VIDEO: Burj Khalifa fireworks ring in the New Year

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Thousands of Dubai residents on Friday night crowded the Burj Khalifa as the world’s tallest tower ushered in the new year with a spectacular fireworks display.

The rockets, thought to be the world’s highest pyrotechnic show, were accompanied by an hour-long music, sound and light extravaganza from the Dubai Fountain.

The three-minute show was beamed around the world by live television feeds flanking the 828-metre-tall tower

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Ravi to riches
Dr Ravi Pillai launched his first business at the age of 14, trading in coconuts so he could afford school books. Three decades later, his RP Group brings in revenue of $4bn and employs 80,000 staff, helping make him one of the world’s richest Indians. But in his first personal interview to date, he explains why a happy workforce and a good reputation are far more important than money. He also talks of the launch of his latest venture — RP Global — a real estate company that will build luxury projects in Dubai this year.

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