Thousands gather in Abu Dhabi to welcome New Year

Abu Dhabi: Thousands of cheering residents gathered at three different venues across the capital to usher in the New Year with fireworks and festive countdowns.

While the Abu Dhabi Corniche was packed like every other year with families engaging in barbecues and waiting for midnight, revellers also met this year at the Maqtaa channel, and at the marina that overlooks the city skyline on Al Maryah Island.

The marina itself was decked in festive winter lights, and families began converging there from the afternoon. Most enjoyed a meal at The Galleria, the island's luxury shopping destination that adjoins the marina, while they waited for the midnight show. There was also live entertainment, game arcades, face painting and other family activities to keep people occupied till the fireworks display.



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