Best New Year Destinations in Middle East


Believe it or not, the last quarter of the year is a rather interesting time to be in the Middle East. The entire region comes alive with celebrations and events aplenty! Powerhouses like Dubai and Abu Dhabi call for unforgettable New Year celebrations and throb with some of the most happening New Year’s Eve parties on the planet! Though the Middle East might not be the first destination that comes to your mind for New Year’s, you’ll be amazed by the festive spirit and energy some of the region’s top cities usher on its visitors!

Here are few of the hottest New Destinations that await you for New Year celebrations hand-picked by

Dubai, UAE

If you happen to be in the Middle East during the last week of the year, you might want to make sure you hit Dubai to ring in the New Year! Watch the fireworks and New Year celebrations at Burj Khalifa, render you speechless. Revel in a groovy cruise around the Palm Jumeirah, and enjoy the elaborate fireworks at Atlantis The Palm. Lounge on the Burj Al Arab beach, as you watch the sky light up with colourful firework displays. Head to the numerous high-end clubs dotting the city, or make a beeline towards Meydan and check out the New Year party happening there – New Year in Dubai can never go wrong.

Abu Dhabi, UAE

Among the host of destinations in the Gulf luring tourists from New Year celebrations, Abu Dhabi is one happening spot that stands out. Spectacular fireworks, ultra-glamorous New Year parties, and a plethora of hotels that offers memorable staycations and epic New Year celebrations, make Abu Dhabi no less a thriving New Year’s Eve destination! Celebrate at unforgettable New Year in Abu Dhabi at the numerous hotels and luxury resorts dotting the city.

Beirut, Lebanon

What better way to ring in New Year’s Eve than living up the night in Lebanon’s hedonistic, hard-partying capital – Beirut! Whatever part of this pulsating city that you go to, you will find no dearth of party animals from all over the world, soaking in the colossal celebrations, fireworks, and open-air street parties. The areas of Gemmayze and Monot are the main nightlife hubs, flanked with numerous bars, clubs, and bustling nightlife strips – perfect for countdown New Year parties. A selection of live shows, comedy shows and plenty of festivals are also on offer for an epic New Year in Beirut.

Agadir, Morocco

For a slightly offbeat New Year’s Eve celebration, Agadir, Morocco, is the perfect destination! Not only is the weather ideal that time of the year, but also you’ll be taken back by the city’s festive spirit, along with its culture, folklore, music, natural beauty, gastronomy, and warm, hospitable locals. Spend an unforgettable New Years’s Eve amidst the stunning backdrop at Paradise Valley or Essaouira – both a 1 or 2-hour journey from Agadir.

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul might not be the first destination that comes to mind when you think of a New Year Eve Party, but you’ll be surprised by the joy and energy this beautiful city reverberates with on New Year day, with the array of amazing festivities and events it hosts at that time of the year. Watch the city, especially landmarks like Taksim Square and Istikal Street, come alive with spectacular firework displays at midnight. Party buffs can check out the city’s numerous clubs or folk music and belly dancing shows. Another epic way to celebrate New Year in Istanbul would be by revelling in a sensational dinner cruise along the Bosphorus, passing under the stunning night sky lit by vibrant fireworks.


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