Luxe New Year Celebrations in Abu Dhabi


Abu Dhabi‘s festive New Year celebrations were a huge success this year as stunning fireworks displays at Emirates Palace and Al Maryah Island Promenade delighted spectators. Visitors and residents alike celebrated the start of the New Year whilst watching spectacular sky-high shows at the uber luxurious Emirates Palace, Al Maryah Island Promenade and Khor Al Maqtaa.

Events such as the New Year’s Eve concert by world-famous rock band Coldplay at du Arena on Abu Dhabi’s ‘entertainment hub’ of Yas Island thrilled visitors, with 30,000 people packed into the venue to enjoy famous songs by the band including ‘Fix You’ and ‘Clocks’. 


As 2016 came to an end, and the emirate welcoming in the New Year, the city’s packed calendar of activations and concerts made sure that many of Abu Dhabi’s luxury top-tier hotels were running at 100 per cent occupancy levels, with many more hotels close to full capacity.

Establishments enjoying full capacity over the New Year period included the Beach Rotana, Shangri-La Qaryat Al Beri, Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche and Intercontinental Abu Dhabi.

Many more people flocked to the city to enjoy alternative musical events, such as a concert at the waterfront promenade on Al Maryah Island by Emirati star Hussain Al Jasmi, Egyptian pop icon Mohammad Hamaki, and Palestinian singing sensation Mohammad Assaf.

Yas Island’s “Winterland Carnival” which was held at the du Forum welcomed more than 26,000 people who enjoyed the activities at this unique winter-themed event, which featured exciting rides, games, performers, as well as an array of food trucks.

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