Things To Do On New Year in Dubai

things to do on new year in Dubai


things to do on new year in Dubai

It is already the second week of December, so there is no reason you should be unprepared for New Year’s. We have curated a list of the ten best things to do on New Year in Dubai.


Without any further ado, let us dive in.

1. Watch the Burj Khalifa Glisten with Fireworks

The New Year’s Eve pyrotechnic show at Burj Khalifa is the most spectacular view in the entire Dubai. You should not miss this if you happen to be in the city. The magnificent view is so popular that almost the entire city hops down to the nearby locations of Burj Khalifa to catch a glimpse.

Therefore, In order to get the most of it, you should ideally book a place in any nearby location well in advance. You can make reservations at restaurants such as Souk Al Bahar or Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard. If you don’t like the idea of containing yourself at an eatery, you can enjoy the view from Jumeirah Beach, Kite Beach, Umm Suqeim Park, and Madinat Jumeirah. 

2. New Year’s Eve Dinner on Cruise

A cruise journey on New Year’s Eve could be something you will remember all your life. The stunning view of you, the sky lighting up with the fireworks and laser shows against the backdrop of a calm sea, is indeed very romantic. 

You can enjoy the fireworks at Burj Khalifa while having an exotic dinner and drink on the cruise. A ferry ride at Dubai Marina is one of the most reasonably priced ways of enjoying the panoramic views of the mesmerising fireworks of Dubai on New Year’s Eve happening at places such as Burj Khalifa, Atlantis The Palm, Burj Al Arab, Palm Jumeirah, etc.

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3. House Party with Close Ones

It might sound like an ordinary thing to do, but the fact that it is on our list of the top things that you must do in Dubai on New Year’s Eve is what should keep you hooked on this article. Since New Year’s eve is a transitional phase between what has gone and what is about to come, spending this time with your close ones in a comfortable space can do wonders.

On occasion like this, you can plan reality check games and activities to ponder over the areas in life that need to be addressed. It can help you pick on new perspectives, and who knows, maybe you end up committing to a resolution and consequently upgrade to a better lifestyle.

4. Enjoy Desert Safari

For a more traditional feel, you can choose to welcome the new year with a mesmerising desert safari experience. Dubai Safari is by far the most popular extreme sport in Dubai, so why not try it on new year’s eve. As you set off on an enthralling four-wheel drive in the fascinating desert of Dubai on new year’s eve, you can enjoy the view of the sky lighting up occasionally with fireworks. 

There are plenty of options to suit different needs. You can go with the one that suits your taste and budget the most. Some popular options are Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner, Overnight Desert Safari, and Desert Safari Tour with Quad Biking. The services cost you around 292 to 973 AED. Irrespective of your choice, each one is designed to drive you into the depths of the Arabian sandy desert experience that is certain to engulf you with its beauty. 

5. Party at Dubai Opera

If you are more of a party person, Dubai Opera is just the thing for you. The place will soak you in the absolute party vibe on New Year’s Eve. This year, you can get a chance to witness a concert of the famous Chinua Hawk Band around 7 PM. 

You might also get to dance to the tune of DJ Said Mrad and DJ C floor-breaking beats. They will be playing live on New Year’s Eve in Dubai Opera. However, since the show is very popular, especially on something as important as New Year, you should get the tickets well in advance. They get sold off in a blink. 

The entry fees start from AED 250. The place is centrally located so you can reach there easily through a metro. Take the red line to the Dubai Mall/Burj Khalifa station. The place is very close to Burj Khalifa, so you can enjoy both the experience on the same night. 

6. Experience Musical Fireworks at Global Village

Anyone who has celebrated New Year in Dubai will tell you the tale of the magical fireworks at Global Village. But, unlike Mc Luhan’s hypothetical global village, Dubai’s global village actually brings the culture of over 75 countries under a roof and amalgamates them like a small village. 

It is considered to be the world’s best entertainment and tourism option. The place highlights the best of culture from countries of the world in a lively festival and takes guests on a journey through a group of pavilions, each representing the richness and culture of a different country. In addition, it offers unique international cuisine and awe-inspiring entertainment experiences across a wide range of entertaining games and interesting tours.

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7. Explore Zero Gravity Party

It is one of the most exotic pools and beach bar nightclubs in Dubai. The place features a magnanimous pristine blue beach with a glass-fronted swimming pool. Being the party paradise of Dubai, Zero Gravity has a spectacular firework on New Year’s Eve that will set you all up for taking the New Year by its horns. 

DJ Sigala is all set to put the floor on fire for Dubai New Year’s eve 2022 party. You will get to move your body on the beats of Sigala’s latest album numbers from ‘Brighter days’. To reach there, you can get a cab and get down at Skydive Dubai Drop Zone, Al Sufouh Road, Marina, Dubai. 

At the party, you can treat yourself to some really exotic brunch along with the drinks to make your last night of the year truly memorable. The ticket prices for Zero Gravity Party start at 145 AED.


8. Ease up on the Jumeirah Beaches

The eve of New Year is usually very fun-filled with full blast music and fireworks all over the place. While many people book their own private beaches, you can still enjoy the eve by the peaceful Jumeirah Beach.

Honestly, hearing the waves crash against the shore and sky lightening occasionally is one of those feelings that stay with you forever. Moreover, it is affordable as there are no entry fees. As for the other amenities, you can avail of them as per your budget.

However, like most other places, it tends to get very crowded at the Jumeirah Beach on New Year. Therefore, reach early so that you can reserve a good spot. By reaching early, you can also catch a glimpse of the last setting sun of 2021!

9. Drop by the Festival City Mall

The festival city mall is famous for its myriad options in entertainment and dining. It is one of the premium malls in Dubai. At present, it has over 400 stores housing luxury international and local brands. Apart from a series of popular high street brands such as Zara, American Eagle Outfitters, H&M, Old Navy, Banana Republic, and GAP, it also features a Carrefour supermarket and an 18-screen Novo Cinemas.

As the name suggests, the mall is always decked for festivals and what could be grander than the New Year. A popular attraction of this place is the waterfront area called Festival Bay, which overlooks Dubai Creek. There are a plethora of high-end dining options for foodies that you can choose from.

However, the festival City Mall officials have announced that the place will not be open to the general public. So if you plan on visiting, make reservations at your preferred restaurants already. 

10. Marvel at the Dancing Water

You just cannot miss this beauty on New Year’s Eve. Being the biggest musical fountain in the whole world, the Dubai fountain has a magical appeal to it that can make you keep gazing at it admiringly for hours. 

The spectacle looks too good to be true. It is situated on the 30-acre Burj Lake and performs to a selection of different melodies. The fountain has a unique architecture comprising five circles of varying sizes and two arcs. The huge water nozzles of the fountain shoot water up to impressive heights, making it eye candy for spectators from far off. 

On New Year’s eve, the fountain is at its best. So don’t miss it. You can easily reach there by metro. Stop by the Burj Khalifa metro station. It is hardly 600 meters from there.


I know you are already very excited to explore these attractions in Dubai on New Year’s Eve. Now that you have all the information, start planning your reservations already. An important thing to note here is that the cases of Omicron variants are on a rise in different parts of the world. So take all the necessary precautions and make the most of your New Year in Dubai. Cheers!

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