Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi is gearing up for another New Years Eve party.
The family and shopping destination will ring in the New Year with fireworks and a star-studded concert, in addition to family and sports activities like basketball and archery. The event will take place under strict health and safety measures set by the UAE authorities.
Here’s what you need to know about the big night:
What is happening?
Al Maryah Island will host a family New Year’s celebration with concerts by a trio of Arab pop stars as well as fireworks. The event, which will run from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., will take place in the site’s south and north squares, and the fireworks will be best seen from the promenade.
Admission is free, with the exception of the concert which is chargeable.
Who plays ?
Lebanese pop star Elissa will be joined by Emirati crooner Hussain Al Jassmi and Emirati-Yemeni singer Balqees. The trio will perform separately at the 1,200-seat South Plaza as part of a sold-out concert. Doors open at 7 p.m. and performances will begin an hour later.
What Can Families Do?
Family activities will take place at North Plaza, where doors will open from 6:30 p.m. In addition to the food and drink stalls, there will be a giant version of popular board games and areas to play basketball and test your archery skills.
Families can prepare for the countdown by making their own confetti poppers, fake mustaches and lip blowers at various workstations on site.
And the fireworks?
Al Maryah Island will ring in 2022 with a spectacular 10-minute fireworks display. As prime locations on the promenade fill up early, it is recommended that you arrive in advance. Access to the promenade will be restricted on New Year’s Eve until 6 p.m.
What are the security measures?
Entrance is open to fully vaccinated people, as listed on the Al Hosn app. Face masks are mandatory throughout the event and social distancing guidelines will be in place.
How to get there?
Al Maryah Island will have limited parking for up to 5,000 cars on site. Once the parking lot reaches full capacity, all vehicles will be directed off the island and access to Al Maryah Island will be limited to taxis, public transport and emergency vehicles.
The Zayed the First Street and Hamdan Bin Mohammed Street bridges, as well as the roads crossing the two streets from Reem Island, will be subject to road closures on Friday. 10th Street and Al Falah Street will remain open to traffic overnight.
More information on the Al Maryah Island New Years celebration is available at www.almaryahisland.ae
Update: December 27, 2021, 8:45 a.m.