Time Out Bahrain has scoured the earth for the best parties, most happening cities and superlative celebrations in which to scream ‘Happy New Year’.
Around the regionBeirut
One of the few cities in the Middle East to have a fully-fledged nightlife, the brilliant Beirutis party hard every night of the year. And NYE is no exception. Get lost in Beirut’s side streets and the city’s legendary cafe culture, or roll onto the waterfront to join the revellers heralding the new year on the shores of the Mediterranean.
Gulf Air Le Bristol Beirut, www.lebristol-hotel.com.
Dubai might have the best clubs, but Abu Dhabi is the place to head if you are looking for Vegas-style superstar shows. Rihanna with her first ever gig in the Middle East, will be performing on the West Lawn of the opulent Emirates Palace. Tickets aren’t likely to be cheap, and will be on sale soon. And if you’re hanging around the city state, the Capitale World Tennis Championships kick off NYE, featuring Federer and Nadal among others.
Gulf Air Emirates Palace, www.emiratespalace.com.
It’s the Emirate’s glitziest city, but for some reason has rather overlooked New Year’s Eve in recent years. OK, so it let off a shed-load of fireworks in 2008, but authorities here seem undecided about where it should stand when it comes to celebrations. It’s thanks to the city’s diverse venues that it gets included in our list. Not least because one of the world’s best DJs, Armin Van Buuren will be helping revellers ring in the new year at the Dubai World Trade Centre. Tickets should be on sale by the time you read this.
Gulf Air Jumeirah Beach Hotel, www.jumeirah.com.
Across the worldSydney
If you want to be among the first in the world to ring in the new decade, you’ll need to head Down Under. Sydney’s iconic Harbour Bridge is the epicentre of the countdown to the new year, where one of the world’s best firework displays kicks off to celebrate the start of a new year. With the entire city and about 100,000 tourists out to celebrate the new year, expect the Sydney to be alive with revellers.
Emirates, via Dubai The Observatory Hotel, www.observatoryhotel.com.au.
Although Chinese New Year won’t be celebrated until February 14 this year, Hong Kong remains one of Asia’s best cities in which to celebrate on December 31. Book your place early along the waterfront of Tsim Sha Tsui for the harbour fireworks before heading to the Lan Kwai Fong district, where the parties will really kick off.
Cathay Pacific The Peninsula Hong Kong, www.peninsula.com.
As if you needed an excuse to head to one of the most romantic cities in the world, this year lovers and single people alike will have an added incentive to whisk themselves away to the city on water. Under the theme Love 2010, Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to converge on the Piazza San Marco in the city centre for the strike of 12, though visitors should be warned – positioning yourself in the crowd at this point is of huge importance. Celebrations will consist of fireworks, music and one vast communal kiss. So if you fancy snogging in the new year, make sure you stand next to someone you fancy.
Emirates, via Dubai Londra Palace, www.londra.it.
If you fancy Oudjaarsavond (New Year’s Eve) in the greatest small city in the world, you’d better hurry up and book your flights. The city swells in size at the end of each year as the centre turns into one huge street party. Noisy, raucous and in the true spirit of celebration, head down to the Jordaan district where the best music will be playing out of some of the city’s most happening clubs. That’s where you’ll find the editorial team of Time Out Bahrain come NYE2010.
KLM Hotel Pulitzer, www.starwoodhotels.com.
Forget London, it’s the freezing Scottish capital that attracts people in droves at the end of the year. With celebrations over five days (December 29-January 2), there’ll be plenty of time to kit yourself out in a kilt and have a go at a haggis during the Hogmanay celebrations. Since the Edinburgh Street Party is a ticket only event, revellers will have to be pretty quick if they want to ensure their place at the party (tickets can be purchased at www.edinburghshogmanay.com). Madness, Noisettes and the Codeine Velvet Club will be headlining the Concert in the Gardens, while the sound of bagpipes will pierce the heavy skies over Holyrood.
British Airways, via London The Balmoral, Edinburgh, www.thebalmoralhotel.com.
New York’s Times Square is one of the perennial centres of global New Year celebrations, and if it’s your first time in the city then you’ll want to be picking up your Times Square All Access Pass and celebrating in the very centre of the city. Those retuning for their second or third hit want to get up high or find a place on the water, where the magic of New York can really be appreciated. We’d recommend Sequoia at Pier 17, where you can dance the night away watching the city light up with fireworks and lasers.
Etihad, via Abu Dhabi The Four Seasons Hotel, New York, wwwfourseasons.com.
Las Vegas parties hard every night of the year, so it’s no surprise that Sin City is one of the best places on the planet to ring in the New Year. With each of the iconic hotels holding parties that, anywhere else, would be the talk of the town, the recession has done little to abate the city’s enthusiasm for a knees-up. Add 300,000 revellers from around the globe, and Nevada’s desert metropolis is crammed with celebrations.
British Airways, via London Caesar’s Palace, www.caesarspalace.com.
NYE in the neighbourhoodBahrain is not about to take on the world in terms of New Year’s Eve celebrations, but if you aren’t able to get out of the country then you can still kick start the new year in style. We bring you the best of the parties on December 31.
Full Moon Party
If you’ve ever been to Thailand’s Koh Phangan then you’ll know what to expect. Fire jugglers, free party atmosphere, great music.
Al Dar Islands.
Winter Wonderland feat. Housexy with Richard Murray
The brainchild of the Ministry of Sound, Housexy’s roaming resident DJ Richard Murray breaks the beats beachside.
Coral Beach Club, Call 39 649 590.
Hogmanay scramble and dinner
If you’re a member or a guest of one, tee off at the traditional Hogmanay scramble before spending the evening in elegant surroundings having a NYE dinner at their restaurant Links.
Royal Golf Club, Call 17 750 777.
Hydrothermal Garden Party
One of the more interesting events this New Year’s Eve, the Banyan Tree Al Areen will be opening its legendary hydrothermal Garden for a gala buffet. Tickets cost BD90.
Banyan Tree Al Areen, Call 17 845 000.
You don’t have to be a Spanish to enjoy the fist great salsa night of the new year.
Casa Bar, Mercure Grand Hotel, Seef, Call 39 799 020.
New Year’s Eve Dinner & Dance
If it’s refined elegance you’re after, then you’ll probably want to book into The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain’s festive buffet and grand countdown in the ballroom.
The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain, Call 17 586 499.
NYE 60s Style
To celebrate the new decade, the Crowne Plaza is rewinding half a century with a 1960s themed night replete with buffet and live entertainment.
Crowne Plaza, Bahrain, Call 17 531 122.