Here's All You Need to Know About New Year's Eve Fireworks in Dubai 2018

From Burj Khalifa to Kite Beach, here’s our guide to the best places to catch the fantastic New Year's Eve fireworks shows seen and heard around the world
Here's All You Need to Know About New Year's Eve Fireworks in Dubai 2018
Fireworks in Dubai

With the end of the year being so close, it’s time to ring in 2019 with a bang and what screams Happy New Year more than the record-breaking fireworks in Dubai.

Whether you’re heading out for a party or want to relax by the beach while colours light up the sky, here’s all you need to know about the best places to watch them all in Dubai this New Year’s Eve.


They’re back, and this year it’s promising to be bigger and better than ever before! The tallest building in the world will be hosting a massive show that will feature fireworks, LED shows and laser displays for its spectators. Thousands gather along the waterfront of the Water Fountain to catch the spectacular display of the light and water show at midnight. So, make sure to arrive there as early as 6 PM to get yourself a good spot for the spectacle or reserve a table at one of the restaurants lining the waterfront by Dubai Mall to guarantee yourself a good seat.

Alternatively, you can also watch it live on TV like the rest of the world.

Can we expect another Guinness World Record to be set by Dubai this year?

INFO: Free entry

Souk Al Bahar:

Just across the bridge from the Dubai Mall lies the upscale dining and lifestyle destination. Many restaurants, such as Karma Kafé and Serafina, claim clear views of the Burj Khalifa and Water Fountain. Again, book ahead to avoid long waits and disappointments.

INFO: Free entry, advanced booking required at restaurants


Kite Beach

If you’re wanting to do something chill this Eve, then head to Kite Beach.

You can expect this long beach stretch to be busy with New Year’s celebrations, as it’s one of the best places to relax and watch the return of the very famous Burj Al Arab firework display.

However, Kite Beach can get beachy, so it’s recommended to arrive there early to either set up a place and enjoy a picnic-basket or head to one of the cafés/outlets around.
To take upon a nice little fun ride before the end of the year, you can take on XDubai’s human slingshot, too.

INFO: Free entry, Mon December 31. Kite Beach, Jumeirah Beach Road.

Madinat Jumeirah

Expect the whole beach stretch along with Jumeirah to light up with its amazing fireworks display when the clock strikes midnight. If you fancy front-row seats to watch all the fireworks colour the sky while savouring over a meat feast before the midnight, you can head to Meat & Co for dinner worth Dhs795 with outdoor seating, or Nick & Scott will have a meal deal for Dhs650

INFO: Free entry, Monday, December 31. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Al Sufouh Road (04 366 88880).

Black Palace Beach

Avoiding crowded places on the Eve sounds impossible, well, do we have something up our sleeves for you!? For a less crowded spot, while still having great views of the Burj Al Arab fireworks, head down to Black Palace Beach. Located behind Al Sufouh Park, the beach shows a different perspective of the display, and you’ll be able to see Atlantis fireworks as well. It’s a win-win!


Palm Jumeirah Boardwalk

Just like the name suggests, take a walk along this 11KM along the crescent of the Plam while listening to the sound of fireworks taking place in the background. You can even watch the Burj Al Arab display if you make your way to the west side.

INFO: Free entry, Monday, December 31. Boardwalk, The Palm Jumeirah.


Festival Bay

Ring in 2019 with not just one but four incredible fireworks displays at Dubai Festival City this New Year’s Eve. Starting from 9 PM onwards, the display will take place every hour. Additionally, there's a whole lot of festivities planned, along with live entertainment too, so make sure to arrive early for front row seats along Festival Bay.

INFO: Free entry

Dubai Festival City Mall 

Enjoy the display of fireworks by booking yourself a spot at one of the restaurants with a view overlooking Festival Bay including Eataly, Big Fernand, Semsom, Al Fanar and Peppermill. Moreover, you can also enjoy the special IMAGINE water and light show before the bay lights up with fireworks to ring in 2019. Make sure to reserve the tables in advance.

INFO: Free entry, advanced booking required at restaurants