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New Year Fireworks in Dubai

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There may be no Ball Drop or Winter Wonderland but Dubai sure knows how to take New Year’s celebrations up a notch. The city of dreams lives up to her name as New Year approaches and the festivities are a huge thing. Here’s 5 good reasons to spend New Year in Dubai.

1. The Fireworks

New Year Fireworks in Dubai

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The city goes out of her way to offer spectacular shows which are broadcasted all over the world. Why watch them on a screen when it can happen right in front of you?

Burj Khalifa
New Year Fireworks at the Burj Khalifa

The Burj Khalifa’s Fireworks

Head to the Burj Khalifa on New Year’s eve for an incredible gala featuring the biggest firework display as well as a night full of entertainment. It’s the right spot to start 2019 with a bang.

Burj Al Arab
New Year Fireworks at the Burj Al Arab

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The pyrotechnic display at the Burj Al Arab is a great alternative to the Burj Khalifa if you’re put off by huge crowds. This grandiose hotel knows how to take it to the next level and everyone raves about it. The show is spectacular with its explosion of colors and it’s considered to be one of Dubai’s most stunning displays. If you can’t be at the Burj Al Arab, go to Umm Suqeim Park, Jumeirah beach or Madinah Jumeirah for picture-perfect views of the hotel.

Palm Jumeirah
New Year Fireworks on the Palm Jumeira

Fireworks at the Palm Jumeira

The Palm Jumeirah’s fireworks set the bar higher. When the clock strikes midnight, fireworks trace the outline of the whole island and it’s all perfectly synchronized for a jaw-dropping show. Head to Kite beach or Jumeirah beach for the best view.

2. IMAGINE at the Dubai Festival City

IMAGINE light show at the Dubai Festival City

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If you’re not into fireworks, but still want to experience magic, head to Dubai Festival City which hosts the world’s largest light projection show, IMAGINE. It even holds a Guinness world record and nothing can beat that. IMAGINE is one of the world’s most captivating shows which transports you into a world of dreams and fantasies with its combination of laser lights, sound, music, fountains, fire and water-screen projections, all perfectly synchronized. IMAGINE can easily rival with the biggest firework displays.

3. New Year’s Eve Safari

New Year Desert Safari

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Do you want to spend New Year’s Eve in a unique way? How about an exceptional desert safari experience? There’s many hotels and tour operators in Dubai that offer exciting safari packages. Drive through the desert and spend the night in a luxurious and comfortable Bedouin camp under the stars, away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Watch regional dances or fire shows, enjoy a traditional feast worthy of a Sheikh and at midnight, it’s time to greet 2019 with fireworks.

4. The Dubai Shopping Festival

The Dubai Shopping Festival


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Dubai’s biggest shopping extravaganza, featuring over 700 brands in 3200 outlets, starts as from the 26th of December. It’s the event of the year which draws shopping aficionados throughout the world. This time it’s going to be sensational with its array of fashion shows, mega sales, concerts and amazing raffles.

5. The Dinners/Galas

Are you ready for an evening of indulgence? Dubai is home to some of the world’s finest restaurants and for New Year, they’re outdoing themselves to offer you the most exceptional dining experience.

NYE Dinner at Sea Fu
The Sea Fu Restaurant at the Four Seasons Resort Dubai

Sea Fu Restaurant at the Four Seasons Resort Dubai

Enjoy a festive seven-course menu at Sea Fu at the Four Seasons Resort Dubai,  along with a stunning view of the sea, a great way to spend New Year’s Eve, especially if you love Asian cuisine and seafood. To make things more exciting, there’s a saxophonist who will be performing live; a treat for music aficionados.

Dinner at the Solo Restaurant & Bar
Solo Restaurant and Bar at the Raffles Dubai

Solo Restaurant and Bar at the Raffles Dubai

Start the New Year with the finest Italian dishes at the Solo Restaurant & Bar at the Raffles Dubai with a succulent three-course gourmet menu and a live band performance. Is there any better way to welcome 2019?

Best Hotels to Stay

1. To enjoy the best views of Firework Displays:
The Burj Al Arab
The Burj Al Arab

The Burj Al Arab

New Year at the Burj Al Arab is a grandiose event and it offers one of the best fireworks displays in the city which rivals with the Burj Khalifa. Staying there means that you’re at the front seat to enjoy the show especially if you love fireworks.

The One & Only The Palm
The One&Only The Palm

The One&Only The Palm

Is there any better place to spend New Year’s Eve than on the Palm Jumeirah? At midnight, the whole island glitters with fireworks and at the One&Only The Palm and you have the best view to enjoy it all.

2. To Stay Close to Dubai’s Best Shopping Areas:
The Raffles Dubai
The Raffles Dubai

The Raffles Dubai

If you’re here for the shopping festival, the Raffles Dubai is the perfect place to stay as its close to some of the city’s best malls; that means less time in the cab and more for shopping. If you’re attending IMAGINE, the world’s biggest light projection show, you won’t need to leave too early since you’re only minutes away from the Dubai Festival City.

3. For a Relaxing Break:
The Park Hyatt Dubai
Park Hyatt Dubai

 Park Hyatt, Dubai

If you prefer to spend New Year’ Eve away from the crowd, opt for the Park Hyatt Dubai. The hotel has everything to put you in holiday spirits. Spend your day by the stunning pool, enjoying the sun or treat yourself to a massage at the Amara Spa. In the evening, head to Brasserie du Park for an exceptional dinner with a picture perfect view of Dubai Creek which is even more stunning when the fireworks start.


About Nimah Koussa

The best part about being a travel writer is bringing cities and destinations to life: their stories, secret addresses, luxurious gems and unique holiday moments. And I have been one for a little more than 10 years. From the best bars and restaurants in different cities of the world to hotels where you can check-in to get away from it all, this Magazine is all about making every trip just a bit more meaningful.

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