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Updated December 29th, 2023 at 18:27 IST

No fireworks for New Year celebrations in Sharjah; Here's why

The Sharjah police on Tuesday announced that the city is imposing a ban on this year's New Year's Eve celebration and its famous fireworks display amid war.

New Year fireworks in Sharjah's Al Majaz WaterFront
New Year fireworks in Sharjah's Al Majaz WaterFront | Image:Image: Al Majaz WaterFront
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Sharjah: The Sharjah police on Tuesday announced that the city is imposing a ban on this year's New Year's Eve celebration and its famous fireworks display, dampening the city's festive spirits. The authorities noted that they are skipping this year's celebration to “express” solidarity with the people of Gaza which is currently embroiled in the ongoing Israe-Hamas war. The city is typically known for ushering in New Year's with fireworks that last several minutes over the  Al Majaz Waterfront. The police informed about its latest plan on X, formally known as Twitter.

“Emphasizing that human solidarity is a deeply rooted idea pursued by the Emirate of Sharjah *Sharjah Police bans fireworks celebrations on New Year’s Eve 2024*,” the Sharjah police wrote on X on Tuesday. The force went on to urge all the members of the public and organisations to comply with the directive. The police noted that legal actions will be taken against those who are caught flouting the rules. The decision came after reports emerged that over 20,000 Palestinians have been killed in the ongoing war. Ever since the commencement of the war, the UAE leadership has made repeated calls for a permanent ceasefire and urged both sides to respect civilian lives.

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A city known for its fireworks

Sharjah along with other cities in the UAE is known for ringing in the New Year with fireworks that usually last several minutes. The Al Majaz Waterfront, one of Sharjah’s premier leisure destinations for tourists and families is famously known for conducting beautiful fireworks worldwide. However, following this announcement, multiple festivals and events have been postponed in the Emirates with the same motive. The Tanweer Sacred Music Festival, which was to be held in Sharjah’s Mleiha, has been postponed indefinitely. The Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) and the Emirates Publishers Association (EPA) also withdrew from the Frankfurt International Book Fair following events surrounding the cancellation of an award to a Palestinian author. 

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Sharjah's Al Majaz Waterfront is known for its grand celebrations, Image: X

But Dubai will be still filled with fireworks

According to the Gulf News, Dubai is all set to display 45 fireworks across 32 locations on the night. The country can witness the longest fireworks show in the region, (an incredible 60-minute-long display) along with the world’s ‘longest chain of aquatic floating fireworks. The fireworks show is still expected to take place in  Burj Khalifa, which is known as one of the most prominent destinations to celebrate New Year's.

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Firework display of 2021 New Year's celebration at Burj Khalifa, Image: AP
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Published December 28th, 2023 at 10:44 IST

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