Dubai NYE: 24-min fireworks, traffic plans; ‘live’ stream in New York


By Bindu Rai

It is the biggest night of the year as Dubai counts down for the 23-kilometre long midnight fireworks spectacle that will start at Burk Khalifa at the stroke of midnight and travel across to Burj Al Arab, before continuing its journey to the grand finale at Jumeirah Beach Residence.

2Residents and visitors will be spoilt for choice as Dubai Tourism announces a schedule for its dazzling fireworks that will take us into the first 24 minutes of the New Year with a string of choreographed displays that will set off at the pinnacle of the emirate, the Burj Khalifa.

This year, the Dubai Media Office has also confirmed the live broadcast of the Dubai NYE fireworks will be beamed at Times Square, New York as it happens.

24-minutes firework schedule

Six months in the planning and having taken two months to set it up, the combined multimedia and fireworks extravaganza will see close to nine tonnes of fireworks fired from over 685 positions in Dubai by more than 100 specialist technicians, revealed the Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM).

Fireworks will continuously make their way from Downtown through the Business Bay Canal, along the Jumeirah coastline leading to the iconic Burj Al Arab before climaxing in a six-minute and 20 seconds crescendo at The Beach by Meraas, opposite to Jumeriah Beach Residence (JBR).

Burj Khalifa and Downtown, 12am-12.07am: At the stroke of midnight, the Downtown Dubai New Year’s Eve Gala will set off with clearly defined themed-acts, each highlighting an inspiring facet of the emirate, stated Emaar, with the crowning glory being the visual-masterpiece of the Burj Khalifa fireworks and light displays.

This year’s futuristic theme will see the façade narrate a story that will be presented in multiple hues and forms, each resonating with Dubai residents and the global community.

Fireworks cascade along Jumeriah to Burj Al Arab, 12.07am-12.09am: Visitors to Downtown Dubai can watch the spectacle from specially allocated viewing points in Burj Park, as well as from Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, where visitors can view the spectacle free of cost.

Burj Al Arab, 12.09-12.15am: At sharp 12.09am, turns your eyes towards Jumeirah as the Burj Al Arab will light up with its own spectacle of lights, marking the New Year amidst fanfare and melodrama, to the backdrop of the moonlit Arabian Gulf.

Fireworks cascade down to The Beach, opposite JBR, 12.15-12.16am: The domino effect show means Dubai residents and visitors will be able to watch the show from multiple vantage points, helping in reducing traffic flows around Downtown and opening up the spectacle to people across the city.

Specialist screens will also broadcast the event live at Kite Beach, Al Sufouh Beach and JBR.

Finale at The Beach, opposite JBR: 12.16-12.23: And the showstopper for the night will be marked at the Jumeirah Beach Residences, where, at the stroke of 12.16am, another string of fireworks will light up new Dubai while The Palm Island glistens in the background. More info