The last month of the year is meant to be fun, and a way to spend time with the people you love. If you’re looking for a nearby getaway spot that will help you ring in the New Year in style, Abu Dhabi has a host of awesome events for everyone! Only a four-hour flight from India, Abu Dhabi is now open to vaccinated travellers looking for an epic holiday.

For those who wish to immerse themselves in an authentic cultural experience, the Sheikh Zayed festival that kicked off on November 18 is perfect. The festival that is on till April 1, 2022 is a unique cultural experience that embodies Abu Dhabi’s heritage and dynamic culture, right from the city’s inception to its current evolution. The festival celebrates and honours the noble values of Emirati society. This year, the festival specially celebrates the 50th anniversary of the United Arab Emirates through various programmes dedicated to heritage, arts and culture, and by placing special importance on showcasing the nation’s achievements and identity through the ‘Years of 50’ zone. The main attraction is the ‘Glow Garden’, a light park with awe-inspiring colours and lighting effects that make the picture-perfect background for you and yours to capture joyful moments. 

If you wish to end your year on a musical note, don’t miss out on the ‘Symphony of The Nation’ at Qasr Al Watan, Abu Dhabi’s working Presidential Palace. Visitors can watch and listen to a talented band playing classical Emirati music reflective of the UAE’s heritage and the people’s love of the nation.

Last but not the least, if you are the kind of traveller that likes to keep active during your holiday, this is an experience you do not want to miss! Louvre Abu Dhabi’s Dragon and Phoenix exhibition gives you the chance to enjoy a dragon boat experience, rowing around Louvre Abu Dhabi and along Saadiyat Island’s stunning coastline on one of two dragon boats. This is an epic (and unique) way to check out this stunning emirate.

The list of things to do in Abu Dhabi is endless. So, if you are looking for the perfect place to wave goodbye to 2021, the capital of the UAE is the place to be! 

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