NY 2021 live: UAE says Happy New Year 2021 with 33 fireworks shows – News

The UAE ended 2020 with a bang. Literally. About 33 fireworks shows lit up the skies simultaneously as the clock struck 12 and ushered in the New Year 2021.

One of them is happening right now as we speak. Abu Dhabi’s Al Wathba is hosting a 35-minute fireworks show that is set to smash two world records.

Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab and the Dubai Frame; Sharjah’s Al Majaz Waterfront; Ras Al Khaimah’s Al Marjan Island; Ajman’s Corniche; and Fujairah’s Corniche put up spectacular shows that will light up the memories of revellers for years to come.

Here is how the socially distanced celebrations unfolded as chronicled by Khaleej Times reporters and multimedia journalists.

12am, 2021

Burj Khalifa with the Khaleej Times crew as we bring to you the fireworks and light show live from the venue to ring in New Year 2020.

Abu Dhabi’s record-breaking 35-min fireworks show was like a dream

“This is like a dream come true,” said six-year-old Maheen after the Sheikh Zayed Festival’s record-breaking fireworks show in Abu Dhabi’s Al Wathba. Touted as the biggest-ever New Year party in the country, the event lived up to its billing and exceeded expectations with a heavy-duty dose of entertainment.

The world’s first-ever Girandola fireworks show and the largest straight-line display, filled citizens and residents with fresh hope and optimism. All that packed in a 35-minute long spectacle.

New Year fireworks at the Global Village. Photo by Juidin Bernarrd

Spectacular fireworks at Jumeirah beach. Photo by Shihab

Fireworks at The Dubai Frame. Photo by Muhammad Mustafa Khan

Sharjah fireworks at Al Majaz Waterfront. – Photo by M.Sajjad

New Year 2021 UAE: 8,500kg of fireworks lights up Ras Al Khaimah

The Ras Al Khaimah New Year’s Eve Celebrations dazzled the world with a 10-minute fireworks show that underlined the UAE’s message of hope, peace and achievements.

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11:58pm

Dubai Police chief inspects Burj Khalifa security preparations

HE Lieutenant General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, during an inspection tour of the operations room at Burj Khalifa and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashed Boulevard during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Dubai. #MyDubaiNewYear pic.twitter.com/kiMmFIFM6H

— Dubai Police (@DubaiPoliceHQ) December 31, 2020

11.15pm

This is the most beautiful place to be,’ says British family of 15

‘This is the most beautiful place to be!’ British family at #MyDubaiNewYear celebrations await the stunning fireworks display at @Atlantis. @ThePointePalm pic.twitter.com/lmbbskcxSK

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

11.01pm

Dubai fireworks ring in Pakistan’s New Year 2021

Fireworks lit up the night sky over Dubai’s Global Village as Pakistan ushered in the New Year 2021.

11pm

Burj Khalifa wishes Pakistan a Happy New Year 2021

The Burj Khalifa has lit up in Pakistani colours as the country ushered in the New Year 2021.

10.45pm

Kiss performs live at Atlantis, The Palm

Join us as we build up to the New Year’s Eve gala at Downtown Dubai. Fireworks are set to light up the entire city at 33 different locations in the UAE.

#NYEwithKT: @kiss performs live at @ATLANTIS, The Palm

Join us as we build up to the New Year’s Eve gala at Downtown Dubai. Fireworks are set to light up the entire city at 33 different locations in the UAE

Live coverage: https://t.co/hnOiLuRYXv#KISS2020Goodbye #KISSArmy pic.twitter.com/Ym8ZyM75Gi

— Khaleej Times (@khaleejtimes) December 31, 2020

10:35pm

Dubai fireworks ring in India’s New Year 2021

Fireworks lit up the night sky over Dubai’s Global Village as India ushered in the New Year 2020. Dubai’s Global Village also lit up in Indian colours.

10:30pm

Burj Khalifa lights up as India rings in New Year 2021

Dubai’s Burj Khalifa lit up in Indian colours as India ushered in the New Year 2021.

10.26pm

New Year at Global Village: An aerial view

#___ #MyDubaiNewYear
@GlobalVillageAE pic.twitter.com/Sk0m9r89O6

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

10.15pm

KISS performs live at Atlantis, The Palm

Join us as we build up to the New Year’s Eve gala at Downtown Dubai. Fireworks are set to light up the entire city at 33 different locations in the UAE

10.10pm

All entrances to Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard closed

The Dubai Police have alerted motorists that all entrances to the Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard have been closed.

Earlier, the police had said that the Lower Financial Centre Road and Al Asayel Streets were closed.

#_ | . #___ pic.twitter.com/oYGiZ5O8Ea

— Dubai Police (@DubaiPoliceHQ) December 31, 2020

10.05pm

An array of entertainment activities are keeping the visitors busy at Al Seef. First up, Emiratis treated the crowd to the traditional Arabic dance called the ‘Al Ayala.’

– James Jose

#NYEwithKT: An array of entertainment activities are keeping the visitors busy at Al Seef. First up, Emiratis treated the crowd to the traditional Arabic dance called the ‘Al Ayala.’

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

James Jose/KT pic.twitter.com/GkRMHpKBza

— Khaleej Times (@khaleejtimes) December 31, 2020

10pm

Families wait to watch the spectacular fireworks at the Jumeirah beach on New Year’s eve. – Photo by Shihab

#NYEwithKT: Families wait to watch the spectacular fireworks at the Jumeirah beach on #NewYearsEve.

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

Shihab/KT pic.twitter.com/KjxNvJl4ts

— Khaleej Times (@khaleejtimes) December 31, 2020

9.40pm

Happy New Year, Philippines!

“The Philippines just celebrated the New Year. I would like to wish all my Kababayans a wonderful year, a year filled with love and happiness. I’ve lived in Bur Dubai for five years now and I’ve been coming here since Al Seef opened. I prefer coming here to witness the fireworks rather than going to Downtown to watch it at Burj Khalifa because it is too crowded out there. Al Seef has a charm of its own,” says Honey Margaret Gapulao, 29

– James Jose

9.38pm

3 hours to go; all safety checks done

Brig. Rashid Khalifa Al Falasi, Assistant Director General of the Dubai Civil Defence for Fire and Rescue Affairs, has visited Downtown Dubai to check preparations to secure the grand NYE event. The Burj Khalifa fireworks and the 32 others happening around the UAE will dazzle the world in less than three hours!

#___
Less the 3 hours to go for #MyDubaiNewYear’s celebrations. pic.twitter.com/6fCpjtYW8L

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

9.20pm

World’s longest ambulance in Dubai serves Downtown revellers

The world’s longest ambulance has been stationed in Downtown Dubai. Paramedics on board are offering emergency services to New Year’s Eve revellers who may need it. The Government of Dubai Media Office has tweeted photos of the ambulance.

World’s longest ambulance vehicle is at the service of all those celebrating #MyDubaiNewYear tonight. @Dubai_Ambulance pic.twitter.com/AkD7VOd8Su

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

9.10pm

A gravity space man, roller skate girls, and Mr Dripping ME DubME DubaiAtrium by Zaha Hadid in Business Bay, in the heart of Burj Khalifa district.

9.07pm

The Dubai Police have shared a video that shows how they are managing traffic and ensuring Covid safety measures in Downtown Dubai. Have a look:

A glimpse of Dubai Police field teams’ efforts while securing the New Year’s celebrations, implementing the inclusive plan endorsed by the Events’ Security Committee to ensure traffic flow and crowd management in compliance with the “Covid-19” preventive measures.#MyDubaiNewYear pic.twitter.com/ebJjt4czzt

— Dubai Police (@DubaiPoliceHQ) December 31, 2020

9.06pm

Let the virtual parties begin: A woman at a restaurant in Dubai makes sure her mum gets to be part of the celebrations via video call. The elderly and people with chronic diseases have been advised to stay home to stay safe this NYE. – Photo by Neeraj Murali

Let the virtual parties begin: A woman at a restaurant in Dubai makes sure her mum gets to be part of the celebrations via video call. The elderly and people with chronic diseases have been advised to stay home to stay safe this #NYE. https://t.co/hnOiLv9Am5

Neeraj Murali/KT pic.twitter.com/COX4XtQdDb

— Khaleej Times (@khaleejtimes) December 31, 2020

9.03pm

A Cappy New Year! For Filipino residentin Dubai Jay Burce, the New Year 2021 will be different. He is all set to usher in the New Year at the Global Village with this innovative cap. Photo by Juidin Bernarrd

A Cappy New Year!

For Filipino resident in Dubai Jay Burce, the #NewYear2021 will be different. He is all set to usher in the New Year at the @GlobalVillageAE with this innovative cap.

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

Juidin Bernarrd/KT pic.twitter.com/EgE8kPax7e

— Khaleej Times (@khaleejtimes) December 31, 2020

9pm

LIVE: 3 hours to 2021. We are in Downdown Dubai counting down to tonight’s midnight fireworks from Burj Khalifa

8:52pm

5-minute fireworks show to light up Al Ain Square

If you’re in Al Ain and still can’t decide where to watch the fireworks in a few hours, here’s the good news: A five-minute spectacle will light up the skies at Al Ain Square in the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium area at midnight.

As part of the celebrations for New Year 2021, a fireworks show will take place at Al Ain Square in the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium area at midnight Thursday, December 31. The show will last 5 minutes. pic.twitter.com/DRmdkzutMQ

— (@admediaoffice) December 31, 2020

Those who are heading to the venue are urged to follow all safety measures, the Abu Dhabi Government Media Office tweeted. Wear your face mask at all times and participate in events only with your family, it added.

Crowds should be avoided and maintain the safe distance of two meters from others. If you are unwell, it is best to stay home.

8:36pm

Another key Dubai road closed, alternative routes announced

The Lower Financial Centre Road is now closed, the Dubai Police have tweeted. The Roads and Transport Authority has specified alternative routes that motorists can take: First Business Bay St., Al Meydan St., 2nd Za’abeel Rd., and Latifa Bint Hamdan St.

Earlier in the day, Al Asayel Street was closed.

#RoadUpdate: Closure of the lower Financial Centre Rd. from Sheikh Zayed Rd. Kindly use alternative routes: First Business Bay St., Al Meydan St., 2nd Za’abeel Rd., and Latifa Bint Hamdan St. #MyDubaiNewYear #RTA pic.twitter.com/U5Ec6TqWhn

— RTA (@rta_dubai) December 31, 2020

8:25pm

Look: Dubai doctors on e-scooters around Burj Khalifa

Paramedics stationed around the Burj Khalifa are using environment-friendly electric scooters to provide emergency assistance to those who may need it.

The Government of Dubai Media Office has posted photos of the paramedics doing their job ahead of the spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks show.

.@Dubai_ambulance paramedics use environmentally-friendly electric bicycles during #MyDubaiNewYear to provide emergency response services to the public. pic.twitter.com/foeBT3X57a

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

8:10pm

Live from Palm Jumeirah as the nation is awaiting the celebrations to ring in the new year

8:05pm

Final camping session of 2020: With four hours to go to ring in the New Year 2021, Dubai resident Sarath Babu and his family are all cozy in their tent on the Jumeirah Beach. They will ring in the New Year as the Burj Khalifa fireworks light up the night sky. – Photo by Shihab

8:04pm

BurjKhalifa wishes Happy NewY ear to countries where it is 2021 already

#NYEwithKT: @BurjKhalifa wishes #HappyNewYear to countries where it is 2021 already

Follow our live coverage here: https://t.co/hnOiLv9Am5@visitdubai @dubaitourism #BurjKhalifa

Rahul Gajjar/KT pic.twitter.com/rKttoXUgPF

— Khaleej Times (@khaleejtimes) December 31, 2020

8:00pm

Dubai’s first NYE fireworks usher in 2021 in China

Dubai’s Global Village has just hosted the UAE’s first fireworks show. The display at 8pm ushered in the New Year 2021 in China. The destination will host six more fireworks until 1am on January 1 to celebrate the New Year in six time zones.

7:49pm

Another key Dubai road closed

The Lower Financial Centre Road is now closed, the Dubai Police have tweeted. Earlier in the day, Al Asayel Street was closed.

#TrafficUpdate | Lower Financial center road is temporarily closed. pic.twitter.com/JtW8CbFGxl

— Dubai Police (@DubaiPoliceHQ) December 31, 2020

7:32pm

Hundreds of citizens and residents continue to reach the Sheikh Zayed Festival in Abu Dhabi’s Al Wathba for New Year celebrations and catch the world-record smashing fireworks show. – Photo by Ashwani Kumar

#NYEwithKT: Hundreds of citizens and residents continue to reach the #SheikhZayedFestival in Abu Dhabi’s Al Wathba for New Year celebrations and catch the world-record smashing fireworks show.

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

Ashwani/KT pic.twitter.com/WAdpdLCpCi

— Khaleej Times (@khaleejtimes) December 31, 2020

7:19pm

We are so looking forward to 2021: KHDA

Check out the Knowledge and Human Development Authority’s hilarious (and inspiring) New Year tweet

. . ! https://t.co/QgAUmYYgqR

— KHDA (@KHDA) December 31, 2020

7:15pm

3 field hospitals around Burj Khalifa to keep you safe

The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has set up three field hospitals and deployed “several” medical teams in Downtown Dubai to ensure safety during the New Year’s Eve (NYE) celebrations. Over 55 medical staff have been deployed at these field hospitals. Read about it here

Dubai Health Authority sets up 3 field hospitals for #MyDubaiNewYear, with more than 55 medical staff. @DHA_Dubai pic.twitter.com/vQGGtS1wht

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

7:09pm

Atlantis, The Palm testing lights preparing for KISS meanwhile inside the restaurants are starting get busy with keen residents and tourists ready to bring on 2021. – Photo: Mitchell Finlayson (Intern)

7:02pm

Burj Khalifa lights up with ‘2021’ – Photo by Neeraj Murali

7:00pm

Live from Umm Suquiem park where people have spread their picnic mats and have put up their tents to watch the fireworks withh he their loved ones at the backdrop of Burk Al Arab hotel.

6:49pm

Traffic builds up on Jumeirah Road. Photo by Shihab/KT

#NYEwithKT: Traffic builds up on Jumeirah Road

Live coverage: https://t.co/hnOiLv9Am5
: Shihab/KT pic.twitter.com/86yJR7bwx7

— Khaleej Times (@khaleejtimes) December 31, 2020

6:48pm

5 hours to go; 33 UAE spots set for fireworks

Did you know that fireworks will light up UAE skies from 33 locations across six emirates? Read about it here.

6:45pm

5 hours to go for 2021: A family is all set for the NYE Burj Al Arab fireworks show that will end 2020 and usher in the new year 2021. — Photo: Shihab

(#NYEwithKT)

5 hours to go for 2021: A family is all set for the #NYE #BurjAlArab fireworks show that will end 2020 and usher in the #NewYear2021.

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

: Shihab/KT pic.twitter.com/VbpihRoJiU

— Khaleej Times (@khaleejtimes) December 31, 2020

6:40pm

Pakistani expat excited to mark first NYE in Dubai

Pakistani national Azba Juzer is excited about marking her first New Year in Dubai.

Gazing at the iconic Burj Al Arab, an excited Azba said: “This is probably the best time of the year for us as the weather is perfect. We feel lucky to be in the UAE … as we are able to move around freely.

“I am looking forward to the fireworks that take place here near the Burj Al Arab, as I’ve heard it is one of the best in the city.”

Reporting: Saman; Photo: Shihab

6:30pm

Khaleej Times journalists are at Al Seef as we build up to the New Year’s Eve Gala in Downtown Dubai with Burj Khalifa fireworks at midnight.

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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