There will be no shortage of New Year's Eve celebrations in Abu Dhabi this year, from late-night soirees to luxurious dinners at a host of restaurants around the emirate.
The five-star hotel has prepared an eventful evening for New Year's Eve, which will be capped off by its own fireworks display and a lively after-party. A glitzy welcome reception will start the evening at the hotel's Grand Dome, followed by a gala dinner on the terrace.
Numerous performances are on schedule, including a fire show, a desert dance performance, pole acrobats and other entertaining acts.
Starts 7pm; Dh2,800; West Corniche Road; 02 690 7999
The Michelin-starred Cantonese restaurant will launch a special three-course set menu with views of the Abu Dhabi skyline. On the menu are a dim sum platter and Alaskan king crab salad with yuzu for starters; charcoal-grilled Chilean sea bass and signature Peking duck for mains; and a pear compote with chocolate and caramel mousse for dessert.
9pm-midnight; from Dh888; West Corniche Road, Emirates Palace; 02 690 7739
This restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island will host the Golden Inca Empire New Year's Eve party, as a nod to its South American influence. Guests are encouraged to incorporate gold in their looks. Various seating options are available, including out on the waterfront terrace, inside the restaurant, or within the venue's Pisco Bar.
Starts 6:30pm; minimum spend of Dh800 from 8:30pm; Al Maryah Island; 02 306 7000
49er's Steakhouse and Club
Diners can enjoy a Wild West saloon party, complete with a massive dance floor at the Le Meridien dining spot. The night will feature a DJ and live band, as well as a gaming zone for little ones. On the menu will be smokehouse favourites including a variety of steak, chicken and seafood options. Pizzas and burgers will also be available.
10pm-4am; entry tickets from Dh200, food prices vary; Al Zahiyah; 02 645 8000
The New Year's Eve gala dinner at the Ritz-Carlton restaurant will expand the celebrations on to the promenade of the five-star hotel. On the menu are oysters, Wagyu beef, foie gras as well as a variety of live stations. American singer Tracey Preston, a former contestant on The Voice, will provide live entertainment.
7pm-midnight; from Dh888; The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal; 02 818 8282
Observation Deck at 300
The capital's New Year fireworks will be especially prominent from Observation Deck, a venue on the 74th floor of Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers. The late-night soiree will last for an hour and a half, with special drinks and canapes to be served throughout.
11pm-12:30pm; Dh250; Corniche Road; 02 811 5555
BBQ Al Qasr
A New Year's Eve dinner by the sea awaits guests at this Emirates Palace spot. The five-course sharing menu will feature fresh seafood dishes, such as barbecue oysters, sea urchin roe and caviar tartlet.
8pm-1am; from Dh1,500; West Corniche Road; 02 690 7999
The Peruvian restaurant will serve a sharing-style four-course menu, inspired by the vibrant gastronomic culture of Latin America, curated by Peru-born chef Eber Villalobos. South American beats and tunes will get the party going, while diners enjoy premium beverages.
7pm-11pm; from Dh500; Corniche Road; 02 811 5666
Tori No Su
Japanese food connoisseurs are invited for a New Year's Eve dinner at this Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers venue. On the a la carte menu are a selection of maki rolls, sashimi as well as traditional teppanyaki rolls. Signature cocktails will also be served.
7pm-midnight; a la carte prices, averaging Dh545 for two people; Corniche Road; 02 811 5666
Flavours from Lebanon will be showcased at the New Year's Eve Layali night brunch in the Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers restaurant. This includes a spread of hot and cold mezze, a selection of grills and aromatic delicacies. Diners can choose from various seating options, including an al fresco terrace with views of the Arabian Gulf.
7pm-midnight; from Dh300; Corniche Road; 02 811 5666
The rooftop night spot at Rosewood Abu Dhabi will host a masquerade party for New Year's Eve. A live DJ, saxophonist, percussion and singer will provide upbeat entertainment for guests, who can enjoy a view of the capital's glittering skyline. A pop-up shawarma stand will also be on site. Individual and group packages are available.
9pm-4am; Dh150 for standing with one house beverage, from Dh1,500 for table bookings; Al Maryah Island; 02 813 5550
Dai Pai Dong
Roaming food trolleys featuring Chinese specialities await guests at the Rosewood Abu Dhabi restaurant. The Yum Cha New Year's Eve brunch will serve a selection of dim sums, dumplings, roast meats and Asian-inspired desserts. The basic package comes with free-flowing hops, grapes, house spirits and fizz.
7:30pm-midnight; from Dh688; Al Maryah Island; 02 813 5588
The gala dinner at the Southern Sun Abu Dhabi venue will feature a seafood ice bar, caviar and blinis station, prime rib carvery, salmon coulibiac carvery and a pistachio-crusted lamb rack. The chef pattisier’s New Year dessert creations will round up the dinner, which will also include live entertainment.
8pm-midnight; from Dh325; Al Zahiya, Tourist Club Area; 02 818 4888
The waterfront venue at Rosewood Abu Dhabi will host a New Year's Eve brunch with an international buffet. Expect oysters and other seafood, home-made pasta and pizza, as well as Asian specialities such as sushi, spicy tandoori and Peking duck. Guests will be able to enjoy majestic views of the island's New Year fireworks from the terrace.
7:30pm-midnight; from Dh855; Rosewood Abu Dhabi; 02 813 5550
The fine-dining venue at Park Rotana has created a set menu for New Year's Eve, showcasing its popular dishes. The four-course dinner will feature a selection of sushi and sashimi, seared Atlantic scallops, truffle mushroom risotto and miso Chilean sea bass, plus a dessert buffet. The venue's resident DJ Rachel Leah will set the mood.
8pm-1am; from Dh699; Al Salam Street Eastern Ring Road; 050 341 9446
Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort
The resort is staging its own fireworks display on its boardwalk, where a pay as you go bar will be available for house beverages and nibbles. A buffet dinner will also be hosted by three spots throughout including poolside dining venue Mare Mare, Levantine restaurant Tean and rooftop terrace The Lounge. Each venue will offer its own New Year's Eve package.
11pm-2am at the boardwalk; dinners start at 8am; packages from Dh500; 02 811 4342