Downtown Dubai will kick off the celebrations for New Year at the world's tallest skyscraper. Burj Khalifa is set to display a fantastic show of lights and fireworks on December 31st. Here are the details about how to watch online and information about the fireworks show.
Viewers can see the preparations and teaser of the event at Downtown Dubai New Year's Gala Youtube Channel. The channel will offer three camera angles for a better online streaming experience. The official online streaming will start at 11:30 p.m. (GMT) Gulf Standard Time at Dubai. Also, check www.mydubainewyear.com for more information about the live stream.
The Burj Khalifa fireworks' theme will represent Dubai as a city of the future, organizers say. Audiences can also expect an audiovisual display with LED lights and lasers. The dazzling pyrotechnics show will last for about 20 minutes.
Aside from the official fireworks display in the world's tallest skyscraper, other celebrations are also scheduled at Atlantis The Palm hotel and Global Village.
Atlantis The Palm will have a lights and fireworks show for about 10 minutes. It is accompanied with music for amazing New Year's Eve experience. Viewers will also witness how the pyrotechnics display spell the word "Atlantis" in the sky.
For people who want to enjoy the fireworks free, they can look for a spot early in the Umm Suqeim beach and park, Jumeirah beach park and any area on Jumeirah Road, according to Emirates 24/7.
Authorities have recommended taking public transport to the sites. Dubai Metro is set to have extended operational hours for the particular event.
Welcoming the New Year on a cruise is another good experience. Many cruise companies in the city are offering a special tour to celebrate the New Year with incredible views of fireworks from Burj Al Arab, Atlantis and Burj Khalifa -- all in just one spot from the boat.
Many websites offer a special package for New Year's Eve cruise.
Last year, Dubai set the world record for the largest firework display with 479,651 shells released in a six-minute show.