Foremost places and events to celebrate the New Year in Dubai

Foremost places and events to celebrate the New Year in Dubai

It’s the season to celebrate. The holiday spirit along with the anticipation of ringing the New Year with extravagance allures tourists to flock to Dubai this time of the year. It is also the best time to visit Dubai as it is not scorching hot and perfect for outdoorsy events. Dubai looks and feels amazing this time of the year. The months of December and January are when Dubai dazzles in stellar illuminations and is wrapped in festive fervor. Dubai goes all-hands-on-deck with events and entertainment and there is ample to see and do in Dubai during the New Year. If you are gearing up for a fabulous trip for a New Year in Dubai, here are a few suggested things to experience on your Dubai trip.

Shop what you want at the Dubai Shopping Festival

Dubai Shopping Festival will be in full swing as New Year approaches. The annually held mega shopping festival starts on 17 December and extends till 30 January 2021. A perfect excuse to go on a shopping spree, grab the opportunity to take advantage of all the incredible discounts, offers and slashed prices at major Dubai malls and retail outlets all over the emirate. Try your luck with extravagant raffles and lucky draws and if the stars are in your favor you can be a proud owner of sleek sedans and win a galore of freebies including cash prizes. Some of the best shopping places to check out are Dubai Mall, Al Seef Market, Mall of the Emirates, Al Khawaneej to name a few.

Opt for a sublime Dubai Desert Safari New Year Experience

Spend a whole day in the vast Arabian Desert. For those who want the thrill of Dubai New Year excitement minus the stifling crowd and bustling vibes, head out to the city borders and zoom into the undulating dunes of Dubai. After a thrilling dune bashing adventure and a couple of heart-racing desert sports, unwind with an idyllic sundowner experience. The evening is just getting started with belly dancing, Tanoura shows, henna painting, camel rides, shisha and other traditional activities. Wind up the last day of the year in the lap of serene natural surrounds and Bedouin ambiance where the solace of the vast golden desert and a shimmering starry sky offers a blissful setting while the world erupts in the hysteria of New Year madness.

Stroll through Palm Dubai.

A complete attraction in itself, you can spend your whole Dubai holiday exploring the fascinating attractions and activities at Palm Dubai. Take a thrilling helicopter ride to view the stunning bird’s eye view of the Palm Dubai Islands outstretched into the Persian Gulf. Itching to scratch out something adventurous from your bucket list? How about the skydiving experience you have been mustering the courage to experience someday? Palm Dubai is the best scenic spot to triumph over fear and enjoy the exhilarating adrenaline rush of the skydiving experience. Wander through The Pointe to view the largest illuminated fountains in the world. Splurge a bit and stay at the grand Atlantis, The Palm which is hosting the best New Year’s Eve event in Dubai - ‘Kiss 2020 Goodbye”. Its specially crafted New Year package includes a myriad of exclusives such as premium in-house beverages, front row seats to KISS 2020 Goodbye concert and amazing views of the NewYear’s Eve firework spectacle.

Don’t miss the brunch and fine-dining experiences

Dubai’s food scene is spectacular but with New Year approaching, all restaurants, lounges, bars and cafes upgrade their menus to offer signature-style dishes adding a twist of festive flair to their flavor palette. Browse for some of the best deals regarding afternoon brunches and alfresco dining experiences serving traditional and international dishes. Delve into a galore of dishes at assorted buffets and gala dinners at opulent Dubai hotels to make New Year a scrumptious affair.

A must-do attraction - Dubai New Year’s Eve Cruise

Dubai looks elegant yet subdued from its meandering waterways. Escape the New Year fuss of the bustling city and choose a mellower experience with a Dubai cruise. Gently gliding over Dubai Creek or Dubai Marina, you can enjoy an ensemble of flavors and entertainment onboard a traditional dhow cruise or a luxury cruise. You can also add a touch of luxury with a reservation to yacht parties. Watching the dazzling skyline and later the scintillating fireworks above the city while enjoying sumptuous meals and nonchalant conversations is a laid-back way of experiencing and celebrating the New Year party in Dubai.

Watch fireworks at Dubai Downtown

Last but not the least, the world waits with bated breath to watch Dubai’s dark skies erupt into a kaleidoscope of colorful sparkles. One of the main reasons for Dubai being a hot favorite destination to ring in the New Year is its grand firework displays all over the city. It is perhaps the most extravagant firework spectacle in the world. Try your best not to miss the grand pyrotechnic shows at Burj Khalifa and the scintillating aura of Dubai Fountain. Grab a spot early in the evening as the attractions get jam-packed with onlookers as New Year’s Eve approaches. Another Dubai attraction that offers unparalleled views of New Year’s Eve fireworks is at Atlantis, The Palm Dubai.


The pandemic has not dampened Dubai’s hopes and it looks forward to an enthusiastic 2021. A New Year holiday in Dubai is all you need to bid adieu to 2020 and welcome the New Year in high spirits.

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