What it lacks in Christmas traditions, Dubai makes up for it for the New Year’s eve. Don’t get me wrong though, most (if not all) of the restaurants here in Dubai will have some sort of a Christmas promotion however, the 25th of December is a normal working day. You’ll be lucky if you’re employed in a company whose staff is predominantly Christians or if your day off falls on that day otherwise, normal ho ho working day which is my case this year. On the other hand, New Year’s Eve is a BIG thing here in Dubai. They are somehow trying to top off New York’s Times Square countdown and I do believe it’s just a matter of time before Dubai will be known as the next best destination to witness the entry of a new year.
That was last year’s fireworks at the Downtown Burj Khalifa (tallest building in the world) area. That area was packed last year to the point that they have closed the roads going into that area as there’s just a huge traffic jam where noone can go out nor in as early as 10pm. So if you’re planning to witness this year’s fireworks at the downtown area, you may want to visit this link for all the information that you may want to know : My Downtown Dubai
For us though, I think we have finally concluded that we are going to be at the biggest NYE party in Dubai of 2012 – the Atelier Festival New Year’s Eve Edition:
We are just contemplating whether or not we should get the VIP ticket or the standard ones but yes, it is safe to say that if the world is not going to end on Friday we’ll be welcoming the new year in Meydan Racecourse. This should be fun!
Where are you going to party for NYE? If you still can’t decide where to go, this might help you: New Year’s Eve Party List.
Quick Update: I was just given 25th December as my day off and we decided to go for the VIP tickets which includes AED800-worth of beverage consumption. YAY!