Best spots in Dubai to view New Year's Eve fireworks

Dubai - Khaleej Times have put together a guide to view the best fireworks in town.

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Published: Sun 25 Dec 2016, 3:39 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Feb 2023, 2:14 PM

The cream on the cake for the New Year's Eve celebration 2017 is the magnificent fireworks display, which will shower the city as the clock strikes 12am on January 1, 2017.

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. Due to roadblocks by the Dubai Police, people are advised to reach the site as early as 6pm.

The event will also be live-streamed on, offering visitors the choice between 3 camera angles.

Best viewing spots:

- Burj Khalifa at waterfront at the Dubai Mall

- Souq Bahar

- Burj Plaza

- South Bridage Building

- Boulevard Road

- Business Bay area

- Burj Al Arab

- Jumeirah Beach Residence

- Palm Jumeirah

Atlantis, the Palm

The fireworks show this New Year at Atlantis is going to be bigger and better than anything you have seen before. Fireworks will mark a 10-second countdown to midnight for each second.

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

- The Kite Beach

Burj Al Arab

Organisers of the New Year Fireworks 2016 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.

Best places to view the fireworks:

- Black beach

- Umm Suqeim Beach and Park

- Jumeirah Beach Park

- Any area on Jumeirah road

Jumeirah Beach Residences

An exciting firework show is also lined up at the Jumeirah Beach Residences (JBR)

Best places to view the fireworks:

- Any open area at the JBR

- The Beach, JBR

In case slightly off the beaten track is your thing, here are some other hidden gems - good venues with no cover charge and no dress code, just a good view of the theatrics in the sky. And let's hope, with minimal traffic.

1. In front of Latifa Hospital, Dubai

This spot near Al Wasl Football Club is a lesser-known gem. You get a panoramic view of the city, and are spared the rush of being in the Downtown area.

2. Nad Al Sheba, Dubai

A photographer's secret delight, this one is away from the masses - even though on New Year's Eve no spot is entirely devoid of masses. You get a great clean view, and maximum exposure to the skyline. Take your cars and head out to this spot with a picnic basket full of midnight treats.

3. High-rises in Mankhool, Dubai

We're all for collective public experiences of watching the fireworks on the streets, but if you get some altitude under you, you're set for the midnight theatrics. Certain tall buildings in Mankhool and Bur Dubai have an unobstructed view of the Burj. Time to crash a house party there, maybe?

4. Near Box Park, Al Wasl Road

Drive to the stretch on Al Wasl road with lots of roadside parking. Park your car, mill around near Box Park. You get the view of Burj Khalifa, and you get some exercise, at no extra cost.

5. The Corniche, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi

If you can be around Khalidiya Palace, and near the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, wonderful - that's a good residential area to watch the skyline all lit up. Also Al Maqta, but the hustle bustle will all be at the Abu Dhabi Cornice. It's long enough, there's enough parking, and a good view is guaranteed.

6. Al Qasbah, and Al Majaz waterfront, Sharjah

Sharjah residents will line up to watch the fireworks behind the wheel - Eye of Emirates - that you can see from Al Qasbah. Several residential towers in the area afford a spectacular front-row view. The other spot is Al Majaz waterfront where there will be a musical fountain show, plus the fireworks at the stroke of 12.

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