The best places to catch NYE displays, including Burj Khalifa’s light show
Dubai is known for its unmissable and unmistakable fireworks displays at the turn of the year. Having set world records in the past, it’s not surprising that this city becomes an even bigger tourist attraction as New Year’s Eve approaches, with international visitors flocking to town to witness some show-stopping, heart-pounding, ooh-and-ahh-inspiring pyrotechnics.
So what can you expect this year?
Burj Al Arab One of several iconic destinations and sources for fireworks every year, the Burj Al Arab will be putting on its traditional fireworks display again for the arrival of 2018. Visible from practically anywhere along the Jumeirah coastline, your best bet for a prime spot is to head towards Madinat Jumeirah for a bite to eat or a few drinks to see in the New Year. Alternatively, head to one of the public beaches along the coastline for a free viewing. Visit www.jumeirah.com for more information. Burj Khalifa (sort of) It’s unexpected, but not entirely surprising, that the world’s tallest tower is taking an alternative approach to the New Year’s Eve fireworks tradition this year. The Burj Khalifa has done away with the fireworks display this time around, which is a shame – although Emaar has been teasing us for a couple of weeks now about “Light up 2018”, a world record attempt that will see fireworks swapped for a dazzling light show. No more information has been given so far, but we’re intrigued, and massively excited. You’ll be able to catch the show from a number of places in the Downtown Dubai and Business Bay area, if you’re after a top spot, and of course for miles around. Visit www.burjkhalifa.ae for more information.
Dubai Festival City New Year’s Eve will start at the site of IMAGINE (the aquatic light show), with four special fireworks displays taking place at 9pm, 10pm and 11pm, followed by a grand finale at midnight to welcome 2018. Entrance to the free event at Dubai Festival City Mall starts at 7pm. Visit www.dubaifestivalcitymall.com for more information.
Global Village This popular entertainment destination will feature seven minutes of fireworks kicking off at midnight to see in the New Year. Its theme for this year is “come experience the world”, so you can expect the countdown to midnight occurring seven times, each based on the time zone of seven selected countries. There’ll be a fireworks display for each countdown, and a grand display at midnight (GST). Visit www.globalvillage.ae for more information.
Palm Jumeirah We’ve seen some pretty spectacular moments on New Year’s Eve coming from the Palm Jumeirah, with the whole archipelago lighting up to celebrate the arrival of years gone by. This year Atlantis The Palm is the place to be to check out the monolithic fireworks display. Although, head to the 11km boardwalk around the circumference of the crescent is also going to be a great way to catch the display – with free public access walking access available from the Rixos The Palm Dubai at the tip of the eastern crescent to the One&Only The Palm on the opposing western side.
Equally, if you’re on the Palm, you could head to Palm Jumeirah’s Club Vista Mare, which is running its own fireworks display on the stroke of midnight. There are seven different restaurants and bars for you to head to on New Year’s Eve, all of which face the beachfront, if you want to catch a glimpse of the display. Head to Breeze, The Tap House, Simply Italian, Abyat, Gursha, Ibn AlBahr or Ají. Head to www.facebook.com/clubvmare for more information.
Qasr Al Sultan Expect a stellar celebration under the stars at this desert destination, with fantastic food, extraordinary entertainment and a show-stopping fireworks display. Peruse the Grand Food Bazaar, witness live performances by traditional Arabian singers, tanoura dancers and a live international band. There’s also the opportunity to visit Dukan Zaman to learn about ancient Middle Eastern traditions, with packages including falcon displays for the kids. Head to www.qasralsultan.ae for more information.