Best Places to Celebrate New Year in Dubai for Couples

Best Places to Celebrate New Year in Dubai for Couples

The thriving city of Dubai is definitely one of the most exciting places to welcome the New Year. There is a unique energy that flows as the excitement peaks among the diverse crowd and impressive show of colourful lights.

The Best New Year Activities for Couples

Couples can easily take their pick of places to celebrate in, depending on their preferences. Whether you want a loud, energetic party,
an intimate dining experience, or just a good spot to sit down and watch the lights, Dubai has it for you.

Watch the New Year’s Eve Fireworks!

Of course, no New Year celebration is complete without an impressive fireworks show and Dubai is no slouch in that department. People outside and at home are already preparing to enjoy another spectacular light show in the coming New Year.

And while you can easily follow the show at home through your window or by getting a really good, flatscreen TV, you can try heading out with your partner to some of the best locations to watch the show up close.

1. Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa

Photo by Tima Miroshnichenko

ADDRESS:Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd, Downtown Dubai, Dubai
CONTACT DETAILS:+971 4888 8888
HOURS:Open 24 Hours

Of course, it’s always amazing to watch the spectacular light show in the sky from the tall peaks and impressive surroundings around one of the city’s crown jewels, the Burj Khalifa.

And while it is a popular destination for tourists throughout the year, the New Year’s Eve Firework Show is one of its most iconic events, with many people expected to visit it from all over the world.

From there, you can watch the lights with your significant other from a few select spots. Within the building’s vicinity, the Burj Khalifa Fountain is a popular spot for couples to enjoy both the lights and water show at the same time.

The Burj Khalifa is open for 24 hours a day. So you don’t need to worry about rushing to your destination unless you wish to beat the New Year crowd.

2. Dubai Opera House

Dubai Opera House

Photo from Dubai Opera House

ADDRESS:Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd, Downtown Dubai, Dubai
CONTACT DETAILS:+971 4440 8888
HOURS:Mondays - Sundays: 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Additionally, you can try visiting the Dubai Opera House in order to enjoy the fireworks near the massive skyscraper while also enjoying the musical performances nearby.

For 2023, the House will be holding a Gala Dinner on New Year’s Eve starting at 6:30 PM and lasting until the New Year’s celebration which will include a tour of the iconic building as well as the live musical performances booked for the season.

It’s a good venue to take some amazing photos of both the fireworks show as well as the iconic Opera House.

3. Burj Al Arab

Burj Al Arab

Photo by Aleksandar Pasaric

ADDRESS:Umm Suqeim 3, Dubai
CONTACT DETAILS:Phone: +971 4301 7777
HOURS:Open 24 Hours

Alternatively, you can also check out the fireworks show at Burj Al Arab. Their show has previously broken the record to hold the longest firework show in the New Year which is an amazing feat.

While a stay at the hotel can be quite expensive, you do have options for seeing the show without breaking the bank.

You can also visit and stay around Souk Madinat Jumeirah near the iconic building, where you might just be able to catch another impressive fireworks show while being around some good restaurants to dine in as you wait for the clock to strike twelve.

Celebrate with a Beach Party! 

If you want to step away from the hustle and bustle of the city when you enjoy the fireworks, then heading out to one of Dubai’s many popular beaches is also an option.

You can enjoy the cool night air while also settling for a family-friendly place that you can even bring your kids to should you already be settled and looking to surprise your spouse.

These beaches are just some of our favourite venues to come watch the fireworks and indulge in all sorts of fun activities:

1. Atlantis, The Palm

Atlantis, The Palm

Photo by Aneesh Pavan Prodduturu

ADDRESS:Atlantis Dubai, Crescent Road, The Palm, Dubai
CONTACT DETAILS:Phone: +971 4426 2000

Email: [email protected]

HOURS:Mondays - Sundays: 2:00 PM (Check In) to 12:00 AM (Check Out)
ENTRY PRICE:Free to walk around the gallery and waterpark

Atlantis, The Palm is a sprawling resort with a hotel spanning over 1,500 rooms, 28 restaurants offering mouthwatering cuisine, a massive aquarium, and the Aquaventure Waterpark that is enjoyed by children and adults alike.

Artists hold musical performances here during the New Year, so you can enjoy a nice show if it’s someone you know and support, and you can visit the other attractions while waiting for the lights show if it isn’t.

Just remember to book your stay early. Otherwise, it can be hard to get a room or a table in the hotels or restaurants respectively.

2. Nasimi Beach

Nasimi Beach

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ADDRESS:Crescent Road, Nasimi Beach, Dubai
HOURS:Open 24 Hours

Just outside Atlantis, The Palm, Nasimi Beach parties are quite popular for kicking off and welcoming the New Year with friends in a night of lights, celebration, and good music.

Catch some musicians and acts performing in the surrounding area and see if any of them strike your fancy. Parties also start early so if you want to come early you don’t have to worry about boredom settling in as the hours count down.

The beach parties are quite popular for young couples visiting the city for the New Year, so you and your significant other shouldn’t feel too out of place during the celebration.

3. Black Palace Beach

Black Palace Beach

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ADDRESS:Kite Beach, 2C St, Umm Suqeim 1, Dubai
CONTACT DETAILS:Phone: +971 4219 0999
HOURS:Mondays - Sundays: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Locals typically call the Black Palace Beach as the “Secret Beach”. It’s near the Burj Al Arab, making it a great place to also watch that building’s fireworks show without needing to be at the exact venue.

There’s going to be a smaller crowd here at night, making it a perfect place for a more intimate night with a partner. Best of all, there’s a large albeit sandy, parking spot that you can park your vehicle in for free.

4. Kite Beach

Kite Beach

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ADDRESS:Kite Beach, 2C St, Umm Suqeim 1, Dubai
CONTACT DETAILS:Phone: +971 4219 0999
HOURS:Mondays - Sundays: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

The Kite Beach is perfect for sun-seeking, sports-playing patrons by the day, and it can really be an impressive venue for parties and fireworks viewing at night.

We think this is another great beach to bring the kids along as they can easily keep themselves entertained with all sorts of ball games and watersports around the area.

Have a Romantic Dinner under the Lights

Sometimes, you just want to welcome the New Year with some delicious food and a nice bottle of wine. In that case, you may want to look at some of the special dining spots Dubai has to offer for the celebration.

1. Asado

ADDRESS:Al Mamsha Road Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai
CONTACT DETAILS:Phone: +971 4315 3861
HOURS:Mondays - Sundays: 6:00 PM - 2:00 AM
ESTIMATED COST:AED 90 - AED 1000 (per person)

Kick off the New Year’s Eve with a delicious five-course meal at Asado. The venue promises delicious Argentinean cuisine alongside a selection of soft and premium drinks to accompany your meal.

The best part about dining here is that it somehow combines a little something of each celebration area. You can easily catch the impressive Burj Khalifa fireworks show while dining with a loved one and you also get live music in the restaurant.

It’s not a bad way of experiencing all these sensory delights while still having a more private, intimate experience with your partner.

2. Dhow Dinner Cruise

Dhow Dinner Cruise
ADDRESS:U Bora Towers, Commercial Tower, Burj Khalifa, Dubai
CONTACT DETAILS:Phone: +971 52 439 4110
HOURS:Mondays - Sundays: 9:00 AM - 9:30 PM
ESTIMATED COST:AED 100 - AED 300 (per person)

Or perhaps you and your partner prefer a unique luxury dining experience coupled with a cruise on open water? In that case, you should check out the Dhow Dinner Cruise.

Experience a delicious meal complete with a cake dessert, delicious champagne, and a view of the dazzling night sky and splashes of light and colour while keeping away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

It’s definitely a bit pricier than just eating a meal at home but it can lend you and your partner some enjoyable memories to start the year with.

3. Al Hadiqa Restaurant and Tent

Al Hadiqa Restaurant and Tent
ADDRESS:Al Mamsha Road Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai
CONTACT DETAILS:Phone: +971 4315 3861
HOURS:Mondays - Sundays: 6:00 PM - 2:00 AM
ESTIMATED COST:AED 500 - AED 1000 (for two people)

Of course, you could always opt for something a lot more affordable and genuine with a partner. In which case, you can sample the food served by the Al Hadiqa Restaurant at the Sheraton Jumeirah.

You can enjoy traditional Arabic mezze, shawarma, and an assortment of mixed grills. Alternatively, you can also opt for adventure and try a set menu with beverages which you can get for as low as AED 500.

Add in the special deals they occasionally run on Entertainer and you can be looking at a delicious Arabic New Year’s meal with your partner without breaking your wallet. 

The parties are wild, and the lights shows are legendary during the New Year in Dubai. It’s no surprise why millions of people come back to celebrate with their partners every year.

With so many possible destinations and activities available, you and your partner are sure to find something you both will enjoy and remember for years to come.