Thinking of heading to Egypt to celebrate New Year’s Eve? Then we wholeheartedly endorse your choice, because this country is full of magical places to celebrate the start of the New Year, starting with Cairo: the spectacle of fireworks against the backdrop of the Pyramids is something unique in the world. But the possibilities are many and one more impressive than the other. How about, for example, a dinner cruise on the Nile? There is nothing more romantic than the waters of the river lapping against the boat. If you are in a couple, it is the ideal solution. Or you can choose adventure: a safari through the desert to Luxor. There, among the dunes, you can spend a day in the company of a Bedouin family and greet the New Year together over a barbecue in the open air, under the starlight. Any more ideas? You could opt for a hot-air balloon ride over the Valley of the Kings: a breathtaking experience to wait for dawn while flying over a sacred place where nature welcomes great history.
As they say, what happens on New Year’s Eve happens all year round, so it’s best to start the New Year in the best possible way: in Dubai, for example! In the UAE’s most futuristic city, you can enter the New Year in style: perhaps by kayaking, or sandboarding down a dune, or spending a day in the clouds. Whatever you choose to do, you’ll do it in style here. You could fly over the city on a private helicopter tour: depart from the beautiful Palm Jumeirah Island for a tour of Dubai’s most iconic landmarks and monuments. Or you could just watch the fireworks… but from the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper! If you’re with a family, head to the Al Seef or La Mer districts and enjoy the waterfront markets, parties and live music, while the kids can have fun at the rides and zoo. If, on the other hand, you really want to push yourself beyond the limits, we recommend skydiving over the Palm Drop Zone and catch a glimpse of all the New Year festivities from above – an experience you will surely never forget.
For some people, New Year’s Eve in the Caribbean is the possible title of a film strip, but for you it could be a dream come true: greeting the arrival of the New Year on a soft, white beach after a night of partying, dancing and music. But where to go? In the Bahamas, for example, they are serious when it comes to festivities: Nassau, in particular, hosts the Junkanoo, a parade that takes place both on 26 December and 1 January, and is an unmissable opportunity to get to know another culture and get swept up in the merriment of these places. Alternatively, you can choose the island of St. Kitts: here the national carnival starts on 26 December and lasts until New Year’s Eve, with parades, singing and dancing, expressions of local folklore. Another destination not to be missed is the British Virgin Islands, which could be described as the New Year’s Eve capital of the Caribbean: here the celebrations last all day long, in every bar, restaurant or club, on practically every street corner and not only that, even on a boat.
Let’s go back to Africa, but further south, and offer you New Year’s Eve in Tanzania. Here, there are so many places that are ready to offer maximum fun to visitors in the New Year. If you want to relax on the beach, but also attend parties and events, there is nothing better than Zanzibar, which is perfect for those who like to attend a myriad of international theatre, music and film festivals. If, on the other hand, you want to celebrate the arrival of the New Year in touch with nature, we recommend a hot-air balloon ride over the Serengeti National Park, where you can admire zebras and gazelles in their natural habitat. If you love sport and nature, then a hike on Mount Kilimanjaro is just the thing for you, or you can visit Mafia Island for a unique whale and dolphin spotting experience.
And here’s the last of our 5 ideas on where to go for New Year’s Eve in the heat: how about Hawaii? The capital of these islands, Honolulu, is the most popular New Year’s Eve destination, with tempting proposals such as midnight cruises, an endless variety of themed parties, mouth-watering buffet dinners and much more. The extraordinary fireworks display on its most famous beach, Waikiki Beach, is the most spectacular way to say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new, while dancing the traditional hula. In Hawaii, you can also take a New Year’s Eve cruise, departing from the historic port of Lahaina, with dinner on board and an extraordinary fireworks display.