| Victoria Zurakowski

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

Discover What To Do in Dubai for New Year's Eve 2019


This year we’re not only ringing in a new year, we’re also ringing in a new decade. New Year’s Eve marks the time when the world’s major cities compete for the best celebrations, with each one trying to out do 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 2019 looks to be even bigger, better and more amazing than previous years, which is a pretty massive feat in itself given the fact that NYE in Dubai is ranked one of the best places to see in the new year.

The end of 2019 is quickly approaching; meaning most of us are looking forward to the New Year and starting it with a bang. If you’re wondering what to do in Dubai on New Year’s Eve 2019, we’ve rounded up some of the best New Year’s Eve parties and events. 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 2019’s best New Year’s Eve events in Dubai, we’ve also put together a number of 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.


Dubai NYE 2019 80s Bash at the QE2

Every year in Dubai, one of the best New Year’s events is hosted by the QE2; this year is no exception. Step back into the 80s, dig out the heels, belted dresses, shoulder pads, dark kohl pencil, and perm your hair if you dare.

2019 New Year’s Eve in Dubai sees QE2 host a two-night party, but this year it’s not just any party, it’s an 80s-themed one!

As well as a sprawling international buffet and more importantly free-flowing drinks, there’ll also be a well-known DJ on the decks, accompanied by a 5-piece band, spinning some of your favourite 80s classics from Michael Jackson to Wham to Cyndi Lauper, and of course Madonna. There will also be kids’ entertainment with a special kids’ buffet, so you can let your hair down and party without having to worry.

Not only this, as soon as the clock strikes midnight, QE2 New Year’s Eve guests will be treated to a prime view of Dubai’s city centre and the Burk Khalifa fireworks display.


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Whether you choose to go 80s glam for your party outfit this New Year or go for a different look, we can assure you that anyone attending this exclusive New Year’s Eve party on the QE2 will be dressed to impress.

Animal prints, much like today, were all the rage in the 80s, which is why we love this Animal Instinct drop shoulder top that can be teamed with a faux leather skirt or coated trousers. The 80s was an era when big hair and big accessories were in, so finish off your New Year’s Eve look with some oversized gold hoops and big hair.


A Midsummer Night’s Dream New Year’s Party at the Manzil Downtown

If an 80s-themed New Year's Eve party in Dubai doesn't take you back far enough in time, a 1600s one surely will. Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is arriving to see in the New Year at the Manzil Downtown. If it’s like any other New Year’s event the well-known Dubai hotel has hosted, it’s going to be an unforgettable night.

The famous Dubai hotel’s courtyard will undergo a massive transformation. Inspired by one of Shakespeare’s most famous romantic comedies, it’s easy to imagine an enchanted magical forest with delicate fairy lights strung throughout the lush foliage.

You’ll be treated to an exquisite spread in the form of a buffet featuring sushi boats and freshly caught seafood, an international DJ, a plethora of live entertainment and much more.


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If you’re looking for New Year’s outfit inspiration for this Shakespearean themed gala, think forest goddesses and nymphs. From fitted bodices to floating layers, it’s a relatively easy and fun theme to dress up for. We adore this Camilla Sweet Escape moulded corset, which will pair beautifully with a long white breezy skirt like the Alessia skirt from Melissa Odabash. Free-flowing hair with a flower fairy crown to channel your inner forest nymph is a must, and to finish off your New Year's Eve party outfit, go barefoot or wear a pair of tie-up Espadrilles for comfort and style.


Family Fun New Year’s Eve at Dubai’s Ras Al Khaimah

For a family New Year’s Eve event in Dubai with a difference, why not head to the Long Beach Campground in Ras Al Khaimah?

When it comes to Dubai and NYE celebrations, there’s no shortage of things to do, even when you have little ones in tow.

Kick-off your New Year’s celebration with a drinks reception before you move on to one of the most impressive barbecue spreads you’ll ever lay your eyes on. From your traditional BBQ fare to exotic grilled seafood dishes to salads from around the world to succulent lamb on a spit, you won’t have to worry about going hungry.

Continue the party and fun at the beach bar, where you’ll have access to unlimited house drinks, live performances, DJs, and of course the obligatory New Year’s countdown. And while you party, the kids will be kept entertained with a magic show and an opportunity to take part in making the world’s longest New Year’s cake.

You can even extend the party and turn it into a mini staycation in one of the many deluxe tents, which come fully equipped with king-sized beds and all the necessary glamping luxuries.


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It’s likely you already have numerous go-to outfits for New Year’s Eve parties and formal occasions, but if you’re planning on going to a beach party in Dubai for New Year’s Eve this year, your party outfit will require a few adjustments, because there’s no denying that heels and sand are a terrible combination. The key to getting the right beach party outfit is to combine comfort, functionality and elegance all in one to create that effortless chic look. This is where kaftans come into play – they’re simple enough, but also super chic and can be easily layered over your swimwear. If you’re going for a more relaxed New Year’s Eve style, go for a shorter one like this lace-up printed silk kaftan from Camilla, and to create that coveted elegant look, a long maxi kaftan is perfect. Simple metallic flat slip-on sandals work well with all New Year’s beach party outfits, as they help you remain both stylish and comfortable. And to finish off your effortless New Year’s beach party outfit, add some long layered beaded necklaces like this Cat Hammill Emerald Journey Necklace.


White Beach, Dubai – A 2019 New Year’s Eve Party with Ne-Yo

Ask people where they would love to spend New Year’s Eve, and you’ll discover that the majority says the beach. So if you’re in Dubai and want to party beachside, head to White Beach, where you’ll be able to ring in the new year with Grammy award-winner Ne-Yo.

With Dubai’s famous skyline and the beach painting the picture-perfect backdrop, you’ll also have the best view of The Palm, Dubai New Year’s Eve fireworks display. This is set to be one of the biggest New Year’s Eve concerts in Dubai this year, so make sure you book your tickets fast.


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For a more unique, but totally chic New Year outfit, flowy trousers are great, especially for an outdoor dance party. If you’re not comfortable wearing shorts, but still want to exude a sense of coolness, opt for a pair of trousers made from a comfortable lightweight fabric like these white crochet pants from Sunseeker, which match perfectly with our cute Sunseeker Oasis Tie Back Crop Top. And when teamed with a pair of chic slides such as these from Feather & Find, you’ll remain comfortable and bang on trend. Forget cute strapless clutch bags and opt for a stylish small cross-body bag that will keep all your belongings safe and still allow you to party – this Pina Ikat bag from Aranaz has both functionality and wow factor.


The Roaring 20s Atlantis, Dubai New Year’s Gala Dinner

It’s time to get your flapper game on and do your best Gatsby and Daisy Buchannan impressions at one of Dubai’s hottest NYE’s parties at the Atlantis.

A party that will rival all others, your roaring 20s evening gala dinner will start with a series of canapés and free-flowing Champagne as you’re entertained with live music and performers, which includes a 30-piece live band that will open the evening entertainment.

Glitzy and glamourous…this Dubai Gala dinner will certainly not disappoint. Feast upon a luxury buffet meal, enjoy the unlimited alcohol on offer, immerse yourself in live cooking stations, and of course, enjoy some of the best NYE fireworks in Dubai.


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The most important thing when it comes to choosing a Gatsby-inspired New Year's outfit is getting it right. Push boundaries and go as glam as you can. Short black floaty dresses, such as this Camilla Restless Nights dress in black, are perfect. Pair it with a 1920s inspired headband and plenty of layered necklaces. Cute kitten heels work well, as do long tassel earrings like these gorgeous ones from Suzywan.


Zero Gravity New Year’s Beach Festival

One of the coolest beach festivals in Dubai this New Year’s Eve is the annual Zero Gravity Beach Party at Dubai Marina. Count down to 2020 in style and dance the night away while enjoying music from some of the biggest names like Jax Jones and Jonas Blue.

Hosted at one of Dubai’s famous beaches, this massive New Year’s event will kick off with a lavish poolside brunch from 1-5pm, where guests will be treated to free-flowing drinks and endless canapés and nibbles. Alternatively, there’s also a VIP all-inclusive gold package that includes unlimited food and beverages right through to 2am.


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Go from brunch to glam by getting ready in one of Zero Gravity’s exclusive fully equipped salon-esque changing rooms. If you’re planning to dance the night away, lightweight playsuits are the way forward. Super chic and easy to wear, the right one can make a bold statement, such as this white fringe halter neck tie playsuit from Indikah that looks great with a pair of simple Espadrilles and layered tassel necklaces.

Be sure to make the most of the complimentary glitter stations to add that extra sparkle to your New Year’s Eve beach party look.


Lotus Mega Yacht Brunch

Iconic and memorable, this is one way to say goodbye to 2019 in Dubai. This New Year's Eve, celebrate onboard one of the biggest commercial luxury yachts in the world - The Lotus Mega Yacht.

Feast upon an award-winning five-star Champagne buffet brunch. With a range of mouth-watering Michelin-star worthy canapés, numerous live interactive cooking stations, an endless salad bar, freshly-prepared main courses and a lot more, this impressive luxury yacht with its 3500 sq ft sun deck guarantees a 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 glamour and classy chic. This is a fun chance to dress up and dance, but getting it right is a must. Cut a stylish figure with a chic breathable maxi dress that will take you from day right through into the night, such as this Lauren Zebra one shoulder dress from Melissa Odabash. 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, add a cute clutch, a pair of tassel statement earrings, and the obligatory oversized sunglasses like these Pared Swallow ones in black and gold.


A Venetian New Year’s Carnival at Roberto’s

For the most magical views of the magnificent fireworks display at the Burj Khalifa, getting tickets to Roberto’s Venetian-themed New Year’s party is a must. Expect an eventful, colourful evening full of New Year cheer and mystique that will transport you back to the romantic Venetian times.

As well as enjoying a fine-dining experience in one of Dubai’s best restaurants for New Year’s Eve, you’ll be served an exquisite selection of food from the four-course menu while being entertained by masked carnival dancers and esteemed international DJs.

A Venetian Carnival with a difference, this 2019-2020 New Year’s Eve party in Dubai is one of the most coveted events and will surely be a night to remember.


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Ancient Venetian outfits were both luxurious and simple. Usually with only one or two colours dominating the look, long ruffled dresses featured amongst the upper class. If you’re going for an authentic look, wear a beautiful plain coloured ruffled dress such as this Marysia Oxford maxi dress or this ViX Lagoon Susan long dress. In Venetian times, it was the stylish accessories that made the outfit, so make sure to complete your look with an embellished mask, heels, a shawl, and gold accessories.


The Roaring 20s Party at the Loft

The Loft at Dubai Opera is a beautiful experiential restaurant with commanding views of the iconic Burj Khalifa. This year it will host another roaring 20s themed party to celebrate the end of 2019.

Step back in time to one of the most glamourous eras in history and make the most of the bottomless gourmet food and drinks that will certainly whet your appetite for an exciting New Year’s Eve party. Some of the timeless dishes that will be served all night long include steak tartar, truffle pizza, pan-roasted sea bream, smoked salmon, braised lamb, and a delectable selection of cheeses and charcuterie.

From DJs to bands to can-can dancers, you can expect to be indulged with some epic entertainment while enjoying some equally amazing views of Dubai’s impressive skyline.


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The Loft’s Roaring 20s NYE party in Dubai is a great excuse to dress up and drape yourself in beads, pearls, feathers, and sequins. To create that old-school Hollywood glam look, this short black Iris bandeau dress by Melissa Odabash is ideal. Team it with seamed stockings, long black gloves, layered necklaces, gold cuff bracelets, a cute beaded purse, some killer heels, and a feather headpiece and boa to create that dazzling Gatsby-inspired party look.


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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