New Year's Eve 2019: Burj Khalifa to light up with fireworks display

The Dubai Fountain will also be showcasing its longest choreographed aqua show ever

Dubai, U.A.E. .   December 31, 2018.   New Years' Eve celebrations before the fireworks at The Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai area.
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Another new year, another spectacular display of fireworks set to take place at Burj Khalifa. The fiery display show returned last year after Emaar Properties replaced it with a laser show in 2017 due to safety concerns.

To welcome 2020, guests can expect a captivating show with fireworks, animation on Burj Khalifa’s LED facade and sound effects. Meanwhile, the Dubai Fountain will showcase the world’s longest choreographed fountain show.

Family viewing areas will be set up around Downtown Dubai, alongside dozens of pop-up food and beverage stalls. Here’s a map of where to see the show:

Emaar NYE 2020 map - Family Viewing Areas. Courtesy Emaar
Family viewing areas. Courtesy Emaar

If you’re driving, we strongly advise you to carpool. There will be designated parking zones around the area, with a total of 3,000 spaces available at Al Wasl Club (1,000), Mankhool Mosque (1,500) and at the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs in Al Jafiliya (500). Inside Downtown Dubai, parking zones are available as per the below map until 4pm or until the spaces are full, which is likely to happen pretty quickly. Here’s a map of where to park:

The parking locations for where to watch the fireworks. Courtesy Emaar
The parking locations for where to watch the fireworks. Courtesy Emaar

As well, guests have a chance to share their New Year wishes on the side of the world’s tallest building. For the second year, the development company announced on social media: “Share with us your wishes to your loved ones, friends or even your country for New Year’s 2020 and get the chance to be featured on the @BurjKhalifa.”

To have the chance for your words to be displayed in LED lights along the side of the world’s tallest building, and beamed out to millions around the globe on New Year’s Eve, you need to leave your comment on the Burj Khalifa Twitter, Facebook or Instagram accounts and use the hashtag #EmaarNYE2020. The message must be limited to 35 characters. People have already been busy sharing their festive wishes in various languages, including Arabic, English and Spanish.