New Year’s Eve on Al Maryah island, Abu Dhabi is always a standout date in the calendar.

Action Impact were brought in to transform the scenic Galleria Mall promenade into a fully-fledged concert setup which could cater for thousands and enable two of the Arab world’s most beloved stars, Amr Diab the ‘Father of Mediterranean Music’ and the “Queen of Stage” Myriam Fares, to headline. The finale, an outstanding 8-minute firework show… was worthy of a New Year’s Eve event anywhere!

Lebanon’s Fares took the stage first. Well known for her hits such as ‘Chouf Halak Alayi’, ‘Ana Gheir’ and ‘Kifak Enta’, her career spans more than 15 years and she has been voted by Google as the Middle East’s Most Searched Online artist and recognised as the number one youth artist in the Arab world.

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Egypt’s Diab, the second performer and a seven-time winner of the Best Male Arab Artist at the World Music Awards, took the stage with his highly popular hit songs which span over three decades.

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Both music giants were extremely well received and their performances exceptional. The audience could hardly contain themselves and could be heard singing and dancing along to some of their favorite melodies from miles away.

As midnight approached some 20,000 spectators witnessed an emotive 8-minute long firework show. The fireworks came from the water, both bridges, and from up-close floating LED barges - filling the audience’s vision as the clocks turned over to 2019.

By working closely with Mubadala the tireless efforts of the Action Impact team made for a fantastic reception of both music artists and midnight fireworks - culminating in an enjoyable, standout New Year’s Eve event on Al Maryah Island.

by Emma Clark