New Year's Eve in the UAE: Which celebrities rang in 2020 in Dubai and Abu Dhabi?

Bruno Mars, Nancy Ajram and Ne-Yo were among those in town for festive performances

R&B star Ne-Yo was among the famous names spending New Year's Eve in the UAE. Ne-Yo / Instagram
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A new day, a new decade.

At the stroke of midnight, the globe ushered in 2020, with fireworks and festive parties thrown as far and wide as Sydney, New York, London and Seoul.

Celebrations also kicked off in fine style in the UAE, where Burj Khalifa marked the start of the new year with a spectacular fireworks display, with a similarly lavish event held at Abu Dhabi's Corniche.

In Ras Al Khaimah, an ornate fireworks display even netted the emirate two new world records.

Residents and tourists alike flocked to the country's hot spots for the occasion – and among them were a few famous faces.

Below, we round up the celebrities who celebrated New Year's Eve in the UAE, whether at parties or during on-stage performances.

Nancy Ajram

The Lebanese superstar took to the stage at Abu Dhabi's Al Maryah Island earlier in the evening, where she treated fans to a live rendition of some of her greatest hits.

Ajram, who has sold more than 30 million records in her decades-long career, also shared a self-portrait ahead of the show, which she captioned her "last selfie of 2019".

Tamara Ecclestone

The British heiress, daughter of Formula One legend Bernie Ecclestone, rang in the new year in Dubai with her husband, Jay Rutland, and daughter Sophia. According to an Instagram post shared in front of a distinctive festive display, the family appear to have spent the night at the Four Seasons Resort in Jumeirah.

Ferne McCann

The British reality star and former castmate of The Only Way Is Essex welcomed in 2020 from Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa in Dubai. "A genuine smile for many reasons. Seeing the new year in with my darling friends in Dubai," the model captioned a shot taken in the hotel's sprawling grounds.

Tamer Hosny

Tamer Hosny on stage during his New Year's Eve performance in Abu Dhabi. Instagram / Tamer Hosny

The Egyptian pop star followed Ajram on the bill at Al Maryah Island last night, from where he shared an on-stage selfie with his 15.3 million Instagram followers.

Nassif Zeytoun 

Nassif Zeytoun performed at Dubai Opera for NYE. Dubai Opera / Instagram

The Syrian singer performed a concert as part of Dubai Opera's festivities to mark the start of 2020, treating fans to an al fresco gig at the foot of Burj Khalifa.


The Hot in Herre rapper was in town to perform a New Year's gig at Drai's Dubai, where he thrilled fans with renditions of tracks such as Ride Wit Me. The star rang in midnight with his partner, Shantel Jackson.

Yo Yo Honey Singh

The Indian singer, producer and director marked the start of 2020 with a show at Dubai's Bollywood Parks.

Jonas Blue

Jonas Blue spent the New Year in the Emirates. Jonas Blue / Instagram

The  English DJ was in Dubai to perform at Zero Gravity, but he made some time for a spot of sun-bathing, sharing a balcony shot from his Palm Jumeirah hotel.

Mario Gotze

The German footballer, who plays for the national team as well as Borussia Dortmund, rang in the new year with a Burj Khalifa view.

Zakaria Aboukhlal

This Dutch footballer, meanwhile, celebrated at Rixos JBR in Dubai.

Nathaniel Buzolic

The Australian actor, who starred in Hacksaw Ridge and The Originals, marked midnight at the One&Only hotel on Dubai's Palm Jumeirah, taking in a fireworks display from the hotel's private beach.


The Miss Independent star was back in the UAE last night for a festive performance at White Dubai, where he welcomed in 2020 with wife Crystal Smith.

Bruno Mars

The Uptown Funk crooner may not yet have shared any snaps from his Abu Dhabi visit on social media, but plenty of fans have uploaded on-stage shots from his New Year's Eve performance at du Arena.