The best New Year’s Eve feasts in Abu Dhabi

How to celebrate December 31, from gala dinners to brilliant buffets

The best New Year’s Eve feasts in Abu Dhabi

55&5th, The Grill
This Manhattan styled venue is hosting a four-course set menu complete with premium steaks on New Year’s Eve. There’s a pianist to accompany the food. 
Dhs1,000 (with grape pairing). 7pm-11pm. The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi (02 498 8888).

99 Sushi Bar & Restaurant
Enjoy a selection of Japanese fare across nine courses at this brilliant restaurant. The terrace is a great spot to watch the fireworks afterwards.
Dhs999 (premium beverages). 8pm-midnight. The Galleria, Al Maryah Island (02 672 3333).

Afya
Join in the celebrations at this beachside barbecue out on the terrace. Live entertainment and views of the fireworks are included on the night.
Dhs355 (food only). From 7pm. Traders Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri (02 509 8555).

Amerigo’s Mexican Bar & Restaurant
Head to this poolside venue and join the Mexican street food party on New Year’s Eve. Music and views of the fireworks included.
Dhs320 (soft drinks), Dhs520 (house beverages), Dhs125 (kids aged six-11). 7pm-11pm. Park Inn Abu Dhabi, Yas Island (02 656 2000).

Aqua
The all-day restaurant is hosting a Blue and Silver Affair on New Year’s Eve with great views of Al Maryah Island fireworks and festivities.
Dhs755 (soft drinks), Dhs955 (sparkling), Dhs355 (kids aged six-12). 7.30pm-11.30pm. Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 813 5520).

Assymetri
On New Year’s Eve, Assymetri will take you on a Polynesian journey with an all-you-can-eat buffet. There’s an option to dine al fresco, too.
Dhs390 (soft drinks), Dhs590 (house beverages), Dhs125 (kids aged six-11). 7pm-11pm. Radisson Blu Hotel Abu Dhabi, Yas Island (02 656 2000).

Avasa, The Indian Kitchen
On December 31, Avasa is hosting a special New Year’s Eve dinner with a variety of Indian cuisine available. You will also get a complimentary drink on arrival and can choose from a soft drink package or go for house beverages.
Dhs199 (soft drinks), Dhs249 (house beverages). 7pm-midnight. The Collection at The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi (02 674 2221).

Azura Panoramic Lounge
Celebrate New Year’s Eve across three levels by the sea with a buffet and drinks and watch the fireworks at midnight. You won’t find many better views than this.
Dhs490 (house beverages), half price (kids under 12). 7pm-3am. The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Nation Towers, Corniche West (02 694 4553)

Barfly by Buddha-Bar
The Asian-influenced party bar and restaurant is hosting a big barbecue to celebrate New Year’s Eve, complete with DJ Montana on the decks and fireworks at midnight.
Indoor seating: Dhs595 (soft drinks), Dhs695 (house beverages), Outdoor seating: Dhs695 (soft drinks), Dhs795 (house beverages). 8pm-1am. Venetian Village, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal (02 404 1940).

BBQ Al Qasr
Enjoy seven courses under the stars at this beachfront restaurant. Incredible views of the fireworks are guaranteed when the clock strikes midnight.
Dhs1,250 (soft drinks, plus a glass of bubbly), Dhs1,450 (a bottle of bubbly per couple). 7pm-midnight. Emirates Palace, West Corniche (02 690 7999).

Belgian Café Abu Dhabi
There’s an ’80s-themed New Year’s Eve bash out on the terrace at this excellent bar, complete with a three-course set menu or sharing platters.
Dhs250 (house beverages and nibbles from 10pm onwards), Dhs500 (three-courses, house beverages), Dhs99 (kids aged seven-12, set menu and soft drinks). 7pm-2am. InterContinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street (800 423 463).

Benihana
Celebrate the start of 2019 with a variety of American-Japanese dishes at this live Teppanyaki cooking experience, filled with flames, sushi and makimono delights.
Dhs220 (four-course set menu with soft drinks). 6pm-11.30pm. Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah (02 697 9011).

BiCE
Ring in the New Year with Chef Delfino who will create special Italian dishes for the occasion. Choose between three or four courses. Great views over the pool included.
Dhs400 (three courses), Dhs500 (four courses, a glass of bubbly), half price discount (kids aged five-12), free (kids under four). From 8pm. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Corniche West (02 811 5666).

Bord Eau
A New Year’s Eve dinner featuring eight courses of French delicacies. Dine indoors, or al fresco on the terrace for stunning water views and of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
Dhs1,030 (food only). 7pm-11pm. Shangri-La Hotel Abu Dhabi, Qaryat Al Beri (02 509 8555).

Bocca
A five-course dinner filled with dishes such as tuna tartare, beef medallions and cocoa streussel for dessert.
Dhs499. From 7pm Hilton Abu Dhabi, Corniche Road West (02 692 4247).

Bravo Spanish Tapas Bar & Restaurant
On New Year’s Eve, this Spanish venue is throwing an all-you-can-eat party with a wide selection of tapas and paella dishes available. There’s going to be fun live music, too.
Dhs390 (buffet and house beverages). 8pm-11pm. Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel
& Resort, Corniche Road East (02 677 3333).

Byblos Sur Mer
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at this brilliant Lebanese spot and take in the water views of the hotel’s marina. Entertainment throughout the night includes live music, singers and belly dancers. You can pay for a set menu with free-flowing drinks if you want. A classy New Year.
Dhs275 (lounge seating), Dhs425 (terrace seating), Dhs900 (set menu and house beverages), Dhs1,200 (set menu and premium beverages). 8pm-2am. InterContinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aaziz Al Saud Street (02 666 6888).

c.taste
Enjoy a New Year’s Eve buffet at this casual international dining spot. A DJ will be spinning beats from 6pm onwards.
Dhs160 (soft drinks), Dhs199 (house beverages). From 6pm. Centro Capital Centre, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street
(02 409 6512).

Café Palmier
Join in the celebrations at this fun New Year’s Eve party. Enjoy a glamorous brunch with live entertainment and access to the outdoor countdown party.
Dhs275 (soft drinks), Dhs375 (house beverages), Dhs425 (premium and sparkling), Dhs495 (bubbly), Dhs100 (kids aged seven-12), free (kids under six). 8pm-11pm. Le Royal Méridien, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Street (02 695 0413).

Casa Romana
A special four-course New Year’s Eve dinner featuring a variety of International cuisine.
Dhs275 (four courses). Call for timings. Hilton Al Ain, Al Sarooj District,  Al Ain (03 768 6666).

Chamas
The all-you-can-eat Brazilian restaurant is throwing a Rio Carnival themed party on December 31. Live music from the venue’s Latin band will get you on your feet
Dhs654 (house beverages). From 8pm. InterContinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street (02 666 6888).

Cho Gao
Experience a culinary journey through Asia with a five-course menu offering signature dishes including handmade har gao and sui mai dim sums, to a Thai-style masaman curry. This is going to be brilliant.
Dhs199 (soft beverages), Dhs299 (house beverages). 7pm-11pm, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Hamdan bin Mohammed Street (02 616 6149).

Cho Gao Marina Walk
Spend New Year’s Eve enjoying a host of pan-Asian dishes, a wide selection of beverages and views across the marina.
Dhs450 (soft drinks), Dhs550 (house beverages). 8pm-2am. InterContinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street (02 666 6888).

Choice Cut
The steakhouse is serving a five-course set menu paired with a glass of sparkling per course. Add a bottle of bubbly for Dhs699.
Dhs199 (sparkling). Mon Dec 31 6.30pm-1am. Novotel Abu Dhabi Al Bustan, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Street (02 501 6444).

Circo
Dine indoors or al fresco at this classy Italian eatery and enjoy a special five-course menu on New Year’s Eve. Plus there’s 50 percent off selected bottles.
Dhs375 (soft beverages), Dhs475 (with one bottle of bubbly). 7pm-1am. InterContinental Abu Dhabi, King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street (02 666 6888).

Cipriani
Feast on Italian dishes and take in the views across Yas Marina. There’s a live band followed by a DJ and fireworks later.
Various prices. 6pm-2am. Yas Marina, Yas Island (02 657 5400).

Corniche All Day Dining
Tuck into a feast of dishes from around the world on December 31 at this casual restaurant. A welcome drink and live entertainment is included.
Dhs345 (soft drinks), Dhs425 (house beverages). 8pm-midnight. Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, Corniche Road East (02 813 7777).

CuiScene
A brilliant spread of food including seafood, foie gras, sushi paella and more. Access to the Chameleon Terrace for the fireworks is included.
Dhs599 (soft drinks), Dhs789 (sparkling), Dhs969 (bubbly), Dhs299 (kids aged six-12). 8pm-11.30pm. Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Khor Al Maqta (02 654 3238).

Dai Pai Dong
The gala Yum Cha brunch includes hot and cold stations, soups, grills, dim sum and more. You’ll have access to the Al Maryah promenade celebrations, too.
Dhs388 (mixed drinks), Dhs588 (premium beverages), Dhs195 (kids aged six-12). 7.30pm-11.30pm. Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 813 5520).

Dino’s Bistro Italiano
Tuck into five-courses of rustic Italian cuisine at this fun, welcoming and casual venue. The food will be accompanied by live music and a cracking party atmosphere to celebrate.
Dhs250 (house beverages). 6pm-midnight. Pearl Rotana Capital Centre, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Street (02 307 5591).

El Sombrero
A massive Mexican party with all-you-can-eat food and free-flowing drinks accompanied by the venue’s Latin band.
Dhs530 (house beverages). 8pm-11pm. Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, Corniche Road East (02 677 3333).

Essence
Start your New Year’s Eve tasting a variety of international dishes in an Arabesque setting.
Dhs450 (soft rinks), Dhs550 (house beverages), Dhs220 (kids aged six-12). 7pm-10.30pm. Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah (02 697 9011).

Fairways
A gala dinner to celebrate the start of 2019. Enjoy live cooking stations with a range of International cuisine and a varied drinks menu, plus live entertainment included. You can also get a package with access to the after-party at Lemon & Lime.

Finz
Celebrate the New Year with a variety of seafood dishes at this scenic spot. Great outdoor venue offering impressive city and sea views. There’s a six-course menu with a welcome drink and tea or coffee and you can add paired beverages for an additional Dhs450. 
Dhs750, Dhs450 (for paired beverages). 7pm-11.30pm. Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah,
(02 697 9011).

Flavours
If you’re in Al Ain, head here to taste a variety of international dishes at this gala buffet on December 31 to celebrate the countdown to the New Year.
Dhs190 (soft drinks), Dhs240 (house beverages). 8pm-3am. Hilton Al Ain, Al Sarooj District, Al Ain (03 768 6666).

Frangipani
This island retreat is hosting an International buffet, live music and lantern lighting at midnight. Views of the fireworks will be good from here. 
Dhs1,650 (bubbly). 8pm-1am. Zaya Nurai Island, Abu Dhabi (02 506 6222).

Frankie’s Italian Restaurant & Bar
An Italian-style four-course set menu accompanied by a live pianist. Access to the Chameleon Terrace for the fireworks is included.
Dhs499 (four-course set menu and glass of bubbly), Dhs199 (sparkling and grape). 7pm-11.30pm. Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Khor Al Maqta (02 654 3238).

Giornotte
The huge restaurant is having a big party to ring in the New Year with a Mediterranean-inspired buffet. Dine indoors or outdoors and enjoy live entertainment plus watch the fireworks at midnight.
Dhs1,195 (house beverages), 8pm-2am. The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta (02 818 8282).

Grills@Chill’O
This poolside restaurant is hosting a four-course set menu with a welcome drink and live music included. The al fresco venue should be a good spot for firework watching.
Dhs295 (soft drinks), Dhs365 (house beverages). 8pm-midnight. Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, Corniche Road East (02 813 7777).

Hakkasan
Signature Chinese dishes and DJ Kristina will set the mood on New Year’s Eve. Afterwards head to the rear of the hotel and watch one of the city’s biggest firework displays.
Dhs648 (soft drinks), Dhs748 (welcome drink and house beverages). 7pm-midnight. Emirates Palace, West Corniche (02 690 7739).

Hiltonia Beach Garden
Toast the beginning of 2019 at this outdoor fine dining gala dinner with live entertainment.
Dhs550 (buffet), Dhs750 (house beverages). from 7pm. Hiltonia Beach Garden, Hilton Abu Dhabi, Corniche Road West (02 681 1900).

Hoi An
A special five-course set menu featuring specialities from across Vietnam.
Dhs480 (food only). 7pm-11pm. Shangri-La Hotel Abu Dhabi, Qaryat Al Beri (02 509 8555).

Indigo
Savour Indian flavours at this buffet night, or, if you prefer, opt for a set menu, which features a variety of dishes such as flavourful biryani, kebabs and chaat.
Dhs375 (five-course set menu, soft drinks), Dhs485 (five-course set menu, house beverages). 7pm-11.30pm. Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah (02 697 9011).

Jazz Bar & Dining
Ring in 2019 with entertainment by resident band, Blakk Velvet, plus a four-course meal.
Dhs750 (per couple, bottle of bubbly). 8pm-midnight. Hilton Abu Dhabi, Corniche Road West (02 692 4247).

JW Steakhouse
Ring in 2019 with a vast choice of signature steaks and a varied drinks menu at this award-winning relaxed downtown steakhouse.
Dhs445 (food only), Dhs595 (with grape pairing). From 6pm. Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street (02 304 7777).

Kuzbara
A buffet of Middle Eastern, Asian and Mediterranean dishes is on offer at this classy all-day international venue.
Dhs163 (food only), Dhs272 (house beverages), Dhs82 (kids aged six–11), free (kids under six). 6.30pm-11pm. Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Street (02 304 7777).

Kwality Royal Orchid
Royal Orchid has joined forces with Kwality Restaurant to deliver a brilliant feast of Indian and Asian favourites. Enjoy a fusion buffee of classic such as butter chicken and Thai green curry.
Dhs110 plus VAT (adults), Dhs55 plus VAT (kids), free (kids below six). Behind Union National Bank off Salam Street, Abu Dhabi (02 6779911).

La Brasserie
Enjoy a French-style buffet with some cool drinks and the chef’s signature dishes.
Dhs295 (soft drinks), Dhs395 (house beverages), half price (kids aged six-12). 8pm-12.30am. Venetian Village, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta (02 404 1940).

La Mamma
Celebrate the last day of the year Italian-style with a feast of homely dishes across a five-course menu. A jazz band will be performing, too. 
Dhs375 (five-course dinner). 8pm-11pm. Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort, Corniche Road East, (02 677 3333).

La Piazza
Take a culinary journey around this Italian buffet and enjoy a variety of drinks packages on December 31.
Dhs175 (soft drinks), Dhs275 (house beverages). 7pm-midnight. Holiday Inn Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed the First Street (02 615 6666).

Latest Recipe
A New Year’s Eve buffet of International cuisine, featuring an array of fine seafood and delicious desserts.
Dhs495 (soft drinks), Dhs649 (bubbly), Dhs245 (kids aged six-12), free (kids under six). 8pm-1am. Le Méridien Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah (02 644 6666).

Le Vendome
Celebrate the New Year at this international buffet featuring dishes from across the Middle East and further afield. Sea and marina views are available, plus a firework display at midnight.
Dhs450 (soft rinks), Dhs600 (house beverages), Dhs700 (house beverages and one bottle of bubbly per couple). 7pm-midnight. Emirates Palace, West Corniche (02 690 7999).

Li Beirut
Savour a variety of Lebanese dishes and celebrate the coming of the New Year with a special menu. Access to the pool deck party is included.
Advanced payment of Dhs250 per table required. From 7pm. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Corniche West (02 811 5666).

Li Jiang
Enjoy a set menu filled with specialties from around Asia and enjoy stunning views of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Afterwards join in the party at Giornotte with live music, dancing and fireworks.
Dhs695 (house beverages). 8pm-2am. The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta (02 818 8282).

Lobby Lounge
See in 2019 in the comfort of the Lobby Lounge under the hotel’s stunning glass roof, and enjoy a variety of food and beverage options.
Dhs1, 815 (minimum spend). From 7pm. Shangri-La Hotel Abu Dhabi, Qaryat Al Beri (02 509 8555).

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill
A British-style five-course set menu at the celebrity chef’s steakhouse. Access to the Chameleon Terrace for the fireworks is included.
Dhs699 (five-course set menu and glass of bubbly), Dhs249 (grape pairings). 7pm-11.30pm. Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Khor Al Maqta (02 654 3238).

Maison Beirut
A Lebanese-style New Year, with a great atmosphere, set menu of hot and cold mezze and a meat and seafood mixed grill, with an Arabic singer and belly dancer.
Dhs599 (set menu and soft drinks). 10pm-3.30am. Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Khor Al Maqta (02 654 3238).

Market Kitchen
Savour an all-American four-course feast and free-flowing beverages on New Year’s Eve. Classic dishes and a relaxed atmosphere guaranteed.
Dhs199 (food only), Dhs399 (house beverages), Dhs499 (bubbly). 7pm-11pm. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Street (800 101 101).

Mezzaluna
Take in beach views as you dine al fresco with a five-course Italian set menu.
Dhs750 (soft drinks), Dhs900 (house beverages). 7pm-midnight. Emirates Palace, West Corniche (02 690 7999).

Mijana
This contemporary Middle Eastern eatery is offering a feast of local and Lebanese dishes on New Year’s Eve. Outdoor dining is available and there’ll be lively Arabic music.
Dhs250 (minimum spend per person). 8pm-midnight, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta (02 818 8282).

Mr Miyagi’s
Tuck into a Thai inspired five-course meal with three and a half hours of free flowing drinks, plus live entertainment at this fun and funky new venue.
Dhs190 (soft drinks), Dhs290 (house beverages), Dhs390 (premium beverages). Call for timings. Yas Marina, Yas Island (050 797 0742).

Nahaam
A three-course dinner offering a variety of dishes next to the pool. The New Year celebrations will continue with a pool deck party afterwards.
Dhs425 (one glass of bubbly), half price (kids aged five-12), free (kids under four). From 8pm. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Corniche West (02 811 5666).

Origins
Ring in the New Year on Yas Island with a stylish brunch at Origins. There will be live stations serving food from around the world, a DJ playing party classics and excellent drinks packages. There are great views over the track, too.
Dhs395 (soft drinks), Dhs475 (house beverages), Dhs625 (bubbly), free (kids under 12). 5pm-1am. Yas Hotel Abu Dhabi, Yas Island (02 656 0600).

Pappagallo
An Italian-inspired six-course menu to celebrate the New Year. Dine indoors or al fresco with lush garden views.
Dhs325 (soft drinks), Dhs449 (premium beverages), Dhs160 (kids aged six-12). 8pm-11pm. Le Méridien Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah (02 644 6666).

Parmigiana
Say goodbye to 2018 at this Italian restaurant and feast your way through a four-course set menu. Enjoy views of the Corniche and maybe a firework or two at midnight.
Dhs225 (soft beverages), Dhs295 (house beverages). 8pm-midnight. Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, Corniche Road East (02 813 7777).

Pearl Lounge
The Pearls and Bubbles New Year’s Eve party offers live cooking stations with fresh seafood, bubbly and music.
Dhs250 (two glasses of bubbly), Dhs700 (soft drinks), Dhs1,100 (bubbly). 8pm-3am. Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Residence Emirates Pearl, West Corniche (02 510 1234).

Pepper Restaurant
A buffet from around the world is planned, with dishes including beef wellington. 
Dhs140 (food only), Dhs125 (house beverage package), half price (kids aged six-12), free (kids under six). 7pm-11am. Novotel Abu Dhabi Al Bustan, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Street (02 501 6444).

Prego’s
Enjoy an Italian buffet or set menu to see in the New Year. Dine on the terrace and soak in the views overlooking the beach and hotel gardens.
Dhs250 (minimum spend for à la carte menu). 7pm-11.30pm. Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah (02 697 9011).

Ray’s Grill
Enjoy a four-course feast of premium cuts at this superb 63rd floor steakhouse. As well as impressive views of the city’s fireworks at midnight, there’s access to Ray’s Bar and the hotel’s pool party included in the price.
Dhs900 (one glass of bubbly). From 8pm. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Corniche West (02 811 5666).

Regal Ballroom
A Great Gatsby-themed dinner party with an international menu, live music from a DJ and ten piece band, plus fireworks at midnight.
Dhs1,950 (house beverages), Dhs725 (kids aged six to 12), free (kids under six). From 8pm. The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi (02 498 8888).

Roberto’s
Enjoy an Italian dinner with live entertainment including dancers, a DJ and an illusionist. Indoor and outdoor seating available, plus after-party option in The Lounge.
Dhs750 (minimum spend per person, restaurant seating), Dhs1,000 (minimum spend per person, terrace seating). 7pm-11pm. Beneath Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 813 5550).

Rodeo Grill
If steak is your thing, the Rodeo Grill is hosting a special buffet and set menu on New Year’s Eve. The menu includes everything from prime aged beef to shellfish.
Dhs590 (soft drinks). 7pm-11.30pm, Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah (02 697 9011).

Rosewater
Dine under the stars and enjoy a variety of international cuisine, before joining the pool deck party to celebrate the start of 2019.
Dhs595 (soft drinks), Dhs795 (house beverages), half price (kids aged five-12), free (kids under four). From 7pm. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Corniche West (02 811 5666).

Sacci
Welcome the New Year at this authentic Italian eatery and enjoy an à la carte menu.
Various prices. From 6pm. The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa, Sas Al Nakhl (02 616 9999).

Sambusek
Enjoy a taste of the Levant at this superb Middle Eastern restaurant. Expect live entertainment, belly dancers and top views of the fireworks.
Dhs755 (soft drinks), Dhs955 (sparkling), Dhs355 (kids aged six-12). 7.30pm-11.30pm. Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Maryah Island (02 813 5520).

Sayad
This seafood venue is hosting a five-course set menu on December 31, with impressive sea views from the terrace.
Dhs750 (soft drinks), Dhs900 (house beverages). 7pm-midnight. Emirates Palace, West Corniche (02 690 7999).

Sim Sim & Turtle Bay Bar & Grill
Dine inside or al fresco with great beach and garden views and enjoy a variety of International delicacies. An after-party option is available too if you just don’t want to go home early.
Dhs650 (soft drinks), Dhs850 (house beverages), Dhs1,050 (VIP lounge access, bubbly and premium beverages). All packages include dinner and 20 percent  discount to the after-party in Hamilton’s Gastropub. 8pm-midnight. Saadiyat Rotana Resort & Villas, Saadiyat Island, (02 697 0000).

Sofra bld
A WonderBrunch on New Year’s Eve, featuring an all-inclusive dining package, topped off with live acts and a fireworks display.
Dhs730 (food only). From 7pm. Shangri-La Hotel Abu Dhabi, Qaryat Al Beri (02 509 8555).

Shang Palace
Enjoy New Year’s Eve with seven courses of Cantonese favourites in this traditional Chinese-inspired venue.
Dhs480 (food only). 7pm-11pm. Shangri-La Hotel, Abu Dhabi, Qaryat Al Beri (02 509 8555).

Spaccanapoli
Five-courses featuring smoked salmon Carpaccio, pink pepper and raspberry vinaigrette, plus Italian-style scallops.
Dhs199 (soft drinks), Dhs299 (house beverages). 6pm-11pm, Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi, Hamdan bin Mohammed Street (02 616 6261).

Stratos
Get dressed up for a Great Gatsby-themed party on December 31 and enjoy live music and 360-degree views of the city in the capital’s only revolving venue. There’s also an after party with DJ until 3am.
Dhs400 (supper club menu, house beverages), Dhs499 (three-course dinner, house beverages and a glass of bubbly on arrival). Dhs500 (after party). 7pm-9.30pm. Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Street (02 695 0490).

The Forge
Savour a five-course feast from a special New Year’s set menu. Later head to Giornotte to party and enjoy views of the fireworks as the clock strikes 12.
Dhs1,250 (house beverages). 8pm-midnight. The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta
(02 818 8282).

The Foundry
Bid farewell to 2018 and feast your way around this international buffet on December 31. This steakhouse boasts a relaxed atmosphere and has excellent service and some brilliant food.
Dhs450 (soft drinks), Dhs550 (house beverages), Dhs650 (bubbly), Dhs99 (kids aged six-12), free (kids under six). 7pm-11pm. Southern Sun Hotel, Al Mina Street, Al Zahiya (02 818 4888).

The Garden
Enjoy a selection of international cuisine including seafood and roast cuts, plus live entertainment featuring a DJ and belly dancing.
Dhs275 (soft drinks), Dhs375 (house beverages). From 7pm. Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi,  Hamdan bin Mohammed Street (02 616 6838).

The Scene
To celebrate New Year’s Eve, a mix of signature dishes on an à la carte menu will be available. There’s great views across the Yas Marina and a fireworks display at midnight.
Various prices. Mon Dec 31. Call for timings. Yas Marina, Yas Island (050 797 0331).

The Sportsman’s Arms
This family-friendly Irish-American gastro pub is hosting an evening brunch of international dishes, an outdoor barbecue and a live band.
Dhs225 (soft drinks), Dhs295 (house beverages), Dhs355 (bubbly). 8pm-midnight. International Tennis Centre, Zayed Sports City (02 447 1066).

The Terrace on the Corniche
Spend the last few hours of 2018 at this super international restaurant, enjoying a buffet and free flowing drinks.
Dhs350 (soft drinks), Dhs490 (house beverages), Dhs650 (bubbly). 7pm-1am. The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Nation Towers (02 694 4553).

Todd English’s Olives
Experience a range of Mediterranean dishes on December 31 and enjoy canal views from the outdoor area. The resident DJ will be spinning the beats until late.
Dhs395 (soft drinks), Dhs495 (house beverages). 7pm-1am. Venetian Village, The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Khor Al Maqta (02 404 1940).

Tori No Su
Celebrate at this Japanese restaurant with dishes prepared by chef Ando Takashi.Once it’s over you can enjoy the pool deck party.
Advanced payment of Dhs250 per table required. From 7pm. Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Corniche West (02 811 5666).

Trader Vic’s
The Polynesian bar will be hosting a Moulin Rouge-themed party with a prize for the best dressed. Enjoy upbeat music, super food and flaming, fruity tropical drinks.
Dhs150 (two drinks), Dhs250 (minimum spend per person for à la carte menu), Dhs300 (unlimited house beverages and canapés), Dhs300 (five-course set menu). 6pm-midnight. Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah (02 697 9011).

Urban Kitchen
On December 31 this contemporary venue is hosting an international buffet featuring live cooking stations and classic dishes from around the world.
Dhs280 (soft drinks). 7pm-midnight. Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi, Sultan bin Zayed the First Street (02 698 8137).

Vasco’s
Enjoy a five-course Mediterranean dinner featuring dishes such as foie grass terrine, slow cooked wagyu steak, Canadian lobster and desserts including a raspberry chocolate mousse.
Dhs499 (food only). From 7pm. Hilton Abu Dhabi, Corniche Road West (02 692 4247).

Verso
This charming venue is hosting a New Year’s Eve Supper Club experience. Live cooking stations will take your taste buds on a tour around Italy.
Dhs580 (soft drinks), Dhs780 (bubbly), half price (kids under 12), free (kids under six). From 8pm. Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Residence Emirates Pearl, West Corniche (02 510 1234).

Villa Toscana
Ring in 2019 with an all-you-can-eat buffet filled with classic dishes from Tuscany, and enjoy free flowing drinks.
Dhs550 (soft drinks), Dhs780 (house beverages). 7pm-2am. The St. Regis Abu Dhabi, Nation Towers (02 694 4553).

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