Category Archives: Abu Dhabi



Fireworks have become commonplace to ring in the New Year in the city, and same goes for this year, but with a slight difference; Abu Dhabi will not only wow the crowds with a spectacular firework display,  but also they will be ringing in the New Year by attempting to break yet another Guinness World Record and add this to their long list of achievements. The record-breaking attempt this time, will be for the largest sentence created with fireworks.

The display will take place on Abu Dhabi’s incredible Corniche (the main road along the esplanade) and will last for around 10 minutes, with the finale consisting of tech called iron sky towers which is 40 metres high with letters spelling out “Happy New Year 2019” in a rainbow of colours and different designs.

Alongside this, there will also be a smaller scale firework display held over the City in Emirates Palace, Yas Marina, and Al-Maryah Island where they will be holding a concert including some popstars and famous singers for the visitors and locals to enjoy before the New Year get underway in earnest.

Entry to the concert is free however a limited number will be able to get in to the event and this will be on a first come first serve basis. If you’re not one of the lucky ones to get in there will also be large screens set up on the promenade, so you won’t miss out on any of the entertainment. Playing into the wee small hours will be Drum and Bass specialists Rudimental and Sigala, Fat Man Scoop and some of the biggest DJ’s from around the World

Fireworks will also be held for people outside the city in The Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain and the Al Dhafra festival in Madinat Zayed.

All the restaurants, hotels and venues all over the Capital will be offering lavish culinary experiences, along with special offers and entertainment to make sure that everyone will have an unforgettable experience to mark the start of a happy and prosperous 2019.

Here are some of the record-breaking achievements over the years that the United Arab Emirates have attained in the past (some of which have since been beaten) – let’s hope they smash it again:

2013 – Most firework shells launched per minute

2014 – Largest firework Display 

2015 – Highest fireworks on a building

2018 – Largest aerial shell 

We wish them all the best in entering yet another attempt in the record books and cannot wait to see what they conjure up in 2019.


Fireworks to celebrate National Day in Abu Dhabi

Reports say that it was a spectacular sight to see as the skies over Abu Dhabi were lit up last night in celebration of the 42nd National Day.

The City was alight with merriment for the whole of the two days of celebrations culminating in massive fireworks spectacular.

Throughout the day, Military Jets were entertaining the city’s residents with some daring aerobatics showing the Abu Dhabi colours in the sky above.

There was any number of special dance events and none more so that the one which took placed on the breakwater area where dozens of men held aloft imitation rifles over their left shoulders whilst wielding massive blades in their other hand as they danced and chanted to the beat of the drums to show their solidarity. The dance itself was originally a post-war victory dance with its roots in Yemen but it was then brought to the UAE via the Royal Family in the Southern Emirates.

National Day 2013 - Burj Al Arab

The entertainment was of course nothing short of brilliant but when darkness fell, the skies were awash with the colours of the Abu Dhabi via a spectacular laser show emitted from the palace and traffic was at crawling pace as drivers paraded their highly decorated cars. They were all gathered to attempt a World Record for the most decorated cars in one location at the same time with a financial incentive for the best-decorated ones – 1st prize 100,000 (£16,129) and 2nd prize 25,000 (£4,032).

Sadly, they only had 171 cars at the start and needed to have 250 minimum to stand a chance of beating the record.

A total of 63,410 fireworks in total and the event is being put fired by Spanish fireworks specialist Angel Gonzalez from Pirotecnia Igual, who have been responsible for some of the most inventive celebration fireworks in the World. They fired over two nights at 9:00pm on the 1st and 2nd December and as you can see below, they were absolutely beautiful, especially when lit by the laser lights.


Abu Dhabi’s National Day Fireworks 2013

Happy National Day, United Arab Emirates! {explored}

This year will see the region of Abu Dhabi celebrating the 42nd National Day.

They will hold a total of 11 shows across 6 sites around the City but there will be two MEGA 12-minute displays held on the 1st and 2nd December with a whole host of other activities which are designed to engage both local residents and visitors alike.

They will fire a total of 63,410 fireworks in total and the event is being put fired by Spanish fireworks specialist Angel Gonzalez from Pirotecnia Igual, who also was responsible for the massive celebration fireworks in front of a live audience of 2 million with many tens of millions more watching the event on TV.

Other activities to be held at The Corniche include an acrobatic show and thousands of cars decorated in the colours of the United Arab Emirate’s national flag in a bid for entry to the Guinness Book of World Records.

There will also be lots of market stalls, selling leather goods and handicrafts from all over the region as well as entertainment including live musical performances, dance and craft-making activities.