NYE 2019: Burj gets ready – where else to go

By Sheena Amos

DUBAI 30 December 2018: New Year’s Eve is tomorrow and final touches are being give all across the UAE to preparations to have one of the biggest and the best shows the country has ever seen.

The Burj Khalifa is getting its final touches (see video below) if you’d prefer to ring in the New Year at Dubai Downtown. Perhaps, getting to Global Village will be easier and organisers there promise a spectacular 7-fireworks show marking the advent of the New Year from the East to the West.

Or perhaps you’d like to go to Ras Al Khaimah where they are making a bid for a Guinness Book of World Records.

Closer by are Majaz Waterfront and Al Noor Island.

Massive Fireworks display at Al Majaz Waterfront

Al Majaz Waterfront will be ushering in the new year with a spectacular 10-minute long fireworks display launched from 16 aligned massive barges on Monday, December 31. Visitors to Al Majaz Waterfront will watch a spectacle of lights and colors synchronized with beautiful shows by the Sharjah Fountain, after the annual countdown celebration.

To complete the beautiful family-friendly setting, twelve restaurants will offer special set menus for the New Year’s Eve celebrations serving regional and international delicacies at the waterfront.

Al Majaz Waterfront fireworks location is conveniently located to provide unparalleled view from multiple locations and tourist attraction spots in the emirate, including Al Noor Island, The Flag Island and Khalid Lagoon Corniche – making it an ideal spot to witness the whole fireworks and share the joyous occasion with family and love ones.

Visitors planning their evening at Al Majaz Waterfront, especially those who are travelling from afar can use the concierge service (06 511 7011) to ease the process of bookings.

Mesmerising New Year’s Eve Celebrations at Al Noor Island

Al Noor Island will be hosting its first-ever New Year’s Eve gala to usher in 2019 in the UAE. The lush green island flanked by the azure waters of the Khalid lagoon promises guests an evening of luxurious dining against an ambient backdrop of live music, followed by a countdown to the new year, and shoreline views of the spectacular fireworks show at the stroke of midnight.

“The experience of being surrounded by these unique elements, dining with friends and family under the glow of Sharjah’s sky during New Year’s Eve fireworks at Al Noor Island shore, will be nothing short of spectacular” says Mahmoud Rashid Al Suwaidi, General Manager of Al Noor Island.

“The New Year’s Eve festivities will begin at 10:00 pm and continue for 2.5 hours, allowing guests to enjoy their dining experience at a leisurely pace, while immersing themselves in the serenity of their surroundings, with live music playing throughout the night. The island is also strategically located in a way that it offers the best seats in the house for the Al Majaz Waterfront fireworks” he adds.

Tickets are at Dh275 for adults and Dh150 for children from 3-12 years of age.

RAK Guinness Bid

This New Year’s Eve, Ras Al Khaimah is the place to be as the Emirate readies to host the most spectacular celebration with a 12-minute fireworks display – the bid for a new Guinness World Record display – and an array of family-oriented activities.

Marjan, Ras Al Khaimah’s master-developer of freehold projects, will manage the show to mark 2019 with a glittering array of activities that will entertain all at its flagship development, Al Marjan Island. With three additional viewing areas around Al Marjan Island, New Year’s Eve in Ras Al Khaimah has fun and thrills in store for local and international visitors.

Abdulla Al Abdouli, Managing Director & CEO of Marjan, said: “This year, we are offering exciting family activities that will delight all in the run-up to the amazing fireworks display that aims to set a new Guinness World Record. The event will position the Emirate as the must-visit destination this season.”

Among the diverse activities are food trucks, ice cream salons, lemonade corners, colourful band performances, and children’s activities such as face painting and inflatable games. Stilt walkers, mime artists, and clowns will welcome guests with free balloons to be distributed.

The three venues to watch the fireworks are next to Al Hamra Village – Al Shohadah Street, secondly at Al Marjan Island and thirdly at Al Wasl Street between Al Marjan Island and Al Hamra Village all with special parking areas. These venues are open for free to the public and are family-friendly with the festivities going on from 5pm on December 31 to 2am on January 1.

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