According to Forbes, Dubai has been ranked as the trendiest place in the world to spend New Year’s Eve, and it’s really no surprise considering the variety of offers available to ring in 2016. Of course, the star attractions are the different spectacular fireworks across the city, which include mind-blowing shows at ThePalm Jumeirah, the Burj Al Arab, and the Burj Khalifa, but if fighting crowds to catch a glimpse of the bedazzled sky isn’t part of your plans, Savoir Flair’s top picks will make for a sophisticated and stress-free evening. Read on to decide what type of New Year’s Eve you hope to have this year, from the most over-the-top galas in town to a laid-back picnic on the beach.
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For an Over-the-Top New Year's Eve
The Atlantis Royal Gala
Gaze across the evening horizon with spectacular views of the Dubai skyline at the New Year’s Eve Royal Gala held on the Atlantis Beach. In a celebration to rival all others, a luxury buffet will serve everything from succulent lobster and caviar to sizzling gourmet shawarmas and fajitas.
The Burj Al Arab Gala
With sweeping oceanic views and a fireworks display set against the backdrop of the majestic Burj Al Arab, this New Year’s Eve gala dinner is the ultimate choice to ring in 2016. Elegant and glamorous, the dinner spans an astounding mix of international cuisine complemented with live entertainment and premium beverages.
The Ritz-Carlton Gala Dinner
Spend the evening at a red-carpet event on the Ritz-Carlton’s golf lawn with unbeatable views of the fireworks along the Arabian Gulf and The Palm Jumeirah. A delectable buffet will include Middle Eastern and international cuisine.
Dinner on the Pier of Pier Chic
Ring in 2016 with an elegant six-course menu and live music at one of the most elegant dining spots in Dubai. The exclusive menu features classic main dishes such as succulent wagyu beef tenderloin served with parsnip purée, leeks, short rib croquette, and shaved winter truffles.
A Dhow Cruise
Take a luxurious cruise down the Dubai Creek, passing the Burj Al Arab, and indulge in New Year’s Eve festivities at moonlight. The evening’s entertainment includes a live singer, henna painting, sheesha, and a five-star buffet dinner featuring a wide selection of international cuisine.
David Guetta Live
French DJ and music producer David Guetta will perform live at the Media City Amphitheater this New Year’s Eve, offering a concert that promises to be one of the most memorable music events of 2015.
A Beach Picnic
For those who prefer a casual and laid-back alternative for celebrating the start of 2016, drive down to Kite Beach and find a perfect spot on the sand to watch the spectacular fireworks display at the Burj Al Arab. Pack a picnic, grab a blanket, and huddle with close friends and family for a night to remember.
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For an Alternative New Year's Eve
A Desert Safari Arabian Nights Village is offering unbeatable, all-inclusive packages for a unique New Year’s Eve experience in a bespoke Arabian-style suite. Nestled in the Al Khatem desert, guests can enjoy a lavish dinner buffet with international cuisine accompanied by live dance performances, a DJ party, and fireworks lighting up the desert skies once midnight strikes.