As one year ends and another one comes knocking on our doors, we are pressured into making sure our New Year welcome is special and stylish. If you are thinking of celebrating the New Year in Dubai, then you have come to the right place. Dubai offers the brightest and best of all things all year through, and New Year’s Eve doesn’t disappoint. All clubs, bars, restaurants and hotels offer New Year’s Eve parties and sensational celebrations with plenty of entertainment options and refreshments. However, a New Year celebration in Dubai does not have to put a dent in your wallet. It may seem like all attractions get their yearly price increase over the holidays, but if you look closely there is plenty to do on a budget.
Watch the fireworks
The NYE fireworks display is an extravagant and special show that residents and visitors look forward to all year through – and it is completely free to watch! Just make sure you arrive at your chosen spot well in advance to beat the crowd and avoid the traffic. Fireworks can be seen at the Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, Palm Jumeirah and plenty of other smaller attractions around the city. For those of you who don’t want to venture into the crowd, the fireworks are telecast live online and on local TV channels.
Go on a cruise
When booked in advance, there are plenty of discounted opportunities to bring in the New Year while out at sea. Traditional dhows on the Deira Creek offer a cheaper alternative to the glamorous yachts of the Marina, and come with a night of entertainment and international buffet dinner with refreshments. Ideal for a romantic night or even an evening out with the family.
Have a picnic
Perfect if you get there early, Dubai’s coast is teeming with clean, pristine beaches offering a window seat to the fireworks display as well as an intimate homemade picnic with your loved ones. Be sure to start early to set up your ideal spot and beat the traffic. To really get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, many people even take to camping out in the desert. Be sure to take enough warm layers as the night can get very chilly during winter.
Have a house party
Ideal for those of you who want to stay away from the crowd, noise and traffic – throw a party in your house! Remember to stock up on plenty of food and refreshments before your guests arrive, as food delivery services tend to be extremely busy on New Year’s Eve. By throwing a house party you get to keep your night exclusive, celebrate in the comfort of your home and even ask your friends to chip in by bringing a dish or two to share.