Well what a different way we will be ringing in those first few moments of 2021 compared to 2020.
Abu Dhabi, unlike neighbouring Dubai, has kept entertainment and events low key since coming out of COVID lockdown earlier in 2020. There will still be plenty of opportunities to countdown to New Year 2021 in the UAE capital, but be aware these will be smaller celebrations than usual with social distancing in place, maximum tables of four at any venue (unless rules change on 24 December – TBC)
Please be aware of ongoing restrictions flying into Abu Dhabi from overseas or visiting from any of the neighbouring Emirates. Current restrictions can be found here.
Dining & New Years Eve Events Abu Dhabi 2021
Here’s where you can join with a small group to celebrate New Years 2020-21 in Abu Dhabi:
Oak Room Rock & Rolla, Abu Dhabi EDITION
Ring in New Year 2021 with an epicurean journey including Wagyu beef, scallops, oysters and more from Michelin star chef Tom Aikens in a British themed rock ‘n’ roll evening with bubbles & mixology. (There are also events on at the Alba Terrace outside and the ANNEX)
Where: EDITION Hotel, Al Bateen Marina
When: 31 December between 7:00 PM and 2:00 AM (Max 4 hour sitting)
Pricing: 598AED soft packages or 798 AED with bubbles.
COYA, Four Seasons
Always known for hosting some of the most glittering and exciting party events in the capital, New Years 2021 will be no exception with this dress to impress event. COYA signature dishes will be served all evening from an a la carte menu of Peruvian favourites while you bring in the new year with a little glitz and sparkle while offering some of Abu Dhabi’s best cityscape views.
Where: COYA, Four Seasons at the Galleria, Al Maryah Island
When: 31 December from 7:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Pricing: 800 AED minimum spend pp in the lounge and restaurant, 1,200 AED minimum spend pp on the terrace.
Nahaam, Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers
Offering a poolside celebration this New Year, Nahaam will be presenting a selection of dishes from across Conrad’s award-winning restaurants with free-flowing beverages and fireworks views.
Where: Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers, West Corniche
When: 31 December 2020 from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Pricing: From 550 AED soft packages through to bubbly packages 850 AED
Catch, St Regis Abu Dhabi
A waterfront favourite will be serving up a 6-course feast on New Year’s Eve accompanied by free-flowing beverages and Corniche firework views.
Where: St Regis Abu Dhabi, Corniche
When: 32 December 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Pricing: 550 AED soft package through to bubbly packages 950 AED
Saadiyat Beach Club Gala Dinner
Enjoy the soft sandy shores of Saadiyat this new year with a family-friendly affair to bring in 2021. An international menu with unlimited beverages and live entertainment at this exclusive beachside club.
Where: Saadiyat Beach Club, Saadiyat Island
When: 31 December 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Pricing: From 599 AED soft packages (kids 199 AAED) through to premium packages 899 AED
Hakkasan, Emirates Palace
Always a memorable night out, the delectable Hakkasan New Year’s menu promises a modern twist from wok-seared lobster to Peking duck salad and Chilean seabass.
Where: Hakkasan, Emirates Palace, West Corniche
When: 31 December 6:00 Pm to 12:00 AM
Pricing: From 688 for soft packages
Masquerade at Shangri-La Hotel
A bubbly and lavish affair promising buffet before dancing into the New Year 2021 with fireworks over the Grand Canal and the Mosque.
Where: Sofra BLD, Shangri-La, Qaryat Al Beri, Khor An Maqta
When: 31 December from 7pm
Pricing: From 599 AED soft packages through to 699 AED house packages or check out their overnight packages from 1,465 AED per couple
Ingredients Gala Dinner Anantara
Enjoy a Gala Dinner at Ingredients with Parisian band Swing Deluxe, then swing by the Pool Deck for free-flowing beverages to enjoy an exclusive countdown and fireworks visible from Al Reem under the stars.
Where: Anantara, Eastern Mangroves
When: 31 December 8:00 Pm to 3:30AM
Pricing: From for soft packages 499 AED, through to overnight packages including a bubbly breakfast from 2021 AED
Stars N Bars Yas Island
The laid back American affair Stars N Bars is always a winner for any casual and fun celebration in Abu Dhabi. Based in the chic Yas Marina, wave farewell to 2020 and hello 2021 with freeflow beverages and a 3-course a la carte menu with fireworks on offer in Yas Marina.
Where: Stars N Bars, Yas Marina, Yas Island
When: 31 December from 9:00 PM until late
Pricing: Packages start from 249 AED
Barfly by Buddha Bar
Asian dishes and free-flowing bevvies at our favourite Grand Canal venue. Enjoy DJ Mountana spinning out the hits as you countdown to the New Year.
Where: Barfly by Buddha Bar, Venetian Village, Ritz Carlton, Al Maqta
When: 31 December from 8:00 PM to 12:30 AM
Pricing: From 595 AED soft packages to 795 AED house drinks
Caviar and bellinis served with prime rib and a salmon carvery along with access to the grape and cheese vault! Live entertainment and fine dining with free-flowing bevvies Foundry always aim to impress on the culinary front; Abu Dhabi fine dining at reasonable pricing and a great ambience.
Where: The Foundry, Southern Sun, Al Zahiyah
When: 31 December from 8:00 PM to midnight
Pricing: From 295 AED for soft packages through to 795 AED with French bubbles
Frangipanni Disco Night, Zaya Nurai Island
Perhaps the most exclusive of New Year events will be happening offshore with free-flowing beverages, a live band as well as DJ afterparty at the New Year Gala Dinner and Disco Night.
Where: Zaya Nurai Island (depart from the Zaya Narai wecome centre, Saadiyat Island)
When: 31 December from 8:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Pricing: From 1,100 AED soft packages through to 1,650 AED house beverages.
Abu Dhabi Fireworks on New Year’s Eve 2020-21
Residents are still being encouraged to enjoy these events virtually from home to prevent crowding, however, we are lead to belive some public fireworks are still on the cards for midnight, to take place at:
- Abu Dhabi Corniche
- Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival, Al Wathba
- Grand Canal Al Maqta
- Yas Island
- Reem Island (TBC)
- Emirates Palace (TBC)
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