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Arab superstar concerts and record-breaking fireworks to usher in 2019 across Abu Dhabi

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has revealed the exciting programme of spectacular events, organised in collaboration with its partners, that will ring in the New Year across the emirate.

Fireworks displays, musical performances, family entertainment and more will mean visitors and residents alike will be able to celebrate in style on 31st December in multiple locations across Abu Dhabi.

The Abu Dhabi Corniche is the place to be on the night to catch a magnificent fireworks show. Here, a 10-minute display will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest sentence ever created in fireworks, spelling out “Happy New Year 2019”. The breathtaking fireworks will show off an unprecedented technique – the iron “sky towers” – for the first time in the region, with the letters reaching a height of 40 meters in diverse colours and configurations. Crowds can also celebrate in other locations, as spectacular fireworks displays will illuminate the Abu Dhabi sky at the stroke of midnight at the Emirates Palace, Yas Marina and Al Maryah Island, as well as at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain, and the Al Dhafra Festival in Madinat Zayed.

At the Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival, the New Year’s Eve celebrations will include impressive and enjoyable events for all, such as concerts by Eida Al Menhali and Fouad Abdel Wahid, a fireworks show, three-dimensional water and light shows with dazzling lasers, and many other activities for the whole family.

Among the highlights in Abu Dhabi will be a concert featuring Egyptian pop icon Amr Diab and Lebanese superstar singer Myriam Fares at The Galleria and Promenade on Al Maryah Island, organised by Mubadala. Entry to the prime viewing spots in the main concert area is free but limited to 1,500 visitors on a first-come first-served basis. Other guests will have access to the other areas of the Promenade where they can view the concerts on the large screens on the waterfront.

“We are delighted to bring such a variety of exciting events across the whole emirate of Abu Dhabi to usher in the New Year,” HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Undersecretary at DCT Abu Dhabi, said: “We are confident that visitors will have an unforgettable experience that will mark the start of a happy and prosperous 2019 for all.”

“DCT Abu Dhabi has a clear mandate to promote the emirate as a premier destination for fun and entertainment, and we are certain that this programme of events will provide the thrills, excitement and hospitality that Abu Dhabi is renowned for.”

As part of DCT Abu Dhabi’s aim to promote the Emirate as a leading destination for entertainment, Al Dhafra Festival will also be putting on a special New Year’s Eve show with concerts by Arab celebrities. The shows by Khaleeji singers Aryam, Mohamed Al Shehhi and Walid Al Shami will start at 7pm until midnight. The annual festival also has a special ‘family outdoor village’, packed with exciting entertainment, food offerings and engaging activities for visitors of all ages. Children will be able to enjoy live shows by family favourites such as Ben 10, Powerpuff Girls and Iftah Ya Simsim, along with other family-oriented activities.

There will also be more than 100 restaurant offers for New Year’s Eve across the capital, with diners able to choose from 126 restaurants in more than 28 hotels and venues such as The Galleria and Yas Marina. The packages vary from AED 150 to AED 1,200.

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