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Published on : Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Al Maryah Island has partnered with Platinum Records, the leading record label company which operates under the MBC Group umbrella, to usher in 2018 with a star-studded music and fireworks spectacular. As the capital’s biggest New Year’s Eve celebration, visitors will be entertained on Al Maryah Island’s promenade with live performances by ‘The Caesar of Arabic music,’ Kadim Al Sahir and Khaleeji superstar, Balqees.
Award-winning singer and classical vocalist Kadim Al Sahir, famous for his hits Zidini Ishqan and Kooli Ohoboki, will mesmerize the audience with his much-loved repertoire of songs, which spans over three decades. The lead coach on the Arabic version of international TV hit show ‘The Voice’ is one of the Arab world’s most famous artists selling over 100 million albums. Al Maryah Island’s concert with this true pan-Arab artist is guaranteed to give the audience a unique, once-in-a-lifetime memorable experience.
Emirati-Yemeni star Balqees will kick off the New Year’s Eve celebrations and treat visitors to an unforgettable performance with Khaleeji hits likeDeeJay, Ya Hawa, and Deggo Khbaity. Balqees released her record-breaking album ‘Majnoun’ in 2013 that garnered almost 30 million views on YouTube, followed by her second album ‘Zai Ma Ana’ in 2015, which became the highest-selling and most downloaded album on iTunes in the Middle East, winning her the title ‘2015 Best Arabic Singer in the Middle East’ by Apple Music. She is also a certified member of the UAE NSO Symphony Orchestra, where she has revived several Opera concerts in multiple languages, including Arabic, English, French, and Italian. Balqees also performed with Andrea Bocelli during his Abu Dhabi concert in April 2016, after he selected her as the best Emirati soprano.
Ali Eid Al-Mheiri, Executive Director, Mubadala Real Estate & Infrastructure, said: “Following the success of our New Year’s Eve celebrations last year, we are delighted to partner with Platinum Records for this year’s event on Al Maryah Island, which promises to set 2018 off to an unforgettable start. We are looking forward to continuing our collaboration into 2018 to bring many more exciting events to the capital in partnership with Platinum Records.”
Taymoor Marmarchi, Head of Platinum Records, commented: “We are excited to announce that legendary Kadim Al Sahir and Khaleeji star Balqees will be performing live at the second edition of our annual event, ‘The Capital Celebrates’, Abu Dhabi’s distinctive New Year’s Eve mega concert, on the stunning Al Maryah Island promenade. Our partnership with Mubadala has brought the capital incredible performances last year and will continue to entertain people from across the region and around the world to ring in the New Year from Abu Dhabi with the best show.”
More than 14,000 people are expected to attend the music concerts, which will include a thrilling midnight countdown by Kadim Al Sahir, and a spectacular fireworks display.
The event runs from 7:00 pm – 1:00 am and is free to attend. Entry to the main concert area is free and is on a first-come, first-served basis and open to all visitors. Prime spots will fill up quickly and guests are encouraged to arrive early. However, everyone is guaranteed a fantastic view thanks to large floating screens out on the water, ensuring no one misses a second of this electrifying evening.
Celebrate across the island
The celebrations will spread across the island this New Year’s Eve, with some of the most exciting events in the capital being hosted by Al Maryah Island’s two stunning hotels, and luxurious shopping and dining destination, The Galleria. Visitors will have access to mobile food trucks featuring a wide-array of outdoor food for families and enjoy watching the live feed of the concert performances.
Guests can also delight in indulging in New Year’s Eve staycations or vacations at the Rosewood Abu Dhabi and Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island, which are each offering their own exciting New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day programs, bursting with fun packages for families and friends.
Rosewood Abu Dhabi
Witness the Al Maryah Island fireworks from Rosewood Abu Dhabi, one of the most luxurious hotels in the capital. Choose from buffet packages atAqua, dine on à la carte Chinese delicacies at Dai Pai Dong, feast with the family Levantine-style at Sambusek, or enjoy a front row view of the fireworks at your own private table at Glo.
Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island
Dine and party your way into 2018 at Four Seasons Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island, thanks to a range of party themes available. Café Milano offers a unique Italian party atmosphere with a specially crafted four-course set menu, whilst the award-winning Butcher & Still hosts its famous ‘The Great Gatsby Party.’ For the high energy party types, look no further than a package at Zsa Zsa’s ‘Groovy 70’s’ party and Eclipse Terrace Lounge’s ‘White Party’ on the rooftop. And of course, there is Crust – with a special New Year’s Eve brunch, with Al Meylas on the lobby level serving a more relaxed dinner package.
The Galleria on Al Maryah Island
The Galleria on Al Maryah Island offers prime views of the spectacular fireworks set to light up the night sky at midnight, ringing in the New Year. With an array of dining options for guests to enjoy throughout the evening, The Galleria on Al Maryah Island offers a collection of international and independent dining philosophies under one roof and is sure to not disappoint.
NYE celebration: Doors opens at 7:00 pm, concerts start at 10:00 pm, and fireworks at 12:00 am.