Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 23 August 2019

Jan 1, here we come: 11 New Year's Day offers in the UAE

From brunches and detox menus to a new restaurant opening and quiz night, here's what's happening on the first day of 2019

The pool at Nikki Beach 
The pool at Nikki Beach 

Whether you are planning to ring in 2019 with a resolution, a lie-in or an aching head, you've got to eat. Here's where you can go to enjoy special dining offers on New Year's Day.


Flamingo Room by tashas

The gregarious Natasha Sideris will host the all-day Flamingo Room Family brunch at her artfully designed restaurant at Jumeirah Al Naseem, on January 1 from 11am to 7pm. The lobster burgers are unmissable. And you can also shop for cool African products from the Collective by Charles Greig, which is located within the airy eatery.

Natasha Sideris 
Natasha Sideris 

Cost: Dh450 and Dh750

Contact: Call 04 244 7278

Opa at Fairmont Dubai

Begin the new year with a visit to a new restaurant. Greek eatery Opa will open its doors at the Fairmont on Sheikh Zayed Road on January 1. Billed as an upscale-casual spot, Opa promises "a multi-sensory traditional experience", from the Zorba dance and Greek-inspired music to smashing dishes and a menu of tender grilled meats, zesty salads, fresh fish dishes and pastries inspired by the Grecian islands.

The Opa Garden 
The Opa Garden 

Contact: 04 357 0557

Nikki Beach Dubai

Break out your nurse, doctor or patient costumes for the Recovery Brunch at Nikki Beach, on January 1 from 11am to 8pm.

Cost: Three packages Dh265, Dh395 and Dh465

Contact: Call 04 376 61621

Pai Thai

Enjoy the Feast of Zahar at this authentic Thai restaurant nestled amid the winding waterways of Madinat Jumeirah, from 12.30pm to 3.30pm on January 1.

Cost: Dh195 for food only; Dh470 for food and unlimited house beverages

Contact: Call 04 432 3232

Huddle at Citymax Al Barsha at the Mall

The spot is launching its weekly Wednesday Huddle Quiz Night from January 1, to be hosted by the intriguing-sounding Sword Master, and with food and drink combos, and prices for the first three winners, from 8pm to 10pm.

The Huddle Quiz at Al Barsha starts on January 1 
The Huddle Quiz at Al Barsha starts on January 1 

Contact: Call 04 409 8000

Emerald Palace Kempinski

If you've still got Christmas on your mind, head to the newly opened hotel on the Palm, for a late festive lunch with tartines, smoked salmon, Yule logs, Christstollen, mince pies and plum pudding, from 2pm to 6pm.

Cost: Dh295

Contact: 04 248 8888

Breakfast at Waldorf Astoria

Also on the Palm is the New Year's Day Benedict breakfast by the pool at the Waldorf, from 7am to 2pm.

Cost: Dh190

Contact: 04 818 2222

Feast at Sheraton Grand Hotel

The aptly named eatery is hosting its Detox Lunch on January 1, featuring a range of healthy juices and bites from around the world, on January 1 from 1pm to 4pm.

Cost: Dh169

Contact: 04 503 4309


Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE

DJs Sam Starks and Mario Bazouri promise to keep the party going at Blue Marlin, which is also serving up a Mediterranean brunch, from 1pm to 4pm on January 1, at Golden Tulip Resort in Ghantoot.

Cost: Three packages for Dh310, Dh340 and Dh580

Contact: 056 113 3400


The Latin American restaurant on Al Maryah Island will serve its delicious ceviche and more at its The Party Must Go On New Year's Day brunch, on January 1, from 12.30pm to 4pm.

Sea bass ceviche by executive chef Sanjay Dwivedi for Coya Abu Dhabi. Courtesy Coya
Sea bass ceviche at Coya

Cost: Dh238

Contact: 02 306 7000

Sofra Bld

Arabia meets Asia in the New Year's Day brunch at this eatery in Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri on January 1, from 1pm to 4pm. On offer: a selection of international, Indian food and Arabic dishes such as Omani lobster and scampi, beef rib eye, sushi and sashimi, live salad stations, an oysters trolley and dessert station, plus a chocolate factory for kids.

Cost: Dh345

Contact: Call 02 509 8888


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Updated: December 31, 2018 01:14 PM