New Year’s Eve: Here is your complete guide to all fireworks displays across the UAE

New York City Festival fireworks in Dubai

New York City Festival fireworks in Dubai
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Dubai: The UAE skies will light up beautifully to celebrate the New Year with spectacular fireworks and pyrotechnics from the world’s tallest tower in Dubai, at Global Village, Expo 2020 and Atlantis, The Palm; Abu Dhabi Corniche and Yas Island; to Al Majaz seafront and Khorfakkan beach in Sharjah; and to Al Marjan Island in Ras Al Khaimah and Ajman.

Big Burj Khalifa Show

As in years past, at the stroke of midnight on December 31, the spectacular fireworks, lights and lasers show will illuminate the night sky of downtown Dubai. The theme for this year is “The Eve of Wonders”. Organizers said the Dubai Fountain will come to life, in sync with the impressive fireworks and spectacular Burj Khalifa light show.

Visitors who want to get to downtown Dubai on New Years Eve must register on the U by Emaar app, while those who prefer to stay in the comfort of their own homes can watch the fireworks online. or on television. Emaar NYE 2022 will be broadcast live from 8:30 p.m. PST on

‘Ball drop’ at Expo 2020 Dubai

People can ring in 2022 in grand style and non-stop mirth at Expo 2020 Dubai, as the world’s biggest show will have 13 hours of festivities from 3 p.m. on Friday until 4 a.m. the next day.

There will also be twice the fun at the Expo because there will be not one but two fireworks. The first will be at midnight and the second will be three hours later at 3 a.m. (Saturday). Also not to be missed is the very first ‘ball drop’ at Al Wasl Plaza, with 192 country pavilions celebrating the occasion. The entertainment will be hosted by world-renowned DJs.

Burj Al Arab fireworks

The world’s only iconic seven-star hotel features an eight-minute fireworks display at midnight on December 31. If you haven’t made reservations at any of the nearby restaurants, the next best free place to watch the fireworks will be at Kite Plage. But come early to get a prime spot and don’t forget to wear a face mask, as the authorities have reminded us.

A gala dinner and front row seating for fancy fireworks await those who have booked at Atlantis, The Palm. Organizers said the sky above Royal Beach will turn it into a riot of color with fancy fireworks.

Family favorite festivities

As every year, Dubai’s favorite multicultural family park will host spectacular fireworks displays not once but eight times. The New Year’s Eve celebrations will be synchronized with the time zones of eight different countries: Australia at 5:00 p.m. (UAE time); Philippines at 8 p.m., Thailand at 9 p.m., Bangladesh at 10 p.m., India at 10:30 p.m. and Pakistan at 11 p.m. then a five-minute fireworks display at midnight and the last at 1am, to coincide with the New Year in Russia.

More fireworks in Dubai

Authorities have said that everyone will be spoiled for choice as there are 36 fireworks displays in 29 locations across Dubai. This means that “everyone can enjoy the events without congregating in just a few areas”.

Some of the sites include DSF Market in Al Seef, Dubai Festival City Mall, Emirates Golf Club, The Pointe, The Dubai Frame, and Town Square. There are also a plethora of hotels celebrating the arrival of 2022 with fireworks, including the Park Hyatt Dubai; Jebel Ali Golf & Resort; Four Seasons Resort – Jumeirah; Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Hotel; Bab Al Shams; Montgomerie address; Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa; Sofitel The Palm Jumeirah; One & Only The Palm Jumeirah; Versace Palace – Dubai; Bvlgari Resort & Residences – Dubai; Nshama town square in Dubai; Jumeirah Golf Areas; Nikki Beach Resort & Spa; Vista Mare, the palm; Palm Beach, The Palm; and One & Only Royal Mirage.

Fireworks and drone show

Those wishing to make it to Bluewaters Island can enjoy the fireworks and drone show from the world’s tallest and tallest observation wheel. The festivities will take place in Ain Dubai Plaza overlooking JBR and The Palm. The Bluewaters Drone Show will see hundreds of drones light up the Dubai skyline with intricate choreography starting at 8 PM. There will be free shuttles from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. to Jebel Ali metro station.

Laser, light and fountain show

At the Dubai Festival City Mall, the popular laser, light and fountain show, Imagine, will take place every hour from 6:05 p.m. to 1 a.m. This will be complemented by fireworks at 9 p.m. and midnight.

In the heritage district

Dubai’s heritage district, Al Seef, located along Dubai Creek, will feature fireworks at midnight and drone shows at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on New Years Eve. Party-goers will also enjoy a setting. picturesque with traditional dhows and century-old architecture while the waterfront restaurants will offer breathtaking views of the fireworks display with historic Dubai.

Sheikh Zayed Festival in Abu Dhabi

The capital will attempt to break three Guinness World Records as part of the Sheikh Zayed Festival New Year celebrations, including a 40-minute fireworks display that will attempt to set records for volume, duration and shape. There is also a giant drone show that will light up the skies of Al Wathba. The organizers said: “This will be the first show of this kind and of this magnitude in the world.”

In total, Abu Dhabi will feature seven stunning fireworks displays, five live concerts and over 40 citywide promotions for New Years Eve.

Fireworks will light up the sky at the stroke of midnight across the emirate at these locations:

Abu Dhabi Corniche

Stand along the five miles of Corniche waterfront or settle into one of its cafes to admire the dazzling spectacle of the water and the city center.

South Square, Al Maryah Island

This free family event will add a touch of drama to the performances of the island of Balqees musical trio, Elissa and Hussein Al Jasmi.

Saadiyat Beach Club, Saadiyat Island

Fireworks will light up the sky with viewpoints across the island.

Yas Bay Waterfront, Yas Island

It’s a full night of entertainment on Yas, the waterfront cafes, bars and restaurants are the perfect place to watch the midnight fireworks light up the sky over the marina.

Sheikh Zayed Festival, Al Wathb

Starting with a mesmerizing drone show, the festival will organize a record-breaking fireworks display, in coordination with the dancing fountain. There is a charge for the event, with the drone show starting at 11:30 p.m.

Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain

Watch the breathtaking fireworks rise above the enormous stadium from the comfort of your seat at this free, family-friendly event.

Madinat Zayed, Al Dhafra

In addition to the already spectacular scenery of Al Dhafra, watch the fireworks erupt over the desert landscapes.

Celebrations in hotels

Abu Dhabi hotels have also organized several celebrations for New Year’s Eve. Authorities, however, reminded participants “to respect precautionary procedures and social distancing measures.” All participants must present their Alhosn Green Pass and present a negative PCR test performed within 48 hours of arriving at an event. Temperature checks will be carried out at the entrance and face masks are mandatory throughout the city. “

Rocking New Year at RAK

Two new Guinness World Record-breaking fireworks are staged along the 4.7-kilometer area between Al Marjan Island and Al Hamra village in Ras Al Khaimah. Besides the fireworks, there will also be pyrodrones, lights, colors and shapes. The 12-minute fireworks display will attempt to break two world records, including the most remote-controlled multirotors / drones launching fireworks simultaneously and the multirotors / drones fireworks at higher altitudes. The doors will open at 4 p.m.

Meanwhile, Indian singer Guru Randhawa is ready to rock fans against the backdrop of a massive fireworks display. Registration at the campsite begins on December 31 at 3 p.m.

Performances in Sharjah

The Al Majaz waterfront and Khor Fakkan beach will both have a 10-minute fireworks display on New Years Eve. Both sites have a number of restaurants for those who want front row seats for the exhibition. For skygazers, there is an overnight campsite at the archaeological center of Mleiha.

Fireworks in Ajman

Ajman residents will enjoy a five-minute fireworks display at Al Zorah Beachside.

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