Where to celebrate New Year's Eve 2022 in Dubai

Still not sure where to ring in 2023? These parties and dinners for all budgets should be on your radar

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From lavish dinners in cosy interiors to rooftop soirees providing unrivalled views of the fireworks, there are endless ways to bid goodbye to 2022 in Dubai.

Here are the best on offer. And, before signing off the year in style, be sure to check out our guide to Christmas brunches and parties in Dubai.

Dh500 and below

Dinner at Cafe de Paris

Consider this recently opened restaurant set amid Dubai's high-rises if you're looking for a relatively affordable New Year's Eve dinner. On the menu are French classics such as smoked duck breast salad and tuna tartare for starters; risotto and grilled tenderloin with foie gras sauce for mains; and apple with salted caramel and vanilla ice cream, and raspberry mousse for dessert. Indoor and outdoor seating is available, as well as a DJ.

8pm-midnight; Dh299 per person; Business Bay; 050 751 2318

Party at Rove Expo 2020

The only hotel on the Dubai Expo City site, Rove will host a buffet dinner with unlimited drinks, while a DJ takes guests well into the early hours of the new year. If heading down to Expo is not an option, Rove City Walk and Rove La Mer are offering the same deal, with views of the Burj Khalifa fireworks to boot.

8pm-1am; from D499; Dubai Expo City; 04 561 9999

Dinner at Couqley

The cool and cosy French restaurant in Jumeirah Lakes Towers promises to transport guests to an evening in Paris on New Year's Eve. Diners can choose to eat a la carte or go for a three-course set menu, which features cured salmon medallion, filet mignon and a passion-fruit-flavored dessert. A DJ will be on the decks.

Starts 9pm; from Dh300; Jumeirah Lake Towers; 04 514 9339

Dinner at San Beach

The year-end dinner at this Palm Jumeirah venue will feature live entertainers, including resident DJs, a percussionist and a saxophonist. Guests can choose from a variety of seating options, including dining by the beach. The reduced a la carte menu will offer an array of appetising dishes, plenty of seafood and meat options such as ribs, steaks and lamb chops.

Starts 8pm; from Dh500; The Club, West, Palm Jumeirah; 04 458 0499

Dinner at Timo Restaurant

Dine on the terrace by the pool, or in the cosy indoor banquet at this restaurant at Al Jaddaf Rotana Suite Hotel. A DJ will entertain guests while a range of international dishes will be on the menu including salmon and sea bass, squid ink spaghetti and baby chicken.

9pm-1am; from Dh400; Al Jaddaf; 04 596 2292

Dinner at Peaches and Cream

A five-course sharing menu awaits at this Bali-inspired spot. Decadent offerings include caviar, sea bass ceviche, lobster toast and a tapas platter. There will also be chargrilled rib-eye, truffle linguine and gambas al ajillo, with a fruit sorbet and dessert platter to finish.

Starts 9pm; from Dh300; Clubhouse Al Nafura, Shoreline Apartments, Palm Jumeirah; 052 947 4552

Dinner at Sky Bubble

An elegant gala dinner awaits at the Meydan Hotel restaurant on New Year's Eve. The rooftop venue offers excellent views of the Dubai skyline. Guests can expect an intercontinental buffet with a selection of fresh seafood, seared Wagyu tenderloin and beef fillet mignon among others. A chocolate fountain will be set up for dessert.

8pm-1am; from Dh500; Nad Al Sheba; 04 381 3111

Dinner at Roka

Guests can enjoy a contemporary Japanese feast at this restaurant in Business Bay, which also offers a view of the Dubai skyline from its terrace. A choice between an a la carte or a tasting menu will be on offer, featuring dishes such as yellowtail tartare, gyoza and sea bream fillet.

Starts 6.30pm; from Dh420; The Opus by Omniyat; 04 439 7171

Party at High Note Pool and Sky Lounge

Guests at the rooftop lounge in Aloft Al Mina can enjoy unobstructed views of the Arabian Gulf and beyond. The menu will feature classic Indian dishes, including a Delhi-style butter chicken, paneer Punjabi tadka and nizami subz biryani.

Starts 7pm; from Dh499; Sheikh Rashid Road; 058 591 8153

Dh500 to Dh1,000

Dinner at Prato Dubai

This restaurant at the Trump International Golf Club, Damac Hills, will be hosting a four-hour dinner with upbeat DJ tunes. Diners will be able to enjoy an international buffet, with dishes such as smoked salmon terrine, English pea salad and roast chicken.

8pm-midnight; from Dh550; Trump International Golf Club; 04 245 3988

Dinner at Fi’lia

The Italian restaurant in Business Bay is throwing a New Year's Eve dinner 70 floors up at the SLS Dubai Hotel and Residences. Two evening sittings will be available, with both featuring a family-style four-course set menu.

The feast includes homemade focaccia, steak tartare and lemon risotto among other Italian classics. Diners on the late sitting will receive an additional dessert: a giant Ferrero Rocher with 24k gold.

7pm-9pm and 9.30pm onwards; from Dh599 for the first sitting, from Dh1,800 for the second sitting; Business Bay; 04 607 0737

Party at Lucia's

Party in Italian style at this restaurant's New Year's Eve celebration. Guests are encouraged to incorporate the colour red for the occasion, which is set to feature performances by T Bone and Bandakadabra. DJ Julian Noma will also cap the night off. Italian classics will be on the menu, including lobster ravioli and slow-cooked beef cheek.

Starts 7pm; Dh750; Address Sky View, Downtown Dubai; 04 422 4321

Party at Topgolf

The famed golf spot in Dubai is hosting a disco-themed party to ring in 2023, topping it off with its very own fireworks display. A live DJ spinning '70s and '80s anthems will set the mood alongside plenty of golf and platters of festive food.

Groups of 20 people can book private suites to enjoy a full day of New Year celebrations, complete with a buffet and private DJ.

10pm-1am; from Dh599; Emirates Golf Club; 04 371 9999

Dinner at Ibn AlBahr

The Palm Jumeirah restaurant, which offers a sea-to-table gastronomic experience, is decking its halls with a festive touch and a seafood feast. Guests can enjoy a laid-back dinner under the stars, enjoying dishes such as lobster Provencal, spicy octopus and crispy calamari. Arabic classics will also be on the menu, while a live DJ will set a lively ambience for the evening.

Starts 8pm; Dh650; Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah; 054 469 0075

Dinner at Mezza House

The contemporary Levantine restaurant in Downtown Dubai will offer an all-you-can-eat menu for New Year's Eve, with various packages that include an outdoor seating option with views of the Burj Khalifa fireworks and laser show. On the menu are Middle Eastern classics, including meat, rice and veggies dish maklouba and the okra stew bamieh bil lahme. Those dining indoors can enjoy a performance from Arab artist Rawad.

8pm-midnight; from Dh900; Downtown Dubai; 050 945 5597

Dh1,000 to Dh2,000

Party at The London Project

New Year's Eve at The London Project is set to feature dazzling acrobats and foot-tapping live music. There'll also be a four-course menu, including hamachi sashimi, truffle ravioli and beef roulette. A sharing-style cheese platter will also be on offer.

8.30pm-12.30pm; from Dh1,250; Bluewaters; 054 306 1822

Dinner at Bull and Bear

What's New Year's Eve without a Great Gatsby-inspired bash? Enjoy one at this spot alongside an indulgent six-course menu that takes in yellowfin tuna tartare waffle, sea urchin conchiglie, kiwami beef tournedos and lemon sorbet.

8pm-12.30am; Dh1,500; Waldorf Astoria Dubai International Financial Centre; 04 515 9888

Party at Koko Bay

The beachfront venue on Palm Jumeirah provides unrivalled views of the NYE fireworks from every corner. head here for an an al fresco year-end celebration with live entertainment and Asian-European cuisine. Several packages are available, including a private cabana for four people, at Dh10,000. Menu highlights include Hokkaido scallops tiraditos, five-spiced Wagyu beef short ribs and pistachio ricotta cannoli.

8pm-midnight; from Dh1,495; Palm West Beach; 04 572 3444

Party at Lucky Fish

The Mediterranean restaurant on Palm Jumeirah will bring back its La Nuit Blanche party this year, for which guests are encouraged to wear all-white attire. A four-course sharing menu will be served, while a violinist and singer set the scene with European hits. A magician will keep children entertained.

Starts 8pm; Dh1,800 per person; Palm West Beach; 04 569 3447

Dinner at Asil

Diners at this oriental-inspired restaurant can enjoy picturesque views of Ain Dubai, before the fireworks begin. The dinner will feature a five-course Arabesque gourmet menu, including a platter of sea bass, octopus and prawns, as well as a seasonal vegetable casserole. DJ Mustech will crank up the revelries at the stroke of midnight.

Starts 8.30pm; from Dh1,850; Rixos Premium Dubai; 04 520 0055

Dinner and party at Papillon

An opulent set menu and a glittering show are how Papillion plans to ring in the New Year. The dinner is priced at Dh1,500. However, guests can opt to choose a drinks-only package for Dh500, and receive three glasses. An after-party runs until the early hours at Le Club.

Starts 9pm; Dh1,500 for dinner; The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina; 050 252 4098

Dinner at The Nice Guy

Dust off your cocktail attire and enjoy a retro-style New Year's Eve meal at this hangout dinner spot in Downtown Dubai. The restaurant recently opened its terrace. Indoor seating is also available. Upbeat drummers and DJs are set to carry the year-end mood.

Starts 8pm; from Dh2,000; Emirates Towers; 04 276 9888

Dinner at Kata

The Japanese restaurant offers a front-row view of Burj Khalifa's New Year's Eve spectacle. On the menu will be a seaweed salad and baked Chilean sea bass. Guests can choose from a variety of seating options, from an indoor area to a promenade with prime views of the fireworks display.

Starts 7pm; from Dh1,500; The Dubai Mall; 054 582 9933

Dinner at Gaia Dubai

A glamorous red-carpet gala awaits guests. DJ Marios Tsiaprazis will also be on hand, playing electric house music, club classics and feel-good tracks. The menu will feature festive specials including fresh oysters and caviar, as well as roasted chicken and T-bone steak.

Starts 7pm; minimum spend of Dh1,500; Gate Village 4, DIFC; 04 241 4242

Party at Flamingo Room by tashas

Resident DJ Dimitris Ntioukad and the De Cruz African Jazz Band are set to entertain diners. Scallop crudo, Mediterranean pasta as well as a classic Sunday roast will be on the menu. Guests are encouraged to dress in white, pink and gold.

8pm-12.30am; minimum spend of Dh1,800; Address at Jumeirah Al Nassem; 04 244 7278

Dinner at Via Toledo

Party Great Gatsby-style, dressed in white and gold, at this high-end Italian restaurant. The terrace offers views of fireworks along Dubai's Jumeirah coast. An a la carte menu will be on offer, with must-tries such as twice-cooked marinara doppia crunch and alga di mare pizzas.

Starts 9pm; minimum spend of Dh1,990; Jumeirah Beach Residence; 050 545 9278

Dinner at L’Amo Bistro del Mare

If an intimate dinner is what you're after, this Dubai Harbour restaurant could be the right choice. The New Year's Eve a la carte menu features specialities from southern Italy including black truffle burrata and lobster ravioli. The meal can be paired with a selection of premium drinks. Italian band Crossroads will be on hand to serenade guests, who can also enjoy fireworks from the terrace.

Starts 8pm; from Dh2,000; Dubai Harbour; 04 278 4800

Above Dh2,000

Dinner at La Maison Ani

This is one for diners looking to take advantage of The Dubai Fountain's magical show every 15 minutes. This French-Mediterranean restaurant at The Dubai Mall will offer a platter of oysters, Chef Izu Ani's famed grilled harissa prawns, white truffle tart and taglioni with bottarga and caviar. Indoor and outdoor seating options are available.

Starts 7pm; from Dh2,500; The Dubai Mall; 04 456 1989

Dinner at Attiko

The rooftop restaurant offers extended views of the Dubai skyline, while a disco-themed New Year's Eve party is on the cards. Pan-Asian dishes will be on offer, including oysters with salmon roe or Wagyu beef.

A DJ will set the mood, alongside dancers in futuristic outfits. There will be an open bar throughout the evening. Indoor and outdoor seating options are available.

8pm-1am; from Dh2,500; W Dubai Marina; 04 350 9983

Dinner at Varq

The Indian fine-dining restaurant on Palm Jumeirah will be serving a five-course dinner on New Year's Eve. Indoor and outdoor seating will be available, as well as vegetarian and non-vegetarian options, with dishes such as spiced black dal simmered overnight and sandalwood-smoked lamb chops. The packages come with a bottle of bubbly per couple and access to the main dance stage after the party in the venue's courtyard.

9pm-1am; from Dh2,500; Taj Exotica Resort and Spa; 04 275 4444

Dinner at Belcanto

The 1960s Manhattan socialite scene will be recreated at Dubai Opera's in-house restaurant for New Year's Eve. The masquerade party will feature a seven-course meal, plus a performance from jazz symphonic group Sher Oston and his Orchestra. The menu includes osetra caviar with potatoes in butter and sour cream, seafood salad and risotto with soft stracchino cheese and white truffle.

Guests will be welcomed with a glass of Italian bubbly, and at midnight, they can make their way outdoors to watch the Burj Khalifa fireworks and laser show.

6pm-2am; Dh3,500; Downtown Dubai; 050 928 9038

Dinner at Sal

An extravagant New Year's Eve dinner is set to take place at this Burj Al Arab restaurant. A four-course set menu will showcase southern European flavours. The packages come with free-flowing soft beverages, a glass of bubbly per person and live entertainment. The restaurant will host a late party after the dinner for an additional Dh5,000 minimum spend per table.

8pm-11.30pm; Dh12,000 per adult; Burj Al Arab; 800 323 232

Party at Drift Beach

The beachfront destination is offering its private beach cabana for a decadent New Year's Eve party. Groups of up to 10 can enjoy the experience with an opulent menu and beverages to match.

Beluga caviar and king crab rillette with gold leaves, Brittany blue lobster and Australian Wagyu beef are just some of the dishes set to be served. The package comes with premium house beverages.

The cabana features a private infinity pool, a terrace and a private garden by the sea.

6pm-2am; Dh60,000; One&Only Royal Mirage; 04 315 2200

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