Where to watch the Dubai New Year's Eve fireworks

Time Out Dubai has the best guide to watching the Dubai New Year's Eve fireworks at Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab and The Beach, JBR

In 2013, Dubai set a new world record for the largest-ever fireworks display, and then again as the UAE rang in 2015, there was more worldwide recognition for the 25,000 fireworks weighing 4.7 tonnes used around the Burj Khalifa.

So with even more expected as we switch over to 2016, where is the best place to watch the stunning displays that will light up the sky in three separate locations around town. The main display, as is tradition, will be at the world's tallest building on the stroke of midnight. Then, at 00:09 the Burj Al Arab will do its thing, followed by another mesmerising show at The Beach, JBR at 00:16.

And what's best about fireworks, especially on a night when the fee for some restaurants and bars is almost 10 times the usual? It's free, providing you find the right spot.

You could sit back and watch them on television, from the comfort of your own home, but where is the fun in that? Dust off your hamper, grab a blanket and head to one of Dubai’s public beaches – Kite and Palace (on Al Sufouh Road between the royal palaces) are our pick – where the views of all three displays, particularly Burj Al Arab, will be faultless. In fact, you'll be so close, you’ll almost be able to smell the gunpowder.

Those wanting a closer view of the main event and don’t have claustrophobic tendencies should brave the scrum Downtown. But get there early, preferably before 6pm, or you risk being at squinting distance. Definitely leave the car at home, too, as parking at the The Dubai Mall will be at a premium.

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