Where to watch NYE fireworks – across UAE

By Eudore R. Chand

UAE 31 December 2020: The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has announced a dazzling array of celebrations taking place in the UAE capital on New Year’s Eve, including fireworks shows in some of Abu Dhabi’s most renown neighborhouds –

  • The Corniche
  • Yas Island
  • Al Maryah Island and
  • Al Wathba

In line with the Emirate’s rigorous efforts in ensuring stringent health and safety guidelines, residents and visitors are also invited to welcome the new year remotely by watching the fireworks taking place at the Corniche on Thursday, December 31 at midnight on Abu Dhabi TV, Emarat TV, and UAE_BARQ’s official Instagram page. Yas Island’s fireworks will also be visible from various viewing options, including dining venues across Yas Marina.

Alongside DCT Abu Dhabi and Miral’s New Year’s Eve celebrations, the capital will also be hosting further activities in celebration of the new year, including exemplary fireworks shows by the organisers of the Sheikh Zayed Festival, spanning 35 minutes and breaking two Guinness World Records. The festival will also feature a range of shows and performances by local and international bands.

Al Maryah Island will also be featuring its popular annual New Year’s Eve celebrations organised by Mubadala Investment Company.

Ali Al Shaiba, Executive Director of Tourism and Marketing at DCT Abu Dhabi, said: “2020 has been a truly extraordinary year that presented organizations worldwide with several challenges, and most importantly, with the opportunity to innovate. Despite the restrictions to public mobility, in fact, our community and partners in Abu Dhabi have shown exceptional commitment, creativity and cooperation which have been critical in helping us navigate the complexities with greater ease. As we head into a new year, we are optimistic about the future and sincerely wish our community, partners and people around the world a great year ahead.”

The New Year’s Eve festivities were arranged in a way that would bring together the Emirate’s community together, whilst keeping safety a top priority. The New Year’s Eve celebration will also symbolically conclude the series of local initiatives such as the recent Re-Discover Abu Dhabi and Retail Abu Dhabi campaigns led by DCT Abu Dhabi, that encouraged domestic tourists to spend time in the Emirate. The celebrations also coincide two major milestones announced earlier this month, namely the UAE Tourism Identity Strategy and the long-anticipated reopening of the UAE capital to international travelers.

Dubai announces packed programme

Dubai has announced a packed programme of events and activities for New Year’s Eve, which will see an array of entertainment activities, fireworks and concerts taking place across the city.

Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) and Dubai Calendar revealed the main events and activities taking place to usher in the New Year.

Dubai Shopping Festival’s visitors will be treated to a host of entertainment on New Year’s Eve with Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE).

This New Year’s Eve, head over to the DSF Market at Al Seef presented by Al Foah to watch the Al Seef Sea Kite Show, as well as the DSF Market at Al Khawaneej, which has been created with an Enchanted Garden theme inspired by ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and includes zones such as the Magic Maze, Tea Party, outdoor cinema, arts & crafts plus a Talking Tree and Wishing Lake.

It will also feature different activations and entertainment surrounding the classic children’s book and an exciting 3-minute multimedia show on New Year’s Eve highlighting the trees in the middle of the lake at Al Khawaneej. The spectacular multimedia technology shows with laser, lights, sound and video projection will be held at 8pm, 9pm, 10pm, 11pm and midnight.

Dubai fireworks at 23 places

Fireworks are set to light up the entire city at 23 different locations:

  1. Burj Khalifa
  2. Burj Al Arab
  3. Madinat Jumeirah
  4. Dubai Festival City Mall
  5. Global Village
  6. La Mer
  7. Dubai Frame
  8. Jumeirah Beach Residence – The Beach
  9. Al Seef – Dubai Creek
  10. Nshama Town Square
  11. Bab Al Shams Desert Resort
  12. Le Royal Meridien Resort
  13. Bvlgari Resort Dubai
  14. Golf Club – Arabian Ranches
  15. Emirates Golf Club
  16. The Address Montgomery Hotel
  17. Jebel Ali Hotel
  18. Four Seasons Hotel
  19. The One & Only Hotel – Palm Jumeirah
  20. The One & Only – Royal Mirage
  21. Atlantis The Palm
  22. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
  23. Park Hyatt Dubai

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority is providing residents and visitors with an experience of watching the fireworks through their marine transport service.

A New Year celebration awaits with a live concert by Russian singing sensation Lolita Milyavskaya at Burj Al Arab. Also, the masters of electronic music, DJ duo Adriatique and Manchester-based music duo Solardo will be performing at Soho Garden. Arabic electronic house pioneer DJ Said Mrad will be joining DJ Saif & Sound and Carrie Gibson’s Nuvo Soul band at the iconic Downtown Dubai venue.

Nassif Zeytoun will perform at a special concert on New Year’s Eve at the Dubai World Trade Centre. Wael Kfoury at the Festival Arena, Dubai Festival City on New Year’s Eve as he joins forces with Syrian artist Mouhamad Khairy.

DJ and producer Joel Corry will lay down the soundtrack to the New Year at Zero Gravity.

The Beach opposite JBR

To ring in the new year in style, The Beach is set to host dazzling fireworks display on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Watch 300 drones launch into the night sky during the spectacular drone light show. Taking place daily until 30 January 2021, at 7pm and 9:30pm daily (8pm and 10pm on New Year’s eve), the light show creates beguiling 3D shapes choreographed to popular tunes.

In line with guidelines set by the National Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management Authority, The Beach will be undertaking added measures to ensure visitors’ safety and physical distancing at the destination on New Year’s Eve. This will include public announcements reiterating precautionary measures, appointment of additional on-ground security teams to implement social distancing norms, closure of access and parking at full capacity and any other steps necessary to offer a safe and comfortable dining, shopping and leisure experience at the destination.

Al Seef to Host Spectacular Fireworks 

Al Seef, Dubai’s popular waterfront promenade, will host a three-minute dazzling fireworks display to delight New Year’s Eve revelers at the destination.

Head over with your friends and families to watch the skies light up over Al Seef at the midnight hour and experience panoramic views of old Dubai. Also part of the festivities are a range of entertainment options.

Strict health and safety protocols are in place, in line with Dubai Government guidelines and directives, with PA announcements in Arabic, English and Urdu.

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