It’s no secret that Dubai has a penchant for fireworks (DSF, anyone?) but on New Year’s Eve three particularly spectacular shows will leave you spoiled for choice. Major displays are held at Atlantis, the Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa, with each of the iconic landmarks competing to put on the most ostentatious, awe-inspiring show. Take a look at our top tips for bagging a prime view.
Burj Al Arab If you can’t afford Dhs7,450 for the seven-star hotel’s swanky New Year’s Eve gala, you don’t have to miss out on the display. Check out the view from the Pullman Mall of the Emirates’ rooftop, or from the terrace at its all-day dining restaurant, Sanabel – there’s a party across both venues, where Dhs1,000 will get you selected house beverages all night. If you don’t want to spend a penny, throw on a sweater instead of your designer garb and pitch up on Kite or Sunset Beach. Both are located just off Jumeirah Beach Road and directly to the right of the hotel, so expect superb views.
Atlantis Your first option is to go for the Under the Stars gala dinner at the pink resort itself, but if Dhs2,750 seems a little steep, there are other ways to catch the action. Last year, we saw Atlantis’s impressive display from as far away as M-Dek’s NYE party at Media One Hotel in Media City, which this year is Dhs295 before 11.45pm and Dhs100 after. You could also check out the views from Vista Rooftop Bar & Restaurant in the Holiday Inn Knowledge Village, which will be hosting a NYE do for a reasonable Dhs395, or Dhs550 with unlimited house beverages. Alternatively, just head to a friend’s apartment on the Palm.
Burj Khalifa To catch these impressive fireworks, plan your journey beforehand and think carefully about how you’re getting home. Last year, Downtown was incredibly busy, with delays of more than two hours on the roads and hardly a taxi in sight, while the metro was so overwhelmed the main station was eventually closed. Ideally, camp out on the sofa of a friend who lives in the area. For the best views, find a spot anywhere round Emaar Boulevard (get there early to nab a bench on the boulevard, or find a space in the square opposite Qamardeen Hotel – both are free of charge). If you fancy missing the scrum and not the show, Italian seafood restaurant BiCE Mare in Souk Al Bahar is offering dinner on its terrace for Dhs1,200 per person.
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Mirzas Jan 01, 2012 10:14 am
The invitation was too enticing to ignore or miss, Fireworks display at Burj Khalifa... and so hundreds of thousands thronged to the venue, mostly tourist with families, many of them with small children. We had all save up through the year to finance this trip, for Dubai is by no means economic toursin naymore, specially not in the winter months.
It was indeed a once in a lifetime exhilerating experience but also the start of a nightmare over three hours long and one which washed away all the thrills. After the display, the real fireworks erupted when we discovered that we are all stranded with no transport available to reach our hotels. All the Metro stations in the immediate vicinity were shut without any regard for the distressed, stranded families. How could the DUbai Metro officials be so inconsiderate and apathetic to this, why did not the Dubai municipality plan for this properly. I hear last year was an equal disaster, the Metro which was shut down completely last year would operate throughout the night this year; we were informed by the attendant at Mall of EMirates station that Burj Khalifa station will open after the display. But that was NOT, so we walked the many thousands of us, some with prams, many ladies in new year finery with high heeled shoes.....and almost all with children. But the next station three kms away was closed too... such discourtesy and disregard, such poor planning... I guess Dubai still has many years to go before it develops a soul and character beyondthe gleaming glass facades and the fancy hotels... one which truly characterises a city that cares for its citizens and which is welcoming for tourists of all variety.