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Dubai's Hottest New Year’s Eve Events 2020 & What To Wear To Them

Discover What To Do in Dubai for New Year's Eve 2020


This year we’re not only ringing in a new year, but we’re also saying goodbye to what’s been an incredibly challenging year for many. New Year’s Eve marks the time when the world’s major cities compete for the best celebrations, with each one trying to outdo the other. Dubai’s New Year’s Eve celebrations never disappoint, and the cosmopolitan state is rife with spectacular fireworks displays, live performances, and of course some of the hottest NYE parties in the world.

New Year’s Eve in Dubai 2020 will be a greatly anticipated celebration, and it looks to be just as amazing as the previous years. NYE in Dubai is ranked as one of the best places to see in the new year.

Thankfully, the end of 2020 is quickly approaching, meaning most of us are looking forward to the New Year and starting it off with a bang. If you’re wondering what to do in Dubai on New Year’s Eve 2020, we’ve rounded up some of the best New Year’s Eve parties and events that are still scheduled to go ahead safely. But being one of the most fashionable cities in the world, knowing what New Year’s outfit to choose is also essential; so we’ve not only collated 2020’s best New Year’s Eve events in Dubai, we’ve also put together several NYE outfit ideas so you can dress to impress. From statement jewellery to designer dresses to cute clutch bags, our editors have brought together their favourite New Year’s Eve party outfit looks for some inspiration.

Disclaimer: At present, these Dubai New Year’s Eve events are still scheduled to go ahead with extra safety measures in place, however, we can’t personally guarantee that there won’t be changes. To ensure your chosen Dubai NYE party or event will still take place or if you’d like to know more about the Covid-19 restrictions/measures in please, please contact the company directly via its website.


Dubai NYE 2020 at Positano

Celebrate the end of 2020 in Dubai with a Festa Italiana at Positano in the JW Marriott Marquis. Experience authentic Italian food while ringing in the New Year in a minimalist but sophisticated setting. At just AED 470 per head, you’ll be able to feast on your favourite pizzas and pasta from the gourmet buffet. Dubai’s Italian experience doesn’t get much better than this. Oh, and did we say that the price includes all-you-can-drink house beverages?


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The great thing about Positano is the refined yet laidback atmosphere, which means you can go for the in-between look when it comes to your outfit of the night choice - not too casual, not too formal. We say go Italian chic, and what better way to do it than with the restaurant’s namesake designer brand (no connection)? This black shirt dress from Positano is seductive and classy. Wear it with a pair of block heels and to add a bit of contrast, a white floral clutch with beaded detail from Camilla.


Gatsby Glam at Five Palm Jumeirah Hotel

For some glitz and glamour this NYE in Dubai, head to Five Palm Jumeirah Hotel for a Gatsby-themed celebration, because a little party never hurt anyone. Are you looking for a stylish New Year’s Eve event in Dubai? Look no further than The Penthouse at Five Palm Jumeirah Hotel, where you’ll be able to sample an exquisite selection of gourmet Japanese canapes to start with and then dine on some international foodie favourites from live food stations. But a Gatsby party wouldn’t be a Gatsby party without drinks, but don’t worry, your Dubai NYE package includes free-flowing premium drinks all night long. If that’s not enough, you’ll be treated to a performance from house music sensation CLAPTONE and several other resident DJs while taking in the stunning panoramic views across Dubai Marina.


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If you’re looking for New Year’s outfit inspiration for this Gatsby themed gala, think black dresses, gowns, lace, feathers, and beads. Party like it’s the roaring 20s with an elegant floor-sweeping lace white dress from Temptation Positano. Pair it with gold heels, a gold chain tassel necklace, and a beaded purse that oozes glamour and sophistication reminiscent of the 1920s. And for that extra special touch, don’t forget your flapper-inspired feather hair accessories.


Celebrate NYE in Dubai at the Atlantis

If you’re wondering the best destinations to ring in the New Year in Dubai, one is the Atlantis Dubai. With an array of award-winning restaurants, the Atlantis Dubai has New Year’s packages galore.

From awesome aquarium views to the fine dining and French seafood, the Ossiano in the Atlantis Dubai is a chic location to welcome 2021 in style. Nobu restaurant is one of Dubai’s best. Feast on a delectable 7-course Japanese set menu and welcome in 2021 with a golden geisha inspired theme. Or, for a style-savvy New Year’s Eve in Dubai, head to Hakkasan restaurant. With is tasteful decorations that evoke glamour, you’ll be able to enjoy a Michelin-starred New Year’s dinner that boasts a selection of authentic Cantonese dishes with a twist.


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Glitzy and glamorous, the restaurants at the Atlantis in Dubai call for some dressing up, especially on NYE, so push the boundaries and go as glam as you can. You can’t go wrong with a little black dress, and it’s a chic look that’s effortlessly cool. A sequined embellished short kaftan will enhance your little black dress NYE look. Team with a pair of killer heels and delicate gold accessories like these leaf stud earrings from Spartina.

To take your classy New Year’s outfit in Dubai to the next level, opt for a floor-length lace gown that will make you feel and look like Dubai royalty. Let the dress do the talking and accessorise with a simple long gold necklace that will complement the elegant v-neck cut of the dress.


NYE Dubai Opera

New Year’s Eve in Dubai isn’t just fine dining, if you want to soak up some serious party vibes, Dubai Opera is planning one hell of an event. With a lively music lineup that will make the rest of the city jealous, this is one of the Dubai NYE celebrations you can’t miss. Dance the night away and enjoy music from Chinua Hawk Band, DJ C, and DJ Said Mrad and more.

This is set to be a sellout event and with limited places and Covid-19 restrictions in place, these coveted tickets are bound to get snapped up quickly.


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This Dubai New Year’s Eve party is one where you can let your hair down, which means you can add a little more edge to your outfit while still looking effortlessly sophisticated. For the Dubai Opera extravaganza, embrace the animal print seasonal trend with a cheetah print midi dress, a cropped leather jacket, and a pair of functional but still fashionable pumps. To complete your look, opt for a chunkier necklace like this gold-plated shell necklace from Marie Vigue.


Lotus Mega Yacht NYE Dinner, Dubai

Iconic and memorable, this is one way to say goodbye to 2020 in Dubai. This New Year's Eve, celebrate on one of the biggest commercial luxury yachts in the world - The Lotus Mega Yacht.

Feast upon an award-winning five-star table service dinner. With a range of mouth-watering Michelin-star worthy canapés, a premium international full-course meal, and an open bar, you’re guaranteed the ultimate VIP experience.

As you set sail from Dubai’s Pier 7, you’ll also be able to take in and enjoy some of the best views of Dubai’s skyline and the various fireworks displays going off.


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When it comes to a New Year’s Eve party in Dubai on a luxury yacht, think smart casual. This monochrome jumpsuit from Feather and Find will take you from the early evening hours right through to when the clocks strike midnight. For extra comfort, team it with a pair of metallic flip-flops or add a little height with a pair of wedged heels. To complete your luxury yacht party outfit, accessorise with this season’s must-have bag - the tote. A long-line blazer will complete your Dubai New Year’s Eve outfit perfectly and keep you warm as you welcome 2021.


Desert Safari

For an unforgettable 2020-2021 New Year’s Eve in Dubai, celebrate under the blanket of stars on a Desert Safari. The Dubai desert is a serene and peaceful place, which is ideal if you want to avoid the crowds and pricey Dubai NYE venues.

This unique New Year’s Eve experience in Dubai will take you into the midst of the desert in a jeep. The safari ride itself is exhilarating and is bound to give you a massive adrenaline rush - what better feeling to have when bidding farewell to 2020!

After you’ve finished watching the sun go down, you’ll be taken to a campsite for several fun activities like camel rides, henna painting and dune bashing. And as the night sets in, you’ll be treated to a colourful Arabic belly dancing show while tucking into a scrumptious fire-side BBQ dinner that’s followed by a spectacular fireworks display right in the heart of the desert.


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Dune bashing and chilly Dubai desert winter nights call for practical clothing. A pair of wide-legged trousers will cover all bases - you’ll be comfortable and chic at the same time. Playful layering will help you brave the chill of the desert. Opt for a staple plain tank top layered with a two-tone cardigan that will highlight your femininity and to add extra warmth, a cozy jacket is a must.


5-Star Dining at Armani Hotel

The name Armani immediately conjures up images of high-class and luxury. Offering prime views of the Burj Khalifa, the Armani Hotel is a coveted New Year’s Eve Dubai hot spot. Enjoy a 5-star dining experience in Dubai as you welcome 2021.

With several dining options available, the Armani Gala New Year’s dinner in Dubai boasts a mouth-watering selection of delectable luxury foods like oysters, lobster, truffles, foie gras, and of course plenty of champagne.


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For a champagne-fuelled dinner party in one of Dubai’s most luxurious hotels, you need to dress for the event. A maxi dress in deep wine with delicate crochet detail is foolproof. Consider your new dress to be an investment piece, because this is a piece you’ll be able to recycle over and over again. Wear it with a pair of suede block heels in black and a chic clutch like this mixed animal and flower print one from Camilla. And while hoop earrings are making a comeback, why not add a pair to your ensemble?


Any party in Dubai is bound to be awesome, but New Year’s Eve in Dubai is on another level. Dubai’s New Year’s parties are famous around the world, but as you can imagine tickets are in hot demand, so whether you’re living in the area or just passing through, make sure you have somewhere to celebrate and make sure you do it in style with the perfect New Year’s Eve party outfit. No matter what event you’re attending, at Sand Dollar Dubai we have a range of glamourous party outfits for all occasions. It’s not too late to find that perfect NYE outfit – check out our cute designer dresses and accessories today.

Happy New Year from the Sand Dollar Dubai team!

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