A city known to excite, inspire and entertain, Dubai is an extraordinary place to celebrate New Year’s Eve. In case you’re thinking about ringing in 2019 in this vibrant Emirate, here’s a look at what’s happening in Dubai on NYE.
Renowned for its skyscrapers, world-class entertainment and luxury, Dubai is an ideal city to spend New Year’s Eve. From a record-breaking fireworks display to a desert safari adventure to a gala dinner cruise in the Dubai Marina, here are the best ways to usher in 2019 in the ‘City of Gold’.
1. Watch fireworks at the footsteps of the Burj Khalifa
Every year, Dubai’s dramatic skyline is illuminated by lights on New Year’s Eve. The fireworks are so brilliant that they can be seen from across the Emirate, and the Burj Khalifa is the star of the show! Far below the summit of the tallest building in the world, the city’s biggest celebration takes place downtown. Crowds of locals and visitors alike gather together to welcome the New Year. This event is free to the public and starts at 8:00 pm with live music, entertaining activities and performances up until the stroke of midnight. Last year Dubai introduced 2018 with a Guinness World Record as hundreds of thousands were mesmerized by Light Up 2018’, a spectacular laser light show at the Burj Khalifa and record holder for the “largest light and sound show on a single building”.
2. Take a New Year’s Eve desert safari
If the crowded hustle of the city doesn’t appeal to you, a desert safari is a wonderful alternative to watching the fireworks in downtown Dubai. If you choose to adventure into the Dubai Desert, your New Year’s Eve celebrations will be one of a kind with all of the memorable favorites like Champagne at midnight, fireworks, a delicious buffet, cake and refreshments. Plus, you’ll be comfortable relaxing in a Bedouin hideout while you watch a belly dance and traditional Tanoura dance show. Eat, drink and be merry while you watch the final sunset of the year while overlooking the mystical sand dunes.
3. Embark on a New Year’s Eve cruise
A dinner cruise is an exceptional way to ensure that you have a magical and luxurious evening. With all the things you need for a celebratory evening at your fingertips, all you’ll have to worry about is what you’re going to wear! Ideal for party-lovers, many cruises feature live entertainment, a multi-course meal, unlimited refreshments and a Champagne toast at midnight. Of course, from the Dubai Marina, you’ll also be treated to some of the best views of the city at night and the much-anticipated fireworks show.
4. Celebrate on Kite Beach
New Year’s Eve revelers love flocking to Kite Beach so pack a blanket and picnic basket, and plan to arrive early. Spend the day kitesurfing, swimming, sunbathing or people-watching and don’t miss the stunning sunset before joining in on the evening festivities. Kite Beach has a variety of café-style, shops and food trucks to choose from, too, so be sure to try some delicious sliders paired with a lotus shake and the ever-popular Salt.
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5. Treat yourself at Atlantis, The Palm
This spectacular holiday destination is one of the best places to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Dubai. A family-friendly paradise, Atlantis is close to the incredible Aquaventure waterpark where you can take a ride on the world’s largest water slide or discover the mysterious ruins of Atlantis in the Lost Chamber while surrounded by 65,000 marine animals! Alongside the extravagant hotel accommodations and exciting family adventures, Atlantis offers some exceptional NYE celebrations like its famous fireworks, royal feasts and parties.