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New Year in Dubai

Where to watch New Year's Eve fireworks in Dubai

Mon, November 23, 2020

As the countdown gets closer, here are the best places to be as the clock strikes 12 in Dubai.

As the countdown gets closer, here are the best places to be as the clock strikes 12 in Dubai.

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All eyes on Burj Khalifa

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Catch a glimpse of the most extravagant New Year's Eve pyrotechnic show at Burj Khalifa. We recommend booking a table at one of the many restaurants in Downtown Dubai, including Souk Al Bahar or Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard for the closest, most unobstructed view of the tower. Alternatively, head to The Dubai Mall to watch the The Dubai Fountain's spectacular light and water show build up to the grand finale at midnight.

If you're celebrating as a family, consider spending the evening at Burj Park – located on a small island out on Burj Lake, the park will play host to a live DJ set and a selection of dining options, with clear views of Dubai Fountain's NYE shows.

With safety measures in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, expect thermal cameras, contactless payments and social distancing at all public areas. Remember to arrive as early as 5pm as roads and access to the Downtown neighbourhood will be restricted on the night as part of the highly-anticipated #EMAARNYE2021 celebrations.

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Island celebrations at Atlantis, The Palm

Join in the festivities at Atlantis, The Palm by booking a table at one of the hotel's fantastic restaurants and lounges. Alternatively, consider staying the night and watching legendary rockers KISS perform at 'the biggest & baddest concert event and pyrotechnics show of the year' right from your balcony.

The Palm Jumeirah Boardwalk nearby also offers numerous vantage points for visitors to watch the fireworks displays light up the sky, or you can reserve a table at any one of the waterside restaurants at The Pointe, which is also home to the world's largest fountain.

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See The Beach all lit up

Located just opposite Jumeirah Beach Residences in Dubai Marina, The Beach is like a sunny shoreside resort that anyone can access. Spend New Year's Eve on the sands, while the little ones scramble to stay afloat on the fun inflatable water park, or book a table at one of the hotspot's restaurants before colourful fireworks light up the night sky.

The majestic Bluewaters Island is a short walk away too, offering even more spectacular vantage points of the midnight spectacle. Both venues are also playing host to the region's longest-running drone light show, adding a burst of vibrancy along an already impressive coastline. 

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Live it up at La Mer

Watch as Meraas’ family beachfront destination La Mer transforms into open-air venue set to enthrall audiences of all ages. It's a great choice for families who want to combine the best of outdoor fun and New Year's Eve festivities.

An ideal choice for families, little ones can jump around Hawa Hawa, La Mer's outdoor trampoline park, or slip and slide all day long at one of the city’s best waterparks, Laguna. With beachside chalets, day beds and watersports galore, it's wise to come early to enjoy a full day of fun. Looking for a restaurant with a view at La Mer? Consider terrace tables at modern Indian favourite Masti, or an al fresco Middle Eastern dinner to remember at Babel.

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Celebrate by the waters of Al Seef

Looking for a celebratory spot with old-world charm this New Year's Eve? Head to Dubai's heritage district of Al Seef, located by the historic waters of the Dubai Creek. It presents a truly picturesque setting with traditional dhows and centuries-old architecture.

Take in stunning views of the fireworks from waterfront restaurants in the district, such as Skafos that delights with Italian, Spanish and Greek dishes, and ILA that serves up fresh Arabic fare. The luxury dinner cruise experience Bateaux Dubai also sets sail from Al Seef, so there's plenty of foodie distractions to savour.

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