Dubai aims for fireworks world record

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Dubai is aiming to break the world record for the largest fireworks display this New Years Eve, it was reported.

The current record holder is Kuwait, which set off 77,282 fireworks stretched over 5km and lasting one hour and four minutes during celebrations for the 50th anniversary of its constitution in November 2012, Gulf News said.

On December 31, Dubai is set to stage a world record-breaking attempt with fireworks spread across The World and The Palm manmade islands, with work already underway to install the display.

“We are waiting for Dubai to break the record. With this, it becomes an international destination for celebration,” said Talal Omar, country manager, Middle East and North Africa, Guinness World Records Limited, was quoted as saying.

Last month, Dubai’s Atlantis The Palm hotel promised its own New Year’s Eve fireworks display would be the “biggest fireworks display in the world”.

The $1.5bn resort hosted the most expensive launch party in history, spending a rumoured $40m, when it opened in 2008. The fireworks display of one million fireworks – almost 10 times the scale of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony – was said to cost $3m alone.

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