New Year's Eve fireworks at Dubai’s Burj Khalifa: Parking, reservations, how to get there; all you need to know

How to plan your evening ahead of one of Dubai’s biggest nights of the year

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Published: Thu 22 Dec 2022, 10:51 AM

Last updated: Thu 22 Dec 2022, 11:16 PM

One of Dubai’s biggest nights of the year is almost upon us as Emaar prepares for its annual New Year’s Eve mega-show at Burj Khalifa– and with hundreds of thousands of revellers set to join the celebrations, this is how to get the best out of an unforgettable night.

Emaar will host a breathtaking laser, light and firework show in Downtown Dubai to ring in the year 2023.

Whether you are booking a table at a restaurant or attending the December 31 show, this will be an event you will never forget. Here are the things you should keep in mind when planning your evening.

Booking and reservations

If you want to enjoy the New Year’s Eve show from a restaurant or café, you will have to book in advance. Do this directly with your choice of hotel, restaurant, or café – they will then inform you of procedures on the night and the requirement of wristbands for access.

There are no reservations, registrations, or tickets for those enjoying the incredible light, sounds, and firework show from the streets of Downtown Dubai. Attendance will be on first-come, first-served basis, so everyone is advised to arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Transport and parking

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard will be closed from approximately 6pm onwards, so guests with a reservation at a hotel or a restaurant, which includes parking, must arrive ahead of this time.

Parking will be available at Dubai Mall until capacity is reached. Since this could be at any time, arriving early is encouraged. Once the road closures surrounding the parking access are in place, no further admittance will be available.

Taxis will be in operation as normal before road closures take place, but will not be able to access Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard once the road closures have been implemented.

Road closure times are expected to be lifted between 1am-2am and will be decided by Dubai Police and the RTA. Cars parked at hotels, residences, and F&B outlets within Downtown Dubai and Dubai Mall parking will be able to leave once this the restrictions are lifted.

Dubai Mall Metro Station could close anytime between 2-10pm, depending on the capacity at Dubai Mall. Once capacity is reached, the station will close.

Accessing Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard

There will be five access points across Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard for visitors to access the area:

Gate 1: Behind Downtown Command Centre

Gate 2: Behind Burj Vista

Gate 3: Near Emaar Square, adjacent to Boulevard Plaza Building

Gate 4: Opposite Address Boulevard

Gate 5: Opposite Address Downtown

The incredible night will include Burj Khalifa and the Dubai night sky being illuminated by numerous dazzling beams, establishing a new record for the largest laser display with the 828-metre Burj Khalifa forming a captivating centrepiece.

In addition to the spectacular lights and firework display, there will also be a mesmerising, synchronised performance by The Dubai Fountain.

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