When it comes to celebrations, Dubai sets high standards. So to join in the fun for, here's 6 ideas to welcome the new year.
4 December 2016| Last updated on 14 January 2020
Dubai is one of the world’s favorite places to welcome the New Year. There is something magical about watching fireworks set off at the most iconic buildings. This is because the government goes all out to celebrate the New Year to light up landmarks in the city.
Residents and tourists alike have several choices to pick from when it comes to planning for the New Year festivities. From extravagant to low key parties, best festive brunches, picnic at the park or staycations in strategic hotels, here is a list of things you can do to make sure you make the most out of Dubai during this best time of the year!
1. Watch the extravagant fireworks in various locations around Dubai
The city goes all out when it comes to putting on a spectacular fireworks show. Make sure to catch them at three iconic locations: The Palm Jumeirah, The Burj Khalifa and the Burj Al Arab. However, make sure to plan ahead of time because people flock to these locations yearly, both residents and tourists. Make sure to keep checking announcements on Dubai’s news websites to watch out for timings and announcements.
2. Ring in the New Year and attend an extravagant party
At least once in your life you need to experience Dubai’s extravagant New Year’s Eve parties. They go all out when it comes to making sure party-goers will have the best experience they will never forget. These parties stand out from the rest of the parties around the world because of the lavishness of decorations, food and beverages, guest performers, fireworks, and the list goes on. Topnotch DJs and performers make the venues lively that will surely make anyone’s head spin from the grandeur and exhilarating experience.
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3. Splurge on a New Year’s Eve feast and go somewhere nice
Who doesn’t want to splurge on a nice feast once in a while? We know we do! The number of world class restaurants and hotels in the city is countless. There’s plenty to choose from when you want to welcome the New Year with a nice extravagant dinner and overflowing drinks. Of course, you can still catch fireworks from the venues. This requires a lot of pre-planning and pre-booking because you have to fight tooth and nail for a seat to these best New Year’s Eve dinners. While they may give you a huge dent in your wallet, many don’t mind because the experience is well worth it.
4. Do something different and spend your New Year’s on a desert safari
If you want to steer away from the crowd and New Year’s Eve madness, why not do something different and head to the desert instead? A unique and unforgettable New Years’ experience is to go stargazing and spend it in the well-set up camps with various activities and a spectacular buffet spread with traditional Arabic food favorites. Plus, there are exciting activities such as entertainment, henna, sand art and fireworks to ring in the New Year.
5. Prepare a picnic basket and spread a blanket on the beach
You can always go for the good old fashioned way and prepare a delicious picnic spread as you sit on the beach to enjoy the sound of the waves crashing to the shore while waiting for the fireworks. It’s easy on the pocket too! The public beaches at Jumeirah and Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) are the most popular beaches to do a New Year’s Eve picnic.
6. Book a staycation at one of Dubai's luxurious hotels
There are strategically placed hotels around the city that have the best views to the iconic Dubai locations (Burj Al Arab, The Palm Jumeirah, and Burj Khalifa). Residents and tourists sometimes opt to say in these hotels so they can have the best views to the spectacular fireworks while enjoying a flow of drinks and an abundant spread of New Year's feast. Best of all, after all the celebrations are over, you just need to retreat back to your room and enjoy a good night's sleep!
Whatever you choose to do and where you choose to spend your New Year’s, Dubai will make sure you have the most memorable experience to make it special.