In a country renowned for its world-record-shattering firework displays, it’s hard to settle on just one location in the UAE to bid farewell to 2019 and ring in the New Year. From iconic attractions in Dubai to star-studded concerts in Abu Dhabi, we’ve rounded up the best spots across the emirates for an unforgettable countdown to 2020 this New Year’s Eve.
One of the newest additions to Dubai’s must-visit attractions is hosting its inaugural New Year’s celebration this year with fireworks followed by a laser show at the 150m-tall observatory tower featuring uninterrupted vistas of both Old and New Dubai. In addition to the world’s largest frame’s big event, the surrounding Zabeel Park will also be holding a Bollywood-themed night with tunes, food, and activities for the whole family.
While the gala celebration at Atlantis gives party-goers a front-row seat to the Palm Jumeirah’s annual firework spectacular, The Pointe offers unobstructed views of the hotel and dazzling show from the recently opened shopping and retail boardwalk at the top of Dubai’s infamous manmade island.
It’s hard to beat a New Year’s Eve with a backdrop of the Burj Al Arab, which is why many residents flock to Kite Beach for a panoramic sight of the seven-star hotel amidst a beachside picnic under the stars.
It wouldn’t be a list of the best New Year’s celebrations in the UAE without the Burj Khalifa making its usual star appearance. Not only will there be a massive fireworks display lighting up the world’s tallest building, but also an LED animation covering its facade and yet another attempt at a world record with the world’s longest choreographed fountain performance at the Dubai Fountain. Celebrants can enjoy the show from various areas around Downtown, including the Dubai Mall, Souk Al Bahar, or the new Burj Plaza promenade.
Nothing represents the multicultural hub of Dubai better than Global Village, an amusement park home to more than 20 pavilions representing countries from all around the world. In addition to the usual midnight extravaganza welcoming in 2020, there will also be hourly fireworks from 8 pm onwards marking midnight in seven different time zones for nonstop entertainment throughout the evening.
Partying the night away with waterfront sets from a live DJ and band, guests can rave their way into the New Year at The Beach below impressive skylines of the Jumeirah Beach Residence and Dubai Marina.
From the water
Board a Dubai Ferry, Waterbus, Water Taxi or Abra for a special Dubai Waterfront tour of the city’s landmark destinations on the last night of 2019. Opt out of the on-land experiences and embark on a journey to Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, and Atlantis via water with one of the RTA’s marine transport options starting from various points around the UAE for a unique perspective of the country’s firecrackers.
Whether you pay a visit to Yas Island or Al Maryah Island, you’re guaranteed a star-studded concert lineup at the UAE capital. While Bruno Mars is bringing his 24K Magic to the former for a headline performance of the two-day music festival Resolution, Arab superstars Nancy Ajram and Tamer Hosny will be heard rocking the stage at the latter. Alternatively, guests can head to the Abu Dhabi Corniche to witness the 10-minute long fireworks presentation from the city’s
Another waterfront destination deserving recognition this New Year’s Eve is Sharjah’s Al Majaz Waterfront, ushering in 2020 with another extensive fireworks demonstration and complemented by music as well as a multi-colored fountain show.
Fresh from setting two Guinness World Records last year and another in 2018, Ras Al Khaimah is on track to make two more world records this year on Al Marjan Island with pyro-drones counting down to the new decade and painting the sky with recreations of the emirate’s major monuments as well as a never-before-seen exhibition of Japanese aerial shell fireworks.