Abu Dhabi revellers are ready to end 2018 with a bang - with a world record-smashing firework display lighting up the skies on New Year's Eve.
Hot on the heels of the UAE scoring 95 entries in the 2019 Guinness World Records, the country is aiming to rewrite history again with the largest ever sentence created in pyrotechnics.
The spectacular 10-minute light show at the Corniche in Abu Dhabi will aim to spell out 'Happy New Year 2019'.
The display will reach a height of 40 metres, using an array of colours and configurations.
Crowds will be flocking to a host of capital venues to usher in 2019, including landmark spots such as Emirates Palace, Yas Marina and Al Maryah Island.
At the Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival, the New Year’s Eve celebrations will include concerts by Eida Al Menhali and Fouad Abdel Wahid, a fireworks show, three-dimensional water and light shows with dazzling lasers.
A music show headlined by Egyptian pop icon Amr Diab and Lebanese singer Myriam Fares will take centre stage at The Galleria.
Entry to the prime viewing spots in the main concert area will be free, but limited to 1,500 visitors on a first-come first-served basis.
“We are delighted to bring such a variety of exciting events across the whole emirate of Abu Dhabi to usher in the New Year,” said Saif Saeed Ghobash, of the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi.
“We are confident that visitors will have an unforgettable experience that will mark the start of a happy and prosperous 2019 for all.”
Al Dhafra Festival will also be hosting a special New Year’s Eve show with concerts by Arab celebrities.