New Year’s Day in Dubai: Where to mark the first day of 2022

Bumper brunches to start the New Year in style

A fresh year is fast approaching, and Dubai certainly intends to carry its famed party vibes into 2022, especially with a long weekend to kick us off.

Having a quiet one for New Year’s Eve? Or just determined to make the most of every second of the festive period?

With Sunday January 2 now a public holiday thanks to the new work week announced for the UAE, there’s no excuse not to get out for a fabulous New Year’s Day brunch.

Then check out these awesome New Year’s Day brunches in Dubai.

Asia Asia

Discover the flavours of the ancient Spice Route this New Year’s Day at Asia Asia with a vibrant menu of chef’s favourites. Start 2022 with a glass of sparkling on arrival and take in sweet views of Dubai Marina accompanied by a set menu of pan-Asian cuisine and unlimited beverages.
Dhs400 (soft drinks), Dhs500 (house beverages), Dhs700 (bubbly). Sat Jan 1, 2pm-5pm. Pier 7, Dubai Marina (04 276 5900).

Bla Bla

This massive JBR beach club and bar is hosting a New Year’s Day Saturday brunch by the pool featuring Italian and Japanese dishes along with live entertainment by DJ and percussionist Walter Scalzone.
Dhs250 (soft drinks), Dhs350 (house beverages). Price includes sun lounger and pool access. Sat Jan 1, noon-3pm. The Beach opposite JBR  (04 584 4111).

Carna by Dario Cecchini

Start 2022 on a high note over a celebratory lunch with friends and family on New Year’s Day at Carna by Dario Cecchini. Three hours of feasting will leave you energized to kick-start the New Year with the restaurant’s signature dishes like bistecca alla fiorentina, steak frites to filet mignon.
Dhs345 (special package), Dhs499 (exclusive package), Dhs690 (premium package). Sat Jan 1, noon-3pm. SLS Dubai Hotel and Residences, Business Bay (04 607 0761).


Enjoy a delicious Japanese-inspired brunch on New Year’s Day.
Dhs749 (soft drinks), Dhs995 (house beverages). Sat Jan 1, noon-4pm. Gate Village 11, DIFC, (04 569 3820).


Enjoy a laid-back breakfast and brunch at Cordelia on New Year’s Day. Indulge in a lavish breakfast and brunch buffet offering everyone’s favourite dishes and treats.
Dhs295 (soft drinks), Dhs395 (house beverages), Dhs170 (kids aged six to 12), free (kids under six). Sat Jan 1, 7am-11am (breakfast); 1pm-4pm (brunch). The St. Regis Dubai, The Palm, [email protected]


Popular Peruvian restaurant offers a unique Latin American affair on New Year’s Day featuring fresh and authentic flavours throughout the restaurant’s menu. Highlights include grilled skewers, ceviche platters, baos, Chilean sea bass, salmon fillet, beef ribs, and Peruvian dried potato and cauliflower, chicha morada, kunafa puff pastry and more. Guest can also enjoy the famous COYA vibes with live beats from a resident DJ.
Dhs409 (soft drinks), Dhs609 (house beverages), Dhs799 (premium package). Sat Jan 1, 12.30pm-3.30pm. Restaurant Village Four Seasons Resort Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah (043169600).


Begin 2022 with a leisurely brunch at Feast. The spirit of the occasion comes alive with a wide array of culinary offerings at live cooking stations and outdoor barbeque that complement the special concoctions prepared at the swish drink stations.
Dhs250 (soft drinks), Dhs350 (house beverages), Dhs450 (bubbly). Sun Jan 1. Sheraton Grand Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 503 4444).


Unwind, relax and celebrate the New Year with family and friends at this Italian-Mediterranean restaurant in Downtown Dubai. Tuck into Italian dishes with the option of different drinks packages while enjoying stunning views of Downtown Dubai.
Dhs299 (soft drinks), Dhs420 (house drinks), Dhs595 (premium drinks). Sat Jan 1, 12.30pm-3.30pm. SLS Dubai Hotel & Residences Dubai, Business Bay, (04 607 0757).


Enjoy a New Year’s Day lunch with your family and friends at Flavours and tuck into a delicious spread of international dishes to kickstart the appetite for the exciting year ahead.
Dhs159 per person, Dhs79 (kids aged six to 12), free (kids under six). Sat Jan 1. Ramada Hotel & Suites by Wyndham Dubai JBR (04 399 9979).


Treat your family and friends over a brunch at Giardino on New Year’s Day between 1pm and 5pm.
Dhs365 (soft drinks), Dhs465 (house beverages), Dhs565 (sparkling grape), Dhs765 (bubbly), half price (kids aged six to 12), free (kids under six). Sat Jan 1, 1pm-5pm. Palazzo Versace, Jaddaf Waterfront (04 556 8805).

Hotel Cartagena

This vibrant Latin American eatery in Business Bay is throwing a traditional brunch on New Year’s Day from Dhs295.
Dhs295 (soft drinks), Dhs395 (house beverages), Dhs445 (bubbly). Sat Jan 1, 1.30pm-4.30pm. JW Marriott Hotel, Business Bay (04 350 9287).


Head over for a New Year’s Day brunch at this top Chinese restaurant in DIFC. Ready to start the new year with a basket of dim sum?
Dhs288 (soft drinks), Dhs388 (house beverages), Dhs588 (premium). Sat Jan 1, 12.30pm-4pm. DIFC (04 220 0868).

Joe’s Backyard

Joe’s Backyard DFC’s New Year’s Day brunch is a smart (and delicious way) to begin 2022. Start the New Year with a fresh slate and relish a filling lunch or dinner with friends and family.
From Dhs199 per person. Sat Jan 1, 2pm-5pm; 8pm-11pm. Holiday Inn Dubai, Dubai Festival City (055 709 4509).

Karma Kafe

Indulge in an eclectic brunch, with unlimited beverages and a glass of sparkling on arrival as you take in the breathtaking views of the glittering Burj Khalifa and famed Dubai Fountain show.
Dhs330 (soft drinks), Dhs450 (house beverages), Dhs550 (bubbly). Sat Jan 1, 1pm-4pm. Souk Al Bahar, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 565 7220).


Take a seat at the Lakeview terrace for a tasty barbecue brunch. Enjoy all your favourite foods and more whilst listening to a laid-back live band. The combination of hearty food and the smooth ambience is sure to cure any after-party blues.
Dhs250 (soft drinks), Dhs395 (house beverages). Sat Jan 1, 12.30pm-4pm. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira (04 602 1814).

Lola Taberna Española

Spend the first day of 2022 at Lola Taberna Española with a traditional Spanish laid-back lunch featuring homemade vermouth aperitivo, sharing Iberian dishes, paella and churros.
Dhs249 (house beverages), Dhs299 (sparkling). Sat Jan 1, 1pm-4pm. TRYP by Wyndham Dubai, Barsha Heights (04 247 6688).

Marina Social by Jason Atherton

Marina Social’s tasty New Year’s Day offer includes your choice of roast beef, lamb, chicken, aubergine (vegan), and comes with all the trimmings you’d expect – fresh glazed vegetables, perfectly crispy roast potatoes, puffy Yorkshires and lashings of rich gravy.
Dhs135 per person. Sat Jan 31, 2022, 1pm-10.45pm. InterContinental Dubai Marina (055 483 5962).


Start the New Year on a high note at Masti’s New Year’s Day brunch. Diners can expect a show-stopping four-course menu of favourites such as smokey chipotle paneer, and festive additions such as turkey tacos, paired with unlimited beverages. Dishes will be served both sharing style and individually in an eclectic feast. It’s all being set against the backdrop of live entertainment from Janelle and Felix Jazz Band.
Dhs295 (soft drinks), Dhs395 (house drinks) Jan 1 1pm-5pm. La Mer [email protected] (04 344 4384).

McCafferty’s Jumeirah Village

Head to McCafferty’s Jumeirah Village on New Year’s Day and enjoy a delicious three-course menu featuring Irish classics and serious home comforn food. It’s a huge day for sport so guests can sit back and relax in front of a giant LED garden screen and enjoy the football, horse racing and more. Plus, McCafferty’s famous musicians performing Irish tunes throughout the day.
Dhs295 (house beverages). Sat Jan 1, 2pm-6pm. Jumeirah Village [email protected] (055 784 9220).

McCafferty’s Al Furjan

Enjoy a family-friendly brunch between 2pm and 6pm featuring a three-course menu with signature roasts, home comfort classics including fish and chips, hearty pies and much more. The brunch also includes a swimming pool access and with giant bouncy castle and inflatable water slide to keep the little ones.
Dhs295 (food only), Dhs350 (premium Irish beverages). Sat Jan 1, 2pm-6pm. Al Furjan, Jebel Ali Village (04 422 1491).


Re-energize and start the New Year with a relaxing brunch featuring an extensive buffet of detox mixed drinks, house beverages, healthy food selections and Waldorf Astoria signature dishes.
Dhs350 (soft drinks), Dhs550 (house beverages), Dhs175 (kids aged six to 11). Sat Jan 1, 12.30pm-3.30pm. Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jumeirah (04 818 2222).

Mezzanine Bar & Kitchen

This home-grown bar and restaurant situated at Souk Madinat Jumeirah will be hosting The Big British New Year Day Brunch featuring a three-course set menu (sharing starter, choice of mains and sharing desserts) along with house drinks.
Dhs300 (house, premium and sparkling). Sat Jan 1, 1pm-4pm. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (058 599 4659).

Nikki Beach Club Dubai

Celebrate the first day of 2022 in an amazing atmosphere with a range of food and beverage offering featuring the best of Nikki Beach’s globally inspired dishes and premium beverages accompanied by chilled-out vibes.
Dhs550 per person (softdrinks and faux mixed drinks), Dhs750 (mixed drinks, grape and hops), Dhs1,400 (bubbly and premium grapes). Sat Jan 1, 1pm-4pm. Pearl Jumeirah, [email protected]

Palm Tree Garden

Kick off the New Year with a delicious family brunch in the open air. Dine on the green lawns of JA Hatta Fort’s Palm Tree Garden, gather at picnic tables and roam around exploring the food options which will include a sushi station, carving station, salad bar and hot dishes like Omani lobster, gulf jumbo prawns, joh je kebab, lamb kofta, butter chicken and grilled lamb chops. Desserts include Madagascar crème brulee, orange Toscana cake, traditional English trifle, and peanut butter ’n’ jelly cupcakes.
Dhs295 (soft drinks), Dhs395 (house beverages). Sat Jan 1, noon-4pm. JA Hatta Fort Hotel, Jebel Ali (04 80 99 333).

Radisson Blu Dubai Deira Creek

Kick start the New Year with a family-friendly super brunch featuring over 200 dishes from the hotel’s award winning restaurants.
Dhs245 (soft drinks), Dhs295 (house beverages), Dhs325 (sparkling), Dhs115 (kids). Sat Jan 1, from 12.30pm. Deira (04 205 7333).

Roberto’s Restaurant and Lounge

Kick of 2022 with a New Year’s brunch featuring a selection of seasonal small plates, sharing platters and indulgent desserts to end your first meal of the year on a sweet note.
Dhs345 (soft drinks), Dhs545 (house pouring package), Dhs795 (bubbly). Sat Jan 1, noon-4pm. Gate Village, DIFC (04 386 0066).

Social by Heinz Beck

A laid-back Italian family brunch is a cool way to begin the New Year. This Saturday brunch will serve up traditional Italian fare family-style, and will be amped up with the addition of premium ingredients such as oyster, truffle, caviar and foie gras. The live music from in-house DJ, and beverage specials made-to-order right on your table complete this relaxing and festive afternoon.
Dhs490 (soft drinks), Dhs690 (Italian mixed drinks, grapes and hops). Sat Jan 1, 1pm-4pm. Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah (04 818 2222).

Stars ’N’ Bars

This La Mer spot is throwing a New Year’s Day three-course brunch alongside house drinks.
Dhs195 (soft drinks), Dhs245 (house beverages), Sat Jan 1, 1pm-4pm. La Mer, Jumeirah (04 349 9903).


JLT’s neighbourhood sports bar’s TJ’s is inviting guests to celebrate the first day of the year over a barbecue brunch from Dhs199.
Dhs199 (soft drinks), Dhs299 (house beverages), Dhs399 (bubbly). Sat Dec 31, noon-4pm. Taj Jumeirah Lake Towers (04 574 1111).

The Fountain Restaurant

Start 2022 on a high note over a celebratory brunch with friends and family at The Fountain Restaurant and experience the diversity of International cuisines at The Grand Friday Brunch. Enjoy classics from the live grill and seafood station, to Indian, Arabic and Asian flavours, Chef’s special desserts and favourite mixed drinks along with live music. There’s also a special buffet and a wide choice of activities for the little ones.
Dhs249 (soft drinks), Dhs349 (house beverages), half price (kids aged six to 12), free (kids under six). Sat Jan 1, 12.30pm-5pm. Movenpick Hotel & Apartments Bur Dubai (04 336 600).

The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai

Start 2022 on a high note over a celebratory, al fresco brunch with friends and family on New Year’s Day. Gather together to experience the best in global flavours over a grand feast overlooking Ain Dubai and the Arabian Gulf while swaying to tunes from a live band. Gorge at signature stations of ceviche, sushi and seafood to a pasta and risotto station, festive carvery, charcoal grills, pan-Asian delights and more.
Dhs395 (soft drinks), Dhs495 (house beverages and sparkling), Dhs650 (French sparkling), Dhs200 (kids aged six to 11), free (kids under six). Sat Jan 1, 1pm-4pm. JBR (04 318 6150).

Topgolf Dubai

With unlimited house beverages and a live DJ, guests can extend the festivities at The Yard at Topgolf Dubai with an unlimited selection of house beverages whilst enjoying a live DJ – a perfect location to keep the party going.
Dhs200 per person. Emirates Golf Club (04 371 9999).


Escape the bustling city into the relaxing atmosphere of the lush Fountain Garden, overlooking the Dubai Creek and skyline. Take a seat at Traiteur’s tasty brunch, for an extravagant celebration of cuisine, top views and lively ambience.
Dhs645 (soft drinks), Dhs895 (sparkling), Dhs1,095 (bubbles), Dhs295 (kids aged six to 12). Sat Jan 1, 1pm-4pm. Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira (04 602 1814).

Twiggy by La Cantine

Start the year at this Dubai’s French Riviera spot and enjoy signature brunch specials along with live entertainment and a DJ providing tunes.
Dhs395 (soft drinks), Dhs395 (house drinks), Dhs745 (premium drinks). Sat Jan 1, noon onwards. Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira, (04 602 1105).

Weslodge Saloon

Located on the 68th floor of JW Marriott Marquis, Weslodge Saloon will be hosting its regular brunch with dishes including Dibba oysters, classic poutine, foie gras, wagyu ribeye, truffle and burrata risotto, lobster tagliatelli and more.
Dhs295 (soft drinks), Dhs395 (house beverages), Dhs445 (bubbly). Sat Jan 1, 1.30pm-4.30pm. JW Marriott Hotel, Business Bay (04 350 9288).