ABU DHABI is set to welcome another year with a huge host of parties, dinners, brunches and balls. Here are just some of the places you can be joining in the..3,2,1


Hotel & Spa by Anantara With three venues to choose from, New Year’s Eve at Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara will be one to remember. Start the evening with a lavish spread at Ingredients or an authentic four course Thai menu at Pachaylen, both from AED499+++, before continuing the celebrations under the stars on the Pool Deck.

Welcome in 2017 at the stunning poolside setting and dance the night away with classic feel-good tunes from a DJ as well as free-flowing beverages from the open bar. Prices start from AED250+++ per person with soft drinks or AED480+++ with house beverages, from 10.30pm to 3am. Guests who dine at Ingredients and Pachaylen receive complimentary entrance and beverages.

Call (0)2 656 1000 for reservations and more information.


Welcome 2017 in a very chilled new way at Emirates Palace’s Grand Ballroom! The entire venue is transformed into a Winter Wonderland. Upon Arrival guests will warm up with a welcome drink and then move into the Ballroom where snow fills the ground, trees are adorned in festive lights, and lively music fills the air with a grand buffet to enjoy as well. Grab your drinks at the ice bar while you groove to one of the UK’s bubbliest party bands. Entertainment is around every corner as acrobats defy gravity and dancers contort themselves in birdcages. As midnight nears, make your way to the beach for a breathtaking fireworks display. But when the grand pyrotechnic display goes out, it’s not time to go home! Head back to the ballroom where a thumping DJ after party and buffet midnight snacks signal that your night is just beginning. Usher 2017 in a palatially fun way and book today! Priced at AED2750+++ per adult; AED1375+++ per child (aged six to 12-years-old) from 7pm to 3am. A complimentary open bar with selected beverages will be available until 1am; elegant evening attire is essential and Arabic National Dress is acceptable.

Call (0)2 690 7999 for reservations and more information.


The Bistro: Watch the year draw to a close as you embark on a culinary adventure with bursting live stations at The Bistro. Prepare for a fabulous evening in the capital and dine on a spectacular array of enticing dishes. Seafood lovers will be thrilled with the selection of delicacies on offer such as the freshly shucked Fine de Claire oysters served with red vino vinaigrette, as well as poached prawns and poached herb marinated lobster. Welcome in the New Year with a host of internationally inspired main courses such as Harissa marinated chicken with grilled artichoke or the succulent Beef Stew with asparagus and cherry tomatoes.

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. Give into temptation this New Year’s eve with The Bistro’s selection of indulgent desserts – choose from a host of sweet treats such as chocolate pudding, lemon meringue pie and tiramisu, as well as the deliciously moreish, chocolate fountain! AED199 per person with soft drinks; AED299 per person with house beverages and AED99 per person for children aged six to 12-years-old.

Up & Below : Celebrate the New Year with Boogie Box! From 9pm onwards the Boogie Box team will be transforming the rooftop into a disco themed wonderland, with House and Techno DJs Hassan Alwan, Shadi Megallaa and Tristan Girault on the decks throughout the night. It’s free entry for all and there’s no minimum spend! The chefs will also be preparing a special NYE menu for those of you who are planning on having dinner too! Watch the city come alive from the amazing rooftop location, and enjoy a spectacular night to remember dancing under the stars and the discoball as the clock strikes midnight.

Call (0)2 698 2222 for reservations and more information.


Cho Gao : Welcome the New Year with Cho Gao’s award-winning five-course menu with an Asian twist. AED356 net including unlimited drinks; AED501 net including unlimited drinks in all hotel bars. 7pm until late.

Spaccanapoli: Indulge in a lavish five-course menu at award-winning Spaccanapoli as you countdown to the New Year with your loved ones! AED356 net including unlimited drinks; AED501 net including unlimited drinks in all hotel bars. 7pm until late.

The Garden: Looking for the best buffet in town during New Year’s? The Garden is the place to be! Family and friends will enjoy an impressive selection of seafood and roast cuts as well as live entertainment featuring singers, a belly dancer and DJ. AED356 net including unlimited drinks;
AED501 net including unlimited drinks in all hotel bars. 8pm until late. Heroes: New Year’s Party with the International Playboys! Say hello to 2017 with Abu Dhabi’s favourite band, The International Playboys while enjoying delicious bites and drinks at Heroes! AED299 net including food until midnight; AED199 net including unlimited drinks after midnight. From 8pm until late.

Level Lounge: New Year under the Stars! Abu Dhabi’s iconic rooftop venue, The Level Lounge is the best place to be during New Year’s Eve! Countdown the clock with us by enjoying a delicious bites menu, while our DJ sets the mood to welcome the New Year with a bubbly toast, and don’t miss a chance to see Abu Dhabi’s impressive fireworks across the city! AED275 net including food and drinks until midnight; AED155 net including drinks after midnight. From 8pm until late.

Call (0)2 616 6801 for reservations and more information.


For New Year’s Eve, get ready to dive into the global culinary world with Urban Kitchen’s one-of-a-kind extensive buffet. Key attributes of the buffet will include Alaskan and Omani seafood, a live sushi station, a dedicated carving and cheese corner and more. In order to kick start New Year’s Day, Urban Kitchen will be offering an impressive range of dishes for lunch including a selection of Arabic mezze, premium cold cuts, a roast turkey and beef carving station, a Thai food corner and Tempura station. AED289+++ per person including soft drinks; AED150+++ per person with premium drinks.

Call (0)2 698 8888 for reservations and more information.


The Fairmont Year Ender: Say goodbye to 2016 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. Guests will also gain free access to the standing area of the New Year’s Eve party to be part of the countdown and to watch the illuminating five-minute fireworks display at Chameleon Terrace. The New Year’s Eve Dinner buffet is available at CuiScene Restaurant from 8pm until 11.30pm and is priced at AED499+++ (soft beverage package), AED599+++ (including free flow bubbly, grapes and hops), and AED749+++ (including premium free flow bubbly, grapes and hops). AED199+++ for children aged six to 12-years-old. Children under sixyears- old dine for free.

Pier Lounge Terrace: Bring your friends along and get ready to swing into 2016 as our live DJ spins the hottest tunes, and the culinary maestros at the Dusk Lounge serve up a dazzling selection of seafood bites along with unlimited sips. To bring the year to a perfect end, get involved in the final
countdown as you watch the exclusive fireworks display over Abu Dhabi Creek. New Year’s Eve at the Pier Lounge Terrace is on December 31 from 9.30pm to 2.30am and is priced at AED795+++ per person for reserved seating, inclusive of free flowing house and premium beverages.

Call (0)2 654 3238 for reservations and more information.


Chamas Bar: Count down to 2017 in style. Put on your best outfits and get ready to samba into the New Year. The night will be packed with live music, dance, great food and delightful premium beverages. AED699+++, from 8pm until late. Ring in the New Year in true Brazilian style at Chamas. Gather around all your favourite people and welcome 2017 in high spirits. AED250+++ per person with open regular bar and canapés, from 9pm until late.

Circo: Reminisce old memories and make way for new ones as you savour a delectable five-course set menu and enjoy an open regular bar and Italian bubbly. AED630+++ from 7pm until late.

Belgian Café: Ring in 2017 as you join in for a party like no other. With a fabulous three-course set menu complemented by free-flowing house beverages, with a Saxophonist and DJ Kareem, this is the best way to welcome the New Year in a lively setting! AED445+++ for dinner and unlimited house beverages. AED200+++ for entry and two house beverages. From 8pm to 2am.

Byblos Sur Mer: Count down the final moments of 2016 and enjoy the special live music programme designed to take your breath away. Delicious set menu for dinner, then join in for breakfast on the first day of the year at the lounge! AED790+++ with house beverages; AED890+++ with premium beverages. From 9.30pm to 3.30am.

Call (0)2 666 6888 for reservations and more information.


Rosewater: Treat your taste buds to a fabulous feast at the Rosewater New Year’s Eve buffet. From premium meat cuts, freshly grilled seafood and live pasta stations to regional delicacies from around the world, the award-winning international restaurant never fails to impress. Our desserts are definitely a welcome delight to the palate so you can end your year on the sweetest of notes. AED550+++ per person for food and drinks; AED750+++ per person,inclusive of free flowing bubbly. From 7pm onwards.

Brasserie Angelique: Did you know that almost every region in France has a different type of cuisine? The Provence region is influenced by Mediterranean flavours, the Normandy region uses butter and crème fraîche to create transcendent dishes; the Alps region is known for cheeses and Alsace with a strong German influence. Luckily, you don’t need to travel all over France to taste its versatile delicacies, visit the award winning Brasserie Angélique and get a taste of true French gastronomy with a special five-course festive set menu prepared by Chef Niels Van Oers. AED550+++ per person for food and grape pairing for two guests. From 7pm onwards. Complimentary access to After Party at Ray’s Bar.

New Year’s Eve at Ray ’s Grill: Experience the Abu Dhabi’s skyline at Ray’s Grill this New Year’s Eve. Indulge in a five course set menu at Level 63 of Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, the ultimate venue to savour the perfect steak. Discerning meat lovers will be taken on a culinary journey with the perfect choice of dishes. AED999+++ per person with food and one glass of premium bubbly.

Call (0)2 811 5666 for reservations and more information.


The Village: Celebrate New Year’s Eve with an awesome masquerade themed party! A glamorous DJ Katie Smiles together with the Mixtura Duo band will rock you through the night. Continue the night at the after party at the pool garden and enjoy the “sawwah island water front” fireworks at midnight. AED100 entrance fee including one drink. All the dining outlets including Latest Recipe, Pappagallo, Acropolis, Talay and Wakataua will be hosting an extravagant New Year’s Eve buffet spread or dinner. The masquerade party starts at 7pm.

Call (0)2 644 6666 for reservations and more information.


Velocity : Velocity will recreate the famous 1970’s New York Studio 54 nightclub for the ultimate decadent New Year’s Eve party. From 9pm to 3am, this lively bar and lounge promises to deliver the best beats in the city to keep the party in full swing all night long. Kick the evening off in style with unlimited mouth-watering Lobster and Burger sliders before heading to the dance floor where the DJ will take to the decks to bring you the best disco classics. New Year’s Eve tickets are priced at AED200+++ for ladies and AED 350+++ for gentlemen inclusive of canapés, one complimentary house beverage and a glass of bubbles to ring in the New Year.

JW Steakhouse: Go back in time this New Year’s Eve with family and friends at JW Steakhouse, which is putting out a special Prohibition themed dinner party. Come dressed to impress and enjoy an unrivalled seven course set menu from 7.30pm until 11.30pm. This exquisite culinary hotspot promises to bring you an unforgettable evening to ring in 2017! At midnight the hotel’s rooftop will provide the best views of the city’s fireworks. New Year’s Eve dinner is priced at AED675+++ inclusive of a six-course set menu, wine and cocktail pairing. A non-alcoholic option available at AED375+++, including mocktails and soft drinks.

Call (0)2 304 7777 for reservations and more information.


The Forge and Giornotte: Savour a delicious five course feast from our special New Year’s 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. Then join the party over at Giornotte for live music and dancing, before witnessing the spectacular midnight fireworks display with a glass of bubbly on the beach. AED950++ with soft drinks; AED1250++ with house beverages; Children aged 13 to 16-years-old get 25% off. 7pm to

Giornotte Restaurant and Terrace: Ring in the New Year with a 70’s themed setting under the
swaying palm trees decorated with fairy lights. The sumptuous gourmet buffet will feature 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. Enjoy live entertainment and dancing throughout the evening and, at midnight, celebrate with spectacular fireworks over the Grand Canal and a glass of bubbly on the beach. AED695++ with soft drinks; AED995++ with house beverages; Children aged 13 to 16-years-old get 25% off; Children aged four to 12-years-old pay AED200++. 7.30pm to 2am.

Call (0)2 818 8282 for reservations and more information.


Sambusek: Head to Sambusek, the hotel’s authentic Lebanese outpost for a lively evening with friends. Enjoy welcome bubbles, Levantine family-style set menu and live cooking stations by Chef Emad Zalloum, a decadent dessert buffet, plus entertainment in the form of a belly dancer and DJ, fire pits and an after-party on the terrace. With front row seats to the spectacular Al Maryah Island fireworks, this is the ultimate way to kickstart 2017. AED495+++ for the set menu; AED795+++ with vino, hops, mixology and bubbly; AED250+++ for children from six to 12-years-old.

La Cava: Secrete yourself in La Cava, Rosewood’s snug wine cellar – perfect for intimate gatherings. Enjoy vino and bubbly – selected by the Cellar Master – served with tapas and canapés pairings
prepared by Chef Francisco Sanabria. This special evening will culminate in a bubbly toast to welcome 2017! AED350+++ per person with vino and bubbly. From 8pm onwards.

Call (0)2 813 5552 for reservations and more information.


Bid 2016 goodbye and usher in the New Year in style like in the 80s and access to the countdown party with fireworks! Bord Eau offers French fine dining with a lavish seven-course set menu with beverages at AED850+++ per person, with vino pairing at AED1295+++ per person.

Sofra bld, Hoi An and Shang Palace will have a massive gala buffet featuring luscious specialties from around the world, live DJ, music brand, dance show and fireworks at midnight, including house vino, sparkling grape beverages, brews, soft drinks, cocktails and two glasses of bubbly for AED950+++ per person, and AED450+++ for children aged six to 12-years-old. Celebrate with a bottle of bubbly at a special price of AED350+++ or Magnum bubbly for AED595+++.

Call (0)2 509 8888 for reservations and more information.


The Foundry: Join in the fun and celebrations at the New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner brought to you by The Foundry restaurant. An exquisite buffet will feature live stations and a diverse assortment of treats, as well as bubbly and canapés on arrival, from 8pm onwards. Head to the rooftop party later on, where DJ SIA will be spinning popular party tracks to bring in the new year on a high note. Sing and dance
the night away until 3:00am. From AED559+++ for the premium beverages package and AED699+++ for premium beverages and free access to the New Year’s rooftop party.

Hytes Bar: Experience fireworks from all over the city and stunning views on New Year’s Eve at Southern Sun Abu Dhabi’s Hytes Bar, situated on the hotel’s highest floor. As you enter the New Year with complimentary bubbly, enjoy the latest beats and classic tunes brought to you by DJ SIA. Enjoy free-flowing house beverages from 9pm to 3am – all inclusive at AED345+++.

Call (0)2 818 4888 for reservations and more information.


Welcome the New Year in style at Tamba’s extraordinary NYE party! With a number of packages to choose from, surrounded by stunning interiors, fabulous food and free-flowing beverages, this is one party you do not want to miss. As the live entertainers create the vibe, the resident DJ will continue the party with all the latest beats, while performers surprise throughout the evening. With an 11-course Tamba dining experience from 8pm onwards priced at AED580 (including unlimited non-alcoholic beverages) or AED850 (including unlimited alcoholic beverages), this is the ideal way to treat your loved ones to an indulgent end to 2016.

Likewise, the Chef ’s Table and private dining rooms can be reserved for a minimum spend, allowing guests to sit and enjoy the mouth-watering dishes and cocktails on offer at Tamba all evening long. For those looking for more of a party package, the high tables inside and the outdoor VIP lounges can be hired for a minimum spend. Whatever vibe you’re looking for to start 2017, Tamba has the ideal ambience, food and beverages to celebrate NYE!

Call (0)2 672 8888 for reservations and more information.


The Terrace: The Terrace on the Corniche presents a lively and lavish New Year’s feast complete with exquisite international cuisine and a specialist caviar corner to celebrate in style AED350+++ per person with soft beverages; AED450+++ per person with free flowing grape, hops and cocktails; AED550+++ per person with free flowing bubbly, grape, hops and cocktails. Indoor and outdoor seating
available. From 7pm onwards.

Azura: Azura Panoramic Lounge invites guests to New Year’s Eve with simply breathtaking panoramic views of the Abu Dhabi Corniche and the Arabian Gulf from the stunning outdoor lounge. The popular lounge will serve Japanese and Arabic inspired cuisine to the table, designed to share. AED400+++ per person with soft beverages; AED650+++ per person with free flowing grape, hops and cocktails. From 8pm onwards.

Call (0)2 694 4553 for reservations and more information.



Celebrate the New Year at Artisan Kitchen with a lavish New Year’s Eve Buffet. International flavours and interactive live cooking stations are the at the centre of this food feast. AED360+++ with soft drinks; AED460+++ with house beverages; AED560+++ with bubbly; Children aged six to 12-years-old get a 50% discount. Pre-drinks and snack from 7.30pm to 8.30pm at Limo Bar and dinner is served from 8.30pm to 11.30pm.

Call (0)2 205 3003 for reservations and more information.


NYE is all about food and fun at the Beach Rotana! Head to Trader Vic’s for a Polynesian-inspired, four-course menu and live entertainment for a cool AED450 including soft drinks and AED620 with vino. Finz will host a fabulous four-course menu infused with exotic flavours, all for AED650 including vino pairing. Indigo, Rodeo Grill and Essence will also hold their very own NYE foodie celebrations, so take your pick and book a table asap!

Call (0)2 697 9011 for reservations and more information.


Feast on an exquisite seven-course set menu specially designed for the New Year! Guests will start with a delicate Amuse Bouche followed by Marinated Scottish Salmon, served with mixed beetroot,
horseradish cream and fresh plum and Pan Seared Scallops, edamame beans and garnished with romanesco and basil clouds. For the starter, indulge in delicious Lobster and Zucchini Cannelloni with mushroom sauce and fresh black truffle. Next is the star of the show, succulent 40days dry aged Kobe (9+ marble) and Surf Lobster that promises to set your tastebuds alight! Finish off your celebrations perfectly with Dessert and Petit Fours. Guests can sample a spectacular range of cocktails and mocktails as well as house beverages and sparkling grape throughout the evening. AED495 per person including soft beverages; AED595 with selected house beverages; AED695 per person with selected house beverages plus unlimited French bubbles. 8pm to 12midnight (a la carte beverage service continues until 2am).

Call (0)2 641 1500 for reservations and more information.


Eclipse Terrace Lounge: A Rooftop Party like no other. This open air event is set to be one of the hottest places in the capital on New Year’s Eve. Canapés, and a live grill station, accompany some special drinks menus and our popular DJ will be on the decks to keep the party swinging. With spectacular views of the midnight fireworks and balloons everywhere, this evening is sure to be a hit! From 9pm to 3am; AED100++ per person.

Butcher & Still: Wave goodbye to 2016 with an exquisite five-course meal. We’ll be serving crowd favourites such as belon oysters, lobster bisque and beef wellington. Head over to the Great Gatsby Party after and enter 2017 in style. From 9pm:AED750++ per person. ✤

Call (0)2 333 2222 for reservations and more information.