Break out your comedy hats and sunglasses, partygoers: the big night is upon us. Prepare yourselves for the biggest, best evening of the year as we usher in 2010. Except that kind of pressure is the main problem with New Year's Eve, isn't it? No matter what you decide to do, a small part of you may just be wondering if somewhere else other people are having a better, crazier, more celebratory evening than you. Which explains why so many of us hedge our bets until the last minute on New Year's Eve.
If you're one of those, look no further. There are plenty of hotel deals about. There are several high-profile DJs in the country this evening, or if you simply feel like sitting with friends or family over a meal you are well-catered-for, too. Prices are per person unless otherwise stated.
Where? Emirates Palace Why go? Because Rihanna will be ripping up the stage, performing hits such as Umbrella and Disturbia alongside material from her new album, Rated R. There's a solid aftershow line-up too. How much? Tickets from Dh295. Kick off: 8pm. Where? Yas Hotel Why go? There's a reasonable offer that lets you stay in this new hotel for the night, including brunch tomorrow and late checkout at 6pm. How much? From Dh719. Kick off: check in from 2pm today. Where? Radisson Blu Yas Island Why go? To party by the pool where you will be served dinner before moving inside for the Underground Garage Party with the DJ Martin Damen.
How much? From Dh1,590 per couple, including a hotel room. Kick off: check-in from 2pm. Where? The Shangri-La Why go? Because Pearls and Caviar is offering a reception alongside an oyster bar before a six-course dinner, from which you can look out at the midnight fireworks. How much? Dh1,500. Kick off: 7pm. Where? Hilton Corniche Why go? The Hilton is giving a gala dinner buffet in the Liwa Ballroom featuring roast bison, goose, bouillabaisse, Peking duck and other culinary nuggets.
How much? Dh650. Kick off: from 7.30pm. Where? Fairmont Bab al Bahr Why go? Because the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse and Grill is trotting out a six-course set menu, which includes duckling foie gras, grilled Wagyu tenderloin and Valrhona chocolate pudding. How much? Dh1,599. Kick off: tables available from 7pm. Where? Crowne Plaza Yas Island Why go? An overnight package for two includes a buffet dinner and breakfast tomorrow morning in the Jing Asia restaurant, plus tickets to the bash tonight in Stills, its Belgian Beer Cafe equivalent.
How much? From Dh1,300. Kick off: check-in from 2pm. Where? Beach Rotana Why go? For a party in the Al Thuraya Ballroom, where entertainment will be provided by the Lebanese-Armenian musician Guy Manoukian with his band and the DJ Mario. Buffet dinner included. How much: Dh2,010 per couple or Dh1,005 per person. Kick off: from 8pm.
Where? 360° at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel Why go? Because spinning the decks will be Peaches Geldof and Fifi Brown, otherwise known as the Trash Pussies. Expect indie-electro tunes to carry you through the night. How much? Dh895, which includes half a bottle of bubbly. Kick off: 8pm. Where? 400 at The Fairmont Why go? Because the hip-hopping chubster Fat Joe will be in town for a DJ set there. How much? Dh1,050 for men, Dh950 for women.
Kick off: 10pm. Where? Burj al Arab Why go? If you want the total, blowout New Year experience in Dubai then this is it. Gala dinner, entertainment outside and the suitably flamboyant firework display at midnight are all included. How much? Dh7,450 for adults, children (11 and under) Dh3,725. Kick off: 6.30pm. Where? Dubai World Trade Centre Why go? Because the Dutch DJ Armin van Buuren, just voted the world's number one DJ for the third year in a row by the industry rag DJ Mag, will be working the crowd with his dance music.
How much? Tickets from Dh180. Kick off: 8pm. Where? Sanctuary at the Atlantis Why go? The DJ Armand van Helden will be headlining the night's festivities. How much? Dh500 entrance fee. Kick off: 9.30pm. Where? Reflets Par Pierre Gagnaire Why go? If you're not into dance music and would rather enjoy a civilised dinner, then head here. A table tonight comes with a special seven-course tasting menu.
How much? Dh3,599 per person. Kick off: tables available from 7pm. Where? In the desert, at the New Year Desert Drumming event. Why go? If you're a free soul who can't think of anything worse than being cramped on a sweaty dance floor, then sign up for this evening's activities at the Gulf Ventures Desert Camp. Barbecue dinner, shisha, belly-dancing, glowing lanterns and, of course, drums for all. Special children's activities, too.
How much? Dh425 for adults, Dh185 for children aged between seven and 14, free for those under six years old. Kick off: 8.30pm. Where? The Fairmont. Why go? Well, this is more like an after-party, the place to come after you've been up all night dancing. A special breakfast buffet here kicks off early tomorrow morning, including omelettes, pancakes, fruit salad and plenty of freshly brewed, restorative coffee.
How much? Dh120 per person. Kick off: 3am