Burj Park One of the best (free) seats in the house for watching the Burj Khalifa’s impressive display. We recommend getting there in the late afternoon unless you want to spend the countdown to midnight in a taxi or trying to get out of the metro station. Take a picnic to Jumeirah Open Beach Want to gaze at the fireworks, but not too keen on traffic or crowds? This massive patch of sand at Jumeirah Open Beach is open 24 hours a day and has a great view of the Burj Khalifa, making it the ideal spot for a low-key gathering. There are a number of tables dotted along the sand, although we’d suggest soaking up the atmosphere by taking along a blanket, a flask of warm drink and a picnic full of tasty snacks such as cheese and biscuits.
Dubai Creek Golf Club Pull up a perch at Boardwalk’s surf- and-turf night or enjoy the fiesta at QD’s – both spots overlook the Dubai skyline. QD’s Dhs580 (food and selected beverages); Boardwalk Dhs375 (with soft drinks), Dhs580 (with selected beverages); Dhs180 for children aged seven to 16. Deira (04 380 1234).
Sunset Beach Pack some NYE snacks, a picnic rug and a sweater, then head to the beach to take in the spectacular show at the Burj Al Arab. You may also catch a glimpse of the firework action at Atlantis. Free. On the right of Burj Al Arab, Umm Suqeim (no number).
The Walk at JBR Yes, it will probably be mobbed, but for a cheaper NYE meal this is the place to be. The view of the beach itself may have disappeared, but you’ll still get a good view of the fireworks on the Palm. Alternatively, opt for a takeaway and sit on the sand.