New Year in Dubai - A Guide To Welcoming 2020 With a Blast

New Year in Dubai is a grand affair. With insane fireworks and the possibility to enjoy some of the grand New Year's celebrations for free in Dubai, it is no wonder that tourists start pouring into the emirate from the neighbouring countries and the rest of the world around this time. Whether you want to party or sit in solitude within the comfort of the walls; whether you wish to enjoy with your family or someone special, Dubai has something to offer for everyone and all types of budget. Fireworks, parties, dinner and dancing, Dubai can easily be your personalized NYE celebrations getaway; if you happen to know exactly what to do.

Here are some of the Best Ways you can Celebrate New Year in Dubai:

1. Watch the Dazzling Fireworks

New Year in Dubai 2018

The fireworks during the Dubai New Year are some of the best in the entire world. What's more satisfying is how these are for free and can spread joy to even those stuck in their homes or at traffic. You can't really choose a favourite because everyone has their own kind of tastes.

The top three places in Dubai where the fireworks happen on a grand scale:

A. The Astounding Burj Khalifa Fireworks

New Year in Dubai 2018

The tallest tower in the world, The Burj Khalifa already attracts millions of tourist to the city. During New Years, the fireworks here, are one of the most televised and popular in the world. People from far and wide, come to have a final countdown of the year in its footsteps. However, you aren't only treated by the delightful fireworks but also the light and water show that happens at midnight.
Tips: You'd understand by now that when one of the most televised events take place, turning up earlier than expected is clearly a good idea. So make sure you arrive as early as around 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM to take a nice spot otherwise you can book a table at one of the outdoor restaurants of The Dubai Mall. They do prove to be an extremely costly affair, but hey, at least you have a nice view!

B. Be Amazed by The Grandeur of the Atlantis Fireworks

Often overshadowed by the Burj Khalifa fireworks, the Atlantis Fireworks truly demonstrates a one-of-a-kind show and is something one must experience when looking for things to do during New Year in Dubai.
Tips: To get not only a splendid view but also a fantastic feel; reserve a room for yourself in The Atlantis that weekend. If that goes slightly over your budget then go for an early long drive in the Palm Jumeirah, choose a nice location and stay there until midnight. 

C. Gaze at the Magical Fireworks Display from Umm Al Sequim Beach

The fact that the beach is conveniently located in the middle of both the Burj Khalifa and The Atlantis, ensures that you'd get to see both of their fireworks from a prime spot. Witnessing the Burj Al Arab's fireworks is just the cherry on the top! There's a chain reaction that goes off when the clock strikes 12. 
Tips: Parking is going to be a huge issue, so make sure you turn up in comfortable clothing and footwear to be prepared for a long walk from the parking area to the spot.
New Year in Dubai 2018
Dubai's Party scene is dedicated to that inner party animal who just needs one right tune to get started. And times likes the NYE you'll find some of the most insane parties. During the last week of the year and the first week of the next, Dubai manages to bring some of the top DJs in the world to play an unforgettable night for you.

Most of the major clubs and hotels that have events for the new year in Dubai are:

2. Attend the Zero Gravity New Years Eve Party 2020 Dubai

The party of the party people, Zero Gravity will be the rendezvous for the ones who plan on spending the Dubai New Year dancing all night. The Al Fresco beach club will the centre of attraction this New Year's Eve, with different zones offering alternative themes like the Helter Skelter, Ritual and SuperNatural. The crowd will be controlled by DJs Jax Jones and Jonas Blue for this year's edition.
PriceEarly bird tickets AED199, on door tickets AED395, all-inclusive package AED999.

3. Attend New Year Parties in Clubs


A. Barasati

Barasati is one of those clubs which are evergreen favourites. So, you can damn well be sure that they'll step up their game at NYE. You can never leave Barasati disappointed, that isn't even possible, so yeah, come here if you want a guaranteed night of fun!

Price: AED 210 for entry

B. Bahri Bar

The Bahri Bar provides spectacular views of the Burj Al Arab, so yes, this would be a great way to see the fireworks that'd happen there. However, it doesn't just end there. This is great for those who love to party but at the same time hate crowds!

Price: AED 995 inclusive of everything

C. Cavalli Club

The Cavalli Club is known for being a bit too extra when hosting an event. And since they proudly proclaimed that their NYE party would be the most extravagant party in the city, the message needs to be taken very seriously.

Price: AED 950 (unlimited drinks for women), AED 1150 (unlimited drinks for men), AED 1650 (four-course meal and unlimited drinks).

4. Experience The Magic of Dubai Opera on New Year Eve

New Year Eve, Dubai Opera

Go for a royal dinner and celebrate the New Year in Dubai by watching a stellar show at the Dubai Opera. When the clock strikes 12, the DJ takes over letting the crowd go wild to the classic beats at the Dubai Opera!

Price: From AED 2500-AED 3500

5. Dhow Cruise on a New Year's Eve

Dhow Cruise, Dubai

If the fireworks, parties and fancy dinners are just too cliche for a Dubai New Year plan, then board the traditional dhow cruises or even the popular cruises, to escape the crowd but feel the New Year's vibes. Get aboard 350 passenger vessel with onboard live entertainment and a lavish feast prepared by the professional chefs will allow you to ring in the New Year in Dubai with a different kind of luxury. Watch the fireworks from various parts of the city while you sail across the creek in silence and serenity.

RTA Cruises: If you wish for a simpler and a cheaper way to experience the same thing, then the government-run Roads and Transport Authority has the perfect plan. The RTA has been gearing up to launch special offers and more events only for you at a much cheaper rate. You can now board the Water Bus, the Dubai ferry or opt for a more traditional ride, the Abra and experience the thrill by witnessing the fireworks happening all over the Dubai Water Canal. 
Price: The prices for the traditional dhow cruises start from around AED 700 while yacht cruises prices start from AED 1400. For the RTA experience, the price range can be from AED 125 - AED 450.
Timings: The trips will start at around 10:30 PM and continue until 01:30 AM, while the Dubai ferry trips will commence at 09:00 PM and end at 01:30 AM.
Bookings: One can call the RTA (8009090) to inquire more and book tickets.

6. New Year Desert Safari in Dubai

Desert Safari, Dubai

The city is essentially a desert, so to enjoy the NYE in a more traditional way; go to one of the vast stretches of sand, which frankly won't be that hard to find. Head for a desert safari or similar packages and live that one night you'd perhaps never forget. Tuck in a delightful barbeque dinner and enjoy unlimited refreshments whilst getting entertained by live music, dance, and games. You can also get a traditional henna tattoo, dress up in the traditional outfits or ride a camel. Cut the New Year's cake when the clock strikes twelve and just dance the rest of the night away!
Price: The packages vary from different tour operators but the price range starts from around AED 400.
The bottom line is, the crowd here is far more excited for New Year's celebration than the rest of the world. Some places begin their planning for the next NYE event from as early as January of that year. So if you'd be disappointed at any one of the unique ways of celebrating the New Year in Dubai, well, we can't really help you!

This post was published by Swati Trivedi

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