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Review / Saadiyat Nights Kicks off in great style

Mariah Carey in Abu Dhbai| Saadiyat Island

Saadiyat Nights, the open-air series of musical events, kicked off this weekend on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi in great style with the multi-award-winning music artist Mariah Carey, and we’re so happy we made the drive down from Dubai to attend  - it was magical. 

Set in a beautiful purpose-built open-air venue, Saadiyat Nights aims to inspire audiences with both musical talent and the views of the island with its globally recognised cultural institutions.

Not only was it a lovely intimate concert setting, with beautiful aesthetics and a stunning backdrop of the island, but it also delivers with comfy seats, plenty of washrooms in close proximity and a great selection of F&B outlets serving up everything from pizzas, to nachos, glasses of vino and cups of tea!  As someone whose bedtime is around 9pm these days, it takes a lot to get me out in the evening, but the allure of Mariah was enough and I was secretly delighted when I found the venue accommodated all my Middle Age needs as I stood their soaking in all the hits with a cup of tea! 

Mariah delivered in her 90-minute set with an array of sparkly dresses, all the hits we’ve come to love and a group of nice on the eye dancers.  We enjoyed all the Mariah-ness with her regular “sips of tea” and her on-stage GlamSquad. It is Mariah after all and you’d be disappointed if there wasn’t a hint of diva, right? 

Like most, we were concerned about traffic getting out of the venue, but the multiple parking areas, all a short walk away, seemed to work well and we got straight out and back to the highway with relative ease, all whilst enjoying the stunning Saadiyat drone show. We were back in Dubai and in bed one hour and 30 later, happy and content from a great night out. 

Future announced shows: 

20th January 8pm Googoosh

27th January 8pm Andrea Bocelli 

2nd February 9pm Sting

10th February 9pm Magida El Roumi

It was such a great all-round experience, we’ve already snapped up tickets to Sting and can’t wait for our next Saadiyat night out.   Now, who will they be announcing next? 

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