The Burj Khalifa might be firework-free, but these spots won’t be…

If you were hoping to catch a full Downtown Dubai firework spectacular at the Burj Khalifa this New Year’s Eve, you’d better make alternative plans, as event organisers have confirmed the annual display will instead be a light show this year.

The light show, which is set to be a Guinness World Record attempt, will no doubt be stunning in its own right – but if it’s a more traditional fireworks show you’re after, read on, as we’ve rounded up the best spots to catch them.

Here are five places to watch fireworks in Dubai (plus one in Ras Al Khaimah) on New Year’s Eve.

Atlantis The Palm

Atlantis The Palm has two packages, gold and silver, available across the hotel’s 10 signature restaurants, with the adult silver package (available at Bread Street Kitchen, Kaleidoscope, Yuan and Ayamna) costing Dhs990 and the gold package (available at Nobu, Ossiano, Ronha Locatelli, Seafire and Nasimi) priced at Dhs1,750. All packages include access to the midnight fireworks display at Nasimi Beach, which includes a complimentary open bar from 10pm to 12am and a glass of champagne at midnight.

Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, 7pm to 3am, Dhs990 to Dhs1,750 adults, child prices depend on age, Tel: (04) 426 2626. More info on website

Burj Al Arab/Madinat Jumeirah

The fireworks against the dramatic backdrop of the Burj Al Arab are some of the city’s most stunning, and can be seen from various restaurants across the Madinat Jumeirah. Packages start from Dhs550 for set menus and free-flowing alcoholic beverages at Segreto, to Dhs995 for unlimited canapes and selected beverages until midnight at Ambar in Jumeirah Al Naseem and Koubba Bar in Jumeirah Al Qasr. For a more elaborate seat for firework watching, enjoy a private cabana on the beach for Dhs15,000.

Various restaurants across Madinat Jumeirah, 8pm onwards, packages from Dhs595 to Dhs15,000. Tel: (04) 32 3232. More info on website

Club Vista Mare

Club Vista Mare on Palm Jumeirah will celebrate New Year’s Eve with a stunning fireworks display and bottomless dining options across its seven restaurants from 8pm on December 31. Dining packages start from Dhs450 for soft beverages, up to Dhs1,390 for a set menu and unlimited drinks on the terrace at Peruvian spot Aji.

Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah, 8pm to late, Dhs400 to Dhs1,390. Call individual restaurants for bookings. More info on website

Dubai Festival City

To celebrate the new year, Dubai Festival City Mall has announced four firework displays alongside a schedule of live musical events and shows from global attraction, Imagine. The free entertainment at Dubai Festival City Mall will kick off from 7 pm. Festival Bay will then light up with fireworks at 9pm, 10pm and 11pm and a grand finale firework display at midnight to welcome in the New Year. Visitors can make the most of the evening on Festival Bay by dining at any of its waterfront restaurants including: Eataly, Serendipity 3, Cheesecake Factory, Nando’s, Turkish Village, Joe’s Crab Shack, California Pizza Kitchen, Bucca di Beppo and brand new Lebanese concept, Semsom.

Dubai Festival City, Dubai, 7pm onwards, free access to entertainment, restaurant packages vary. More info on website

Qasr Al Sultan

Arabian resort Qasr Al Sultan, adjacent to Dubai Parks and Resorts, is throwing a gala dinner this New Year’s Eve, complete with a dazzling fireworks display. As well as the dinner buffet, there will be live entertainment from an international band, traditional Arabian singers, and dancers.

Qasr Al Sultan, adjacent to Dubai Parks and Resorts, Sheikh Zayed Road, 9pm to late, Dhs600 soft, Dhs900 house, room rates from Dhs3100 including Gala dinner for two. More info on website

Plus, a record-breaking attempt in Ras Al Khamiah…

Waldorf Astoria RAK

If you fancy a little stay-cay this New Year’s Eve, the Waldorf Astoria in Ras Al Khaimah might be the perfect place to ring in 2018. As well as a gala dinner in their signature restaurant, Peacock Alley, plus several other packages available across their other three restaurants, the Waldorf Astoria beach will be a prime spot for watching the Marjan island fireworks, and attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the single biggest firework while they’re at it.

Waldorf Astoria, Ras Al Khaimah, 8pm to late, Dhs1,200 adults, Dhs600 children. Tel: (07) 203 5533. More info on website

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