New Year's Eve

Ways to avoid traffic jams in Dubai on New Year’s Eve

The Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism has told residents and guests of the emirate about how to better organise New Year’s Eve. In particular, details of how public transport will work on December 31 and how access to major attractions will be organised to watch New Year’s Eve fireworks.

Those who are going to celebrate New Year’s Eve in the Downtown area and want to take a good seat overlooking the fountains and laser show on the Burj Khalifa skyscraper should book a table at a nearby restaurant or buy a ticket to the entertainment area in Burj Park (free for children under 5 years old).

The free fireworks viewing area in Downtown will be open from 16:00. It is worth noting that Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard will be closed from 18:00 on 31 December until 01:00 or 02:00 on 1 January. The car park outside Dubai Mall will operate on a first-come, first-served basis until there are no spaces left.

Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall metro station may be closed depending on the congestion at the mall, starting from 14:00. Taxis will operate as normal until Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard closes.

For those planning to celebrate New Year’s Eve in the Palm Jumeirah neighbourhood, the monorail is the best option. You can transfer to it at the Palm Gateway station, which is connected to the tram line. The Palm Monorail will operate from 9:00am on 31 December 2023 to 3:00am on 1 January 2024. A free shuttle bus from Nakheel Mall to the waterfront fireworks viewing point will operate from 8:00pm to 03:00am.

No road closures are expected in the Jumeirah Beach Residence or Dubai Marina areas, but it is advisable to take the metro or tram to your destination to avoid traffic jams.

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