2015 has been a busy year for many of us, full of highs and lows, and all things in between. So, what better way to send it off and ring in the New Year than with some epic shindig somewhere in Abu Dhabi? There’s plenty to choose from…

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♦ BOA Steakhouse

Ring in the New Year in spectacular style at BOA Steakhouse with a sumptuous five course set menu, with a selection of hot and cold appetisers, including the delectable Burrata Cheese Salad and mouth-watering Pepper Crusted Beef Carpaccio, and for the main course, Australian Black Angus Striploin and US Black Angus Tenderloin.

Price: AED500 per person for five course set menu. French Bubbles package also available.

Call (0)2 641 1500 for more info.


♦Courtyard by Marriott

Get ready for New Year’s Eve at The Bistro, Courtyard by Marriott World Trade Centre Abu Dhabi. Seafood lovers will be thrilled with delicacies such as the freshly shucked Fine de Claire oysters and poached prawns and poached herb marinated lobster. Meat lovers can enjoy mouth-watering cuts from the live carving station, such as roasted rib eye served with pepper sauce and traditional Yorkshire puddings, or the delicious leg of lamb stuffed with pine seeds and herb mushrooms.

Price: AED249 per person with soft drinks, AED349 per person with house beverages and AED99 per person for children aged 6-12. Alternatively, ring in 2015 with a sumptuous three course set menu at the hotel’s quirky hangout, Fifth Street Cafe. Dine on tempting appetisers such as blue crab cake with confit citrus segments.

For the main event, tuck into tender braised short ribs with truffle mash potato. Price: AED 149 per person with a three course set menu and a glass of wine.
Regular a la carte menu is also available. If it’s just a party you’re after, celebrate at
Up and Below, the chic rooftop bar and lounge. Price: AED 199 for unlimited house beverages between 9pm and midnight.

Call (0)2 698 2222 for more info.


♦Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi

Embark on a gastronomic adventure covering the Capitals of the World at Urban Kitchen’s international gala buffet dinner. The buffet theme will include an extensive Seafood Selection, Foie Gras, Sushi, Roast Loin of Venison and Beef Wellington. The Buffet is open from 8pm till midnight and the restaurant is open until late. Price: AED349 net per person incl. soft beverages, or AED499 net incl. unlimited house beverages.

Call (0)2 698 8888 for more info.


♦Emirates Palace

Ring in the New Year at the premier address in Abu Dhabi with a night to remember. Enjoy a welcome cocktail and canapés in the breath-taking Palace Dome before heading to the Gala Dinner, which takes place from 7.30pm to 3am, and is priced at AED3000 per person. New Year’s Eve packages are also available at all of the Emirates Palace outlets, including BBQ Al Qasr for scenic al fresco dining, Mezlai, Le Vendome, Sayad, and Mezzaluna.

Call (0)2 690 799 for more info.


♦Fairmont Bab Al Bahr

Say goodbye to 2015 with a culinary celebration and indulge in a Gala buffet dinner selection at CuiScene. The vast array of food offerings includes live stations, grilled seafood, Foie-Gras station, paella and sushi.

The New Year’s Eve Dinner buffet is available from 7pm until 11.30pm and is priced at AED599 (Non alcoholic package) and AED 799 (including free flow bubbly, grapes and hops). AED 199 for Children 6-12 years. Alternatively, delight in a British inspired New Year’s Eve gathering with a touch of elegance at the Award Winning Marco Pierre White Steakhouse and Grill.

This exclusive event brings a refined dining experience to the table with a seven-course set menu, available from 7pm to 11.30pm, priced at AED925. At Frankie’s Italian Restaurant and Bar, enjoy a special Italian themed five course set menu with a la carte beverages from 7pm to 11.30pm and is priced at AED699 per person.

Get into the celebratory mood with your friends and family and welcome 2016 with beverages and BBQ or dessert platter on the breathtaking open-air terrace of Chameleon. Dance in the New Year as our resident DJ plays some upbeat vibes and enjoy the spectacular firework display with stunning views over Abu Dhabi Creek. New Year’s Eve at Chameleon is on from 9.30pm to 2am and is priced at AED399 for reserved seating, half a bottle of bubbly, and choice of BBQ or dessert platter.

Call (0)2 654 3238 for more info.

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♦Fanr Restaurant, Saadiyat

Make this New Year’s Eve one to remember with a delicious BBQ at Fanr restaurant, with a delectable selection of sizzling cuisine, cooked to perfection over the grill. To start, sample a whole host of cold appetisers including fresh Greek salad, Couscous Salad and delicious Mediterranean Eggplant salad. For mains, delve into an array of tasty delights straight off the BBQ including Lamb Kofta, Cajun Spiced Beef Steaks and BBQ Mackerel.
Price: AED195 per person with soft beverages, AED275 per person with unlimited selected house beverages and AED475 inclusive of a bottle of French bubbly.

Call (0)2 657 5888 for more info


♦InterContinental Abu Dhabi

At Circo, celebrate the arrival of the New Year in an Italian flair with a delicious five-course set menu for AED595. Price includes New Years Eve confetti and selected house beverages, from 7pm to 2am. At Byblos, welcome the New Year with your friends and family Lebanese style. Enjoy a New Year’s Eve special set menu for AED790 with a free flow of selected house beverages from 8.30pm to 3am.

For meat lovers, guests at Chamas can bring in the New Year 2016 with the Latino Band – Los Hidalgos, Samba Dancers and outdoor Carnival and enjoy an upgraded buffet for AED690 from 8pm to 2am.

At the Yacht Club, party to the tunes of DJ Rabih, and enjoy a five-course set menu for AED750 inclusive of free flow of house beverages. There is an AED1750 minimum spend per booth, and AED200 entry fee with house beverage for two.

Call (0)2 666 6888 for more info.


♦Jumeirah at Etihad Towers

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Li Beirut with delicacies from Lebanon and the Mediterranean made even more enjoyable with beautiful live music from the Oud, all for AED750, including a five-course set menu with a glass of premium bubbly.

At Pearls by Michael Caines, choose the ultimate package and welcome the new 2016
at the most exclusive and new venue in Abu Dhabi. The evening gets underway at 7pm. Priced at AED995 including five course set menu with one glass of premium bubbly, or AED1295 including five-course set menu, one glass of premium bubbly, grapes pairing and after party at Pearls by Michael Caines Lounge.

Add charm to your New Year’s Eve celebrations at BiCE with superb Italian cuisine, immaculate service and a fabulous setting with terrace seating. The evening starts at 7pm, price is AED750 for the fivecourse set menu and one glass of premium bubbly, or AED1050 with premium bubbly and grapes pairing. Both offers include a complimentary access to Pearls by Michael Caines Lounge with live DJ.

At the highly acclaimed Brasserie Angélique get a taste of true French gastronomy with the special five course festive set menu prepared by Chef Niels Van Oers, for AED995 with one glass of premium bubbly, or AED1295 with one glass of bubbly and grapes pairing. Both offers include a complimentary access to Ray’s Bar with live DJ.
And if you’re just up for a party, Ray’s is the right place to be when clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, especially if you enjoy perfectly mixed house vibes, innovative beverages, a chic ambience and a great crowd. Entry is AED250 including a glass of bubbly.

Call (0)2 811 5666 for more info.


♦Koi Japanese Restaurant

Celebrate in spectacular style this New Year’s Eve at Koi Restaurant and Lounge with the ultimate New Year’s Eve supper club, featuring a mouth-watering feast of free flowing Koi favourites. Enjoy a selection of delicious appetisers, including Koi Steamed Bun and Duck Confit with Peanut Sweet Soy, or indulge in a tempting Platter featuring a host of sumptuous treats such as, Softshell Crab Tempura with Chili Black Pepper, Miso Marinated Black Cod and Beef Skewers with BBQ Sauce. Price is AED400 per person including house beverages and AED600 per person including French bubbly, from 9.30pm to 1am.

Call (0)2 678 3334 for more info.


♦Le Meridien Abu Dhabi

Le Meridien is hosting a New Year’s Eve Disco-themed party across the various restaurants in the Village, with an after party in the Pool Garden with free entry for guests who have been dining at one of the outlets. Latest Recipe is offering up a Gala Seafood Night Buffet for AED444 with soft drinks, AED585 with house beverages, and AED1600 for a seafood night for two with a bottle of French bubbly included.

At Pappagallo, enjoy a contemporary Italian four-course set menu for AED325 with soft drinks, and AED525 with house beverages and Italian sparkling. At Talay, enjoy the Arhan Thai Buffest for AED325 with soft drinks, and AED525 with house beverages and Italian sparkling.

Call (0)2 644 6666 for more info


♦Park Rotana

Coopers is hosting a Black & Gold Party with live DJ entertainment, party poppers and masks as they count down the seconds to a New Year. Price is AED160 with entrance ticket and 3 house beverages, or AED320 with entrance ticket and unlimited house beverages.

In Teatro, enjoy an exquisite four course menu accompanied by party favours and live DJ entertainment for AED395 per person. At Ginger, there is an international buffet, live DJ entertainment, party poppers and balloons, all for AED115 for kids up to 12, AED275 with soft drinks, AED325 with grapes and hops, or AED395 with grapes, hops and bubbly.

Call (0)2 657 3333 for more info.


♦Ritz-Carlton, Abu Dhabi

See in the New Year at Gironotte’s Gala Dinner with a sumptuous gourmet buffet featuring all of your culinary favourites, including tapas and ceviche stations, sushi and sashimi, foie gras, oyster and seafood bar, Arabic specialties and a wide range of main courses. Price for the buffet with soft drinks is AED950, and with house beverages AED1250.

At The Forge, savour a delicious five course feast from the special set menu, including Wagyu beef carpaccio, Scottish salmon and langoustine terrine, butternut squash soup, seared scallops with chanterelle mushrooms and Master Kobe tenderloin followed by a decadent chocolate dessert, for AED1000 with soft drinks, and AED1350 with house beverages.

At Li Jiang, enjoy fine dining with an Asian twist from the specially-designed five-course
menu, including a wide selection of Li Jiang signature dishes such as assorted dumplings and baked Chilean sea bass, all for AED888 with soft drinks, or AED1250 with house beverages. All of the New Year’s Eve dinners take place from 8pm to 1am. At midnight, there is a spectacular fireworks display over the canal.

Call (0)2 818 8282 for more info.


♦Sheraton Abu Dhabi

Party al fresco beachside at the B Lounge, from 10.30pm to 2.30am, with a party band from the UK playing your favourite songs. Entry is AED130 with a glass of bubbly at midnight, but if you dine at any of the hotel’s venues below, entry is free.

At El Sombrero Mexican restaurant, enjoy Latin American music and superb food: beef, lamb and seafood dishes prepared with a Mexican twist, with unlimited food, grapes, hops and cocktails for AED415. At La Mamma Italian Trattoria, taste traditional Christmas favourites of lamb, sea bass and veal prepared the Italian way, with four courses and a welcome drink for AED280, and AED390 with selected beverages and Italian sparkling.

In Bravo Spanish Tapas Bar & Restaurant, enjoy tasty tapas dishes of foie gras, scallops, salmon, guinea fowl and goose and great paellas paired, all delivered in a buzzing environment with live Flamenco guitar tunes for AED295.

Call (0)2 677 3333 for more info.


♦Southern Sun Abu Dhabi

A New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner awaits celebrators at The Foundry Restaurant, the hotel’s award winning steakhouse and all day dining venue. The restaurant’s exquisite buffet will feature live stations, a diverse assortment of treats, and bubbly, and deluxe canapés on arrival, on December 31 from 8pm onwards.

Families and friends can later head to the rooftop party where a DJ will be spinning popular party tracks to welcome the New Year on a musical note. Guests can also look forward to singing and dancing the night away to Auld Lang Syne until 3am. From AED519++ inclusive of premium beverages and AED689++ inclusive of premium beverages during the meal, and free entrance to the rooftop New Year’s party with free flow beverages. Relish the city’s fireworks at Southern Sun Abu Dhabi’s rooftop Hytes Bar on New Year’s Eve. Celebrate in stunning al fresco surroundings while shaking a leg to foot-tapping music spun live by a popular DJ, and a complimentary glass of bubbly to toast 2016. Enjoy a free flow of house beverages from 9pm until 3am.
All inclusive at AED345++. Join in the party at the Capital’s newest sports bar Blu Sky
Lounge & Grill, and savour a fabulous menu selection until 9pm. The resident DJ
will make sure to keep you entertained till the wee hours of the morning. Free entrance
until 9pm and AED100 thereafter.

Call (0)2 818 4888 for more info.


♦Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche

At the Brazilian Carnival New Year’s Eve at Corniche, welcome the New Year with family and friends while enjoying a Brazilian atmosphere. Feast on the delicious buffet dinner whilst enjoying the unique beat of the Latino live band. Prices are AED495 per person with soft beverages, AED595 with house beverages, and AED695 with bubbly.

For a more Asian flavour, enjoy q set menu of Thai cuisines at Silk & Spice. Sit back and enjoy a great view of the magnificent Arabian Gulf while counting down for year 2016 with a traditional Thai atmosphere, all for AED345 per person with soft beverages, or AED485 with free flowing house beverages and bubbly.

At Jazz & Fizz, get a front seat view of the city’s vibrant fireworks at the 36th and 37th floor, with entertainment from the DJ and Luna Soul band. Dress up in Black & White and get a special welcome drink from the bar! Prices are AED129 per person with one complimentary house beverage, without sitting, AED360 with free flowing selected house beverages and seating table, or AED760 per person with one bottle of house and seating table for five persons.

Call (0)2 813 7777 for more info.


♦Yas Marina

There’s a wealth of choice at Yas Marina, as each venue on the promenade gears up for New Year’s Eve. At Rozana, enjoy a set menu for AED380 with soft drinks, or AED500 for an open bar, with live entertainment from a DJ and saxophonist.

At Café D’Alsace, they’re offering a set menu for AED290 with soft drinks and AED410 for the open bar, also with a DJ and saxophonist. Dance the night away at Aquarium’s outdoor terrace, with set menus and a wide array of beverage packages starting from AED499, with entertainment by a popular DJ.

Call (0)2 565 0007 for more info.


♦Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi

Enjoy a delectable buffet at the Silk Route Café to welcome in the New Year. The fun
starts from 8pm to 12.30am, and is priced at AED149 inclusive of soft drinks, and AED189 inclusive of house beverages. Or, enjoy a four-course meal with DJ Crazy Joe from 8pm to 1am at the Lemon Tree for AED159 for food only, or AED210 with free flowing house beverages until midnight. For a New Year’s Eve party with a view, go all out at the Thirty 1st Bar & Lounge. Groove to House and RnB music with DJ Miraz, from 7pm to countdown. Table bookings and packages start from AED300.

Call (0)2 657 4865 for more info


♦Hakkasan Abu Dhabi

Celebrate the start of 2016 at Hakkasan Abu Dhabi with a special New Year’s Eve menu featuring the restaurant’s renowned Cantonese cuisine. Signature dishes include Crispy duck salad, Charcoal-grilled honey Chilean sea bass, Stir-fried Canadian lobster with black truffle in supreme stock and Hand-pulled noodles with wild mushrooms and chive. The three-course signature menu is AED588 per person, AED788 inclusive of a welcome cocktail and wine and AED988 inclusive of a welcome drink, grape pairing, and French bubbly.

Call (0)2 690 7999 for more info.


♦Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi

The ever-popular Cho Gao Asian invites you to the ultimate NYE celebration with a special set menu inclusive of a welcome drink on arrival and unlimited selection of grape drinks for AED430++. Enjoy New Year’s night with smooth grooves by the resident DJ combined with tantalising Asian food and delicious drinks in a chilled out atmosphere.

At Spaccanapoli, delight your senses with the exclusive set menu and celebrate the arrival of 2016 in true Italian style with a welcome drink and unlimited grape drinks selection for AED399++. Continue the New Year’s night at Level Lounge until the early morning. Free entrance for all Spaccanapoli NYE guests after midnight. Fancy spending New Year’s Eve in a lively environment, listening to cool music and dancing your night away with one of the best bands in Abu Dhabi.

If that pushes your party buttons, head to Heroes for The International Playboys. Rock around the clock and ring in the New Year in four time zones with great music, unlimited pass around snacks and free flowing house beverages for AED249, until midnight. From 22:00 standard door policy – AED125 (inclusive of three drinks) if not purchasing the package. The night runs from 8pm to 4am! Sounds like a lot of fun!

Call (0)2 616 6251 for more info.