Dubai on new year's eve has one of the most spectacular fireworks displays anywhere in the world, which is also available as a live stream worldwide, while the city and emirate's many top hotels and retaurants offer a range of new year parties to cater to virtually any requirements, no matter now extravagant.
The party this year is Light up 2018 and will see fireworks centred on the Burj Khalifa as well as a water and music show at the Dubai Fountain. There is even some talk that the fireworks may be completely replaced by lights and lasers, but I guess we'll have to wait and see!
This is a city that likes to put on a show and this is reflected in the huge midnight fireworks display, which certainly makes the most of the center piece of the Burj Khalifa Tower to put on a show that is among the biggest and brightest anywhere in the world, even competing with the Sydney display for sheer scale in recent years.
The biggest party in town takes place at Downtown Dubai, where the crowds will welcome 2018 with a street party leading up to the spectacular midnight fireworks extravaganza. The event gets underway at 8pm and is free of charge.
Most people will head for the area around the Burj Khalifa tower for the best views, or for a lucky few the At The Top outdoor observation deck will enjoy the most spectacular panoramic views available. The buildup to midnight takes place throughout the evening, with live music, performers and various entertainment on offer. There is also a spectacular laser and LED light display.
It does get very crowded around the Burj Khalifa though, with people wanting the best views advised to turn up no later than 6pm, so a lot of people choose to spend the evening at one of the hotels a little further out of town, where you can have a posh dinner, relaxing time and still get a good view of the fireworks in the distance. There will be special viewing platforms set up both in Burj Park and across Downtown Dubai.
There are several fireworks displays across Dubai if you don't fancy mixing with the crowds around the Khalifa Tower - you can see firework shows at midnight at:
Atlantis, The Palm
Burj al Arab
Jumeirah Beach Residences
Popular choices for this option are the Park Hyatt Hotel and Al Naforrah at the Emirates Towers. Another possibility, especially for those on a tighter budget, is to head for one of Dubai's beaches such as Sunset Beach and Kite Beach and watch the fireworks for free surrounded by the locals in a friendly and convivial atmosphere. A good bar option to watch the fireworks from is Iris Dubai at The Oberoi, Sheikh Zayed Road.
The Hyatt Regency Dubai are holding a new year party, featuring live music and a fantastic food and drinks package worthy of such a fabulous 5 star venue - secure your tickets here.
Another big party to look out for is at Atlantis The Palm with live music leading up to the massive midnight fireworks, which on NYE 2017 actually set a new world fireworks record, even bigger than the Sydney display, so well worth looking out for!
If you would like a taste in advance for what the new year celebrations in Dubai are all about then I recommend watching the blockbuster movie Happy New Year, starring Abhishek Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Boman Irani and Vivaan Shah. The film is set in Dubai over the new year period, with several scenes actually shot at one of the biggest venues - Atlantis, The Palm.
Away from the main public events, if there is one thing Dubai is famous for it's the multitude of luxury hotels, and you'll have no problems at all finding a fantastic selection of parties to choose from - we'll provide a selection of our favourites nearer the time.
You won't need to worry about getting back to your accommodation from whichever party you do decide to go to ads the Dubai Metro stays open throughout the night, laying on extra trains to help cope with the crowds. The transport network is expected to cope with a massive 1 million passengers across new year's eve.
If you're looking for somewhere to dine before heading off to watch the fireworks then Dubai has a dizzying range of eateries to choose from, well over 5000 of them in total! It's difficult to pick only a few to recommend but top choices include Blue Jade, Sloane's, Armani Ristorante and Reflets by Pierre Gagnaire. Vegetarians and vegans are very well served here too, with Aadarsh, Sagneetha and Evergreen popular venues. See the full range of Dubai's culinary choices here. The Ivy Dubai also have a special new year evening planned, with fine dining and live music.
Places to watch live online - there are several live streaming webcams in the Emirate, including a live view of the Burj Khalifa and Jumeirah Beach:
There is also live online streaming of the Burj Khalifa fireworks display online, with 3 different camera angles capturing the pyrotechnics from all around:
Dubai is world renowned for the quality and affordable luxury of it's hotel options, and the New Year period provides the perfect opportunity to pamper yourself with some of the luxury you might not normally splash out on. Top hotels include:
Atlantis The Palm
Amwaj Rotana, Jumeirah Beach
Burj al Arab
Grand Midwest Tower, Sheikh Zayed Road
Hilton Dubai Jumeirah
Indications are that the region's hotels will be exceptionally busy this year so we would highly recommend making your booking as soon as possible.
For reservations and online availability of the above hotels plus many more, check out local hotels here.
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