New Year's 2022: Dubai welcomes the new year with amazing fireworks and laser show at Burj Khalifa
New Year 2022: Dubai welcomes the new year with amazing fireworks and laser show at Burj Khalifa. Image Credit: Virendra Saklani

The UAE has welcomed Year 2022 with spectacular fireworks and impressive laser, light, and drone shows as well as live entertainment across the emirates.

Gulf News has brought live updates of the festivities to its readers - from Burj Khalifa, Expo 2020 Dubai, Global Village, Atlantis, and The Palm. We have also covered Guinness World Record breaking fireworks in the Capital and pyrotechnics show in Abu Dhabi Corniche and Yas Island.

Here’s how the New Year Eve events unfolded:

Burj Khalifa fireworks spectacle welcomes 2022 with phenomenal lights, water and sound shows

Abu Dhabi greets new year with spectacular fireworks

Fireworks at Atlantis, The Palm

Fireworks ring in the New Year over the skies of Ras Al Khaimah

Fireworks galore at Expo 2020 to welcome 2022


Al Wasl Dome transforms into a party arena

Feel the mood as the DJ picks up the tone for the countdown at Al Wasl Dome

Ready & set: 22 minutes to go for 2022

Crowd at Al Wasl Dome ahead of the New Year countdown at Expo 2020

Getting ready for 2022

Sixty minutes left before we say adieu to 2021 and the excitement at Downtown Dubai is now at fever pitch. The fireworks and laser lights are all set and ready to welcome the New Year. Are you?

World records at The Capital

Abu Dhabi will attempt to break three Guinness World Records as part of Sheikh Zayed Festival's New Year's Eve celebrations. The 40-minute firework display, which will about to start soon, will attempt to set records for volume, duration and form. There is also a giant drone show that will light up the skies of Al Wathba. Organisers said: "This will be the first show of its kind and magnitude in the world.”

Magnificent light and drone show at Bluewaters Island, Dubai

People throng Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai

Atif Aslam charms audience at Etihad arena, Yas Island

Sound and light show 'Harmony' enchants audience at Al Wasl Plaza

Mohammad Bin Rashid Boulevard closed for traffic

Securing celebrations

People await for the Atif Aslam concert at Etihad arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

Light and sound show called “Harmony” at the Al Wasl Dome

Burj Khalifa and the Dubai skyline on New Year's Eve

Burj View NYE
A view of Burj Khalifa and Downton Dubai on New Year's Eve.
Burj View NYE
Guests from UK wait in anticipation for New Year fireworks and celebrations at Burj Khalifa. Image Credit: Virendra Saklani/Gulf News

Early fireworks

It’s already New Year in the Philippines and Dubai’s Global Village welcomed 2022 with its second fireworks of the day. New Year's Eve celebrations at Dubai's favourite multicultural family park are in sync with time zones in eight different countries. First was Australia at 5pm (UAE time) then Philippines at 8pm. Next is Thailand at 9pm, Bangladesh at 10pm, India at 10.30pm and Pakistan at 11pm. A five-minute firework display will happen at midnight (UAE time) and the last one is at 1am, to coincide with New Year in Russia.

Rapturous shows enthrall audience at Al Wasl dome

Eve of wonders

Like in the past years, the most highly-anticipated fireworks display is happening on Burj Khalifa. This year’s celebrations will focus on UAE’s Golden Jubilee, encapsulated in pyrotechnics show titled ‘Eve of Wonders.’ As the clock strikes midnight, the much-anticipated fireworks at the world’s tallest tower will be accompanied by an electrifying laser act synched perfectly to match the choreographed water show at The Dubai Fountain.

Emaar said they used a total of 177,958kg of fireworks with 10,400 firing orders and 1,235 firing directions; and as many as 274 light fixtures plus 60 laser projectors.

Dubai Millennium Amphitheatre hosts DJs

Excitement builds up at Burj Khalifa

Safety reminder

We are few hours away from ringing in the New Year and Dubai is welcoming 2022 in grand style and non-stop merriment. Revellers, however, are reminded to wear face masks and observe social distancing, for their own health and the well-being of others. Authorities earlier said "failure to wear a face mask carries a fine of Dh3,000".

Dubai Police on ground at #MyDubaiNewYear's locations to ensure safety of everyone and compliance to precautionary measures. Image Credit: Dubai media office
Dubai Police on ground at #MyDubaiNewYear's locations to ensure safety of everyone and compliance to precautionary measures. Image Credit: Dubai media office

Safety protocols

Residents and tourists who are planning of heading to Downtown Dubai tonight are reminded to register on U by Emaar app. The process is short and straightforward. Security and safety protocols are strictly enforced. Square marks are put in place, indicating only one person is allowed per box to watch the fireworks display on Burj Khalifa.

Square marks are placed where one person is allowed to stand.
Square marks are placed where one person is allowed to stand to watch the Burj Khalifa fireworks. Image Credit: Angel Tesorero/Gulf News

Expo venue set to enthrall visitors

Celebrations kick off at Al Wasl Plaza

Vibe before the biggest event

The last sunset of 2021 in Abu Dhabi.
The last sunset of 2021 in Abu Dhabi. Image Credit: Anas Thacharpadikkal/Gulf News

Sheikh Mohammed wishes residents Happy New Year


Cleaning and sanitisation

Stage below the majestic Al Wasl dome gets deep cleaning and sanitisation ahead of events and shows planned for the night that will ring in the New Year.

Road closures

Authorities have announced closure of Al Asayel St. towards Burj Khalifa area. Motorists can use these alternative roads: Al Khail Rd., Mohammed Bin Zayed Rd., Al Wasl St., and Jumeirah Road.

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has advised the public to take Dubai Metro as it “is the most convenient way to commute in Dubai on New Year’s Eve.”

Timelapse of last sunset of 2021

From Mumbai to Dubai, visitors throng Downtown Dubai

People from across Dubai and outside the UAE have started arriving at Downtown Dubai to witness the world’s tallest tower, Burj Khalifa, light up with spectacular fireworks to ring in the New Year.

Indian couple Amar Mane, 41, and Abhilasha Mane, 38, just arrived from Mumbai yesterday (December 30) and they came to Souk Al Bahar as early as 3pm on Friday. They told Gulf News: “This will be our fist time see live and up close the fireworks display at Burj Khalifa and were are really very excited.”

“We’re very happy to spend the New Year in Dubai – a place that we’ve visited only for the second time – but we’ve always found trendy, futuristic, safe, peaceful and always welcoming,” added Amar, whose wish for 2022 is to get a good job in Dubai and settle here with his family.

Amar Mane, 41, and Abhilasha Mane, 38, tourists from Mumbai
Amar Mane, 41, and Abhilasha Mane, 38, tourists from Mumbai Image Credit: Angel Tesorero/Gulf News

People start converging at Expo 2020 Dubai 

Rains and COVID-19 prove not to be a dampener for visitors at Expo 2020 Dubai

Watch: People arrive at Expo 2020 Dubai venue to welcome the new year

Dubai: Ensuring safe and smooth travel


Adhere to safety measures

World is ushering in a new year in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic, marked by strict safety measures. The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority called on UAE residents to adhere to the precautionary and preventive measures and protocols in place over the New Year's Eve celebrations on Friday.

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