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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 22 January 2019

NYE 2018: Your guide to the New Year’s Eve concert and fireworks at Al Maryah Island

From parking access to road closures, here is what you need to know to make your New Year's Eve experience in Abu Dhabi smooth and fun

Fireworks usher in the New Year at Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi. Jeffrey E Biteng / The National
Fireworks usher in the New Year at Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi. Jeffrey E Biteng / The National

With two of the Arab world’s most-loved singers – Egypt’s Amr Diab and Lebanon’s Myriam Fares – performing a free New Year's Eve concert at Al Maryah Island, followed by a large midnight firework display, we can expect a large and bustling crowd. Here's some advice and information so you can make the most of out of your experience.

Parking is limited

With over 5,000 parking spots available, parking is normally a non issue at Al Maryah Island. But with more than 10,000 people expected to attend the concert and midnight firework display, parking at the venue will be tricky.

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Once the car park reaches full capacity, all vehicles will be directed off the island with access only permitted to taxis, public transportation buses. When it comes to parking at the island’s key hotels, Rosewood and the Four Seasons, valet parking is only available for guests who either booked a room or made restaurant reservations. There will be no valet service for The Galleria mall on New Year’s Eve.

Road closures

The Zayed the First St (where the Rosewood is located) and Hamdan Bin Mohammed St (where the Four Seasons is) bridges, as well as the roads across Zayed the First St and Hamdan Bin Mohammed St from Reem Island, will be closed on December 31. 10th Street and Al Falah Street will be open to traffic.

Get there early

To prepare for the festivities, which begin at 7pm, the promenade will be closed until 5pm. The concert is standing room only, so the earlier you arrive the better your chances are of landing a good viewing spot.

Be patient

With this being a high-profile event with thousands of people expected to attend, there will be an added layer of security on Monday night. Each patron will be screened by metal detectors upon arrival through each of the venue’s gates.

Toilets are indoors

There will be no toilets available outdoors on the promenade. Instead, they are all located inside The Galleria mall.

For more details, visit www.almaryahisland.ae

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Updated: December 31, 2018 11:39 AM

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