Dubai will be seeing off the year 2022 in a blaze of glory with 30 glorious fireworks displays in 30 different locations across the city. As the clock strikes midnight, the skies above Dubai will burst into streaks of colours and sound. The usual suspects, iconic landmarks such as Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, Atlantis The Palm, Dubai Frame etc. are part of the epic line-up. However, the Dubai Media Office has recently confirmed that special NYE fireworks in Dubai will also be held by hotels and resorts, popular golf courses and public spaces.
1. Burj Khalifa
The mother of all fireworks shows, this is the NYE fireworks in Dubai that can been seen for miles around the city and the one that produces iconic images splashed across every publication on the morning of January 1 to illustrate the UAE welcoming a brand new year. This year, you’ll be treated to the triple whammy of a laser light show, fireworks and a synchronised performance by The Dubai Fountain at 12am on January 1. And this one’s set to be a record-breaking attempt for the largest laser display ever.
You can take to the roads and streets in and around Downtown Dubai for a free view but to get up close and personal with a spot by the fountains head to the venue early. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard will be closed 6pm onwards and expect other road closures and delays as well. Find details here
2 . Motiongate Dubai
Celebrations kick off early at Dubai Parks and Resorts on Saturday, December 31 where fireworks will be set off twice at 7pm as well as 9pm. Annual pass will be ushered into a dedicated area in Riverland Dubai for unobstructed views of the fireworks.
3. Al Seef
Steep yourself in some history as you welcome the future this New Year’s Eve. The heritage destination in Bur Dubai offers up stunning views of the fireworks as they pop and burst, lighting up the Dubai Creek’s waters.
Entrance to Al Seef is free
4. Global Village
The beloved theme park is going the whole nine yards to ring in 2023 with not one, but 7 fireworks shows; each to mark the start of 2023 in 7 different countries and time zones around the world. What a lovely way to celebrate the UAE’s rich and diverse expat population! The first round of fireworks will go off at 8pm (UAE time) to coincide with midnight in the Philippines. The next 6 sets of fireworks will be at 9pm for Thailand, 10pm for Bangladesh, 10.30pm for India, 11pm for Pakistan, 12am for the UAE and 1am for when Turkey welcomes the New Year. Each country’s New Year celebration will also have its own dedicated countdown.
Entry to Global Village costs AED 18 per person
5. Dubai Festival City Mall
While the waterfront mall’s IMAGINE light and sound show is always a crowd-puller, the entertainment quotient goes up a notch here on NYE with live performances by DJ Dany Neville and Mahmood Al Turky from 9pm until the clock strikes 12. Then, a dazzling display of fireworks will light up the sky. To enjoy a premium view of the live performances, you’ll have to book a table at Festival bay’s popular restaurants including Beit Al Kel, Turkish Village, Five Guys and more. Find details here
6. Bluewaters Dubai
Stepping into the future and a brand new year can’t get any more futuristic than a drone show. Catch a mind-boggling drones light show at Bluewaters . Hundreds of the tiny machines weave and dive around to illuminate the night sky with stunning patterns and messages created using lights. Shows take place at 8pm and 11pm, followed by fireworks at 12am shimmering above the Ain Dubai and waters of Dubai Marina.
7. The Beach opposite JBR
The fireworks here will be joined by a synchronised drone show on December 31 at 11:59pm. Restaurants and outdoor terraces at the Pavilion are great spots to catch the shows from. If you get there early, you can always cop a spot at the beach.
8-10. Palm West Beach, Club Vista Mare and The Pointe
Amazing parties, live DJs and even more amazing food await at these three beachfront locations on Palm Jumeirah. The destinations will be hosting their own fireworks shows so you’ll have clear views of the skies lighting up at 12am. Book at one of their restaurants for a clear vantage point. Click here for details
11. Town Square by Nashma
Live in one of the communities out by Al Qudra? Town Square by Nashma save you the trouble of dealing with traffic to hike out all the way to Dubai proper with their own NYE fireworks. And a block party of sorts. From 6pm to 1am, spectators will be mesmerised by carnival games, dance acts, live DJs, a circus show, acrobatics and a countdown to the fireworks at 12am.
12. Atlantis The Palm
With plenty of high-end restaurants, including Michelin-star Ossiano, the Atlantis The Palm is popping with parties and dinners on NYE 2022, including a performance by Aussie singer Kylie Minogue. If you’re unable to score a reservation inside the hotel, a popular spot to witness the fireworks at this iconic destination is the boardwalk along Crescent Rd on Palm Jumeirah. It’s absolutely free.
13. Burj Al Arab
The best vantage point to catch the fireworks exploding around Burj Al Arab for free is Kite Beach. A few metres down the road from the 7-star hotel, the free beach is a popular tourist destination. Head out to Kite Beach earlier in the day to catch the final sunset of 2022 and stick around, maybe with a picnic, to watch the fireworks.
14. Dubai Frame, Zabeel Park
An affordable entry price of AED 20 to Zabeel Park gives you front-row seats to the stellar fireworks that go off above the Dubai Frame. As part of the park’s ‘Under the Stars NYE 2022′ celebrations, you’ll also get to enjoy music by live DJs and party your way into 2023 amidst lush greenery on an open dancefloor. Get your tickets here
15. Resorts and hotels with independent NYE fireworks in Dubai
- Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai
- One&Only Royal Mirage
- JA Beach Hotel – Jebel Ali
- Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort
- One&Only The Palm
- Sofitel Dubai The Palm
- Palazzo Versace Dubai
- Park Hyatt Dubai
- Bulgari Resort Dubai
- Four Seasons Resort Dubai, Jumeirah Beach
16. Other destinations with NYE fireworks in Dubai
Jumeirah Golf Estates Golf & Country Club, Emirates Golf Club, Montgomerie Golf Club Dubai, Arabian Ranches Golf Club and Topgolf Dubai will also be hosting New Year’s Eve activities, parties and fireworks displays.