The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is famous for its epic, record-breaking firework displays to usher in the New Year, and December 31 was another stunning night of festivities. As they do every year, many emirates planned some magnificent fireworks to ring in 2023.
- Guinness World Records Made on New Year’s Eve at Abu Dhabi and RAK
- New Year’s Fireworks in Dubai
- New Year’s Fireworks in Abu Dhabi
- New Year’s Fireworks in Sharjah
- New Year’s Fireworks in Ajman
- New Year’s Fireworks in Ras Al Khaimah
- New Year’s Fireworks in Fujairah
Guinness World Records Made on New Year’s Eve at Abu Dhabi and RAK
Four Guinness World Records were broken at the Sheikh Zayed Festival in Abu Dhabi as it rang in the new year. Three of the records were broken during the magnificent fireworks, and one was broken during the mind-blowing drone show at Al Wathba.
With more than 40 minutes of fireworks, three records were smashed in terms of quantity, formation, and duration. The exquisite drones formed multiple gigantic messages and forms in different colors, such as “Hayakum,” “World’s Coolest Winter,” “Hello Future,” “2022-2071,” Rashid rover, etc. A previous major record was broken by the formation of the biggest drone QR code formation.
With their pyro-musical spectacle, Ras Al Khaimah welcomed 2023 in style and set two Guinness World Records. Both the “largest number of operated multi-rotors/drones with a simultaneous fireworks display” and the “largest aerial sentence formed by multi-rotors/drones,” which was created with 673 drones, were achieved during the 12-minute spectacle that lit up the skies.
We have prepared a list of the best places in UAE where locals and visitors witnessed spectacular fireworks to celebrate the new year.
New Year’s Fireworks in Dubai
Dubai was geared to celebrate the New Year with breathtaking fireworks displays at 30 picturesque locations throughout the city. Magnificent New Year’s Eve fireworks displays were presented at several well-known hotels, tourist hotspots, and public areas. A number of well-known Dubai landmarks, such as The Dubai Frame, Bluewaters, The Beach, JBR, and Burj Al Arab, presented their own exhibits to ring in the new year 2023.
When the clock struck midnight, The orchestrated water show of Dubai Fountain was precisely synced with the highly anticipated fireworks at the tallest skyscraper in the world. For the best, most uninterrupted view of the tower, people had made reservations at many restaurants in Downtown Dubai, such as Souk Al Bahar or Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard. This time, Burj Khalifa also broke the world record for the largest laser display.
The golf courses located in Dubai were also a popular location to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Numerous events, celebrations, and fireworks displays were held at Jumeirah Golf Estates Golf & Country Club, Emirates Golf Club, Montgomerie Golf Club Dubai, Arabian Ranches Golf Club, and Topgolf Dubai.
Dubai’s pristine beaches also joined in on the action, with prominent waterfront venues such as Palm West Beach and Club Vista Mare providing an opportunity to engage in the seasonal celebrations. To celebrate the arrival of 2023, a number of Dubai’s biggest resorts staged their own fireworks displays, celebrations, and activities.
Included in this list are the Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai, One&Only Royal Mirage, JA Beach Hotel – Jebel Ali, Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort, One&Only The Palm, Sofitel Dubai The Palm, Palazzo Versace Dubai, Park Hyatt Dubai, Bulgari Resort Dubai, and Four Seasons Resort Dubai, Jumeirah Beach. Following the New Year’s Eve festivities, locals and tourists joined the gala dinner featuring Kylie Minogue, hosted by Atlantis, The Palm, in which they were served a variety of cuisines.
In order to experience vibrant exhibits and seasonal extravaganzas, families opted from a variety of locations, including Dubai Creek, Al Seef, Global Village, Dubai Parks and Resorts, Dubai Festival City Mall, and Town Square by Nshama. As an alternative, families and groups of all ages can chose to ring in the New Year at the Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and Al Khayma Desert Camp for a distinctive desert experience.
Drone Shows in Dubai
The DSF Drones Light Show took place on December 31 at Bluewaters and The Beach in JBR, with shows at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. Numerous drones were used in the free shows to create patterns and messages in the night sky while entertaining people with magnificent lighting. Diners reserved a front-row seat at the several eateries in the vicinity.
The show included two light displays, the first of which transported the viewers to the Dubai Shopping Festival by simulating a day in the life of a visitor. The second show, which was set in a futuristic metaverse, provided viewers with an immersive look at Dubai in the year 2050.
The Dubai Lights exhibition, which featured stunning light displays created by top media artists, also illuminated the city. It was on display at City Walk, The Pointe Nakheel Mall, and Dubai Design District.
Due to the fact that the New Year is celebrated in many time zones, locals ushered the year 2023 seven times this New Year’s Eve at the Global Village. Fireworks began to celebrate the start of the New Year at 8:00 p.m. in the Philippines, 9:00 p.m. in Thailand, 10:00 p.m. in Bangladesh, 10.30 p.m. in India, 11:00 p.m. in Pakistan, 12:00 a.m. in the United Arab Emirates, and 1:00 a.m. in Turkey.
New Year’s Fireworks in Abu Dhabi
The UAE capital’s celebration of New Year’s Eve is traditionally fantastic, with dazzling fireworks, drone displays, and live entertainment. With 40 minutes of New Year’s Eve fireworks, Abu Dhabi broke three Guinness World Records.
Record Breaking Fireworks at Al Wathba
The extravagant 40-minute NYE fireworks show was a part of the New Year’s Eve celebrations at the Sheikh Zayed Festival and took place at Al Wathba. The new year’s fireworks display in the final hours of 2022 used more than 3,000 unmanned drones to light up the sky in an effort to set a new world record for quantity, time, and formation.
Additionally, there was a wide variety of entertainment options accessible to individuals of all ages, including kids. Circus performances, games at Funfair City, and other forms of entertainment were also available.
Al Maryah Island
For New Year’s, Al Maryah Island showcased a 10-minute midnight fireworks display that could be seen from its promenade.
Abu Dhabi Corniche
The Abu Dhabi Corniche was the perfect place to watch the fireworks display for free. Children’s play areas, bike, and pedestrian paths, cafes, restaurants, and Corniche Beach are all located along the 8-kilometer stretch. The fireworks began at 12:00 a.m.
Yas Bay Waterfront
At 9 p.m. and midnight, two fireworks displays rang in the new year on Yas Bay Waterfront. Spectators had secured a table in advance at one of the numerous upscale eateries along the promenade to get front-row seats to the fireworks show.
Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium
At midnight, a free New Year’s Eve fireworks also took place at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain.
Madinat Zayed in the Al Dhafrah district, known for its stunning desert scenery, also held a fireworks display. There was no charge for the New Year’s Eve event, which began at midnight.
In addition to Madinat Zayed, Tal Mor’eb in Liwa, Ghayathi, and Al Mirfa Beach also had New Year’s Eve fireworks displays in the Al Dhafrah region.
Saadiyat Beach Club
Saadiyat Beach Club ushered in the new year with its unique fireworks show in a more luxurious setting. To secure a seat, visitors had booked a table far in advance. The meal package cost was Dh 699 per adult, and the beach club was open for celebrations at 7.30 p.m.
New Year’s Fireworks in Sharjah
The following venues hosted fireworks, according to the announcement made by the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) and the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority:
Al Majaz Waterfront
An 8-minute long New Year’s Eve fireworks show from Al Majaz Waterfront illuminated Khalid Lagoon. On December 31, 2022, the venue also hosted additional performances which began at 7.45 p.m.
Al Noor Island had a special setup for the new year celebration, so the visitors also viewed the vibrant fireworks displays from there.
Beginning at 7.45 p.m., families and children enjoyed LED, fire, and bubble shows as part of the New Year’s Eve celebrations at Khorfakkan Beach.
New Year’s Fireworks in Ajman
The Ajman Department of Tourism Development also highlighted the scheduled fireworks show along the Ajman Corniche in an Instagram post. The display lasted five minutes and was free for all guests.
New Year’s Fireworks in Ras Al Khaimah
Ras Al Khaimah was aiming to ensure that the new year gets off to an amazing start as well. The emirate’s planning committee for the night was getting ready for another Guinness World Record-breaking spectacular new year fireworks. The first attempt was made for the Most Remote Operated Multirotors / Drones Launching Fireworks Simultaneously, and the second attempt was for the Highest Altitude Multirotor / Drone Firework Display.
The event featured 12-minute fireworks show that lit up the night sky. It included pyro drones, nano lights, colors, and shapes synced to electronic sounds. The fireworks spanned 4.7 kilometers along the shoreline between Al Marjan Island and Al Hamra Village. The show was being promoted under the hashtag #RAKNYE2023. Although children under the age of 12 were admitted free of charge, all adults had to pay a Dh10 admission fee.
New Year’s Fireworks in Fujairah
The Umbrella Beach, a recently built family-friendly resort in Fujairah, hosted midnight fireworks displays.
This was a list of places in UAE where locals and tourists watched mesmerizing fireworks, said goodbye to 2022 and welcomed 2023 in style. We also wish you a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!