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Ras Al Khaimah knows how to throw an award-winning New Year’s Eve party, so much so that they’ve set a few world records. Last year, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority dazzled hundreds of thousands of spectators with its #RAKNYE2022 fireworks display on Al Marjan Island. They smashed two Guinness World Record titles. The vast 12-minute fireworks display featured never-seen-before innovative pyrotechnic drone performances and over 15,000 effects spanning an area of almost 5 kilometres. Not only did the emirate celebrate the spirit of optimism, but the extraordinary display marked 50 years of Ras Al Khaimah being an essential part of the United Arab Emirates and the region’s leading tourism destination.
The emirate had a standing ovation as a spectacular tower of lights, some 1,056 metres tall, became a beacon of hope, positivity, resilience and confidence. Minutes later, at midnight, 452 firework drones scribed ‘Happy New Year’ in the night sky. The sequence lit up the entire island in multiple colours set to orchestral music. Hundreds of drones displayed the 50th-anniversary logo in a brilliant performance, culminating in a mega-expanse of white fireworks illuminating the skyline of Ras Al Khaimah with the message of ambition and optimism.
Welcoming 2023 is set to break even more Guinness World Records.
Across the emirate, a host of award-winning hotels are preparing for their best New Year’s Eve celebrations. Whether you are travelling to Ras Al Khaimah from overseas or are a resident of the United Arab Emirates, there are some spectacular parties to choose from.
Radisson Resort Ras Al Khaimah has an array of New Year’s Eve celebrations that will suit hotel guests and local residents. Families will love the casual appeal of the beachside Seafood Shack with a sharing menu to remember. Start with delicious small bites before savouring the freshest seafood, oyster and charcuterie bars. You’ll be served a selection of hot and cold small plates at the table, and there will be a range of wood-grilled main courses and sharing dessert platters to choose from. Drinks will flow freely from 7 pm until midnight.
AED 650 with soft drinks, AED 800 with house drinks, AED 275 for children between six and 12, kids under six dine free. AED 250 to extend your package and continue the celebrations until 2 am.
All-day-dining RBG is an international buffet restaurant that serves up your favourite dishes from around the world. New Year’s Eve will be no different, with an impressive array of salads and cold cuts, seafood, international main courses and desserts. The all-inclusive five-hour free-flow drinks menu includes icy beers, wines, spirits and cocktails.
AED 550 soft drinks, AED 700 house beverages, AED 275 children between six and 12, kids under six dine free. AED 250 to extend your package and continue the celebrations until 2 am.
Beach Gala Dinner
Book your table on the beach and dine under the stars if you want the hottest seats for the record-breaking Ras Al Khaimah firework display. Enjoy a lavish New Year’s Eve spread of smoked and charred meats and deliciously marinated seafood from live barbeque stations paired with a vast range of salads and accompanying dishes. Enjoy five hours of free-flow drinks and great live entertainment, and don’t forget to leave room for the sweetest treats from the dessert bar.
AED 750 soft drinks, AED 950 house beverages, AED 475 children between six and 12, kids under six dine free. AED 250 to extend your package and continue the celebrations until 2 am.
Radisson Resort Ras Al Khaimah, Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah, +971 7 204 9000, +971 50 419 4908, [email protected] https://www.radissonhotels.com/en-us/hotels/radisson-resort-marjan-island,https://goo.gl/maps/sLL9QYmM7eBGvp838
Experience glitz, glam and the breathtaking Ras Al Khaimah fireworks at BM Hotels & Resorts this New Year’s Eve. Dine by the beach and enjoy a vast array of international flavours from their carefully crafted menu, including a seafood carnival, roasted duck and turkey at the live stations; an extensive dessert buffet and freely-flowing cocktails will round off your feast.
AED 499 with house beverages.
BM Hotels & Resorts, Al Jazeera Rd, Ras Al Khaimah, +971 56 414 1085, +971 600 566 600, [email protected]
Dine under the stars at Longbeach Campground with a lip-smacking seafood carnival, live New Year’s Eve-themed international food stations, delicious desserts, and free-flow-selected cocktails. As 2023 approaches, you’ll enjoy an impressive magic show, international dances, a fire show, a duo band and the resident DJ.
AED 499 with house beverages.
Longbeach Campground, King Al Jazeera Road, Ras Al Khaimah Faisal St, Ras Al Khaimah, +971 56 414 1085, +971 600 566 600, [email protected]
Vida New Year Gala
Celebrate a brand new year, Columbian style. The annual signature gala dinner in Latin-inspired Vida is a ‘must do’ at Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Beach Resort. Enjoy delicious South American cuisine set to a live Columbian band, local artists, impressive performers and the resident DJ. At the stroke of midnight, head to the beach and watch the much-awaited fireworks display. Afterwards, continue the revelry under the stars at the Arriba rooftop bar, where the resident DJ will play all your favourite New Year’s beats. The after-party will continue until the early hours.
AED 750 for food only for adults, AED 1095 for adults with food and free-flow drinks, AED 195 for kids aged four to 11 years.
Piaceri Da Gustare
Enjoy the menu Fisso di Capodanno at Piaceri Da Gustare, an authentic Italian affair featuring some of the region’s most-loved gourmet dishes. Indulge in the finest seasonal à la carte Italian dishes with freshly baked bread paired with sommelier-recommended fine wines from their extensive cellar collection. As the clock strikes midnight, celebrate on the terrace and welcome 2023 as the sky lights up with a spectacular fireworks display.
AED 600 for the set menu and house beverages, AED 295 for soft drinks and teens, AED 195 for kids four to 11 years.
A perfect evening and start to the new year, relax under the stars at beach-front Cider Bay with a delicious a la carte menu and the best seats for the fireworks show!
Minimum spend of AED 150 per person on food and beverages.
Sol Beach Lounge & Bar
Greet the new year while enjoying beach-front views, the cool sea air and live entertainment. Spend a casual beachside evening with good friends or your loved ones. Tasty tapas at the beach. Nibble on tasty Mediterranean tapas and handcrafted sharing cocktails that will have you dancing in the sand. Share the fireworks fun with newly found friends as you celebrate the year ahead. Other guests can join in the beach-front fun until the sun rises over a new day.
AED 495 per person, including free-flow drinks and tapas.
Welcome the new year with the entire family as you share an extensive international buffet dinner with a DJ on the decks!
AED 350 for adults with alcohol, AED 195 for soft drinks and teens, AED 150 for kids.
On 1 January, join the deliciously carefree brunch, an international fusion of breakfast and lunch with free-flow bubbles to continue the celebrations.
AED 380 for adults with alcohol, AED 195 for soft drinks and teens, AED 150 for Kids
For family celebrations, Al Maeda is the perfect place for a Levantine feast! Catch the fireworks display at midnight from the oceanfront terrace as the sky lights up above you. You’ll be entertained into the small hours with a delicious Arabic sharing set menu, live Arabic music, and a DJ.
AED 550 with house beverages, AED 275 for soft drinks and teens, AED 150 for Kids
Hilton Ras Al Khaimah Beach Resort, Al Maareedh Street, New Al Maireed, Ras al Khaimah, +971 56 990 7526, [email protected]
Join the lavish diamonds are forever new year’s eve gala dinner in the breathtaking iconic Peacock Alley designed to impress. The exquisite gala dinner will feature a sumptuous buffet of international cuisines, and a selection of premium beverages as the celebration unveils jam-packed entertainment to dance the night away. Enjoy live performances from the legendary Supernova Band and DJ Akarmal, with special seating at Peacock Alley, offering breathtaking views of the fountain. Just before midnight, watch the record-breaking fireworks of Marjan Island to mark the beginning of the new year. Keep on your dancing shoes and toe-tap into the early hours at the after-party.
AED 1,800 per person for silver seating, AED 2,100 for gold seating.
Celebrate the countdown to the New Year in style at Lexington Grill & Bar. Located on the ground floor of the iconic Waldorf Astoria, the warm atmosphere of a fashionable New York bar and inimitable steak house is inviting and has a moody vibe. Enjoy a four-course set menu with the best steaks and grills, optional wine pairing and live entertainment all night long.
AED 750 per person, AED 1000 per person, including wine pairing.
On the first floor of the iconic Waldorf Astoria is Umi, a trendy Japanese restaurant serving delicacies created by various resident sushi, sashimi and teppanyaki chefs. Enjoy a lavish Kaiseki menu curated by the resident Japanese and Peruvian multi-cultural chef Christian Asato and live entertainment throughout the night. Umi offers the ultimate dining experience for those who appreciate the best of Japanese cuisine.
AED 800 per person, AED 1100 per person, including wine pairing.
Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah, Vienna Street, Al Hamra, Ras Al Khaimah, +971 7 203 5533, [email protected]
CLAW is everyone’s favourite all-American beachside bar on Al Marjan Island. The indoors-outdoors bar is styled around a traditional American diner with fun, nostalgic red, white and blue décor, US flags, red banquettes and fishing nets. Join the festive-filled buffet for the guests, including a DJ and live band, making it an exquisite experience to enjoy. Relish the coastal views and a desirable location to watch the dazzling Marjan Island firework display.
AED 790 outside, AED 690 inside with house beverages, AED 690 outside, and AED 590 inside with soft drinks. AED 290 for kids between six and 12, children under five are free. 30 per cent discount on beverages after midnight.
Karma Kafe By Buddha-Bar
Karma Kafé is a Buddha-Bar-esque experience in Ras Al Khaimah. It is located on the upper floor of Hampton by Hilton Marjan Island, with uninterrupted views of the Arabian Gulf. The bar has introduced the true art of living to Ras Al Khaimah with a skillfully balanced ambience of great music, delicious food and sublime cocktails. As the sun sets over the Arabian Gulf, expect a blend of urban and oriental beats in a characterful setting. Karma Kafe offers a five-course set menu for sharing this New Year’s Eve with free-flow wine, beer, house spirits and selected cocktails. Enjoy a dance show, go-go dancers, an electric violin and their in-house DJ. You’ll be in one of the best locations for the award-winning fireworks display.
AED 750 per person, AED 250 for children.30 per cent discount on all menu items after midnight or AED 150 beverage package for one hour or AED 250 Beverage package for two hours.
Officially the biggest New Year’s Eve party in Ras Al Khaimah! The upbeat schedule of non-stop live entertainment includes a live band, DJs, a violinist, dance shows, the mesmerising traditional Tanoura performance, and erotic belly dancing. Tuck into a lavish alfresco buffet with your favourite dishes from around the world. The festive tent occupies the best viewing spot on Al Marjan Island for watching another Guinness World Records fireworks attempt.
AED 999 per person, including unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and buffet. Children between six and 12 receive a 50 per cent discount, children under six are free.
Hampton by Hilton Marjan Island, Marjan Island Boulevard, Al Marjan Island, Ras al Khaimah, +971 7 209 0000, [email protected]
Join the spectacular celebration at DoubleTree by Hilton Marjan Island this New Year with a gala dinner under the glittering sky of Ras Al Khaimah. Countdown to 2023 from the prime viewing spot and witness a never-before-seen fireworks spectacle. To tempt your taste buds, they are preparing an ‘around the world’ buffet with each country represented in its unique style. Continue the festivities at the XclusiV Night Club after-party until 3 am.
AED 999 per person, including unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and buffet. 50 per cent discount for children between six and 13. Free for kids under six.
DoubleTree by Hilton Marjan Island, Al Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah, +971 56 995 4579, [email protected]
Neo Sky Bar
Al Marjan Island’s chic rooftop bar will host a phenomenal New Year’s Eve party and enviable Insta-worthy views of the Guinness World Records fireworks display. Aptly named, the Neo Sky Bar is inspired by neon lights and a spectacular nighttime outlook. With 360-degree vistas and an extensive selection of fine wines, signature blends, well-crafted cocktails, spirits, and bubbly can be enjoyed with Mediterranean bites, sushi platters and fusion tapas. Join the resident DJ for an evening of dancing and fun, or come to the after-party until 3 am!
AED 350 per person for unlimited house beverages (for guests dining at Boons Brasserie and Bar and joining at Neo for the after-party. AED 550 per person for unlimited house beverages for guests joining at Neo Sky Bar only.
Boons Brasserie & Bar
Boons is a social neighbourhood-friendly bistro. Choose from deliciously cold craft beers and wines from some of the world’s most notable vineyards. Relax in comfortable banquettes or booth-style seating inside. For a casual vibe, head onto the terrace for views of the Arabian Gulf. Delicious menu highlights include dry-age Australian Wagyu beef carpaccio, poached halibut, Wagyu beef platter with lobster, alongside moreish sides, and mouth-watering desserts. The accompanying drinks packages and live entertainment will keep the mood of this pool and beach party upbeat and super fun. During the New Year’s Eve celebrations, you’ll enjoy entertainment with a fire and tanoura show and a performance by a sensual belly dancer.
AED 650 per person with dinner and unlimited house beverages, AED 450 per person with dinner and soft beverages, AED 225 per child between six and 11 years, children under six dine free.
Mövenpick Resort Al Marjan Island, Al Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah, +971 7 246 0134, [email protected]