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Spectacular fireworks in Dubai to welcome 2019. Image Credit: Ahmed Ramzan / Gulf News
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New Year fireworks at Dubai Festival City on January 1, 2019. Image Credit: Clint Egbert / Gulf News
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Fireworks on the world's tallest tower, the Burj Khalifa, light up the night sky in Dubai Image Credit: Ahmed Ramzan

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A great anticipation grips the vast crowd gathered at the Burj Park near Dubai's Burj Khalifa tower for the NYE revelry. 

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Performers from India made the crowd dance along Image Credit: Manuel Almario/Gulf News

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The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority urges everyone to use public transport to get to your destination on time.

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Burj Al Arab getting ready for the fireworks. Image Credit: Rabab khan

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The Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall metro station has been closed, according to the Roads and Transport Authority. Alternate stations are suggested for the NYE revelers still heading out to the Burj Khalifa area.

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Excitment is building among the huge crowd gathere on a pleasant winter night in Dubai around the Burj Khalifa district.

Weathermen predict that light-to-moderate southeasterly to northwesterly winds could make the UAE bit more chilly tonight.

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The Emirates Towers roundabout intersection on Happiness Street is now closed. Motorists and NYE revelers are advised to the following alternative routes: Al Khail Road, Mohammad Bin Zayed Road, Al Wasl Road and Jumeirah Road.

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It's a pleasant winter night in Dubai and weathermen predict that light-to-moderate southeasterly to northwesterly winds could make the UAE bit more chilly tonight.

Everyone is gripped by great anticipation for the NYE fireworks in the world's tallest man-made structure.

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The crowd swells near Souq Al Bahar. Meanwhile, Dubai Mall restaurants facing the Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa tower are packed with revelers.

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Revelers at the foot of the Burj Khalifa, outside Dubai Mall, await New Year's Eve fireworks on December 31, 2018. Image Credit: Ahmed Ramzan/ Gulf News

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Crowd waiting in Downtown, before Burj Park to watch the firework displays. Image Credit: Falah Gulzar/Gulf News

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Al Saada Street is now closed, according to Dubai Police.

7.56pm: The world flocks to Dubai for NYE

The UAE is an ideal New Year's Eve destination and people around the world know it. Annually, thousand of people flock to Dubai to enjoy the spectacular fireworks that happen across the country and city.

At the Burj Al Arab, The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Festival City, Global Village and most importantly, Burj Khalifa massive crowds gather to watch the displays on New Year's Eve.

Gulf News spoke to some tourists welcoming the start of 2019 in Downtown, Dubai.

Kunal Doshi and Tanvi Ved chose Dubai as their seventh and final destination of 2018. "We wanted to come here [Dubai] to watch the fireworks we have previously seen on television," said Doshi.

The couple wants to end the year and start 2019 at Burj Khalifa under the sparkling displays.

Similarly, Victoria Nassali and Isaac Mulumba flocked to the UAE from Uganda to celebrate. "There's something interesting going on in Dubai everyday. After watching the fireworks tonight, we are planning to visit all of these tourist spots during our trip," said Nassali. They are in Dubai for five days.

A resident of New York City, Lawrence Liu has come to thr UAE with his family from the US. He wishes to celebrate the New Year alongside his relatives in Dubai.

"Dubai has surprised me. The diversity, the amount of people, the growth of this place and just how beautiful this place is. It's always a good time in Dubai," he said.

Speaking about the fireworks at Burj Khalifa for New Year's eve, he said, "I am very excited to celebrate here and I have big expectations."

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People enjoy the Imagine Star Dancer show at Dubai Festival City

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RTA tweets: Please note that Roda Al Murooj intersection, on Happiness Street, has been closed. Please use alternative routes to reach the New Year's Eve celebrations: Al Khail Road, Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, Al Wasl Road and Jumeirah Road.

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If you’re at Burj Khalifa Down Town to see the fireworks and find yourself in trouble, Dubai Police has your back. Special rescue drivers are cycling throughout the area to make sure no one is in trouble, and no one accidentally falls into the man-made lake around Dubai Mall, during the New Year's Eve celebrations.

Humaid Almatrooshi, rescue divers, told Gulf News that they are prepared for any accidents. He said: “We advise people to be careful and not lean on the railings, closer to midnight.”

Groups of 4 divers on cycles are looking out for the public. There are ambulances and 13 first aid tents, too, around the Burj Khalifa area that will provide assistance to those injured or who need help.

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People enjoy the last sunset of 2018 at the Dubai Festival City. Image Credit: Clint Egbert/Gulf News

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Crowds are moving towards Dubai Mall through the Dubai Metro entrance. A Dubai police officer said they have stopped entry for bachelors from one side. Those who are already in are sent in two separate lines to bachelors and family areas.

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People flowing to Abu Dhabi’s Corniche breakwater area. Ahmed Kutty/Gulf News

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Mohammad Bin Rashid boulevard closed for traffic Image Credit: Virendra Saklani/Gulf News

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All entrances leading to Mohammad Bin Rashid Boulevard are now closed: Dubai Police

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All entrances leading to Dubai Mall are now closed, Dubai Police tweets.

Crowd at the gate to access the outdoor area, near Burj Khalifa. However, no one is allowed to enter. Falah Gulzar/Gulf News

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Security barriers placed all across the Downtown area. Image Credit: Shreya Bhatia/Gulf News

Dubai police closed Al Asayel Street at 4pm. Roads also closed from Oud Metha to Al Quoz Street on both sides.

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Security barriers have been placed all across the Downtown area. There are crowds at some signals and crossings. Police cars have barricaded a few u-turns. First aid ambulances and cars are also at the location.

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It’s close, the final countdown to 2019, a brand new year. Time for new hopes, new dreams and new aspirations - in the UAE, home to nearly 200 nationalities.

2018 has been a mixed bag of surprises for many, but as the march of change continues, 2019 is like the shooting star for most. And what better way to tag on to that stardust than to be part of the very best of celebrations from around the UAE and the world.

Cultures, colours, fireworks and lights, everything will come together for the final show of 2018 – a razzmatazz of fierce display to beckon the New Year in.

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So for Auld Lang Syne, say goodbye to 2018 and say Hala 2019 with gulfnews.com!

Our live reporting team at the Burj Khalifa: Shreya Bhatia and Falah Gulzar, Social Media Desk; Ali Al Shouk, Staff Reporter; Sajila Saseendran, Senior Reporter