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New Year in Dubai

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with the family

Sun, November 14, 2021

From dazzling fireworks to picnicking on the beach, wherever you go in Dubai, you're in for a fabulous welcome to 2022.

From dazzling fireworks to picnicking on the beach, wherever you go in Dubai, you're in for a fabulous welcome to 2022.


Watch the fireworks


Dubai is always host to brilliant fireworks displays on New Year’s Eve and a highlight is the Burj Khalifa lighting up with a laser and fireworks spectacular year after year. Combine the show with dinner by reserving a table at nearby restaurants – a few hotspots to consider are CÉ LA VI at Address Sky View, Thiptara at Palace Downtown and Abd El Wahab at Souk Al Bahar. Over at Palm Jumeirah, the best views of the famed Atlantis, The Palm fireworks can also be admired from The Pointe.


Picnic by the beach


Dubai’s beaches are an excellent spot to ring in the New Year. Free to access, Kite Beach is ideal for a fun-filled picnic with views of the Burj Al Arab. Get there early to catch the sunset before settling in for the night. If you prefer a little entertainment leading up to the countdown, make your way to The Beach opposite Jumeirah Beach Residences (JBR). This hip urban beach precinct features an array of restaurants with sea views, ideal for a sparkling New Year's night.


Travel the world

Count down to midnight at Global Village, Dubai’s seasonal entertainment and shopping amusement park. Last year's visitors got to enjoy music and cultural dance performances at the outdoor arena all night long, and, in between breaks, explored thrilling rides and carnival-themed attractions. The Global Village is a great place to shop one-of-a-kind buys and souvenirs from around the world with grand pavilions representing more than 75 countries. 

Experience Emirati hospitality

If you're looking for a touch of local tradition, then look no further than Karak House. It boasts an extraordinary setting, thanks to its enviable location on Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard. The restaurant is popular among gourmands for its contemporary twist on Emirati cuisine. Book a table out on the terrace to dine under the stars with prime views of the Burj Khalifa at midnight. Alternatively, try Al Fanar restaurant at Dubai Festival City Mall or Logma in The Dubai Mall – both offer contemporary takes on Emirati classics.


Stay, play and dine at Dubai's best

Hotels across Dubai are set to host elaborate extravaganzas, so there's something for all ages to enjoy. For example, Atlantis, The Palm's celebrations are a key fixture on Dubai's New Year's Eve calendar, dazzling with delicious feasts and live entertainment. There's even a dedicated New Year's Eve superhero-themed party for little ones this year, complete with fun games and a glow disco.


Get a new look for the new year

Shop for the new you
Amid all the celebrations, don't forget that Dubai Shopping Festival is decking the malls with incredible discounts and activities for the whole family. Find live entertainment aplenty, and lots of fun for little ones. Get fitted for a whole new wardrobe by your favourite brands and seek special festivities at the city's renowned retail hotspots, including The Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates and the al fresco favourite, Al Seef.
Dubai Shopping Festival
  • 15 Dec 2022 - 29 Jan 2023
  • Citywide

Enjoy the world's best at Expo 2020 Dubai

Expo 2020 Dubai will welcome visitors of all ages for a night to remember this New Year's Eve. Explore futuristic highlights at country pavilions, authentic cuisines from all over the globe and musical acts that will be performing late into the night. As midnight approaches, you'll want to gather outdoors and watch the fireworks or head to Al Wasl Plaza for the highly-anticipated ball drop.
Tiesto, Norah Jones and Christina Aguilera at Expo 2020 Dubai
Leisure events
  • 1 Oct 2021 - 31 Mar 2022
  • Expo 2020 Dubai

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