New Year's in the UAE: Bruno Mars to Perform at Abu Dhabi's Yas Island’s du Arena
Featuring Tamer Hosny, and Nancy Ajram, alongside a stunning fireworks display, the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi prepares to stage unforgettable events across the capital
In collaboration with key partners, the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT - Abu Dhabi) has announced a dazzling array of celebrations taking place in the UAE capital this New Year’s Eve. The impressive calendar of events ringing in 2020 includes Resolution, a two-day festival featuring a highly anticipated headline concert by global megastar Bruno Mars, performances by acclaimed Arab artists on Al Maryah Island, and a spectacular 10-minute firework display on the Abu Dhabi Corniche. Eleven-time Grammy Award-winner Bruno Mars is set to light up Yas Island’s du Arena with an electric New Year’s Eve performance as part of Resolution by Night, organised by Flash Entertainment and presented by du Live alongside DCT - Abu Dhabi and Miral Asset Management. This is only the second time that the multi-platinum singer-songwriter, known worldwide for his spectacular showmanship and retro style, will be performing live in the UAE, having held a concert in Dubai in 2013.
Mars has sold over 130 million records worldwide and is the voice behind global hits such as Grenade, Locked Out of Heaven, Uptown Funk, and 24-Karat Magic.
Arabic music fans will be delighted by performances from Egyptian superstar Tamer Hosny and Lebanese sensation Nancy Ajram this New Year’s Eve. The concerts will be part of a New Year’s Eve festival organised by Mubadala on Al Maryah Island, an acclaimed annual feature in the capital since 2016. In the past, the festival has included top Arab artists such as Amr Diab, Myriam Fares, Hussain Al Jassmi and Kadim Al Saher, and featured one of the world’s largest and longest-running firework displays.
Those in Abu Dhabi over the course of the New Year holiday can enjoy a wide selection of family-friendly entertainment options. Resolution by Day, an all-encompassing family entertainment festival held on New Year’s Day, will bring New Year joy to du Arena through an exciting range of activities, performances and dining options. World-class amusement facilities such as Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld, and Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi will open their doors to the public throughout the holiday period.
Thrill-seekers can take part in adrenaline-pumping activities across the capital including wakeboarding, parasailing, water jetpacking and scaling the world’s largest indoor climbing wall at CLYMB, which recently opened in Yas Mall. Culture enthusiasts can take advantage of the holiday to explore Abu Dhabi’s many fascinating museums and cultural attractions, including Louvre Abu Dhabi, Qasr Al Hosn, Qasr Al Watan, and the UNESCO heritage sites in Al Ain.
DCT - Abu Dhabi introduced several notable events in 2019 to ensure a dynamic event calendar for residents and further promote tourism in the UAE capital. Earlier this year, the first edition of Abu Dhabi Showdown Week was established, with the UFC battle between undefeated champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Dustin Poirier as its central showpiece. This was followed by Abu Dhabi Family Week, a world-class family entertainment platform that featured the first ever Middle East edition of the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards and the internationally acclaimed Baby Shark show. The city also successfully hosted the inaugural Abu Dhabi Race Week, which concluded with the acclaimed 2019 Formula 1 season finale, the Etihad Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.