New Year celebrations for 2020 have not been confirmed at the time of writing (June 2020). They are based on events held in previous years. It is unclear at this stage whether they will be affected by the pandemic.
Dubai has a great reputation for its astounding New Year’s Eve celebrations and 2020 promises to deliver again.
Fireworks and Light Shows
At the stroke of midnight there are spectacular fireworks/lights shows at a variety of iconic locations across the city. They include:
Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain
Tens of thousands of people will gather at Downtown Dubai to watch the displays at the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountain. Watching from the Waterfront Promenade outside the Dubai Mall is completely free, but you’ll need to arrive very early to claim a good spot.
Burj Al Arab
Dubai’s iconic Burj Al Arab hotel is the setting for another fireworks and light show. Book a table at one of the restaurants at the Madinat Jumeirah for great views. Watch for free from locations such Jumeirah Public Beach or the Palm Jumeirah Boardwalk (western side).
Atlantis the Palm
The signature hotel on the Palm Jumeirah also hosts a fireworks display. Watch it for free from the Palm Jumeirah Boardwalk.
Global Village, the seasonal attraction at Dubailand, will host concerts, shows, and a fireworks display. The Carnaval funfair here makes it a good choice for families. Entrance is cheap.
Dubai Metro and Dubai Tram
Dubai Metro and Dubai Tram times are usually extended over the New Year period. Times have not been released at the time of writing (June 2020). Specific details will be added when known.
Restaurants, Galas, and Parties
Almost all restaurants, hotels and clubs host New Year’s Eve events. Prices are usually high, especially for outdoor tables with views of the fireworks and light shows. There are a few cheap options.
New Year’s Day
New Year’s Day, January 1 2021, is a public holiday in Dubai. New Year’s Eve is not a public holiday.
If you can’t make it to Dubai to see the fireworks and light shows, you will probably be able to watch them on a TV station in your home country. Please note the time difference between Dubai and cities around the world.
New Year in Dubai will happen in:
- Berlin and Germany – 9 pm, 31 December 2020 – 3 hours behind
- Cairo and Egypt – 10 pm, 31 December 2020 – 2 hours behind
- Delhi and India – 1.30 am, 1 January 2021 – 1.5 hours ahead
- Doha and Qatar – 11 pm, 31 December 2020 – 1 hour behind
- Hong Kong – 4 am, 1 January 2021 – 4 hours ahead
- Islamabad and Pakistan – 1 am, 1 January 2021 – 1 hour ahead
- London and UK – 8 pm, 31 December 2020 – 4 hours behind
- Moscow – 11 pm, 31 December 2020– 1 hour behind
- New York – 3 pm, 31 December 2020 – 9 hours behind
- Singapore – 4 am, 1 January 2021 – 4 hours ahead
Time differences between Dubai and other major cities around the world can be found here.
The local time in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates is now
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