Futuristic laser show to replace fireworks at the Burj Khalifa on New Year’s Eve

Burj khalifa Lit Up

Dubai has exceptional form when it comes to New Year’s Eve celebrations and the extravagant displays are watched around the world.

The Burj Khalifa is often regarded as the centre piece of those spectacular displays, making any drastic change to its role in the proceedings big news. So when Emaar teased the ‘Light Up 2018’ show via an enigmatic post on its Downtown Dubai Instagram profile, it’s fair to say we were agog.

The post seemed to suggest that the traditional firework display would be replaced with a light show.

Despite many of the precise details about the format of the event remaining a closely guarded secret until the actual day, we have managed to uncover some information.

This is what we know

  • There will be no firework display
  • The impressive canvas of Downtown’s skyscrapers (including the Burj) will be used as the screen for a “spectacular show … specially choreographed to music”
  • The event will “celebrate the pride of the nation and the spirit of positivity”
  • The water fountains at the base of the Burj Khalifa will play a part in the display

It’s also pretty likely that:

  • Lasers are going to be heavily involved in the show
  • The event will be curated and directed by a renowned person
  • It will be one of the biggest light and music spectaculars of its kind, ever seen
  • There will be a nod to retro trends / historical local events


Here’s where you can make like Katy Perry, and get your firework fix on in Dubai:

Dubai Festival City Mall Fireworks

Dubai Festival City Mall

Be ready to be wowed by four free fireworks shows at 9pm, 10pm and 11pm and a grand finale at midnight to welcome 2018! Entertainment starts at 7pm and there are plenty of waterfront restaurants that make perfect vantage points – Eataly, Serendipity 3, Nando’s, Cheesecake Factory, Turkish Village, Joe’s Crab Shack and the brand new Lebanese joint Semsom. Book your preferred spot well in advance to get the best view.


Al Marjan Island RAK

Nearby Ras al Khaimah beckons revellers with a spectacular show at Al Marjan Island, which has powered the emirate’s tourism, hospitality and property sectors.

A team of 30 engineers, pyrotechnicians, fabricators and others are working on the project led by Phil Grucci, creative director of Fireworks by Grucci. Environmental-friendly, organic material such as wood, sulphur, charcoal from trees, and metals from the ground will be used for the actual shells of the fireworks.

Be there, and have a memorable start to 2018!


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