All those in UAE, locals and tourists alike always have one plan fixed to clock in their New Year - Seeing the Burj Khalifa Fireworks. The Burj Khalifa fireworks has almost become synonymous to New Year's Eve in the Middle East. Whether you're in Fujairah or Jebel Ali, everyone makes their way to see the Burj Khalifa light up to its goliath glory. Fireworks did not light up the Burj in 2017, but this year it is all set to bring the Burj back to life on New Year's eve and start 2019 on an extravangant note. Here's all you need to know about the Burj Khalifa fireworks, best places to watch the fireworks and how you can make a day of it in Dubai while waiting for the clock to turn twelve.
Why Your New Year Plans Must Involve the Burj Khalifa Fireworks
Dubai, famous for its extravagant parties and record-breaking fireworks display on New Year’s Eve, is bringing back its much awaited fireworks display at the Burj Khalifa, after canceling it last year. Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2019 in style and awe by watching the fireworks from the footsteps of the world’s tallest building. A phenomenal display of fire and light, the spectacular Burj Khalifa Fireworks are a treat for your eyes. The 2019 New Year’s Eve fireworks are back by popular demand so make sure you arrive early to get a good vantage point as you can expect much larger crowds this year. With a reputation to live up to, this year’s fireworks display is expected to feature several new elements in addition to the fireworks.
The Burj Khalifa Fireworks Guide
- Duration of Burj Khalifa Fireworks : The approximate duration of the display is 20 minutes, making it one of the world’s longest and largest fireworks displays.
- Timings : The fireworks are lit just after the stroke of midnight, but be sure to arrive as early as possible in the evening to catch a good spot to watch from.
- Getting There : The Burj Khalifa is located in Downtown Dubai, next to the Dubai Mall. It is accessible by public buses as well as taxis. The Dubai Metro also provides a convenient option to reach the spot.
11 Best Spots To Watch The Burj Khalifa Fireworks
1. Burj Khalifa Fountain / Dubai Mall
Undoubtedly the best spot to watch Burj Khalifa's fireworks is from the footsteps of Burj Khalifa, either at the Dubai Fountain or from the Burj facing balconies at Dubai Mall ( Apple Store has a great view!). Be warned, this area will be swamped even 2 hours before the fireworks, so make sure you come in early on 31st December and catch yourself a good spot by 9 PM. If you are coming from other parts of the city or from other Emirates in the UAE, arrive as early as 6 PM to grab a top spot, or make a reservation at one of the many Burj facing restaurants. Plan ahead as roads and access to the Downtown Dubai are restricted after 8 PM for crowd control.
Why not make a day of it and go upto the 125 or even 148th floor of the Burj while you wait for the clock to strike midnight? Here are a few recommended Burj Khalifa experiences that will keep you enthralled all day long, maybe even longer!
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Burj Khalifa: At the Top (Level 124 & 125)
If you'd rather spend your day mall crawling at Dubai mall, here are a few things you could do indoors. Also, if you're traveling with kids, nothing better than Kidzania.
2. Souk Al Bahar
The Souk Al Bahar is a dining and lifestyle destination across the bridge from the Dubai Mall. Indulge in some arabic-style shopping and browse through antiques, carpets, jewellery and other luxury authentic artefacts to while away time before midnight strikes. Make a reservation in one of the many restaurants in Souk Al Bahar atleast a few weeks in advance if you intend to dine with your friends or family and enjoy the fireworks as you ring in the new year.
3. Dubai Opera House
Located at a walking distance from Burj Khalifa, the city's latest attraction, the Dubai Opera House is a great place to view the Burj Khalifa fireworks. The first-ever opera house in the United Arab Emirate, the Dubai Opera House hosts an electic collection of concerts, theater, conferences, operas, ballet performances and exhibitions. Built to look like a traditional Arabian dhow, the building’s unique architecture is sure to catch your eye. Catch an Opera Show or go for the highly recommended Dubai Opera Tour while you're waiting for the clock to strike 12!
4. The Burj Plaza
The Burj Plaza, located slightly further down the road from the Dubai Mall, is a great spot for families to watch the fireworks. The Burj Plaza works great for families with kids as there is lots to keep a child entertained in this zone. The Downtown slide and Aurora Gaming is sure to keep your little ones entertained while you wait around for the fireworks. To make your last day of the year all the more eventful, hop aboard a boat and catch the dancing fountain in all its glory, upclose! The Dubai Fountain Lake Ride is a much recommended experience while in the vicinity, so try your luck at getting a slot on New Year's Eve.
Dubai Fountain Show & Traditional Abra Lake Ride
5. Kite Beach/Jumeirah Beach
Pack a picnic basket and snuggle under your blanket as you lay down on Kite Beach to watch the fireworks. You can also eat at one of the many cafes available by the beach as you look up at the night sky lit with fireworks. If you're up for closing New Year's Eve on an adventerous note, get there early and spend your day in the waters. Kite Beach is specially famous for its water activities, so if you're ready brave the cold, dive in! Check out other things to do in Kite Beach.
6. Souk Madinat Jumeirah
Madinat Jumeirah, a traditional souk with a touch of modern Dubai, is located right next to the Burj Al Arab. It is a destination within a destination, with 3 lavish hotels, over 50 restaurants and a lot of open spaces that make it a popular spot to watch the fireworks from. Amongst the umpteen restaurants, the ones sought after for the best views of Burj Khalifa Fireworks are Shimmers at Mina A’Salaam, Pierchic at Al Qasr and Ambar at Jumeirah Al Naseem. While you have free access to Souk Madinat Jumeirah, it is best recommended that you make a reservation in the restaurant of your choice well in advance. You can choose to stay the New Year's eve at Madinat Jumeirah or you can take dhow cruise on New Year's night.
7. Al Khazzan Cadillac Park
Al Khazzan Cadillac Park, located across City Walk, is one of Dubai’s newest parks that UAE residents can access for free. The close proximity of the Park to the Burj Khalifa makes it a great spot to watch the fireworks display. If you're health conscious and want a wholesome start to the new year, grab a meal from the healthy café Inn the Park here. Their salads are said to be jaw-dropping good! Also, being a relatively new spot, not too many people know about this hidden spot, so grab your seats before the word it out.
8. Dubai Design District
The distance of the Dubai Design District from Downtown Dubai offers a crowd-free view of the Burj Khalifa. The District provides a great spot for a relaxing experience while watching the show. This perfectly positioned spot also happens to be amongst the lesser know spots to watch the Burj Khalifa Fireworks, so spend your day admiring the works of artists around the world, Instagramming away and shopping at the promenade before catching a breathtaking view of the Burj Khalifa fireworks.
9. Black Palace Beach
Unless you're a student ( or a teacher) chances of you having ventured to Knowledge Village Dubai are rather slim. However, this is what makes this an ideal spot to catch the Burj Khalifa fireworks. Though it might seem a rather far from Burj, you get a great panaromic view from the rarely visited stretch of Black Palace Beach sand behind Knowledge Village. Indulge in an unforgettable experience of the magnificent views of the Burj Al Arab fireworks this year, with less crowds and not so much noise! Check out other things to do in Black Palace Beach.
10. Bay Avenue, Business Bay
Located near the Dubai Canal, the Bay Avenue provides a unique vantage point of the Burj Khalifa. After the Dubai Marina and Dubai Creek, the Dubai Canal is the new waterway in town and pulls many towards its curtain fountains and pictursque dhow cruise rides. To make the best of your NYE, take the Dubai water bus or water taxi and clock in New Years from the sea! Behold the Burj Khalifa fireworks while you're gliding across the canal.
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Traditional Abra Ride in the Dubai Water Canal
11. Gate Village, Dubai International Finance Center (DIFC)
Located just far enough from the Burj Khalifa to fit the entire building into your smartphone camera, the Gate Village, DIFC provides a view of the fireworks that will leave you wonderstruck. At Gate village, look for a certain corner where posh galleries and Christies' auction house are located. This is the exact spot that gifts you an outstanding view of the Burj Khalifa fireworks. Keep mum, because we don't want our secret spot to be too crowded, do we?!
Well, that's all about the Burj Khalifa Fireworks. There's nothing better than witnessing the goliath structure light up and welcome the new year with a bright start. Make it to either of these 11 spots to watch the Burj Khalifa Fireworks and enjoy 20 minutes of sheer magic in front of your eyes!
Tips For Your Burj Khalifa Fireworks Experience
- We cannot stress this enough, but getting to Downtown Dubai on New Year's Eve is a task. Many a times, most people end up watching the fireworks from their car because they could not make it to where they intended. Adding onto the traffic is tight security and restricted access to most areas, making it hard to get around the city. So, get to your spot early. Make a day of it and spend your day at your desired spot. There's so much to do in all of these places mentioned above, you won't be the least bit bored!
- The Burj Khalifa Fireworks is not ticketed and is free for all.
- Experiencing the fireworks from inside the Burj is gloat-worthy. Make your reservations at any of the many restaurants inside Burj Khalifa and witness the sparkle from the inside. It is completely safe, in fact much recommended.
- If you have parked your car inside Dubai Mall, getting out will take a while. Factor this in while planning for the rest of your night. If you can find alternate parking arrangements around the Burj, nothing like it.
- If you're looking to purchase tickets for Burj Khalifa, know that children under the age of 4 do not require a ticket. Children between the ages of 4-12 have a special child price. Anyone above the age of 12 will be charged the full amount.
Know Before Witnessing The Burj Khalifa Fireworks
Burj Khalifa Opening Hours
The Burj Khalifa is open to the public from 8:30AM - 11:00 PM daily.
Getting To Burj Khalifa
Burj Khalifa is located in Downtown Dubai, right next to Dubai Mall. While it’s pretty easy to reach, all general visitors will need to walk through the mall to access the entrance. No taxi will take you right up to the Burj unless you’re a resident, a guest at the Armani Hotel, or have a reservation at At.Mosphere restaurant. Once you get to Dubai Mall, you need to walk through the mall to the Lower Ground Floor (LG).
Take the Red Line to Burj Khalifa Metro Station. From here, you can either walk or take the F13 bus and get off at the next stop, which is the Dubai Mall Bus Stop.
From Abu Dhabi:
Take the exit to Financial Centre Road (Doha) from 1st interchange. The approach road to The Dubai Mall will be on the right hand side.
So there you have it - all you need to know about experiencing the Burj Khalifa fireworks. For more tips and information on Burj Khalifa, check out our comprehensive guide to planning the perfect Burj Khalifa visit.
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