Dubai to welcome New Year with bigger fireworks

Dubai to welcome New Year with bigger fireworks
Last year's fire works at Burj Khalifa.

Dubai - Burj Khalifa to have a surprise for revellers, shows on New Year at Atlantis, The Palm, Burj Al Arab and JBR.


Dhanusha Gokulan

Published: Mon 28 Dec 2015, 7:23 PM

Last updated: Tue 29 Dec 2015, 4:36 PM

The cream on the cake for the New Year's Eve celebration 2016 is the magnificent fireworks display, which will shower the city as the clock strikes 12am on January 1, 2016.
Officials at Emaar Downtown and Atlantis the Palm have confirmed that the NYE 2016 fireworks are going to be a spectacle bigger than the previous years. While fireworks at the Burj Khalifa and Atlantis are the most sought after fireworks on NYE, Khaleej Times have put together a guide to view the best fireworks in town.

Burj Khalifa Fireworks

The world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa will light up with a spectacular fireworks display. Organisers have also announced that revellers will have a 'surprise', which will be revealed soon. Due to roadblocks by the Dubai Police, organisers have instructed people to reach the site as early as 6pm.
The event will also be live-streamed on, offering visitors the choice between 3 camera angles.
Time: 12am
Best viewing spots: Burj Khalifa at waterfront at the Dubai Mall, Souq
Bahar, Burj Plaza, South Bridage Building, Boulevard Road, Business
Bay area and also the areas including, Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach
Residence, Palm Jumierah and surrounding areas
Must watch: RTA announces traffic procedures for New Year's Eve

Atlantis, the Palm

The fireworks show this New Year at Atlantis is going to be bigger and better than anything you've seen in the previous years according to Fireworks by Grucci - the designers of the show.
The key moment, they say, is going to be when people will see "Atlantis" spelt out in the sky. As a tribute to the host, the creators of the show have included a section when fireworks will spell out the word Atlantis in the sky above the real structure.
Joseph Mercante, Producer at Grucci fireworks said: "We want to ensure that this year's fireworks show is unlike any other show that has been hosted in Dubai. We are putting together a show that is as incredible and intricate as the Atlantis structure itself."
The show itself will run for 10 minutes and will be synchronised to music. Fireworks will mark a 10-second countdown to midnight for each second. The show officially begins at midnight.
For an even more dramatic effect, the Grucci team intends to combine light effects to use the reflections of the fireworks in the water. One of their ideas is to create a shimmering red carpet, which will light up the sky as well as reflect in the water below.
Time: 12am
Best places to view the fireworks: Jumeirah Beach strip, Atlantis The Palm Hotel, the Anantara, the Sofitel, the Kempinski, Madinat Jumeirah, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, the Rixos, and the Kite Beach.

Burj Al Arab

Organisers of the New Year Fireworks 2015 at Burj Al Arab are promising that the fireworks will be the biggest this year. There are several events planned by Jumeirah hospitality group in and around Burj Al Arab hotel as well.
Time: 12.09am
Best places to view the fireworks: Black beach, Umm Suqeim Beach and Park, Jumeirah Beach Park and any area on Jumeirah road. The roads will be blocked after 11pm on 31st due to the fireworks.

Jumeirah Beach Residences

An exciting firework show is also lined up at the Jumeirah Beach Residences (JBR)
Time: 12.16am
Best places to view the fireworks: Any open area at the JBR; The Beach, JBR
Dubai Metro to help 900,000 on New Year's Eve
Over 900,000 riders are expected to use the Dubai Metro on New Year's Eve, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said on Sunday.

On January 1, the Metro ridership is expected to hit 480,000.

"A comprehensive ... plan has been put in place for managing the movement of vehicles and public buses, especially around the Burj Khalifa area," said Maitha bin Udai, CEO of Traffic and Roads Agency and head of traffic movement and handling of operational plans during annual events team. "The plan includes the provision of extra parking slots, and more feeder buses shuttling round-the-clock until 1am on ... January 2, 2016."

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A room with a view of Burj Khalifa fireworks for New Year, anyone?

Property owners and real estate dealers are renting out one and two bedroom apartments 'with a majestic view of the Burj Khalifa fireworks' for as low as Dh700.

Classifieds websites like Dubizzle and short-term lodging mobile applications like Airbnb are buzzing with interest from New Year's Eve revelers.

In some cases, luxury apartments in the Downtown area are going for Dh2,459 per night.

According to interested residents, booking an apartment is much cheaper than paying thousands of dirhams for table bookings at hotels and restaurants in party hotspots across the emirate.

However, according to the Department of Economic Development - Dubai, short-term rental of apartments is illegal without a licence. Those renting out apartments without a licence from the Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) can face fines of up to Dh5,000.
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