New Year 2021 live: Burj Khalifa Metro Station is now closed – News

The UAE is preparing to bid adieu to 2020 in a grand fashion. With six emirates hosting 33 fireworks shows and a host of other events for New Year’s Eve (NYE), residents and tourists are spoilt for choice.

For those of you getting ready for the celebrations, do keep all the health and safety protocols in mind: Mask up and maintain a safe social distance. For those ringing in 2021 from the comfort of your homes or in private parties, we at Khaleej Times have got you covered.

As we watch the clock tick off the hours to the final countdown, our reporters and multimedia journalists are on the ground to bring you the best of what’s happening around town live.

6:10pm

Historic Dubai district all set for 3-min fireworks show

As the sun set over us for the final time in 2020, here we are at Al Seef in old Dubai, a place so steeped in history.

Dubai’s popular waterfront promenade, will host a three-minute dazzling fireworks display, at midnight, to delight New Year’s Eve revelers.

– James Jose

6:05pm

NYE vibes at The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah

.@ThePointePalm gears up to celebrate #MyDubaiNewYear with precautionary measures in place to ensure the safety of all. pic.twitter.com/K8YrK3cqjb

— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) December 31, 2020

6:00pm

Live from beach next to Burj Al Arab where crowd is building up to watch the spectacular fireworks

5:30pm

New year 2021: UAE’s last sunset of the decade

As the UAE gets ready to host spectacular fireworks and events to ring in the new year 2021, an orange glow has taken over the skies. The country has just witnessed its last sunset of the year 2020 and the decade. Have a look:

The last sunset of 2020, as seen from Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach. Photo: Shihab/Khaleej Times #NYE2021 #NewYearsEve #NewYear #HappyNewYear2021 #HappyNewYear #NYEwithKT #MyDubaiNewYear #GoodBye2020 #Welcome2021

Follow the live blog here: https://t.co/hnOiLv9Am5 pic.twitter.com/KpIE0MdcTV

— Khaleej Times (@khaleejtimes) December 31, 2020

#NYEwithKT: Dubai’s last sunset of the decade

Now, that’s the perfect way to bid #GoodBye2020 and the decade. The last sunset of the decade as seen near Dubai’s #BurjAlArab.

Follow our live coverage here: https://t.co/hnOiLv9Am5

: SamanKT pic.twitter.com/0kHSP8iwWs

— Khaleej Times (@khaleejtimes) December 31, 2020

5:30pm

It’s half past five, lovely weather and with the sun about to set, the crowd is building up. People are carrying chairs, water bottles, jackets, snacks, tea and stuff to enjoy a wonderful evening in the picturesque Global Village.

5:24pm

750-strong team all set to clean up the city

The Dubai Municipality has set up a special team to clean the emirate up after New Year’s Eve (NYE) celebrations. About 500 cleaners and 250 volunteers will be stationed across the city.

750 #___ . @DMunicipality pic.twitter.com/bkyalfuexG

— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) December 31, 2020

5:22pm

Abu Dhabi set for 35-minute fireworks show

Residents and flocking to the Sheikh Zayed Festival in Abu Dhabi’s Al Wathba. Those who haven’t booked the Dh5 entry ticket can buy one on the site. Multiple layers of security checks are in place to ensure Covid safety measures.

#NYEwithKT: Abu Dhabi set for 35-minute fireworks show

Revellers flocked to the #SheikhZayedFestival in Abu Dhabi’s Al Wathba. Those who haven’t booked the Dh5 entry ticket can buy one on the site.
Details here: https://t.co/hnOiLv9Am5

: Ashwani/KT pic.twitter.com/fsyAJNdbd1

— Khaleej Times (@khaleejtimes) December 31, 2020

Apart from the highlight — a 35-minute record-breaking fireworks display — there are several other activities, including pavilions of different countries, fountain shows, activities for children, exhibitions highlighting the UAE culture and heritage, and more. –

– Ashwani Kumar

5:19pm

No place like Dubai: Youngsters Rehan, Fatima, Dua and Subhan — aged 12, 10, 9 and 5 respectively — strike a masked pose — with some equally cute bears to boot! Hailing from Lahore, Pakistan, the kids are in town to ring in the New Year along with their parents. Photo by Juidin Bernarrd/KT

(#NYEwithKT)
No place like Dubai: Youngsters Rehan, Fatima, Dua and Subhan — aged 12, 10, 9 and 5 respectively — strike a masked pose. Hailing from Lahore, Pakistan, the kids are in town to ring in the #NewYear along with their parents in Dubai @GlobalVillageAE.

: Juidin/KT pic.twitter.com/Avrb9ui6Ln

— Khaleej Times (@khaleejtimes) December 31, 2020

5:14pm

Burj Khalifa Metro Station is now closed

The Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall Metro Station has been closed. “Please use the Financial Centre and Business Bay Metro Stations to reach Burj Khalifa area,” the RTA tweeted.

The station will remain closed till 6am on Friday, January 1, 2021.

The Metro will run non-stop till 1am on January 2.

The Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall Metro Station has been closed. Please use the Financial Centre and Business Bay Metro Stations to reach Burj Khalifa area. #MyDubaiNewYear pic.twitter.com/7Brux79Vdm

— RTA (@rta_dubai) December 31, 2020

5:08pm

NYEwithKT: Khaleej Times journalists are in Downdown Dubai counting down to tonight’s midnight fireworks from Burj Khalifa

5:05pm

One for the ‘gram: Make sure to reserve your spot on this celebration street. With golden arches that will light up after sunset, it’s definitely one of the most instagrammable locations at the village — aka the place to be. – Photo by Juidin Bernarrd/KT

#NYEwithKT: Make sure to reserve your spot on this celebration street. With golden arches that will light up after sunset, it’s definitely one of the most instagrammable locations at the @GlobalVillageAE.
Photo by Juidin Bernarrd
Live: https://t.co/hnOiLv9Am5 pic.twitter.com/CwjdAyM9m2

— Khaleej Times (@khaleejtimes) December 31, 2020

5:00pm

Taste of the world: A new street food dining concept showcasing delectable treats from around the world has been introduced at Global Village this year. There’s no need to ring in the New Year on an empty stomach! – Photo by Juidin Bernarrd/KT

#NYEwithKT: A new street food dining concept showcasing delectable treats from around the world has been introduced at @GlobalVillage this year. There’s no need to ring in the #NewYear on an empty stomach!
Photo by Juidin Bernarrd/KT
New Year 2021 live: https://t.co/hnOiLv9Am5 pic.twitter.com/iJRJNgZkFG

— Khaleej Times (@khaleejtimes) December 31, 2020

4:45pm

About 3 hours to go for first Global Village fireworks

Dubai’s Global Village opened its doors at 4pm. Residents were seen queuing up outside the venue well before that. And they have good reason to, for the destination will host seven fireworks shows to ring in the New Year in seven time zones. The first show will light up the Dubai skies at 8pm.

#NYEwithKT: About 3 hours to go for first @GlobalVillage #fireworks – Photos by Juidin Bernarrd/KT

Follow our live coverage here: https://t.co/hnOiLv9Am5#NewYearsEve #NewYear #NewYear2021 #NYEwithKT #MyDubaiNewYear #NYE2021 #HappyNewYear2021 #GoodBye2020 #Welcome2021 pic.twitter.com/rujUSLRDWR

— Khaleej Times (@khaleejtimes) December 31, 2020

Kids and families are excited to spend their New Year’s Eve here at the Global Village.

The weather is lovely and breezy. If you are still wondering what to do, this is the place to be!

— Suneeti Kohli Ahuja, Photos by Juidin Bernarrd

4:38pm

The future is bright: Nine-year-old Jasmine El Founti flies a kite at Jumeirah Beach as the sun sets on Dubai on New Year’s Eve. The youngster and her parents are waiting in eager anticipation of the fireworks display that will soon light up the night skies. Photo by Shihab

4:35pm

A socially distanced selfie: Kids at Global Village are all masked up as they click a selfie. UAE residents, take note, that’s how you should usher in the New Year 2021 safely. Photo by Juidin Bernarrd/KT

#NYEwithKT
A socially distanced selfie: Kids at @GlobalVillage are all masked up as they click a selfie. #UAE residents, take note, that’s how you should usher in the #NewYear2021 safely.
Photo by Juidin Bernarrd/KT
Follow our live coverage here: https://t.co/hnOiLv9Am5 pic.twitter.com/UUNWZo81RI

— Khaleej Times (@khaleejtimes) December 31, 2020

4:26pm

That’s one way to beat NYE traffic: Dubai residents Liya and Xavier will cycle their way from Jumeirah to watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks. – Photo by Shihab

That’s one way to beat #NYE traffic: #Dubai residents Liya and Xavier will cycle their way from #Jumeirah to watch the #NewYearsEve #fireworks. – Photo by Shihab#NewYear2021 live: https://t.co/hnOiLv9Am5#NewYearsEve #NewYear #NYEwithKT #NYE2021 #HappyNewYear2021 #Welcome2021 pic.twitter.com/NUuxAi6hz9

— Khaleej Times (@khaleejtimes) December 31, 2020

4:20pm

Keep kids safe: Dubai Police

The Dubai Police have issued an advisory, reminding residents to keep their children safe during the New Year celebrations. “A night filled with joy and excitement, particularly for children,” they tweeted. “Make sure to keep your children safe in public and crowded places.”

New Year’s celebrations, a night filled with joy & excitement, particularly for children. Make sure to keep your children safe in public & crowded places.#MyDubaiNewYear pic.twitter.com/UwZ3gbUkgQ

— Dubai Police (@DubaiPoliceHQ) December 31, 2020

4:17pm

Less than 8 hours to go for Burj Khalifa fireworks

Burj Khalifa will shine with its New Year’s Eve fireworks and laser show in less than eight hours.

We are 8 hours away from witnessing the most anticipated show of the year! Are you ready? #EmaarNYE2021https://t.co/r2CnRV4TGX
! pic.twitter.com/ZzPztCJUKJ

— Burj Khalifa (@BurjKhalifa) December 31, 2020

4:00pm

Key Dubai road closed, alternative routes announced

Al Asayel Road leading to the Burj Khalifa is now closed, the police have announced. It will now be used as a lane for buses and emergency vehicles.

The RTA has listed alternative roads that motorists can use: Al Khail Rd., Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Rd., Al Wasl St., Jumeirah Rd and Sheikh Zayed Rd.

Check out the timings of other road closures:

Road closures around Burj Khalifa area during New Year’s Eve 2021 #MyDubaiNewYear pic.twitter.com/FheY0yWmYT

— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) December 31, 2020

3:58pm

Dubai Frame all set for grand fireworks show

The Dubai Municipality has tweeted a video showing the final preparations at the Dubai Frame that is all set to host a spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks show.

Because your safety is our priority, #DubaiMunicipality prepared for the New Year 2021 celebrations by enabling staff to monitor the implementation of all precautionary measures, control plans, and ensure the readiness of celebration sites to safely welcome the new year. pic.twitter.com/KERKeAreTj

— | Dubai Municipality (@DMunicipality) December 31, 2020

3:55pm

A resident books a spot for his family at a vantage point on Jumeirah beach to catch the Burj Al Arab fireworks. — Photo by Shihab

That spot is mine! A young reveller reserves his spot at a park in Jumeirah. — Photo by Shihab
Follow our live coverage here: https://t.co/hnOiLv9Am5#NewYearsEve #NewYear #NewYear2021 #NYEwithKT #MyDubaiNewYear #NYE2021 #HappyNewYear2021 #GoodBye2020 #Welcome2021 pic.twitter.com/F3aYEspY1s

— Khaleej Times (@khaleejtimes) December 31, 2020

A resident books a spot for the family at the vintage spot in Jumeirah beach to watch the #NewYear #firework.
– Photo by Shihab
Follow our live coverage here: https://t.co/hnOiLv9Am5#NewYearsEve #NYEwithKT #MyDubaiNewYear #NYE2021 #HappyNewYear2021 #GoodBye2020 #Welcome2021 pic.twitter.com/TWBW2KDEl1

— Khaleej Times (@khaleejtimes) December 31, 2020

3:50pm

Traffic builds up on key Abu Dhabi streets

Abu Dhabi residents are seen making a dash to their homes — a familiar scene on a Thursday evening — but today the occasion is different: It’s the New Year’s Eve.

Both the high-capacity arterial roads — Sultan bin Zayed the First Street (Muroor Road) and Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Street (Old Airport Road) — are getting busier.

The main action in Abu Dhabi City is expected on the Corniche stretch. By 5pm, people will be grabbing the best spots on the beaches and parks to catch the last sunset of the year and fireworks show to welcome 2021.

By Ashwani Kumar

3:29pm

Have at least Dh15 balance in your Nol card

The Roads and Transport Authority has advised revellers to keep their wallets at home and instead carry their Nol cards “to travel easily across #Dubai and reach the celebration venue”. “We advise you to keep a nol card balance of at least AED 15,” the authority tweeted.

Keep your wallet at home on New Year’s Eve and replace it with a #nol card to travel easily across #Dubai and reach the celebration venue. We advise you to keep a nol card balance of at least AED 15.#MyDubaiNewYear#RTA

— RTA (@rta_dubai) December 31, 2020

3.15pm

An apt reminder for revellers to maintain a safe social distance in Downtown Dubai. — Photo: Rahul Gajjar

#NewYear2021 live: An apt reminder for revellers to maintain a safe social distance in Downtown Dubai. — Photo: Rahul Gajjar#NYEwithKT – Follow our live coverage here: https://t.co/hnOiLv9Am5@rta_dubai @DubaiMetro @BurjKhalifa #NYE #goodbye2020 #goodbye2020hello2021 pic.twitter.com/ux9KdoBkd1

— Khaleej Times (@khaleejtimes) December 31, 2020

2.59pm

Traffic jam on MBZ Road towards Sharjah

Excitement is building up as we are nearing the end of this unusual year 2020, and we can see it on the roads. Office-goers are seemingly rushing home to be in time to celebrate or just be with their loved ones as we ring in the new year.

The stretch on the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Road from near International City intersection towards Mirdiff Mall and Sharjah is getting busy. There is heavy flow of cars and other vehicles.

The traffic in the opposite direction on the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Road towards Global Village is fairly smooth as of now. Around 500 cars already outside in the parking lot of Global Village waiting for tonight’s show.

Global Village will open its doors at 4pm and will be putting up a spectacular show of fireworks that coincides with the time zones of seven countries, starting with China at 8pm; followed by Thailand at 9pm; Bangladesh at 10pm; India at 10.30pm; Pakistan at 11pm; UAE at 12 midnight; and the final show at 1am when Moscow, Russia, rings in the new year.

— Suneeti Ahuja-Kohli and Mitchell Finlayson/KT Intern

2.59pm

Key Dubai roads to be shut soon

Remember, roads leading to the Burj Khalifa will be shut in an hour. Here are the road closure timings:

Discover which roads will be closed around Burj Khalifa area during New Year’s Eve 2021 and use alternative routes to reach your destination on time. #MyDubaiNewYear pic.twitter.com/p29jDWFbit

— RTA (@rta_dubai) December 30, 2020

2.30pm

Dubai Metro advisory issued

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is expecting Metro stations and cabins to be crowded with revellers. The authority has issued an advisory, asking commuters to adhere to all Covid safety precautions so that they can ring in the new year safely.

.@DubaiMetro stations are expected to witness a great turnout on New Year’s Eve. Please adhere to the preventive measures, don’t rush while entering the cabins, and wait for the next metro if there are no places available.#RTA

— RTA (@rta_dubai) December 31, 2020

2.25pm

Mask up at all times: Dubai Police

The Dubai Police have reminded residents to commit to all safety precautions.

The New Year’s celebrations this year come in light of these exceptional circumstances, so let’s all commit to wearing masks at all times. #MyDubaiNewYear pic.twitter.com/tl6qoMH158

— Dubai Police (@DubaiPoliceHQ) December 31, 2020

2.15pm

Dubai authorities will keep you safe

The Dubai Police have tweeted a video that shows the measures put in place in Downtown Dubai to keep revellers safe.

Event’s Security Committee is all set, harnessing all its human capabilities & smart technologies, to secure the New Year celebrations with efficiency & high professionalism, to draw smiles & spread happiness among all community segments.#MyDubaiNewYear pic.twitter.com/hEzJxXi6GW

— Dubai Police (@DubaiPoliceHQ) December 31, 2020

Arrive early, revellers told

The Dubai Police have reminded residents to arrive at their celebration venues early on.

For your safety and happiness, please arrive early to access the celebration areas smoothly and easily.#MyDubaiNewYear pic.twitter.com/EDCQoLBhCA

— Dubai Police (@DubaiPoliceHQ) December 31, 2020

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