Dubai Attracts Million Visitors on New Year’s Eve

The New Year’s Eve Gala in Downtown Dubai, stated to be the most prestigious square kilometre on earth, set an impressive global milestone as one of the world’s most attended single events, attracting over 1 million people from across the globe, with a 35-minute long spectacular countdown celebration.

Already ranked among the world’s most-watched events, Downtown Dubai New Year’s Eve Gala was telecast live over 1,000 television channels globally, and streamed live on and, reaching over 2 billion viewers.

Thousands of tourists flew in to Dubai for the occasion, underlining Downtown Dubai, the 500-acre mega-development of Emaar Properties, as ‘The Centre of Now.’

“The Downtown Dubai New Year’s Eve Gala is truly an audio-visual spectacle spread over the most prestigious square kilometre on earth,” said Mohamed Alabbar, chairman of Emaar Properties and Dubai Events Council.

The Gala featured a display of colourful fireworks from Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, set for the first time to live orchestra.

The fireworks created airborne shapes of flowers, crescents and stars, in several colour sets and sequences. In a fitting tribute to the UAE, which celebrated its 41st National Day recently, the fireworks enveloped Burj Khalifa in the colours of the national flag.

This followed a dazzling water, fire and light show on Burj Lake; and the live performance of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.

Downtown Dubai will continue the celebrations with the lake show, ‘Water, Fire & Light,’ throughout January.

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