Celebrate New Year’s for FREE in Dubai


We ring in the New Year with hope for better tomorrows and although the people we are with the moment the clock strikes 12 is what matters most, we would all like an element of fun reserved especially for that one night of the year where we remove the old and ring in the new.

The charisma and glitz of Dubai will always be appealing but the New Year brings its own sets of hassles with it in terms of location, cost of festivities, and not to mention all that traffic with the closed roads and people rushing to the best areas to watch the fireworks.

You might not be on a budget but for many, spending high amounts for one night’s celebrations is unjustifiable, so we’ve put together a list for you of the best areas and activities in Dubai to celebrate for FREE!

So you’ve chosen to watch the live online fireworks stream at and here’s how you can spend a fantastic night with great company at almost no cost.

House Party

A favorite amongst friends is gathering together at one house with food and drinks and enjoy the party with good company. The proof is in all the fun and laughter of those Facebook and Instagram images the day after. Just be sure you have an alcohol license if alcohol is involved. And if you’re lucky, one of your friends owns a yacht and you can take your celebrations to the water!

Al Qudra Lakeschoco

Celebrate under the stars away from the lights of the city by camping overnight or just gathering at Al Qudra lakes. Located only 40 minutes away from the main city, the solid and flat ground is perfect for setting up a tent, mat and chairs. The area is quiet, pet friendly, and beautiful with the lakes winding between the dunes, making the sunset and sunrise even more special, and the dunes offer great off-roading for the brave.

The roads are great for cars with no 4wd but stay off the sides where the sand is thicker. The night is chilly so bring along enough warm clothes and blankets and firewood for a bonfire. There are also firewood vendors at the roundabouts before Al Qudra selling 15kg of wood for about AED50. So gather your friends and family, bring your own bbq supplies, plenty of warm clothes, but remember to clean up after! View the location here

Beach picnic and BBQ

Pack your beach mat, sweater, snacks and head down to one of the public beaches in Dubai
and take in all the electric energy of thousands of people celebrating the New Year with a screaming massive countdown.

Jumeirah Public Beach: This free beach does not allow barbequing but includes several food venders and even bathrooms, making it the perfect location for a New Year’s picnic.View the location here

Kite Beach: Located in Jumeirah 3, it is an excellent spot for beach activities such as volleyball, badminton and football with some food trucks. Barbeques are not allowed but picnics are okay, and access is free.View the location here

Sunset Beach (Umm Suqeim Beach): This free beach has beautiful views of Burj Al Arab making it the perfect backdrop for selfies and fireworks videos! The spot is perfect for picnics and family gatherings, but note that barbequing is not allowed.View the location here

Global village

This one’s not exactly free but will cost you only AED 15! This year Global Village has promised us musical fireworks and we are so excited! With lots to see, many food vendors to choose from and exciting fireworks and concerts, Global Village is the perfect New Year’s spot for the family or friends.View the location here

Picnic at the park

Pack your BBQ and picnic basket and head down to the most popular parks for a great New Year’s Eve family and friends gathering, just note that some parks don’t allow barbequing.

Al Barsha Pond Park, Al Barsha 2: A quiet and quiet park in A
l Barsha with a beautiful pond. Barbequing not allowed.View the location here

Al Mamzar Beach Park, Deira: This hidden gem combines beaches and beautiful greenery making it the perfect location to spend the whole day with family and friends, whether swimming, playing football or having a picnic. There is a designated bbq area inclusive of grills, tables and chairs.View the location here

Creekside Park, Bur Dubai: Located in Bur Dubai alongside the Creek, this paparkrk has some spectacular views of Dubai.The area is perfect for family gatherings with certain spots reserved for barbequing, in addition to other facilities such as bike rentals, mini golf, cable cars and swings and the educational adventure park for children, Children’s City.View the location here

Mushrif Park, Al Khawanij: Located near Uptown Mirdif and Khawaneej, Mushrif park is the largest park in the city, complete with many facilities such as barbecue areas, swimming pools, volleyball and basketball handball courts in addition to a cycle track, playgrounds and even a camel riding and equestrian center.View the location here

Zabeel Park, Sheikh Zayed Road: Divided into 2 sections, Zabeel Park is located at the end of the Creek of Sheikh Zayed Road and connected by a pedestrian bridge. The park is complete with covered areas for barbeques, an area to hire boats for the lake, a children’s play zone, large grassy stretches and a bicycle track.View the location here