If you’re visiting Dubai during the Christmas and New Year period you are going to be spoilt for choice on where to spend new years eve.
Rather then getting caught up in all of the madness, leaving it until last minute and then missing out; check out our favourite 8 places to spend new years eve in Dubai.
Overall, we’d recommend the best place to go for New Years Fireworks in Dubai to be The Burj Khalifa. However, there are many alternative and fantastic places to spend the night, so let’s dive right in.
1. The Burj Khalifa
Experience the jaw-dropping pyrotechnic shows of the Burj Khalifa along with the dazzling water fountain show and firework display. Where better to celebrate the New Year other than the tallest and most prestigious building in the world?! Make sure you arrive earlier than 6pm for the best spots as literally tens of thousands of people attend this location.
Dubai Mall is footsteps away so you can load up on food and drink before taking a pitch for the evening. Alternatively you can book a table which lines the waterfront and the Burj Khalifa. We highly recommend this but make sure you book a few months in advance and expect high reservation prices.
One of the plus sides to bringing in the new year here is that it can be done completely free! Travelling with small children or not wanting to face the crowds? Don’t worry as there are many bars, clubs and viewing platforms set up across Downtown Dubai where you can watch the show with great views of the Burj Khalifa.
If you are wanting to stay the night but think that the Armani Hotel at The Burj is a little pocket stretching then check out these hotels below which are close by:
Roda al Murooj Hotel – 700m Away
Sofitel Dubai Downtown – 600m Away
Downtown Apartments – 500m Away (With Views of the Burj Khalifa)
2. Kite Beach & The Burj Al Arab
Our second place to spend new years eve in Dubai is the world famous 6 star hotel – Burj Al Arab. Watch the fireworks for free from Kite Beach or book a table at one of the restaurants at Souk Madinat which sits next to the hotel.
3. Global Village
For something a bit different and a lot cheaper; try Global Village. Entry is just AED15 (£3) and hosts 7 different firework shows across the evening. Each firework show represents New Years Eve in a different country in real time; from China to Pakistan.
Fireworks start at 8pm (China New Year) but we advise arriving early for good views, around 6pm. Global Village is a fantastic and family friendly place for all; there are shows for the children early on and fairground rides to keep little ones entertained. This is one of the best spots for a family outing at New Years Eve in Dubai.
If you’re looking for somewhere to stay close by, check out Millennium Executive Apartments, which are budget and family friendly as well as being just a few miles away.
4. Atlantis The Palm
Many people flock to Dubai over Christmas and New Years for a variety of reasons. From the warm weather to the incredible Christmas and New Years shows. So if you’re lucky enough to have booked this hotel for the festive period then we wouldn’t consider stepping outside of the grounds to go anywhere else on NYE and here’s why..
The hotel has an incredible 23 restaurants and bars open for NYE galas; each with exclusive firework display access. There are a variety of dining and NYE gala packages available from the hotel which start at just AED1250 (£265). For those not staying at the Atlantis Hotel but wishing to view the firework show, there are many options. Barasti Beach Bar has great views of The Palm and so does The Boardwalk or The Pointe.
5. La Mer Beach
For a chilled show with plenty of space try La Mer Beachfront. The fireworks light up the Arabian sea and give travellers fantastic panoramic views. This is another great option for families with small children. It is usually mild enough at this time of year for children to play on the beach and kill time whilst waiting for the show to start.
The great thing about visiting La Mer Beach for New Years Eve Fireworks is that you can also get a view of the rest of the city’s fireworks too!
Access to the area is free! Alternatively you can try the Masti restaurant which is located on La Mer Beachfront if you fancy food and drinks and a more comfortable and exclusive view. There are also other restaurants available but Masti is one of the best.
6. Dubai Festival City
Dubai Festival City is another great place to bring in the new year in Dubai. Fireworks start at 9pm on the hour every hour building up for the big grand finale at 12pm.
There are usually intermediate shows and bands playing too so your sure not to get bored. Dubai Festival City has a huge Ferris wheel as well which you can ride outside of firework displays for great views. Entry is from 7pm and is free of charge.
7. Dubai Marina
Dubai Marina is incredible at night; with the lit up skyscrapers towering across the water and the gorgeous boats and yachts passing by. So as you can imagine, its even better on New Years Eve.
There are various spots around the marina where you can take in the firework displays. Alternatively there are marina parties going on which you can attend. Why not book a Dhow Cruise and have a party on the boat whilst taking in the views and firework displays.
Another great reason to spend New Years Eve on Dubai Marina is the many water front bars and restaurants, ensuring you can easily make a night of it. There are also many budget hotels in this area if you are looking to stay the night.
8. The Walk JBR
The most happening place in Dubai, The Walk at Jumeirah Beach Residence has many hotels, restaurants, shops with a fantastic boulevard and beachfront.
Many first time visitors to Dubai should stay here to get a real taste of all things Dubai. Most hotels face the sea front and so watching firework displays from the comfort of your own balcony is possible.
Alternatively there are an array of restaurants which will take new years bookings. Each have their own independent shows and entertainment but the real show is on the beach at midnight. The beachfront is more than a mile long and so there is no need to pre book anything, access is free and there will be plenty of space. The only time you’d need to book would be to take a space at one of the many restaurants.
If you do choose to book a restaurant / bar / hotel then we highly recommend Sky Lounge at The Hilton. The rooftop lounge, bar and restaurant hosts a party that’ll have you fall in love with the Dubai skyline all over again. Entertainment comprises of a saxophonist and DJ which will have you dancing your way through the new year. Prices start from AED595 (£125) but you can get in for free for the after-party at 12:30pm.
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Enjoy and Happy New Year!