from the comfort of a glass-enclosed, air-conditioned luxury vessel. The boat also has a gorgeous open terrace and outdoor deck, perfect for enjoying the shimmering skyline under the stars and moon. This is a fun, relaxing evening on the water with guaranteed stellar views of iconic Dubai landmarks, along with an obstruction-free view of the New Year fireworks. If you want something fancier and more private, you can also rent out a yacht to take you out along the Dubai Creek or Marina.

Helicopter Ride Thrills

This New Year, scratch something off your bucket list. A helicopter tour of Dubai offers the most mesmerizing views of the city. Depart from the gorgeous Palm Jumeirah Island and enjoy a ride above the Dubai’s most iconic monuments and landmarks. Your private tour also includes a guide who will share interesting, fun, informative stories throughout your flight. The pre-departure lounge is also a treat in itself so be sure to arrive a little early.

Desert Safari with Dune Drive, BBQ Dinner, Belly Dance and Tanoura Show.

It doesn’t get much better than a thrilling drive over gorgeous, golden sand dunes. Head deep into the heart of the desert and witness one of the most stunning sunsets of your life. You’ll be guided to a posh Bedouin desert camp and greeted with a traditional Arabian welcome. Next, enjoy a delicious buffet dinner that includes barbecue meats, salads, an array of main-course dishes, and plenty of desserts. The ambiance is nothing short of enchanting. It’s an unforgettable evening camel rides, sand boarding, henna painting, sheesha, and belly dancing!

Watch The Burj Khalifa Fireworks

New Year Eve in Dubai sees a spectacular display of fireworks – marking the good times ahead. Tourists and locals flock in thousands catch a glimpse and concenterate around the Dubai Fountain, Souk al Bahar, Umm Suqeim Park, Burj Park, Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Jumeira beach and sometimes bang in the middle of the roads! If you have plans to travel within Dubai on New Year’s eve, make sure you reach your destination before 10 PM. The roads are chock a block until 12 AM as everyone is trying to score a good spot to watch the fireworks.

Dance Your Way Into The New Year

Dubai hosts some of the most happening New Year parties in the world and if you’re a party animal, there’s no better way to clock in the New Year than dancing your way into it. Hit up Barasti Beach, Distillery Gastropub for a Coyote Ugly themed party, Warehouse for a Great Gatsby themed party, The Penthouse for a jungle themed party, or Atlantis on the Palm (this year, Atlantis Palm Dubai is part of rock band KISS’ last ever world tour) for legendary new year parties. Dress to impress and enjoy an extravangant  New Year’s eve in Dubai. Additionally, most parties in Dubai have a dedicated kids’ sections that promises to keep them entertained through the night, ensuring you have a night off to enjoy the fun.


A New Year’s Eve In Global Village

Global Village New year celebrations are well renowned among locals and tourists – so expect to see tens of thousands flocking in. An amalgamation of world culture, Global Village Dubai is the ideal place for celebrating New Year as you can witness New Year traditions of more than 75 countries around the world. The Global Village New Year musical fireworks are a class apart and quite the visual-treat. Shop, dine and spend your New Year’s eve doing all things fun. The Carnaval is favourite among kids, so don’t worry about keeping them entertained. Here’s all you need to know before visiting global village,Dubai.


Set Off On A Hatta Adventure

If you’re more of an outdoorsy person, leave the glamour and decadence in Dubai and make your way to Hatta. An exclave of Dubai and Oman perched high up in the scenic Hajar Mountains, Hatta is an adventeruous hub with kayaking, mountain biking, zip-lining, hiking and more other adrenaline pumping activities. For those who prefer a slower pace, head over to the region’s natural treasures and cultural attractions, like the Hatta Lake and Heritage Village. We’d strongly suggest an overnight stay at the chic Hatta Damani Lodges or the best glamping site in the town – the Sedr Trailer Resort. Whatever you choose to do in Hatta, you’re clocking in the New Year in style!