New Year’s Eve in the GCC: Here’s where to welcome 2015 in style

Whether you’re a resident or just visiting, here’s where you can go to ring in 2015 in style!

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It’s the last week of 2014 and your party plans should be in check. Will you be in the Gulf on New Year’s Eve? Whether you’re a resident or just visiting, here’s where you can go to ring in 2015 in style!


Event: A lineup of international superstars – Pharrell Williams, DJ Sensations, Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike, Paul Oakenfold, Charli XCX, Sky Blu and Seb Fontaine –will all be performing at this year’s #DXBNYE with a breathtaking view of the Burj Khalifa fireworks show.

Location: Meydan Race Course
Price: Dhs 395 for advance purchases; Dhs 495 on the night; Party Pit tickets at Dhs 1,495/ Dhs 1,695 at the door.
Information: www.ticketmaster.ae; https://tickets.virginmegastore.me ; 050 287 8703

Asia Asia New Year’s Carnival

Event: This year’s carnival will take guests on an exotic journey via the ancient Spice Route, featuring carnival performers, a live DJ, dancers and Chinese dragons. Bringing in the New Year’s, a five-course designed NYE menu will be included in the cultural night and includes a premium open bar package.

Location: Asia Asia, Pier 7
Price: From Dhs1,495 for terrace seating and Dhs1,395 for indoor seating; Bar packages are Dhs 800 for ladies and Dhs1,000 for gentlemen
Information: 04 276 5900

NYE Masterjam
Event: If you like to shake to old jams and relive those disco days, NYE Masterjam is the place to be. Featuring an amazing lineup of Grammy winning super-stars such as The Jacksons, Chaka Khan, Gloria Gaynor, Nile Rodgers and Chic, Jocelyn Brown, Incognito, and Kathy Sledge, as well as a 24-piece orchestra and a big band to keep the night up, this event promises you an ultimate, glamorous party experience.

Location: Media City Amphitheatre
Price: Golden Circle Ticket at Dhs 495; Grandstand Seating Ticket at Dhs 695
Information: 04 551 6708

Also, following in the footsteps of her famous Kardashian sisters, Kendall Jenner is expected to land in Dubai to take part in New Year’s Eve celebrations, local newspaper Gulf News reported on Sunday.

Fellow Palestinian-American model Gigi Hadid, boyfriend Cody Simpson and singer Selena Gomez are rumored to be jet setting with Jenner into Dubai where they will attend a dinner at the trendy Qbara restaurant.

In a tweet sent out on Saturday, Simpson said he was heading to Dubai “with some mates,” adding that “New Year’s will be mental. Then a little Maldives surf action.”

Gulf News reports Jenner and Gomez are already in the emirate.


“The Year of Light”
Event: Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE celebrates this New Year’s Eve with a five-course festive dinner and an exclusive house and electronic-enthused night. The lineup includes some of the hottest names in the business such as Jamie Jones, Richy Ahmed and Ibellini. The ticket prices also include unlimited house beverages.

Location: Blue Marlin, Ghantoot
Price: General admissions – Ladies: Dhs 600; general admissions – Gents: Dhs 800
Information: 056 113 3400 or email reservation@bluemarlinibiza-uae.com

New Year’s Eve in the ‘80s!
Event: TWELVE by Relax@12 is preparing for you an exclusive celebration on the rooftop with a night featuring ‘80s mixes with special guest DJs, a chance to indulge in a delicious sushi feast with unlimited drinks and lots of prizes to be won.

Location: TWELVE by Relax@12, Aloft Abu Dhabi
Price: Dhs 600 per person including unlimited food and drinks
Information: 02 654 5000

De La Costa at Saadiyat Beach Club
Event: De La Costa will be an ultimate all-round party experience providing different options to end your year in style. The beach club party will include the sounds of Saif & Sound and other live entertainment.

Location: Saadiyat Beach Club
Price: Dhs 275 for general admissions; Dhs 550 for unlimited “pouring” beverage package
Information: 02 656 3500 or info@saadiyatbeachclub.ae


Caribbean Carnival
Event: Harvesters Bar and Terrace welcomes this 2015 with a Caribbean carnival filled with live entertainment by the Groove Thing, Solid Steel, DJs and a surprise act to make your evening unforgettable.

Location: Harvesters Bar & Terrace
Price: BD 15.000++
Information: www.cp-bahrain.com

Moulin Rose
Event: Bring in the New Year’s with an ultimate event providing you the finest cabaret experience. Hosted by Trader Vic’s, this spectacular night presents Parisian cabaret dancers from the finest establishments of Moulin Rouge, Crazy Horse & Lido.

Location: Trader Vic’s, The Ritz-Carlton
Price: N/A
Information: 925 675 6400

Coolio Live in Ibrida
Event: Coolio, one of the most successful and popular modern-day rappers will be performing live at Ibrida, Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa. The performer is best known for his hit single “Gangsta’s Paradise,” which was also featured on the “Dangerous Minds” soundtrack and movie.

Location: Ibrida, Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa
Price: Gents: BD 50; Ladies: BD 30
Information: www.rameegrandbahrain.com


Event: A great DJ, fun surprises and an amazing gift for every attendee to take home.

Location: The Village, Abu Al Hassamy
Price: KD 20 per person
Information: 2390 7936

Hard Rock Café
Event: New Year’s Eve show and party

Location: Hard Rock Café
Price: KD 20 per person
Information: 2571 0004

SeaShell Julai’a Hotel & Resort
Event: Festival Activities, fireworks, gifts, and raffles.

Location: Julai’a Hotel & Resort
Price: KD 20 per person
Information: 2325 0003/4/7/8


New Year’s Eve at Al Bustan Palace
Event: A five-course dinner will be served with live entertainment.

Location: The Beach Pavillion, Al Bustan Palace
Price: OMR 65 ++
Information: +968 24 799666

James Bond-Themed New Year’s Party
Event: Left Bank will be hosting a James Bond-themed "Shaken not stirred" New Year’s Eve party that will last until till 2 a.m. The night includes a choice of two or three set menus, with complimentary bubbly at midnight.

Location: Left Bank
Price: N/A
Information: +968 24 693699

Event: Majan Continental Hotel brings you the most happening Bollywood Dance Night. Live entertainment includes The Mix Master, who has brought the Bollywood music scene to Oman. The night includes a performance by Delicious Dance Academy and a fireworks show at midnight.

Location: Poolside, Majan Continental Hotel
Price: OMR 18
Contact: 99236316


New Year’s Eve in Aroma & The Lounge
Event: Boogie the night away with a ‘80s-themed party blasting some of the hottest ‘80s disco rock music. The package includes a five-course gala menu, created by the executive chef, and an open bar.

Location: Aroma & The Lounge
Price: Disco Ball Package: QAR 1,200 per person or Disco Fever Package: QAR 895 per person
Contact: +974 4405 3325

W Doha Great Room, Vintage Hollywood Glamour
Event: Dress up from head to toe in your best vintage Hollywood outfit and enjoy the night with the 12-piece Celebrity Show Bad “Simply Irresistible” all the way from Atlanta Georgia. The tickets include a glamorous five-course gala dinner and a glass of bubbly during the countdown.

Location: Great Room, The W Doha
Price: QAR 990 per person
Information: +974 4453 5000