Whether you’re looking to commemorate a public special occasion or just want to enjoy your own self-proclaimed personal holiday, Dubai is a great place for celebrations. You’ll find that there are a variety of fun, wonderful ways to enjoy holidays in this city, especially if you are in the downtown area.

To have a grand time and make the most out of a local holiday, make sure to head out to Downtown Dubai and experience the following:

  1. Watch the Dubai Fountain

Also known as Dubai’s Dancing Fountain, this well-known tourist attraction holds the record for being the biggest choreographed water fountain in the world. The water fountains are synchronized to move to the beat of popular local and international tunes.

The Dubai Dancing Fountain has scheduled shows every day, in the afternoon and at night. It is a must to see them specifically in the evening so that you can also marvel at the wonderful lights that accompany the show.

During local holidays, including New Year’s Eve, the Dubai Fountain also offers glammed-up presentations. You should definitely find a good spot to view the Dancing Fountain when there is a special event in Dubai.

  1. Hang out at the Burj Khalifa

Another iconic and world-famous spot you can visit for a day or night of revelry during the holidays is the Burj Khalifa. As the world’s tallest building, you will surely find fun things to do here while the festivities are going on outside.

There are observation decks on Levels 124, 125 and 148 at the Burj, allowing you an unobstructed 360-degree view of the city, desert and ocean. You will be able to see the fireworks and all activities happening below or in the sky during special events. There are also numerous restaurants here, so you can indulge in delicious food and drinks while marveling at the superb views.

The Burj Khalifa also features spectacular fireworks displays every New Year. To usher in 2018, they showcased an impressive light show – a presentation that many locals and viewers from all over the world are still talking about today.

  1. Spend the day (and night) at the Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall is currently the world’s largest shopping mall. You won’t run out of things to do here, especially during a holiday, since there will be special activities and attractions to look forward to.

Aside from shopping and dining, you can:

  • Try ice skating at the Dubai Ice Rink
  • Watch movies at the Reel Cinema
  • Visit the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo
  • Take your kids to Kidzania and the SEGA indoor theme park
  • Show off your skateboarding skills at the Rage Skate Bowl
  • Visit the SEGA indoor theme park

The Dubai Mall has a lot to offer to people of all ages. During local holidays, the mall will also be decorated to showcase the event or keep up with a theme.

  1. Relax, dine and revel in the activities at the Souk Al Bahar

Soul Al Bahar, or “Market of the Sailor,” is an Arabesque dining, shopping and entertainment complex. If you’ve gotten your fill of shopping and dining at the Dubai Mall, simply head to this spot.

At nighttime, you will get an amazing view of the Dubai Fountain and the Burj Khalifa in its illuminated glory. During holidays and other special occasions, you can also enjoy the live performances of talented artists and join fun activities taking place here.

  1. Enjoy a staycation

Lastly, you can get some much needed R&R and, at the same time, appreciate the festivities by simply staying at home or in your accommodation.

Some residents and visitors staying at one of the elite apartments in Dubai opt to view activities taking place outside without leaving the relaxing comforts of their own home. Dress up or dress down, have a chill party or dance the night away, prepare your favorite foods and drinks, or have everything delivered to your door. When you live in Downtown Dubai, everything you need is within easy reach and the options are endless – it’s all up to you.

To enjoy the best of Dubai’s holidays, be where everything is happening. That’s why Downtown Dubai is a great spot to enjoy the festivities. It’s the perfect place to witness, celebrate and participate in the local revelries.

Juwaad Beg

Juwaad Beg is the Chairman of Elite City Real Estate. Since 2005, the leading UAE developer has focused on developing residential real estate propositions in prime areas of Dubai. With their pricing, location, layout, amenities and aftercare service being second to none and priced at unbeatable rates, Elite enjoys 99% occupancy rates on all delivered projects.