Abu Dhabi on new year's eve has top parties and celebrations in the resort's many top hotels, bars and fine dining establishments, followed of course by one of the biggest and most spectacular fireworks displays in the world.
They have also developed something of a reputation for attracting big name celebrities to perform here on new year's eve itself, all part of the aim to establish Abu Dhabi as a top global new year destination, a reputation hard earned over the years by near neighbour Dubai.
There has been in recent years a signature new year's eve concert at the Yas Island du Arena, with global superstars providing the live entertainment. The headline acts in the last 2 years have been Coldplay and Katy Perry, so you can very much expect a big name at this event.
We'll have the headline performer and ticket details here as soon as they are released - typically around early to mid October.
Away from the big concert, there is of course the spectacular fireworks that Abu Dhabi has been getting a real name for in recent years, looking to offer a genuine alternative to the record breaking efforts in Dubai.
The big new year's eve party this new year will once again be hosted by Abu Dhabi's Al Maryah Island, with live music, a plethora of food trucks and of course the fireworks.
The best viewing spots on the ground for the spectacular midnight pyrotechnics display in Abu Dhabi are on the Al Maryah Island Promenade and at Khor Al Maqtaa. These areas do get very crowded though so be sure to arrive in plenty of time to secure the best views.
There are also excellent vantage point available in some of Abu Dhabi's many tall buildings - popular skyscrapers include the Central Market Residential Tower, The Landmark and the Sky Tower, all of which provide ideal potential viewing points for the new year fireworks.
Another big new party taking place this new year in Abu Dhabi sees guests head out into the desert for a truly unique experience in a traditional style desert camp - the event includes buffet, dancing, DJ and entertainment including sandboarding! Get more details and tickets here.
Abu Dhabi has many fine dining choices, so you'll be spoiled for choice, with restaurants with fireworks views being especially popular on this evening above all.
The Al Fanar Rooftop Revolving Restaurant at Le Meridien would be a great choice for the views alone, offering a new year's eve gala dinner - full details of this year's menu and entertainment to follow.
The fireworks in Abu Dhabi are always well worth watching, and there is a good chance we will be able to track down some live streaming webcast coverage of the show this year, so check back nearer the time for the link.
In the meantime, there are several live webcam views in the area, including cameras streaming live in real time which offer an excellent way to watch the fireworks with a birds eye view - see some of the best options here:
Places to stay are easy to find in Abu Dhabi, and the focus is very much on the top end of the market, with 5 Star accommodation available at prices that are generally somewaht lower than similar top end destinations.
Top recommendations for places to stay over the festive period include:
Al Maha Arjaan Hotel
Al Rawda Arjaan By Rotana
Centro Al Manhal
Crowne Plaza Hotel Yas Island
Dhafra Beach Hotel
Cristal Salam Abu Dhabi Hotel
Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa By Anantara
Golden Tulip Dalma Suites
Abu Dhabi Hilton
Hotel Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche
Intercontinental Abu Dhabi
All of these locations can be accessed for reservations and availability with online bookings here.
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