Watch: Burj Khalifa's New Year's Eve show live from Downtown Dubai

The world's tallest building will get 2023 off to a spectacular start

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Thousands of people are set to descend on Downtown Dubai on Saturday to watch a breathtaking Burj Khalifa light show and fireworks display.

The world's tallest building is gearing up for a towering demonstration of pyrotechnics to usher in the New Year in stunning style.

The Burj Khalifa show is an annual highlight of the UAE's New Year's Eve festivities, drawing in vast crowds from within Dubai and beyond.

Members of the public are advised to get to Downtown Dubai early to make sure of a good spot to watch the entertainment unfold.

How to watch at home

Those who can't make the trip can still watch the action from home.

Emaar, the developer of Burj Khalifa, is broadcasting a live stream of the fireworks on its YouTube channel.

The stream started at 8.30pm.

According to Emaar, the New Year's Eve celebrations will be seen on television by a billion viewers around the world.

The light show aims to set a new world record for the largest laser display, while the light beams are set to travel the longest distance yet recorded.

How to watch in person

People are advised to make their way to Downtown Dubai early, with road closures in place from 4pm.

Al Asayel Street, Burj Khalifa Street, Financial Centre Street Lower Deck and Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard were closed at 4pm.

Parts of Al Mustaqbal Street were closed gradually from 4pm.

Al Sukook Street was closed at 8pm.

From 9pm, Financial Centre Street Upper Deck will also close to motorists.

Dubai's water canal elevators and pedestrian bridges will be closed in Al Safa and Business Bay areas.

The Executive Committee for Securing International and Local Events announced the fireworks displays would be in 32 locations in various areas of Dubai, to reduce overcrowding.

Getting to the Burj Khalifa

The committee identified three paths for members of the public to use to get to the Burj Khalifa area from nearby metro stations.

The first path is from Burj Khalifa station and will be divided into two parts, a section for families to the Al Jazeera Park area and the area behind the "Burj View". The second section will be for other groups and will lead to the "South Ridge", the area designated for watching fireworks.

The second path will be from Financial Centre station, where a section will be allocated for families heading to the Boulevard area, while the second section will be for other groups going to the South Edge area.

See how Burj Khalifa has been preparing for New Year's Eve

The third path will be for those coming from Business Bay station.

Burj Khalifa station and the metro bridge that connects to the Dubai Mall were set to be closed at 5pm, or when the numbers exceeded the capacity of the station.

The metro's green line will start operating at 5am on December 31 until midnight on January 2.

Dubai Tram will be in service from 6am on Saturday until 1am on Monday.

Free buses

To ease congestion and facilitate movement, authorities are providing 210 buses free of charge to transport people from events to nearby parking areas and metro stations.

  • Sheikh Zayed Road in the direction of the Financial Centre to take the public from Burj Khalifa metro station to Al Wasl Club, MAX Fashion metro station, and Deira City Centre
  • Sheikh Zayed Road heading to Abu Dhabi to take riders from Burj Khalifa metro station to Al Safa metro station
  • Financial Centre Road to the parking area of Al Wasl Club, Deira City Centre and the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs
  • Burj Khalifa Street heading to Deira City Centre metro station
  • Business Bay metro station along Sheikh Zayed Road to Deira City Centre metro station
Updated: December 31, 2022, 6:42 PM