As an expat in Dubai or anywhere in the world, here’s how you should welcome New Year in style.
3 January 2018| Last updated on 19 January 2020
New Year is celebrated in countless ways across the globe. It doesn’t matter whether you choose to dance your way into the New Year, enjoy cocktails celebrating the New Year in Barcelona or watch the ball drop in Times Square at midnight surrounded by your closest family members and friends, here’s how you can welcome the New Year with a bang as an expat:
New Year in New York City
While it may not be for everyone, few cities can successfully rival the atmosphere of New Year’s Eve in New York City. From watching the infamous Ball Drop in Times Square featured in the 2011 American romantic-comedy film New Year’s Eve, to enjoying a concert or show in one of New York’s fantastic performance venues such as The New York Philharmonic at the Lincoln Center or Phish at Madison Square Garden, New York is the perfect New Year option for expats.
New Year in Brazil
Some of the best New Year’s Eve parties in Brazil include the Jurere stage at Reveillon Taiko, Pacha Buzios in Armacao dos Buzios headlining DJ Rick Maia and Baile da Favorita boasting a collection of ‘funk’ music performed by the best MCs. But, if you’re looking for a more relaxed destination in Brazil to enjoy the start of the New Year and you are no longer a party-goer, we highly suggest hosting your own New Year’s Eve dinner party or going to a fireworks display, such as that on Copacabana Beach, perfect for expats.
New Year in Japan
Japan is a country of striking natural beauty where celebrations and traditions combine. On New Year’s Eve in Tokyo, urban streets and restaurants are full of people eating buckwheat noodles to ensure happiness and health in the New Year. As the countdown to midnights begins, temples ring bells across the city adding sophistication to the occasion. You can even enjoy the rare opportunity to visit the imperial palace grounds on January 2nd for an encounter few get to experience.
New Year in London
If you’re looking for the ultimate New Year’s celebrations, look no further than London! If you’re lucky enough to live in the heart of this magnificent city, you won’t be at a loose end, no matter your age. There’s plenty to do from watching the mighty New Year’s Eve firework display over the Thames, to numerous drink-filled NYE parties happening across the city, in club, home and even on boat on the River Thames.
New Year in Spain
Madrid is a great place to spend New Year’s Eve. In the ‘city that never sleeps’, partying goes on until the very early hours of the morning – every night of the year. New Year’s Eve in Spain is all about the grapes. Eating 12 grapes as the clock strikes midnight is both a tradition, and a superstition. Spaniards and those who don’t risk damaging their fate for the coming New Year traditionally eat 12 grapes, one for each stroke of midnight. As an expat, you just have to join in!
It doesn’t matter whether you celebrate New Year’s Eve in a new place every year, or travel to experience the unforgettable coming of the New Year abroad, we suggest watching one of the spectacular firework displays to welcome the New Year with a bang. How do you plan to welcome the New Year? Let us know!
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