Your guide to Dubai’s New Year's Eve 2013 parties

From international superstars Snoop Dogg and Armand Van Helden to a Downtown music and fireworks extravaganza for family, pick the top New Year celebration for you

If you haven’t already, it’s time to set those wheels in motion and start planning that mega December 31 night of revelry and celebrations across Dubai.

The parties for this New Year’s Eve will outdo any the emirate has seen in the past, offering up big names in the entertainment arena and even bigger live shows and effects.

Emirates 24|7 compiles to the top spots for that special night, helping you plan the perfect way to ring in 2013.

NYE Extravaganza

Downtown Dubai

The world’s most spectacular and unmatched extravaganza will be staged in Dubai to welcome 2013.

The Downtown Dubai New Year’s Eve celebration is expected to host more than a million visitors in a celebration that is unparalleled in scale, diversity and dazzle. The full-fledged production will stand out for its largest repertoire of events that will appeal to all visitors from around the world.

Hosted by Emaar Properties, the Downtown Dubai New Year’s Eve Gala will flag off in the evening with a cultural showcase of choreographed music and dance performances.

Music aficionados are in for a special treat with a live performance by the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, one of Europe’s leading music ensembles. The world-renowned musicians will perform at Burj Steps, overlooking Burj Khalifa.

The Downtown Dubai New Year’s Eve Gala will also be highlighted by the first of its kind show on the Burj Lake.

The show will have three elements – light, water and fire – and projections on a 210 metre long screen, in addition to live telecast to over two billion viewers, and simultaneous streaming online at

The cultural showcase for the evening will be a true reflection of Dubai’s cosmopolitan outlook while celebrating the richness of the Arabian heritage.

Live dance and artistic performances marked for their visual richness, and a video montage that underlines UAE’s multicultural diversity and iconic accomplishments will set the stage for the majestic finale – the dazzling fireworks atop Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.

Synced to live orchestral music, a feat never before attempted, the iconic fireworks display will envelope the tower in a rich wash of colours. Several new fireworks sequences will be created this year.

With the fireworks set to the symphony of live orchestral music, audiences on the ground can have a greater appreciation of the pyrotechnic spectacle before them.

For further information regarding travel maps, logistics and timings, visit

Visitors to Downtown Dubai on December 31 are advised to take advantage of options for public transport. It is also recommended that visitors arrive by 8pm to secure a good viewing location.

Atelier – New Year’s Eve Edition


Brace yourselves for one of the biggest NYE parties of the year, with some of the world’s biggest acts and a party that promises to thrill beyond expectations.

Alchemy Project, in association with Meydan, presents the third edition of the biggest music festival in the Middle East with six top international artistes, with headliner Snoop Dogg ‘fo shizzle’, leading the way.

Joining the 13-time Grammy nominee is Faithless, Gorillaz Sound System, Armand Van Helden, Inna and September.

The party kicks off from 5pm, all the way to 4am at the Meydan Racecourse, with tickets priced at Dh400 (standing) and Dh750 (VIP, which includes Dh800 drinks voucher)  Call: 056 675 2181

Sandance NYE

Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm

It’s to bring your beach chic for the NYE party that will be the talk to town for months to come.

Indeed, Sandance returns on December 31, this time with names such as Paul Van Dyk, Rita Ora, Ellie Goulding, Roger Sanchez and BBC Radio One’s Zane Lowe.

Add to the mayhem will be an unforgettable firework display at midnight.

This 21 years and up beachside bash will be hosted at Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm, from 3pm to 3am.

Tickets are priced at Dh295. While the VIP tickets appear to have sold out folks, which were priced at Dh500. Call: 055 200 4321

Gipsy Moreno Live

Blue Marlin Ibiza

Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE brings you the chance to experience a magical sunset dining experience on the beach while being serenaded by the legend Gipsy Moreno of the Gipsy Kings whilst you indulge in a five-course Mediterranean fused dinner prepared by our world famous chefs with unlimited selected beverages.

International Iranian superstar DJ Sharam (Deep Dish), will also rock the party, along with DJs Frederick Stone, Jixo & Danz, Kaytek, and Jean B.

Tickets are priced at Dh1,100 (inclusive of five-course dinner and unlimited house beverages), Dh750 for men and Dh550 for ladies.

Unlimited house beverages for both. Call: 050 142 2800

Kandy NYE White Experience 2013

Jumeirah Emirates Towers

So what if Manj is spending NYE with wife Nindy Kaur, brother Surj from RDB is enough to kick it this December 31 at the Godolphin Ballroom, Jumeirah Emirates Towers.

Performing alongside are DJs Nav, Hani, Shadow and Goddess.

For 21 years and above only, the night kicks off at 9pm, until 3am, with tickets priced at Dh250 (regular) and Dh350 (VIP). Organised by the M&M Group. Call: 050 293 7888

Desert NYE

Ras Al Khaimah

Here’s a great NYE celebration for those wanting to get away from the craziness of the crowded parties and bring their children along for the merriment.

The Bedouin Oasis camp in Ras Al Khaimah will give you a chance to escape to fun night of drumming under the stars, along with a DJ spinning the decks, loads of fun games and prizes to be won.

A special NYE buffet will be spread for the night, with a glass of bubbly per person.

Organised by Arabian Incentive, tickets can be purchased for Dh550 for dinner only and Dh750 for an overnight stay also. Children under four go free. From 8pm onwards.

Transportation call also be requested. Call: 055 710 9165

Angelo Borer and Crazy Feet Company

Coral Beach Resort, Sharjah

Those further afield can revel in an electrifying performance by famous tap dancing crew from Switzerland, Angelo Borer and Crazy Feet Company.

Also joining them on stage will be special performances by an Indian dance troupe, a Filipino hip hop group and African dancers.

Guests can also whet their appetites with a gala dinner.

From 7pm until 1am, ticket costs Dh399, with children under five come free. Call: 06 522 9999

The Hed Kandi NYE Glow Party

Barasti Beach

Welcome 2013 in true Barasti style, with an exceptional night of celebrations and the very best in dance music today.

Performing on the night will be DJ Carl Hanaghan, DJ Dan Van, Dean Oram on percussion and Aimee Jay on sax.

Strictly for 21 years and above, the night kicks off at 7pm, until 4am, with tickets priced only at Dh200.

Call Barasti Beach, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina: 04 399 3333

B Blast New Year’s Eve

The Lodge

Fans of Asian sounds need go no further than the ‘Desi’ New Year’s Eve party with RJ Abhijeet, along with DJs Jeff, Manoj and Zubair.

For 21 years and above, head to Domeland at The Lodge, Dubai from 9pm-4am. Organised by Frequency Events, tickets cost Dh100.

Call: 055777 1213

REHAB: NYE with Flo Rida and Yves Larock

XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand

Pull out those party shoes and head to the XL Beach Club for a celebration with Flo Rida and Yves Larock.

After a killer year, you can surely expect Flo Rida to set off the night with all his biggest tracks, including ‘Wild Ones’, ‘Whistle’, Good Feeling and more.

Larock, meanwhile, is already one of the biggest names on the DJ circuit.

Strictly for 21 years and above, head to the XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai from 7pm-3am.

Organised by Accenture Entertainment, tickets are priced at Dh395.

Call: 056 640 6161

New Year’s Eve

The Irish Village

For those looking for a no frills, yet fun and frolic affair, then The Irish Village is just the ticket for this NYE party.

Live music, a DJ set, fireworks – what more could you ask for? Entry tickets of Dh200 includes buffet. From 7pm onwards.

Desi Glow 2013

Moevenpick Bur Dubai

One of the biggest Asian parties of NYE, Radio Mirchi and Shimmers bring the super talented Kanika Kapoor of ‘Jugni Ji’ fame for the first time to Dubai.

Joining this talented powerhouse will be DJs Tushar, Angel-glam, Sucorro and VJ Tarang.

Head to Pulse, at the Moevenpick Bur Dubai for this night of unlimited drinks and snacks. For tickets and bookings, call: 055 215 2627.


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