|24 December, 2019

Abu Dhabi to Dazzle with Spectacular New Year's Eve Celebrations

Featuring superstars Bruno Mars, Tamer Hosny, and Nancy Ajram, alongside a stunning fireworks display, the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi prepares to stage unforgettable events across the capital

Abu Dhabi to Dazzle with Spectacular New Year's Eve Celebrations

Abu Dhabi: In collaboration with key partners, the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT - Abu Dhabi) has announced a dazzling array of celebrations taking place in the UAE capital this New Year’s Eve. The impressive calendar of events ringing in 2020 includes Resolution, a two-day festival featuring a highly anticipated headline concert by global megastar Bruno Mars, performances by acclaimed Arab artists on Al Maryah Island, and a spectacular 10-minute firework display on the Abu Dhabi Corniche.

Eleven-time Grammy Award-winner Bruno Mars is set to light up Yas Island’s du Arena with an electric New Year’s Eve performance as part of Resolution by Night, organised by Flash Entertainment and presented by du Live alongside DCT - Abu Dhabi and Miral Asset Management. This is only the second time that the multi-platinum singer-songwriter, known worldwide for his spectacular showmanship and retro style, will be performing live in the UAE, having held a concert in Dubai in 2013. Mars has sold over 130 million records worldwide and is the voice behind global hits such as Grenade, Locked Out of Heaven, Uptown Funk, and 24-Karat Magic.

Arabic music fans will be delighted by performances from Egyptian superstar Tamer Hosny and Lebanese sensation Nancy Ajram this New Year’s Eve. The concerts will be part of a New Year’s Eve festival organised by Mubadala on Al Maryah Island, an acclaimed annual feature in the capital since 2016. In the past, the festival has included top Arab artists such as Amr Diab, Myriam Fares, Hussain Al Jassmi and Kadim Al Saher, and featured one of the world’s largest and longest-running firework displays.

DCT - Abu Dhabi has also announced the staging of a breathtaking midnight firework show on Abu Dhabi’s Corniche. Using three pyrotechnics sky towers, the 10-minute display is sure to ring in the New Year with a thrill. The show is free of charge and open to all members of the public.

“This New Year’s Eve, Abu Dhabi will be the ultimate destination for anyone wishing to celebrate and start 2020 with fun and excitement.” said Ali Hassan Al Shaiba, Acting Executive Director of Tourism and Marketing at DCT - Abu Dhabi. “The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi is committed to providing the UAE capital’s residents and visitors with a diverse and inclusive array of events to make this special night unforgettable. Whether you’re an international pop or Arabic music fan or looking for a family-friendly event to enjoy with your loved ones, we have activations suitable all audiences.”

Those in Abu Dhabi over the course of the New Year holiday can enjoy a wide selection of family-friendly entertainment options. Resolution by Day, an all-encompassing family entertainment festival held on New Year’s Day, will bring New Year joy to du Arena through an exciting range of activities, performances and dining options. World-class amusement facilities such as Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld, and Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi will open their doors to the public throughout the holiday period.

Thrill-seekers can take part in adrenaline-pumping activities across the capital including wakeboarding, parasailing, water jetpacking and scaling the world’s largest indoor climbing wall at CLYMB, which recently opened in Yas Mall. Culture enthusiasts can take advantage of the holiday to explore Abu Dhabi’s many fascinating museums and cultural attractions, including Louvre Abu Dhabi, Qasr Al Hosn, Qasr Al Watan, and the UNESCO heritage sites in Al Ain.

DCT - Abu Dhabi introduced several notable events in 2019 to ensure a dynamic event calendar for residents and further promote tourism in the UAE capital. Earlier this year, the first edition of Abu Dhabi Showdown Week was established, with the UFC battle between undefeated champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Dustin Poirier as its central showpiece. This was followed by Abu Dhabi Family Week, a world-class family entertainment platform that featured the first ever Middle East edition of the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards and the internationally acclaimed Baby Shark show. The city also successfully hosted the inaugural Abu Dhabi Race Week, which concluded with the acclaimed 2019 Formula 1 season finale, the Etihad Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Members of the public can easily view and book their tickets to all events taking place in Abu Dhabi through the Abu Dhabi Calendar app, available on iOS and Android app stores, or by visiting https://visitabudhabi.ae/en/see.and.do/leisure/events.aspx .   


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About Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi conserves and promotes the heritage and culture of the Abu Dhabi emirate and leverages them in the development of a world-class, sustainable destination of distinction that enriches the lives of visitors and residents alike. The Department manages the emirate’s tourism sector and markets the destination internationally through a wide range of activities aimed at attracting visitors and investment. Its policies, plans and programmes relate to the preservation of heritage and culture, including protecting archaeological and historical sites and to developing museums, including Louvre Abu Dhabi, Zayed National Museum and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. The Department of Culture and Tourism supports intellectual and artistic activities and cultural events to nurture a rich cultural environment and honour the emirate’s heritage.  A key role played by the Department is to create synergy in the destination’s development through close co-ordination with its wide-ranging stakeholder base.

About Al Maryah Island

Al Maryah Island is the business and lifestyle destination at the heart of the capital, connected to the cultural and entertainment districts of Abu Dhabi. Al Maryah Island is home to Abu Dhabi Global Market, the world’s newest international financial center, comprising world-class commercial, hotel, retail, leisure, healthcare, and residential components. Featuring Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, The Galleria, Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi and the upcoming Al Maryah Central. 

About Mubadala Investment Company

Mubadala Investment Company actively manages a worldwide portfolio supporting the vision of a globally integrated and diversified economy, through sustainable returns to its shareholder, the Government of Abu Dhabi. In March 2018, Abu Dhabi Investment Council (ADIC) joined the Group.

Mubadala’s AED 841 billion (US $229 billion) portfolio spans five continents with interests in aerospace, ICT, semiconductors, metals and mining, renewable energy, oil and gas, petrochemicals, utilities, healthcare, real estate, pharmaceuticals and medical technology, agribusiness and a global portfolio of financial holdings. Mubadala now has offices in Rio de Janeiro, Hong Kong, Moscow, New York and San Francisco.

Mubadala is a trusted partner, an engaged shareholder and a responsible global company that is committed to ethics and world-class standards.

For more information about Mubadala, please visit: www.mubadala.com 


Yas Island is one of the world’s fastest growing leisure and entertainment destinations, located on the golden shores of Abu Dhabi - just 20 minutes from downtown Abu Dhabi and 50 minutes from Dubai.

Yas Island offers holiday makers a diverse mix of award-winning leisure and entertainment experiences, from one-of-a-kind theme parks, world-class shopping and superb dining, to a links golf course, exciting water and motor sports, and the most enjoyable musical and family events… all within the 25 sq km Island. Today, Yas Island is home to the recently opened theme park Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi, and the award-winning theme parks Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Yas Waterworld, in addition to Yas Marina Circuit (home to the FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIXTM), Yas Marina, Yas Links golf course, Abu Dhabi’s largest mall, more than 160 dining experiences, seven hotels, and indoor and outdoor concert venues - all of which are complemented by a range of visitor services that connect all attractions to one another.

For more info, please visit: www.yasisland.ae 

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