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How to Survive New Year's Eve in Dubai

Strategic planning, avoidance of certain areas and a LOT of patience

Posted on

31 December 2018

Last updated on 31 December 2018
by Rebecca Roberts
New Year's Eve in Dubai

The New Year is almost upon us, and there's no better place to celebrate its arrival than in Dubai...

Hailed as one of the best - and most expensive - places to celebrate New Year's, Dubai is famed for its marvellous events, entertainment and of course, firework displays... With the iconic Burj Khalifa fireworks in the center of it all.

With several 5* buffets and brunches being held in hotels across the city, events and festivals happening, and fireworks also being held at Burj Al Arab and Dubai Festival City Mall... It's no wonder, then, that Dubai is one of THE most popular places to welcome in New Year's.

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But all the above means there's risks involved.... In the form of crowds, traffic, expensive taxis and potentially a LOT of walking. Especially if you're heading to Downtown Dubai or close to Palm Jumeirah/Al Sufouh; expect to walk a fair distance when trying to get home.

It's not all painful though; and with a little planning and some thinking ahead, your New Year's Eve in Dubai could be the very best yet.

Here's our survival guide to New Year's Eve in Dubai...

1. Use public transport

Plan how you're going to get to your destination ahead of time, and double check that there's no road closures or Dubai Metro closures on your way.

If you're heading to Burj Khalifa, the roads WILL be gridlocked around popular areas like Downtown Dubai. To prevent over-crowding, the RTA are closing main roads leading up to Burj Khalifa, like Al Asayel Street, Happiness Street, and Financial Centre Road amongst others. Find the list here.

If you want to drive and park, there will be 3,000 parking spaces available in Al Wasl Club, GDRFA are and Mankhool Mosque parking - and each will have shuttle buses or access to Dubai Metro to take you to Burj Khalifa.

Dubai public transport on NYE

2. Carry only essential items

No matter where you end up for New Year's Eve in Dubai, there's a high change you will have to do some walking - especially in busier communities like Downtown and close to Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Marina.

It's worth carrying a portable USB phone charger with you so you're ready for all emergencies should any arise or you can't get home.

Dubai NYE survival guide

3. Arrive early to your destination

Across the city, NYE celebrations are a huge logistical operation for Dubai's authorities; including Dubai police, ambulance, civil defence and public transport authorities. Traffic builds up quickly despite feeder buses, parking and Dubai Metro stations.

If you have a dinner/brunch reservation, it's best to head to your destination early to avoid any unexpected delays because of traffic.

4. Book your taxi/safe driver in advance

If you're going out with friends and loved ones, you can book a taxi in advance. There's also safe driver services available across the city, whereby you can drive to your destination and have someone drive you home safely at the end of the night. Check rates first though - we can imagine prices are premium on NYE.

Dubai NYE survival guide

5. Wear comfortable shoes

Like we've said... You're bound to be walking somewhere for New Year's in Dubai.

Dubai NYE survival guide

6. Seek lesser-known, advantage points for viewing

Instead of heading to one of the well-known areas to see the fireworks, choose another location or restaurant that may still have the same view - but without the crowds. For instance, places like Jebel Ali Recreational Club behind Ibn Battuta is quite high up and New Year's revellers will no doubt be able to see the fireworks along the coast.

SEE ALSO: Where to watch New Year's Eve Fireworks in Dubai and UAE

For Dubai Marina/JLT and Emirates Living residents, heading to Pier 7 or similar venues will offer partial views of fireworks. For Global Village fireworks - why not head out into the desert behind the attraction? Same views, without the crowds.

Dubai NYE survival guide

7. Avoid expensive taxi fares

Imagine you're walking, and you have been for quite some time - your feet are starting to hurt, and a taxi miraculously appears! Take care with what care you hop into - unless it's a recognisable RTA national taxi, avoid private limos and cars as you'll no doubt find their rates have increased significantly.

Dubai NYE survival guide

8. Crash at a friend's place

If your friend lives nearby or they're having a bash, head there to welcome in the New Year. Avoid the crowds, the traffic and the potential of getting stranded and instead spend some quality time making memories with your buddies. A LOT less cheaper, too!

Dubai NYE survival guide

9. ...Stay indoors, where it's safe and there's no crowds

And for the cheapest, sanest and safest option? Stay at home! Snuggle up with your loved one, family and friends and watch the Dubai New Year's Eve fireworks displays from the comfort of your own home on TV. Most if not all major news channels in Dubai and the UAE will be displaying the New Year's fireworks shows across the city.

Dubai NYE survival guide

10. Enjoy it!

We hope you have a fantastic time no matter how you welcome in the New Year.

And from our team to all of you, we'd like to wish you Happy New Year!

Dubai NYE survival guide