How to watch the Burj Khalifa fireworks and avoid the crowds and traffic

Here are some lesser-known neighbourhoods you can head to to watch Dubai New Year's Eve display

16.11.17. Dubai Design District D3 getting ready for the upcoming season with new restaurants, shops and cafes. Anna Nielsen For The National.
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It promises to be another spectacular New Year’s Eve in Downtown Dubai as the Burj Khalifa has announced fireworks and animation on its LED facade.

However, the crowd converging at the world’s tallest building, coupled with road closures and traffic, can make the trip quite tiring -  not to mention difficult on the pocket.

Those looking for a low-budget New Year’s Eve don’t have to compromise on the fireworks views though. Head to these locations for a glimpse of the sparkling display - minus the exorbitant price points.


Located to the Southwest of Bur Dubai, Satwa will probably be easier to access come New Year’s Eve, and the relatively low-rise buildings there ensure there will be plenty of spots where you can get a Burj Khalifa view. Drive along Al Satwa Road (along Bilal bin Rabah Mosque) and you’re bound to find vacant lots with promising views.

Al Quoz Pond Park

Al Quoz is a relatively lesser-known area and certainly not a place many will be visiting for New Year’s Eve. Al Quoz Pond Park, however, offers decent Burj Khalifa views in a green setting. It’s open until midnight on public holidays and easy to access via Al Khail Road and Al Meydan Street.

epa08065799 Flamingos at Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary with the world's tallest building Burj Khalifa in the brakcground, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 12 December 2019.  EPA/ALI HAIDER
The Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary with the Burj Khalifa in the background. EPA

Ras Al Khor

It’s known for its wildlife, but this quiet community also offers glittering views of the Dubai skyline. Creek Marina at Dubai Creek Harbour offers a good vantage point for those who want to see the skies light up.


A drive along Meydan road should throw up plenty of views of the Dubai skyline. Head in the direction of the Meydan Hotel for a more secluded space with a glimpse of the Burj Khalifa.

Dubai Design District

Dubai’s trendiest neighbourhood has plenty to offer, from niche boutiques to artisan coffee shops and gourmet eateries. It also offers pretty great views of the Sheikh Zayed Road skyline.

Since a major part of the neighbourhood is home to office complexes, chances are it’ll be a quieter place for a countdown to 2020 - you might not even have to leave the parking lot to see it all.