As the clock strikes midnight, dazzling display of fireworks lights up the skies in Dubai across various places to welcome the New Year. If you’re planning to enjoy the spectacle at midnight, we’ve rounded up some of the best places to watch fireworks in Dubai with your children to ring in the New Year 2018.
Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai
Without an argument, the fireworks display atop the world’s tallest tower has been the most popular New Years Eve spectacle in Dubai, every year. However, this time around, Burj Khalifa will not be having the annual fireworks display for the New Years Eve. Instead, Emaar plans to organize something different and never seen before. There will be a sound and light laser show with a Guinness world record attempt. With 2018 being the “year of Zayed”, the laser show will feature UAE’s achievements along with a tribute to the UAE’s Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, in commemoration of his 100th birth anniversary.
The show named “Light Up 2018” is being held in cooperation with different Government departments and will feature choreographed music and laser display with images projected across various buildings in Downtown. The event is expected to kick off with Dubai Fountains show at 5 pm and visitors have been urged to be in Downtown Dubai before 6 pm.
Transportation and road closures
About a Million People are expected to be in Downtown Dubai to celebrate the New Year’s Eve, so you can expect traffic congestion in Downtown and surrounding areas. RTA has advised commuters to use public transport for ease of travel. Some of the roads in and around Downtown and Business Bay may be closed; Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard will be closed by 6pm, hence people are advised to arrive in downtown early. Burj Khalifa, Business Bay and Financial Centre metro stations all serve the Downtown Dubai area and additional buses will feed the metro stations. Here’s a comprehensive traffic plan released by RTA Dubai for NYE 2018.
Watch from your home
If you cannot make it to Downtown Dubai or want to stay cozy and watch the fireworks from the comfort of your home, simply tune-in to one of local TV Channels (Dubai One) or watch live streaming of Fireworks.
Fireworks at Burj Al Arab
New Years Eve at Dubai’s luxury hotel Burj Al Arab is equally spectacular. Last New Years Eve Burj Al Arab came up with a 15 minute long fireworks show making it the longest fireworks display in the UAE. For those of you who are not dining at the Burj Al Arab, but still want to get a glimpse of the grand fireworks, get to the Jumeirah Beach Road early in the evening and find a good viewing spot along the Umm Suqeim Beach, Kite Beach or in the Umm Suqeim Park. Take a quick glimpse of 2017 fireworks at Burj Al Arab.
Fireworks at Palm Jumeirah and Atlantis
The lovely Palm Jumeirah boardwalk stretching over 11 km from Western to the Eastern edges of the crescent on Palm Island offers stunning views of the sea, Atlantis and other attractions on the Palm. This is a perfect place to enjoy the Atlantis and other fireworks taking place on the Palm. More about Palm Jumeirah Boardwalk.
You can celebrate the New Year’s Eve in style, by making a reservation for the Gala Dinner at Atlantis or other hotels on the Palm Jumeirah. Most hotels on the Palm have their own fireworks and New Years Eve activities planned. From spectacular fireworks displays to incredible and sumptuous feasts all night, diners can enjoy fantastic views of The Palm and the Dubai Skyline.
More places to view fireworks
In addition to these, fireworks will also go up at Madinat Jumeirah, The Walk and The Beach at JBR, La Mer Beach, Global Village, Dubai Creek, Golf & Yacht Club and Dubai Festival City.
Dubai Ferry Cruise
Dubai Ferry cruise is an awesome way to beat the traffic and enjoy the fireworks at Burj Al Arab. You can buy your tickets at either the Dubai Marina or the Al Ghubaiba Ferry Station ticket office. Unfortunately tickets for the Dubai Ferry are not available to purchase in advance online, you will need to go to the ticket office at ferry stations or you can call 056-2190276 to book tickets.
There are three sailings from the Marina, Al Ghubaiba and Dubai water Canal stations. Boarding starts at 8:30 PM and the ferry leaves at 9 PM. It returns at 1:30 AM. Prices are 300 dirhams for silver class and 450 dirhams for gold class. Prices for children aged between two and 10 years old will be 50% of the adult price. Children under two travel free. This is just a cruise to view the fireworks and does not include food or drinks.
You can contact the RTA on their free number 800 9090 for more information.
So where ever you wish to watch the fireworks in Dubai from, we hope you enjoy the celebrations and have a wonderful time as you bid farewell to the current year.