One of the most exciting cities, Dubai is open for New Year’s 2021! With its ultra-modern architecture, exotic night life, magnificent bird-eye views of the beautiful skylines, the beaches, the desert, the grand shopping malls and luxurious hotels, Dubai is synonymous with grandeur! There is something for everyone in this Arab city, and New Year’s Eve here is a ‘once in a lifetime’ kinda deal. Some of the best, and of course sustainable, things to do in Dubai this year are:
1. Dubai Desert Safari
One of the most romantic and spectacular things to do on New Year’s Eve is driving out to the heart of the desert and enjoy the stunning sunset. This of course with a side of posh Bedouin desert camps, a traditional Arabian welcome, camel rides, henna painting, sandboarding, Arabic cuisine, belly dancing and the famous Arab Sheesha. Experience the special night in the traditional Arab style.
Check out Utopiic partner Sonara Desert Camps, an authentic camp that is eco-friendly and sustainable with a core belief in sourcing ethical products and material. They use solar energy and have a zero-waste policy. Become a Utopiic member and avail discounts for an unforgettable journey to the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, home to hundreds of oryxes and gazelles.
2. Dubai Opera
If you’re all for the party vibes, Dubai Opera is just the place for you! This modern architecture with a touch of traditional is the destination for performing arts. It is the radiant centre of culture and arts in Dubai. This New Year’s Eve, catch DJ Said Mrad and Nuvo Soul Band playing live all night long!
3. Al Seef or La Mer Markets
These waterfront markets are one of the liveliest ways to spend your New Year’s Eve! They are decked out in festivity & brimming with live music. You can enjoy carnival rides, the petting zoo, the beach views of the Arabian Gulf and the spectacular view of the famous Dubai fireworks. There are dining choices galore and most of these places serve locally produced food!
4. Global Village
Renowned amongst locals, the Global Village is the best kind of dig, especially on New Year’s Eve. An amalgation of world culture, one can witness new year’s traditions from over 75 countries! Enjoy a lively night, shop, dine, visit the carnival and experience the unique musical fireworks!
If parties and crowded places is not on your agenda this year, try an outdoorsy New Year’s Celebration. Head up to Hatta, an exclave of Dubai and Omar located high up in the scenic Hajar Mountains. Get your adrenaline pumping with Kayaking, mountain biking, zip-lining, hiking and more or breathe in the nature and attend the cultural attractions like the Hatta Lake and the Heritage Village. To make it special, plan to stay at the chic Hatta Damani lodges or the amazing glamping at Sedr Trailer Resort.
6. KISS Concert – Atlantis the Palm
This legendary American Rock Band is on its last world tour and saying goodbye at Atlantis the Palm this year with a rocking live performance, sure to set the place alive! It is a ‘one of a kind’ opportunity and can be enjoyed with a table booking or viewed from your own private balcony if you book a room here! Also catch the French singer – Aya Nakamura light up the night with her sweet tunes!
7. NE-YO Live Performance
“This time I’m coming to WOW Dubai & I won’t stop until I’ve done that..”
The R&B Sensation, the master of love songs, Ne-yo is all set to perform on New Year’s Eve at the Dubai Sports Club’s Atelier Live Dance Arena Festival. Also catch Taio Cruz, Natasha Bedingfield, Jay Sean and Leona Lewis. How amazing is that? Get your groove on!
8. Dhow Dinner Cruise
One of the most romantic and discerningly beautiful way to spend your New Year’s Eve is inside a glass enclosed, air-conditioned luxury vessel gliding along the Dubai Creek. Enjoy uninterrupted views of the famous Dubai fireworks from the gorgeous open terraces and outdoor decks of the cruise. The meal is just one of the rare things in life that one must do, alongside the midnight cake and champagne under the shimmering skyline, stars and the moon.
9. Dubai Fountain
The largest (& tallest) musical fountains in the world, is even more magical on New Year’s Eve, as it dances to both Arabic and World music with fireworks in the background. Oh and it’s free! The unique design of 5 circles and 2 long arcs forms a visual spectrum of over 1000 water experiences. Get a better view by taking a boat ride in the lake! Did you know that in collaboration with Emaar, Hitachi has reclaimed waste water to keep the fountain running for years to come!
10. Jumeirah Beach Picnic
One of the best ways to spend New Year’s Eve is at the public beaches of Jumeirah. Take a beach mat, watch the city fireworks at midnight and lay under the starlit sky. If you’re looking to class it up, the Madinat Jumeirah is one of the most coveted New Year’s Gala Dinners, with fire dancers, musicians, live entertainment, free flowing champagne & a myriad of options of cuisines.
New Year’s is about starting anew, making a night to start the rest of the year on a magical note. So, if you’re in Dubai this year, find your kind of gala and get partying, because this Arab city sure has it all! Ask your Utopiic 24*7 concierge for the wheres, hows and how muchs! Happy New Year!!