Buro 24/7 Guide: New Year's Eve in the Middle East
Where to be and what to do when the clock strikes twelve...
Whether it's been a year to forget or a year to remember, ring in 2015 in style and start the New Year on the right foot. We've got something for the late night party people and those in need of a bit of rest and relaxation at the end of a busy festive season. From Riyadh to Doha and everything in-between including the all the new record breaking firework displays that Dubai has planned. We've even found the hot ticket that could see you counting down to the New Year with arguably the man of 2014 – Pharrell Williams. Those resolutions can wait one more day, the celebrations start here...
The Oberoi, Dubai
The Oberoi, Dubai is hosting a distinctly eastern affair with contemporary Asian cuisine at Umai or authentic Indian delicacies at Ananta. Follow up dinner with private views of the Burj Khalifa fireworks away from the crowds at an open air poolside party. The Oberoi is perched on the outskirts of Downtown Dubai providing the perfect perspective from which to observe the city on the liveliest night of the year.
The Jetty Lounge at the One & Only Royal Mirage, Dubai
Lay back and enjoy the surrounding fireworks from the sandy shores of the One & Only Royal Mirage's much loved beach bar, the Jetty Lounge. The resident DJ will whip up the crowd with cool party beats at this understated affair. This venue is perfect for relaxed late starters as the party won't start until 9pm and will continue into the small hours of 2015. If you don't wake up with sand between your toes, you haven't danced hard enough...Right?
The Park Hyatt, Dubai Creek
Enjoy the elegant setting of the Park Hyatt, Dubai, because if the yacht-docked creek side views aren’t enough to entice you perhaps the menu options will be. Executive chef Michael Clinton and his culinary team have created an array of gourmet menus and sumptuous buffets to ring in the New Year in style. Starting with the signature, multiple award-winning French restaurant Traiteur. Chef Daniel Hoefler presents an exquisite five-course menu complete with the requisite new year bubbles. Traiteur guests are also welcome to join the party on The Terrace Piazza. Beverages will flow until 2am and if you can’t face ending the party there, why not check into the hotel for a New Year overnight stay, which includes two tickets to The Terrace Piazza party?
Out with the old and in with the new. Why not start the new year in Dubai's newest luxury hotel, the Four Seasons Hotel, at the 'Angels and Demons' New Year's Eve themed party. Hosted at the Mercury Lounge, which offers a panoramic Dubai city skyline view and a light sea breeze, the sixth-floor rooftop of is ideally positioned to watch the Burj Khalifa fireworks display. The resident DJ and music director, Opolopo, one of Scandinavia's most respected producers, will be providing the soundtrack to your evening of frivolity, which is destined to be spent dancing the night away.
How does Atlantis, The Palm plan to compete with last year's involvement in a world record-breaking firework display you might ask – with a Year's New Years Eve 'Royal Gala' of course. The event is set to take place on the Atlantis beach and promises to be a show-stopping event. Proceedings will begin at 7:30pm with canapés and welcome drinks in Asteer before the venue opens up at 8pm. A heady 26-piece ensemble live band will kick of the night's entertainment and play through until 3am. The bar will be open all night serving unlimited premium beverages including, of course, free flowing bubbles.
The Burj Al Arab, Dubai
Samba your way into 2015 at Burj Al Arab's Brazilian carnival-themed party. The evening promises to be pulsing with rhythm and flair: A cocktail reception in the world's tallest atrium will kick off the celebrations followed by a gala dinner at the restaurant of your choice. As the clock strikes twelve enjoy a front row seat to all 15 minutes of the UAE's longest fireworks display. An overnight New Years stay includes a set of 10 his-and-hers full size Hermès amenities, 21 inch iMac and 24 carat gold iPad for use throughout your stay – as well as a private butler service including professional wardrobe packing, unpacking and shoe shine. Just don't forget to back your carnival feathers and beads.
Yas Island, Cipriani and Yas Viceroy, Abu Dhabi
For a purely Arabian flavour head to the Viceroy to savour a traditional four-course Middle Eastern dinner and welcome in the New Year in true Arabian style at the award-winning Atayeb restaurant. All of your favourite Arabian delights will be provided in abundance including shisha and belly dancing under the stars as well as a feast of regional favourites such as sizzling grilled meat, Kibbeh, Mansaf, Tabouleh, stuffed vine leaves and sweet desserts such as Umm Ali and Katayef. No party would be complete with out great music, and guests can enjoy the live Arabic DJ until 1am.
Or bid the year goodbye in the glass wrap-around terrace at Cipriani. Get straight into the swing of it with welcome bellinis followed by a palate-pleasing New Year's menu, which includes king crab, seared tuna 'scottato' with braised fennel and salmon tartare and that is just for starters. Enhancing the night until the final countdown with festive tunes will be the all-star Lounge Hank featuring Kanji.
The St Regis Saadyat Island, Abu Dhabi
For those who are seeking an island escape but aren't willing to travel far, dip into the celebrations at St. Regis Saadyat Island, a mere ten minutes from the centre of downtown Abu Dhabi. Relax and enjoy the uncompromising service and delectable dishes on offer at the buffet gala dinner, which will be filled with international fare, prepared to perfection and accompanied by an eight-piece band. As the clock strikes midnight, be sure to secure a good view point on the sea view terrace and take in the fireworks display before handing the party baton over to the live DJ who will you see you through to early hours of the New Year.
Le Meridien Al Aqah, Fujairah
For a fresh perspective on the New Year make tracks to Le Meridien, Fujairah on the Indian Ocean coast of the UAE. The festivities to welcome the New Year start with a cocktail reception, followed by a special New Year's Eve gala dinner. Guests will also be provided a variety of entertainment until midnight, the highlight of which will be a stunning fireworks display. After all what is New Year's Eve if not the best reason to light up the sky with a burst of colour?
The Chedi, Oman
Start the New Year as you mean to go on – in luxury, at the Chedi, Muscat. Soak up the refined ambiance and stunning surroundings and settle in for an elegant celebratory dinner. A sophisticated and intriguing menu awaits, and features chamomile-scented lobster cappuccino, soft truffle polenta and a divine selection of some of the best deserts in Muscat. The best part? If you stay the night you are guaranteed to wake up in one of the most beautiful hotels in the GCC and welcome 2015 in utter bliss.
Zighy Bay, Oman
Find serenity in the beautiful tranquillity of Zighy Bay and nestle into a beautiful indigenous village-style private villa for the ultimate in peaceful luxury (provided you don't opt to arrive via parachute.) Soak up the scenery with the dramatic mountains on one side and the sandy beach of Zighy Bay on the other. Here you can see in the New Year with an al fresco dinner by star light on the panoramic terrace. Perfect for a romantic end to 2014.
Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai
The magnificent desert safari hotel, a mere hour from the centre of Dubai, is guaranteed to provide a New Year oasis. Not only can you enjoy a private villa complete with a private pool but nature lovers will relish the chance to receive occasional visits from the estate's desert Oryxs. After a day of quiet luxury head to the hotel's cocktail dinner celebration complete with a delectable set menu and bubbles all accompanied by string symphonies from a live cellist and violinist.
W Hotel, Doha
The W Hotel are bringing the glamour of Hollywood to Doha and rolling out the red carpet this New Year's Eve. Dress to impress and emanate your favourite silver screen idols. Join the party in the hotel's grand room after a sumptuous five course gala dinner, then dance all night to the familiar hit covers of 12 piece celebrity show band Simply Irresistible all the way from Atlanta USA. We can ensure it will be a paparazzi free red carpet affair so you can dance like no one is watching.
Ritz Carlton, Bahrain
Join the countdown party in the grand foyer at the impeccable Ritz Carlton and enjoy the best destination in Bahrain this New Year's. In fact, why not make a night of it and check in to one of the hotel's private villas so your tired party feet don't have to travel far when the music stops. The evening will begin with a drinks reception and a gourmet dinner to set you up for a glamorous evening of celebration.
The Four Seasons, Riyadh
Ring in the New year like royalty and check into the indulgent 'Kingdom Suite', the latest treasure to be unveiled by the Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh at Kingdom Centre. The opulent suite spans the 48th and 50th floors, guaranteeing spectacular views of the city and the surrounding celebrations. Eat like a king in your private dining room serviced by a dedicated team of staff. You might even find yourself snoozing before the countdown starts as the plush comfort of this palatial pad envelopes you.
Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa, Kuwait
Kuwait residents need look no further than the idyllic luxury Messiah Beach Hotel & Spa and its abundant celebratory offerings from its seven delectable restaurants. Enjoy the assured Jumerah standard of excellence during a night of merriment – a great choice for a family affair.
RESTAURANTS AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
La Serre, Dubai
New Year's Eve celebrations at La Serre will take on a distinctly French guise this year – quell surprise! The theme takes after one of the most famous cabaret clubs in the world; the Moulin Rouge. Menu options for the evening include beautiful dishes such as roasted lamb rack, oysters and caviar and will be served over two seatings. During this decadent evening, the bistro will come alive with vibrant decorations and you can can-can to live music from the irrefutably cool Abri & Funk Radius. This event will see you transported to the renowned red lights of the Boulevard de Clichy in Paris, right in the heart of Downtown Dubai.
Zuma, Dubai and Abu Dhabi
Never one to disappoint, Zuma will be offering its dependable deliciousness this December 31, with a variety of tasting menus and bar menus to cater for all. Zuma rarely finds itself with a table to spare and New Year's Eve will be no exception so be sure to book in advance for a guaranteed night of sublime cuisine in this Dubai, and Abu Dhabi favourite. Bookings can be made from 9pm and families can get a jump start on the night of celebration with early bookings from 7pm.
La Petite Maison, Dubai
Indulge in the elegant simplicity of La Petit Maison 'the home of Cuisine Nicoise.' The fresh clean decor of 'the best french restaurant in the city', and Buro 24/7 favourite is the perfect environment in which to welcome the fresh new year. It goes without saying that the evening's menu will be of the same high standard we have all come to expect from this fine dining gem. The Dubai Financial Centre is sure to be bustling with excitement when the countdown begins, so you will find yourself perfectly placed if you book a coveted table here.
Fume, Pier 7, Dubai
If all the festivities have worn you down by now we have the perfect antidote for those suffering from party package overload – Fume. We love the nonchalant attitude that this cool Pier 7 eatery has adopted for December 31. It's just like any other night. No frills. A la carte. Perfect for a fuss free night of honest, good food and a lively atmosphere. We're unsure if the 'no reservation' reservation policy still applies for New Years Eve, but try your luck and the laid-back evening is sure to be filled with other like-minded under the radar party goers.
The Ivy, Emirates Towers, Dubai
Harness the buzz of London's West End this New Year's Eve at the Ivy, Jumeirah Emirates Towers. The 'Taste the Ivy' celebratory options range from 'a taste', 'a treat', 'a flight' to the enticingly indulgent 'a feast' option. There are no wrong answers on this multiple choice menu as all of the options are loaded with delicious Ivy signature dishes. The dance floor might not look so enticing after the heady feasting that is bound to occur here, but we're sure it will be worth it.
For a tailor made night to remember may we suggest fleeing the bright lights of the city and heading out to the desert for a secluded celebration. Stop in at Jones the Grocer and pick up one of their festive hampers to ensure that delicious provisions are plentiful and then just keep driving until you can't see another soul around. Perch on a dune for the perfect private picnic under the stars. For a finishing touch Maison de Fleurs can provide an ornate floral arrangement to decorate your private patch of desert, and if you love Pinterest's event inspirations as much as we do – why not go the whole hog and scatter Arabic rugs beneath your feet and light some tealight candles?
Dedicated party goers will be more than Happy to get their hands on the hottest ticket in Dubai this year – #DXBNYE. None other than Grammy Award-winning producer and the personification of cool – Pharrell Williams – will be headlining the night's super party line up, which also includes Tomorrowland. The night will also feature special performances from Busta Rhymes, plus Paul Oakenfold, Charli XCX, Sky Blu and Seb Fontaine.
The limited VIP experiences include a unique 'black ticket' invitation and did we also mention the partygoers will be part of the world's biggest New Years Eve countdown including incredible views of the Dubai skyline and the iconic Burj Khalifa? Because there is that too, to top it all off.