New Year in Abu Dhabi 2021 - Fireworks, Events & Parties
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New Year Party 2021 in Abu Dhabi

Browse through a wide range of Abu Dhabi New Year 2021 like Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi, Emirates Park Zoo, Desert Safari, and many more.

This time, upgrade your winter trip and celebrate the new year in Abu Dhabi. Make it a long bash and wave goodbye to the old year in style. There is so much pizzazz around in this city that you will never have time to get bored.

The capital city once known for its intensive conventions and exhibitions, Abu Dhabi has now emerged as the UAE’s finest tourist destination with excellent infrastructure, an evolving skyline, and fascinating attractions.

Abu Dhabi is getting ready to blow your mind with an extravaganza of spectacular fireworks, brilliant musicals, delectable cuisines, joyous shopping bonanzas and other countless celebrations spread across the island. Whether you want to witness the iconic fireworks at the Corniche, or have a super simple and elegant dinner at the Buddha-Bar with your loved ones or savor the decadence of the themed party at the Emirates Palace, the possibilities are endless! With such a bouquet of festivities and attractions, your new year celebration in Abu Dhabi is bound to be sensational.

Places to visit on New Year in Abu Dhabi


Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

The most thrilling amusement park in the world, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is among the most popular tourist places in Abu Dhabi. Ignite the happiness with spine-tingling rides and attractions for everyone in the family. The most popular ones among the thrilling rides are the Scuderia Challenge, Flying Aces, Fiorano GT Challenge, Turbo Track, and fastest roller coaster in the world- Formula Rossa.

Furthermore, there are numerous Ferrari related experiences and other events, shows and virtual adventures which offer impeccable entertainment. There are also numerous restaurants and a shopping centre where you can choose from a wide range of Ferrari products.

Location: Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

Timing: 11 am to 8 pm (Saturday to Wednesday)
              11 am to 10 pm (Thursday and Friday)

AED 295.

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Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque stands out as the world’s largest mosque which can accommodate up to 50000 people at a time. Standing right at the entrance of Abu Dhabi city island, you can see its serene domes and pure white marble on the outside.

The delicate floral designs, world’s largest hand-knotted carpet in the main prayer hall, and above it the world’s largest crystal chandelier (among the 6 other smaller ones) and many such marvels can bee seen inside. This mosque is a unique amalgamation of Persian, Moorish and Mughal architecture.

Location: Al Khaleej al Arabi Street, Abu Dhabi

Timing: 9 am to 10 pm (Opens at 4:30 p.m. on Fridays)

Price: Free

How to Book: 
Abu Dhabi City Tour Flat 15% Off

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Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi

A dream world for all you cartoon buffs, Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi features some of your favourite characters and exceptionally exciting rides. This place makes fiction look real, feel real and sound real.

It is divided into six unique fictional worlds that are home to the legendary characters like Batman and Superman. There are several exhilarating rides like Tom And Jerry: Swiss Cheese Spin, Batman: Knight Flight, Fast and Furry-ous and the Jetsons Cosmic Orbiter that get your heart thumping.

Location: Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

Timing: 10 am to 8 pm (Saturday to Wednesday)
              10 am to 10 pm (Thursday and Friday)

Price: AED 295

How to Book: Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi Flat 10% Off.

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Emirates Park Zoo

If you are looking for a budget-friendly day out with your friends and family, the newly revamped Emirates Park Zoo is the place to be. White Tiger, Lion, Cheetah, Siberian Bear, Giraffe are some of the 1700 species of animals present here.

It also has a large feeding area where you can see the animals up close. While animals are certainly the main attraction of the zoo, there are other things to increase the interaction with them like Breakfast with Parrots, Breakfast with Giraffes, feeding crocodiles, and many other shows. You also have the option to stay in the Emirates Parks Resort having air-conditioned rooms with balconies overlooking the zoo, cave or the garden.

Location: Al Bahia, northeast of Abu Dhabi city

Timing: 9 am to 8 pm (Sunday to Wednesday)
              9 am to 9 pm (Thursday to Saturday)

Price: AED 80 for 5 activities

How to Book: Emirates Park Zoo And Resort In Abu Dhabi Flat 40% Off

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Desert Safari

This new year, if you want to get captivated by the charm of Arabian Nights, then a desert safari in Abu Dhabi is a must for you. You can do a host of enchanting activities - frolic in the thrill of the buggy rides and sand boards, savor a delicious barbeque meal on the sand dunes, witness the fine belly dancing, visit the camel farm and ride them, or just experience the magnanimous desert under a sky full of stars. There are three options for you- a morning safari, an evening safari or an overnight safari.

Location: Arabian Al Khatim Desert, Abu Dhabi

Timing: Morning, evening

Price: Starting from AED 155

How to Book: 
Evening Desert Safari Abu Dhabi Flat 15% Off

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Places to See Fireworks in Abu Dhabi


Abu Dhabi Corniche Fireworks

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New year celebration in Abu Dhabi is incomplete without a fireworks show. And Abu Dhabi Corniche is the perfect place to get bedazzled by the vibrant fireworks on the dark canvas of the emirate’s night sky. The waterfront at the corniche offers a spectacular reflection of the fireworks as well, doubling the joy of watching the fireworks.

Location: Abu Dhabi Corniche

Timing: January 1/ 12:00 am

Price: Free

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Al Maryah Island

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This capital hotspot celebrates the new year in style. Keep your eyes upon the thrilling fireworks while enjoying your drink and food at many venues. It has a lot of festivities and events to offer during this time of the year. More than 10,000 guests are expected every year for this special occasion.

Location: Al Maryah Island

Timing: January 1/ 12:00 am

Price: Free

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Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival

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New year events in Abu Dhabi are something everyone eagerly waits for. One of them is the Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival. This unique festival is celebrated every year to preserve the heritage of the UAE in particular and the comprehensive heritage of the civilizations of the world.

It generally starts in December and finishes by the end of January. The liveliness of this place increases ten folds when the new year celebrations start to kick in. The fireworks especially will keep your eyes glued to the sky with their dazzling and colourful line-ups.

Location: Alwathba, Abu Dhabi

Timing: January 1/ 12:00 am

Price: Free

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Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium

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Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain also hosts their fireworks displays during the new year events in Abu Dhabi. The dazzling fireworks are packed with exciting delight. All the locals, as well as the tourists, flock towards this massive stadium to celebrate the new year in a union.

Location: Al Ain, Abu Dhabi

Timing: 1 Jan/ 12:00 am

Price: Free

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Yas Island

Yas Island is a remarkable location for the new year in Abu Dhabi where fireworks are always a big deal. Head down here for a winter extravaganza where you can enjoy a number of entertaining activities, delectable cuisines, and amusing events. You will be able to see the sky lit up while you enjoy a drink or two at various venues on the island.

Location: Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

Timing: 1 Jan/ 12:00 am

Price: Varying according to the venues


Emirates Palace

The Emirates Palace organizes one of the best new year events in Abu Dhabi. It generally throws a massive fireworks show at its private beach which is sure to be an occasion to remember. Guests come in their best elegant dresses to enjoy the evening.

You can savour a lavish gala dinner in this perfect chilly weather. With its impeccable service, the management makes sure that visitors have an unforgettable experience which marks the start of a happy and prosperous new year.

Location: West Corniche Road, United Arab Emirates

Timing: 1 Jan/ 12:00 am

Price: Starting from Dhs. 2762 (Approx.)

How to Book: 
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The new year events in Abu Dhabi are full of glamour and flamboyance. And one such place which gives out such vibes is Loca. It is an award-winning Mexican restaurant and bar. It has a variety of unique drinks and food items on its menu, sports screenings, and live performances.

Loca is a chic place for the cool, trendy international crowd and families, to spend their days and nights eating sumptuous food and sipping on the fresh fruit margaritas.

Location: The Galleria on Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi

Timing: 12 pm to 2 am

Price: Approx AED 355 (with alcohol) for 2 people

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The Scene

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The Scene is the ultimate gastropub experience in Yas Marina. This British & European eatery has all your drinking and dining needs taken care of, no matter what the time is. The menu curated by the celebrity chef, Simon Rimmer is a homey menu with British Pub classics like Fish and Chips, British Roast Dinner, Mussels and many more. Celebrate your new year in Abu Dhabi at this restaurant with a retro twist.

Location: Building 2, Yas Marina, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

Timing: 12 pm to 1 am

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Cipriani Yas Island

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Cipriani Yas Island’s ideal surroundings and location provide for the perfect backdrop for your new year in Abu Dhabi. It showcases the signature Italian and Venetian dishes and style with special offers, entertainment, and personalized services.

The premium ingredients and produce which are flown directly from Italian farms, add real authenticity to the menu. Cipriani is famous for inventing iconic dishes and drinks such as Carpaccio ala Cipriani, Bellini cocktail and signature items like risotto primavera, baked tagliolini, and vanilla creme meringue.

Location: Building 1 Yas Marina, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

Timing: 16 pm to 12 pm

Price: Approx AED 500 (with alcohol) for two people.

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Mr. Miyagi’s

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This is a popular Asian street food joint. For a good time and delicious meals, head to this hip place and enjoy your new year in Abu Dhabi. The chef makes all the Asian street food flavours come together to create a delectable experience.

Famous for its quirky decoration, including tuk-tuks, Japanese cherry blossom trees, and colourful paper umbrellas, everything about it is funky. There are several events, parties and food & drinks packages to choose from. Cabaret shows are also a frequent occurrence.

Location: Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi

Timing: 12 pm to 3 am

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B Lounge

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B lounge is the perfect place to laze around and also dance to the chilled-out tunes. This open-air lounge is bordered with palm trees and comfy sofas and features lip-smacking Spanish finger-food as well as glamorous cocktails. Start your new year in the coolest way with a loved one and a stunning sunset at the backdrop.

Location: Sheraton Hotel & Resort, Corniche Road, Al Markaziya, Abu Dhabi

Timing: 6 am to 1 am

Price: Approx AED 310 for 2 people (with alcohol)

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If you are a seafood lover, then Flooka is the place you should head to. It offers a unique dining experience giving you the relaxed feel of a real Mediterranean restaurant. You should go here to sit on the patio overlooking the amazing Eastern Mangroves and the Arabian Gulf. Have a taste of fresh catch which is displayed daily on ice and served cooked on rock salt. You can choose from both a la carte and the set menus.

Location: Flooka Seafood, Eastern Mangroves, Abu Dhabi

Timing: 12 pm to 12 am

Price: Approx AED 250 for two people (without alcohol)

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Sho Cho Abu Dhabi

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Sho Cho Japanese restaurant is the one with beautiful views of the Grand Canal and a truly unique dining and late-night party venue. The interiors are set with white posh sofas and the wide wooden terrace outside has a modern vibe.

It has a wide selection of classic cocktails, beers, wines, and bubblies. At this fine sushi bar, you can have your new year celebration in Abu Dhabi in style by dancing on the funky lounge tunes.

Location: Ground Level, Souk Qaryat Al Beri, Bain Al Jessrain, Al Maqtaa, Abu Dhabi

Timing: 12 pm to 3 am

Price: Approx AED 330 for two people (without alcohol)

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Hakkasan Abu Dhabi

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A dramatic space comprising of a restaurant, bar, lounge and four private dining rooms with award-winning Cantonese cuisine and reimagined classic cocktails, Hakkasan is located in the landmark Emirates Palace.

Embroidered furniture and modern Chinese interior echo the richness of this place. This high-end Chinese restaurant is the perfect place for your new year party in Abu Dhabi. It is going strong even after seven years of its opening.

Location: Emirates Palace, Corniche Road, Al Ras Al Akhdar, Abu Dhabi

Timing: 3 pm to 2 am

Price: Approx AED 500 for two people (without alcohol)

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The fancy international brand Buddha-bar is famous for its pop-ups across the globe but the one in Abu Dhabi is the first one to be permanent. Enjoy the really stunning views of the azure waters with extensive cocktails, delicious Japanese and other pan-Asian dishes with a Mediterranean twist. This ultra-glamorous place has a terrace which is perfect for a mind-blowing new year party in Abu Dhabi.

Location: St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi

Timing: 12 noon to 4 pm, 5 pm to 1 am (Sunday to Wednesday)
              12 noon to 4 pm, 5 pm to 2 am (Thursday to Saturday)

Price: Approx AED 415 for two people (with alcohol)

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Pearl Lounge

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This ultra-slick venue is a great option for you to have a new year party in Abu Dhabi. With a terrace overlooking the sparkling Arabian Gulf, the place boasts of stunning contemporary interior designs and eye-catching pearl chandeliers.

The food scene here is just as exquisite. You can choose from a sweet and savoury a la carte menu, interactive live stations which include Arabic sweets, a creperie, chocolate bites and seasonal bites.

Location: Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Residences Emirates Pearl, Al Khubeirah, Abu Dhabi

Timing: 7 pm to 3 am

Price: Approx AED 355 for two people (with alcohol)

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This poolside Italian trattoria is the perfect place for celebrating and having a new year party in Abu Dhabi with your family and loved ones. The blend of traditional and modern, this place has that charm of family-style cooking.

The freshly made pizzas and steaming plates of pasta will make you drool as you watch them in the making through the open kitchen. The setting here is vibrant and fun to kick back and enjoy La Dolce Vita!

Location: Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Residences Emirates Pearl, Al Khubeirah, Abu Dhabi

Timing: 12 noon to 11 pm

Price: Approx AED 390 for two people (without alcohol)

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Lemon & Lime

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A perfect place to chill, catch-up with friends and play Golf!. Yes, the golf course, which is right on its doorstep is the most famous feature of this hotel. Sink into the comfy chairs and sofas.

It offers a range of cocktails as well as wines. There are also a variety of light bites available which can be paired along with your wines. You can also have big meals after you are done playing golf and enjoying the mixed beverages. This place is a good option if you want to spend your new year in a relaxed, quiet way.

Location: The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa, Sas Al Nakhl, Khalifa City, Abu     Dhabi

Timing: 5 pm to 3 am

Price: Approx. AED 250 for two people (with alcohol)

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Chameleon Terrace

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This contemporary and chic venue is the place to be during the new year in Abu Dhabi. Its impressive range of signature refreshments concocted by the mixologists and the innovative menu will give you an unforgettable lounge experience.

They also give you complimentary popcorn and nuts to keep you snacking. Lounge on the smart sofas with cool cucumber mojitos, passion-fruit Collins, or kiwi gin and tonic and enjoy being at this peaceful outdoor terrace.  Ideal for chilling, enjoying some drinks and catching up with friends, the bar’s outdoor seating will give you an excellent view of the Grand Canal and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

Location: Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Al Maqtaa, Abu Dhabi

Timing: 6 pm to 1 am

Price: Approx AED 350 (with alcohol) for 2 people

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Iris Yas Island is quite popular for a post-work hangout among the classy executives. But if you are planning to come here for a new year celebration in Abu Dhabi, you are making the right decision.

This trendy yet unconventional lounge offers you the swankiest drinks and sophisticated cuisine. Wear your poshest outfit and let your hair down for the night of your life. The outside area with Yas Marina and the stunning Yas Hotel in the backdrop is the ideal place for those Instagram-worthy photographs.

Location: Building 1, Ground floor, Yas Marina, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

Timing: 6 am to 3 am

Price: Approx AED 350 for two people (with alcohol)

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  1. What are the famous new year celebrations in Abu Dhabi for couples?

    1. Abu Dhabi Corniche Fireworks: Visit The Corniche and witness a colorful firework at the stroke of midnight from here. It is a great way to step into the new year while holding your loved one close to you.
    2. Al Maryah Island: Al Maryah Island celebrates the new year in style where you can hop into an excellent rooftop restaurant and enjoy the amazing firework over some exquisite authentic Arabic cuisines and refreshing drinks.
    3. Loca: An award-winning Mexican Restaurant and Bar, Loca is a great place to take your date for the new year’s eve where you can get drunk, much on Mexican cuisines, and tap on electrifying songs and unleash the devil in you.
    4. Sho Cho Abu Dhabi: Overlooking the amazing Grand Canal, Sho Cho is an excellent Japanese restaurant offering you an unusual aura where you can sit and talk for hours over some exquisite Japanese food as well as some rejuvenating drinks.
  2. What are the best new year celebrations in Abu Dhabi to enjoy with friends?

    1. Desert Safari: Adventurous souls can go for a desert safari in the evening followed by a camping adventure where you all friends can welcome the new year with a bonfire in the middle of the desert and some music in the background.
    2. Emirates Palace: Visit Emirates Palace to witness an eye-catching phenomenon where golden firecrackers burst making the backdrop against the magnificent golden Palace of Emirates.
    3. B Lounge: This open-air lounge is nestled amidst palm woods offering you the perfect place to laze on the new year’s eve where you can also hog on traditional Arabic cuisines as well as selected international cuisines along with some drinks and dance.
    4. Chameleon Terrace: Chameleon Terrace is a contemporary open-air restaurant furnished with some chic furniture and decor which offers you a multi-cuisine menu that is curated with selective cuisines from around the world for an unforgettable experience.

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