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Best destinations for New YearÔÇÖs Eve

Friday, 30 December 2016
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ItÔÇÖs not been the easiest of years for many, but a new one is around the corner. Whether 2016 was a good or a bad year for you, youÔÇÖll be looking forward to New YearÔÇÖs Eve, either to wave goodbye to a difficult year or to celebrate what went well. Either way, youÔÇÖll want it to be memorable. So here, in alphabetical order, are our best destinations for the end-of-year festivities:

Best destinations for New Years Eve

Burj al Arab, Dubai: Want to make sure 2017 will be a spectacular year? Get things off on a seven-star note by welcoming the New Year at the iconic Burj al Arab. This year, the Jumeirah jewel promises a celebration on the themes of Earth, Air, Fire and Water, with a champagne reception in the worldÔÇÖs tallest atrium, live entertainment, mouth-watering Michelin-starred dishes and a ringside seat on the terrace for the spectacular firework show.

Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro: Rio may be known for its Mardi Gras Carnival festival, but the cityÔÇÖs New Year Eve celebrations are a close second. The iconic beach is the location for the worldÔÇÖs largest end of year party, where more than two million people gather for the ÔÇ£ReveillonÔÇØ, celebrated with music, applause, and dancing.

Eiffel Tower, Paris: Join the festivities in the City of Light, as the chic French take to the streets to wish each other ÔÇ£Bonne Ann├®eÔÇØ (ÔÇ£Happy New YearÔÇØ) with kisses on the cheek. When the Champagne corks pop (well, they did invent it), and the iconic towers shimmer, thereÔÇÖs a breath-taking fireworks show.

Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi: This is one of the most popular New Year destinations in the UAE. The Grand Ballroom will feature an ice bar, festive trees, snow acrobatics, dancing and the type of buffet and beverage one would expect from such a glamorous location. It goes without saying that the fireworks will bring in the New Year with a bang.

Times Square, New York: Join a million other revellers for one of the worldÔÇÖs most famous end-of-year celebrations. The evening features the famous ÔÇ£ball dropÔÇØ where a 12-foot-wide crystal ball descends onto One Times Square. You can expect celebrations and a carnival atmosphere.

Sydney Opera House, Sydney: The Australians get here every New Year, as Sydney is always the first major city to kick off the celebrations. The Harbour with its iconic Opera House is the backdrop for the largest fireworks display in the world, an air and water show, and a flotilla of illuminated boats.

Westminster, London: Londoners will throng the banks of the Thames for the fireworks and light show, which will see the cityÔÇÖs key landmarks illuminated. Let Big Ben mark the New Year with its unmistakeable ÔÇ£bongsÔÇØ at midnight.

Happy New Year! Make sure you celebrate, wherever you choose to go; a happy start makes for a happy year.

Last modified on Friday, 30 December 2016 09:55