Where to watch New Year's Eve fireworks in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and RAK

From Burj Khalifa to the Corniche: head to these locations to watch the skies light up for 2020

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - Fireworks display at Abu Dhabi Corniche, Breakwater.  Leslie Pableo for The National
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Those planning to end 2019 with a bang are sure to find themselves spoilt for choice when it comes to New Year's Eve fireworks, with a number of displays planned across the emirates that all promise to be spectacular.

Here’s where you can go watch the 2020 fireworks in Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah and Abu Dhabi.


Burj Khalifa

Last year, the world’s tallest building welcomed 2019 with a huge laser show and fireworks display. Organisers confirmed that there will be an “extravagant and captivating fireworks show” on December 31.

As it is the tallest tower in the world, Burj Khalifa's fireworks are visible from across much of the city; everywhere from Ras Al Khor to Satwa can make a good vantage point. But you'll need to be Downtown if you want a close-up view.

Burj Al Arab

The Burj Al Arab fireworks will also be paying tribute to the New Year. This year, guests are allowed into the hotel to celebrate the end of the year (it was previously limited to hotel residents).

Guests can experience a six-course menu, live entertainment and a special view of the fireworks from its terrace, making it a night to remember. You can also get a great view of these fireworks from the free beaches in Umm Suqeim.

The Dubai Frame

This year the Dubai Frame broke a Guinness World Record to become the world's largest frame. In another first for the 150-metre-high attraction, it was announced that the Dubai Frame will light up on New Year's Eve with a three-minute fireworks show, for the first time. This will be followed by a laser display.

You'll get a great view of the fireworks from inside Zabeel Park itself, which is a good option for families.

Atlantis The Palm

Thinking of spending New Year’s in style? Atlantis is holding a gala inspired by the Roaring 20s era – complete with a 30-piece live band. The best part? You also get front-row tickets to the Atlantis fireworks display.

You'll be able to see this display from much of the Palm Jumeirah (the new Pointe area has a great view of Atlantis).

Global Village

There will be seven fireworks displays taking place in Global Village this year - from 8pm to 1am

The family destination has always been a favourite spot for the New Year’s Eve countdown. This year, organisers confirmed that there will be seven shows to ring in 2020, timed according to each country's midnight. There will be fireworks at 8pm for China; 9pm for Thailand ; 10pm for Bangladesh; 10.30pm for India; 11pm for Pakistan; midnight for UAE and 1am for Russia.

Dubai Festival City Mall

Get ready to count down to 2020 with Festival City Mall's biggest party of the year. There will be four fireworks shows – one at 7pm, 9pm, 11pm and midnight along with the Imagine show taking place every 30 minutes starting from 6pm onwards.

So, guests can expect to usher in the New Year with a fully composed soundtrack, lasers, lights, fountains and of course, fireworks. There will also be a DJ on stage from 4pm onwards, and visitors can request their own songs. The event is free to the public, with 7,000 free parking spaces and VIP Parking available at the Hard Rock Cafe, Cruising Boulevard and on the ground floor of the Ikea Entrance.

La Mer, The Beach, Al Seef 

Popular Meraas destinations also confirmed that there will be dazzling displays on New Year's Eve. Guests can head down to Al Seef for a historical experience, La Mer for a "beach extravaganza" or The Beach to catch a show at the waterfront complex.

La Mer can be seen from much of Jumeirah, Al Seef from opposite the site on the Deira-side of the creek and The Beach from much of the Marina and JBR.


Al Maryah Island

The venue promises to usher in 2020 in a grand style with a star-studded music performance and a spectacular fireworks show. There will be a midnight countdown followed by a 10-minute fireworks show.

Visitors will also be entertained on the island’s promenade with performances from Lebanese superstar Nancy Ajram and Egyptian singer Tamer Hosny.

The Al Maryah Island fireworks will be visible from Reem Island as well.

Yas Island

There's plenty of reason to be heading to Yas Island this New Year's Eve, including for a live concert by Bruno Mars. Those who do not have tickets to the show will still be able to enjoy watching the skies above the capital light up with a display at Yas Marina.

Most places on Yas will have a good view.

Abu Dhabi Corniche

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - Fireworks display at Abu Dhabi Corniche, Breakwater.  Leslie Pableo for The National

Last year the Abu Dhabi Corniche set a record for having the world's largest sentence made out of fireworks. This year will also have another grand display lighting up the skies.

There will be plenty of vantage points, from Nation Towers, for instance, or from the benches and parks along the stretch of water itself.

Saadiyat Island

Ring in 2020 with fireworks at Saadiyat Beach Club. Dance along to the tunes of Saif and Sound, DJ Kaboo, DJ Eldar Staff, DJ Tim Cosmos and live performance by international sax artist Katrina and vocalist Galina.

The fireworks should be visible from many different points on the island including The St Regis and Rixos Premium.


Al Marjan Island

Ras Al Khaimah's display will be attempting to break two Guinness World Records this year

After the success of last year's spectacular New Year's Eve display, which broke two Guinness World Records, Ras Al Khaimah is all set to dazzle residents once more. Tourism officials have announced that this year's display will attempt to break two Guinness World Records. The show will be watched from Al Marjan Island, along the coast of Al Hamra. Expect pyro-drones as well as a "special Japanese aerial shell fireworks".

The steering committee said its focus this year "is not only on offering the grandest to date celebration but also to enhance the convenience of our visitors. We have three strategically located public viewing areas, activities for all the family – including children – food trucks and more than 20,000 parking spaces to serve the visitors”.


AL Majaz Waterfront

Last year, Sharjah residents got to enjoy a spectacular 10-minute firework show, synchronised to music and lights at Al Majaz Waterfront, a popular family destination. Fireworks will light up the skies there again this year - so keep an eye out.