1.5 million people are expected to be in the area around Burj Khalifa this New Year's Eve to watch the show.
This year’s festivities, will be a bit different, with Emaar replacing the fireworks with a light show.
As the clock chimed 12, Burj Khalifa came alive with the most spectacular laser show that triggered a collective gasp from thousands gathered here. It also establish a new Guinness World record for the largest laser light and sound show on one single structure.
The world's tallest tower was bathed in dazzling laser lights in a dynamic dance synchronized with music. The 10-minute laser show began with a display of 2018 being Year of Zayed and went on to display the symbols of the nation - The UAE flag, the falcon in flight and the Arabic language - all to fanfare music and razzmatazz.
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The clean up crew has arrived!
The clean up crew get's to work while people continue to celebrate outside Burj Park, Dubai.
People are the only thing moving on Shaikh Zayed Road, at ad hoc crossing point near Dubai Mall metro footbridge.
RTA is in coordination with Dubai Police and will be managing the traffic movement on Sheikh Zayed Road to allow for the pedestrians to cross to the area opposite Burj Khalifa.
Designated areas have been assigned near Burj Khalifa and Business Bay Metro Stations in addition to a third crossing below Dubai Water Canal Bridge.
To ease your exit from Burj Khalifa area after the end of celebrations, RTA Dubai provided 55 buses on Financial Centre Road, to transport passengers to Jafiliya & Deira City Centre Metro station and the designated parking areas at Al Eid Musala in Mankhool Area and Al Wasl Club.
RTA also provided 90 buses on Sheikh Zayed Road direction Dubai, to transport the passengers to Jaflya and Deira City Centre Metro station and the designated parking areas at Al Eid Musala in Mankhool and Al Wasl Club.
110 buses ready in Downtown to carry people back to different Parking areas.
Other busses are heading to Al Wasl Club, Al Jafliya, Al Mankhoul, and Dubai Water Canal.
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If you choose to stay at home to watch the show instead, you will be pleased to know that there will be live streaming of the event here
If you want to read about fireworks, check out our live coverage of the rest of the UAE here.
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The Burj Khalifa has gone dark
The lights around the Burj Khalifa to be switched off in next ten minutes
People's social media photos now being displayes on a large screen at Burj Park
Another countdown at the Burj Khalifa
Another close up of the Burj Khalifa
Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai sends out a special tweet wishing everyone a happy New Year by reciting an Arabic poem.
"One of the most beautiful years is gone...Bye bye my beautiful memories" he says.
Dubai Police stationed all over the area to ensure safety
Crowds sing along to popular songs as they wait for the Burj countdown.
The countdown is every 15 minutes on the Burj Khalifa.
It is becoming more crowded by the minute
The lively atmosphere continues around the Burj Khalifa. One reader shows us the view from the top.
Three hours to go! The countdown begins on the Burj Khalifa.
Dubai Mall diners are enjoying their unobstructed view of the Burj Khalifa spectacle.
Thousands of restaurant and mall staff are working round the clock. Despite the big party buzz it's business as usual downtown.
Resident Nader Smair is watching the epic show from an appartment in Downtown Dubai. This is the view from the top.
People have brought along mats and pillows to camp out opposite the Burj Khalifa ahead of midnight festivities.
Refreshment stalls have been set up at various spots in Downtown Dubai for Nee Year’s Eve celebrations.
Crowd near Burj Plaza has now overflowed onto Mohammad Bin Rashid Boulevard. As the streets are closed to cars, people are walking freely on some sections of the boulevard.
Some visitors trying to get through alleys for closer look at Burj Khalifa - but getting turned away by security.
Police officers on bicycles at the Burj Park!
Everything is ready and set in place for Burj Khalifa to break the Guinness World Records with a spectacular laser show.
Here's a quick weather and traffic update for all those planning to head out on New Year's Eve
It's cold and roads are blocked.
Check out the side view of the Burj Khlifa. It's wearing it's regular look, so make sure you get a front view.
Dubai fountain entertains the waiting crowd
Traffic on Shaikh Zayed Road is very heavy.
Currently this is how the Burj Khalifa looks
Some residents will enjoy the show from their apartments in Downtown Dubai
The crowd continues to fill into Burj Park
Motorists urged to park at alternative parking areas and catch a free bus to Downtown Dubai. 170 buses shuttling revellers to and from Downtown.
A large screen has been set up for people to watch the light show.
Lights on! The Burj Khalifa New Year's Eve celebrations have begun.