Abu Dhabi: A series of spectacular fireworks lit the Abu Dhabi skies for about six minutes, as thousands of revellers thronged the Emirates Palace and Abu Dhabi Corniche on new year’s eve to mark the end of 2012 and welcome 2013.
A host of extraordinary activities also took place in the capital’s hotels and clubs for new year’s eve parties.
The festive mood came a live with special concerts by famous Arab singers Ali Al Deek, Dominique Hourani at Crowne Plaza on Yas Island as well as Kazem Al Saher and Najwa Karam in Emirates Palace to make the new year bigger and better than ever before.
Additionally, a winter workshop of arts and crafts has kicked off at Al Khalidiya Mall in Abu Dhabi from 6pm to 10pm to spread the cheer and roll in the new year with snowflakes and frolicking penguins.
The workshop will continue until January 6.
The Yacht Club in Abu Dhabi ended 2012 with a host of unique artists to mark the special occasion. The club has given package deals for families and friends with endless options of food and drink.
“I knew that there were fireworks displayed at Corniche, so I went with my husband to celebrate this special moment amidst huge crowds. We counted down together wishing the new year to be filled with happiness and peace for us,” Reem Hassan, a 27-year-old employee, said.
“We were not lucky to catch the dazzling fireworks the previous year; however, this year we got more than what we expected. Celebrations and preparations were just amazing,”she added.
On a flip side, a 32 year-old housewife told Gulf News that she celebrated new year’s eve at home.
“We didn’t go to a party or a concert at new year’s eve. We stayed at home watching fireworks and countdown live on television. Also, we have decorated our home and prepared the dinner table with delicious food and drinks,” Amany Ahmad added.
“The new year is one of the best holidays celebrated by everyone as it marks a new beginning, new hope, and aspirations,” said Mursal A., a 23-year-old recent graduate.
When Gulf News asked whether 2013 will be better than the previous year, she said: “I think every year has its ups and downs, thus we have to make the best of everything. In the end we learn from our mistakes and appreciate our blessings more. That why we can welcome the new year with a positive attitude and simply hope for the best.”
“I just graduated so I want to work for at least one year and then I might think of doing my masters,” she added.
Thomas Simon told Gulf News that 2012 was good to him; however, not to the world.
“Let’s make 2013 better. I am planning to arrange some trips to Russia, India, and South Aftica,” he added.