New Year’s Eve is fast approaching and it’s time to start making plans.
While it feels like just yesterday we were welcoming January 2018, it’s almost time to say goodbye to another calendar year.
And it’s always an occasion to remember in Abu Dhabi, with a string of great celebrations across the city.
One of the city’s favourite ways to usher in 2019 will be spectacular fireworks displays, which are always a treat.
Here’s a few of the best announced so far.
Abu Dhabi Corniche
It's no secret the UAE capital likes to make a big bang when it comes to celebrating the major events.
And this New Year's Eve is set to be among the greatest, with a record-breaking fireworks display planned.
The capital will try to break the Guinness World Record for the largest sentence ever created in fireworks, according to the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi).
The 10-minute fireworks show on the Abu Dhabi Corniche will attempt to spell our “Happy New Year 2019”, using iron “sky towers” to create letters as tall as 40 metres in diverse colours and configurations.
This ought to be an occasion to remember.
Free. December 31. Abu Dhabi Corniche.
Al Maryah Island
This capital hotspot will be celebrating in style with a mega line-up of fun and festivities this New Year’s Eve.
More than 12,000 guests are expected to join in the fun at the event, named The Capital Celebrates.
Visitors will be entertained on Al Maryah Island’s promenade with live performances by Amr Diab and Myriam Fares ahead of the clock striking 12.
Then all eyes will be on the skies as a thrilling fireworks display unfolds up above.
Entry to the main concert is on a first-come, first-served basis, with guests are encouraged to arrive early, but a number of large screens will be in place so nobody misses the action.
Free. December 31 7pm-1am. Al Maryah Island.
There can be few more incredible places to welcome the new year than this Abu Dhabi landmark hotel.
And, as you would expect, it is going big for its festivities this year.
The venue is throwing a massive fireworks display on its private beach, which is sure to be an occasion to remember.
You can have a great view while enjoying drinks and bites at the Palace Terrace, which costs Dhs2,762 for adults, inclusive of mixed beverages and dinner buffet.
Dhs2,762 (adults), Dhs1,381 (children aged 6-12). December 31. Emirates Palace, Corniche Road West (02 690 7999).
Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri
This plush hotel will be a great spot to enjoy some celebratory drinks and watch a spectacular fireworks display usher in 2019.
Many of its restaurants, including Sofra BLD, Hoi An and Shang Palace are putting on special feasts for the occasion.
While guests can watch a mega fireworks display with great views of Abu Dhabi’s iconic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, which is just across the canal.
Visitors can soak up the atmosphere at bars such as ESS Lounge, the Pool Bar and the Lobby Lounge as the clock approaches midnight.
Prices vary. December 31. Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri (02 509 8888).
The Westin Abu Dhabi
The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa will ring in the New Year 2019 with a spectacular fireworks display on its 27- hole championship golf course.
Access to the display is restricted to guests of The Westin Abu Dhabi New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner, which will be held at Fairways from 7pm until 12am with drinks being served until 1am.
This feast features live cooking stations, dishes from across the globe, decadent desserts and more.
Dhs490 (soft drinks), Dhs590 (house beverages), Dhs790 (bubbly). December 31 7pm-1am. The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa, Sas Al Nakhl (02 616 9999).
This is always a big deal in the New Year’s Eve fireworks stakes in Abu Dhabi.
Yas Island sure knows how to party, and this year will be no different.
You’ll be able to watch the skies light up as you enjoy a drink and some food in one of the island’s many great venues.
Take the new Mr Miyagi's, for example, where you can enjoy a five-course brunch with unlimited house beverages from 8pm-11pm for Dhs290.
Or make your way to Italian favourite Cipriani, which is putting on an à la carte menu with music from DJ Samad.
We’re expecting more details on this one soon, so keep an eye on our website for updates.
Prices vary. December 31. Yas Marina, Yas Island.