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Burj Dubai ceremony details revealed

Inauguration event will include 10,000 fireworks, light beams, water and musical displays.

Burj Dubai ceremony details revealed

The inauguration of Burj Dubai, the world’s tallest building, developed by Emaar Properties, will feature a spectacular display of sound, light, water and fireworks, organisers announced on Sunday.

A combination of 10,000 fireworks, light beams, choreographed water displays, and sound & music effects on Monday will describe the evolution of the world’s most iconic new building.

In all, 868 high-powered ‘stroboscope’ lights will be integrated into the facade of Burj Dubai and the tower’s spire – and each stroboscope will be fired individually to create a series of hypnotic lighting sequences, organisers said in a statement.

The entire display will be controlled by a sophisticated arrangement of ultra high-tech IT systems, which choreograph at least 50 different sequences of lighting, fireworks, water and sound effects.

Event experts from France, Britain and the United States collaborated on the project, organisers added.

Powerful strobe lights will be fixed near the pinnacle of the tower, and six ‘narrow beam’ search lights will be positioned 700 metres up the tower.

The entire inauguration show consists of a pre-show and three themed acts – From the Desert Flower to Burj Dubai, Heart Beat, and From Dubai & the UAE to the World - and a firework finale.

A giant screen on Burj Park Island, as well as several television screens placed across Downtown Burj Dubai including the Waterfront Promenade, will broadcast the inauguration in real-time.

Hundreds of international media, including Dubai TV, will report live from the scene while the public can watch at the inauguration ceremony from the Waterfront Promenade adjacent to The Dubai Mall.

The inauguration performance begins with a short film which depicts the story of Dubai and the evolution of Burj Dubai as the world’s tallest building.

A precisely choreographed sound, light, water and fireworks display will then follow.

The first act in the light & sound show, themed From the Desert Flower to Burj Dubai, is a co-ordinated water, light and firework display. Guests can watch the unfolding of the desert lily, Hymenocallis, the design inspiration of Burj Dubai. The segment ends with a rhythmic water and fireworks show.

The second act, called Heart Beat, captures the construction of the tower in a dynamic light show. An astonishing example of technological innovation, the display recreates the effect of a beating heart and uses no fewer than 300 space canon projectors to generate a shadow-like image of the tower.

In the third act, called From Dubai and the UAE to the World, sky tracers and space canons envelop the tower in a strong halo of white light before reproducing the sun beams of the Emaar corporate logo. These then expand in all directions as the lighting rig on the tower’s spire activates.

The finale will feature 10,000 firework effects on and from the tower, Ahmad Al Matrooshi, managing director, UAE, Emaar Properties, said.

“Just as Burj Dubai leaves an indelible impression on the mind’s eye, so the performance dedicated to the tower’s inauguration on January 4 will be a memory to cherish,” he added.

Standing at more than 800 metres (2,625 ft) high and with more than 160 storeys, Burj Dubai is the world’s tallest building developed by Emaar Properties.

The tower anchors the 500-acre Downtown Burj Dubai community.

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prayag 10 years ago

The Article kind of gives away too much details, which could leave some surprises for the viewers [live and on TV]. How about some useful information like, 1. When does the ceremony begin 2. In case people wanted to be there to experience in person, what's the best advise to get their [route and parking spot] 3. We were told Metro station opens tomorrow as well, is that before or after the ceremony in Burj Dubai? Can people take metro to get there? 4. Considering proximity to Shk Zyd road, when should we consider that being closed / virtually closed due to this ceremony? 5. Other than Dubai TV who else is telecasting this live?

Denny 10 years ago

It was announced last week that the 6,000 guests will be given spaces to part under the Burj and in Dubai Mall

Mohd Sageer 10 years ago

Now that the world's tallest iconic structure is in place the myriad of details of the buidling are aired , i couldnt help wondering about the hardwork of those skillful hands , engineers, technicianst the masons, and the labourers- that gone into the making of this architectural wonder. The most apt tribute that we could to those unsung heroes who worked under the scorching sunlight during the days and windy nights , rain or shine - yes we nonchlantly drove past those workers who perilously perched on dizzy heights to execute their job to the minutest details- is to get some of their pictures in the media and ask their experience. Dont you think more than anything else , among the glitz and glamour - those poor souls deserve a mention of their contribution and little credit for making a dream come to fruition ? My silent salute to all of you guys...

joey 10 years ago

great !!! Thats the show now where to park? When does it start ? What refreshments ? train to get thyere ? bottles allowed ? picnics ? water ?

xcv1001 10 years ago

God dam people..stop complaining!!!Chill...and be happy...its one of the best thing to happen to Dubai and we are all part of it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Seriously be little more positive..and stop finding faults in everything and asking absurd questions....!!! If u so wana find out about parking and the rest then go and find out.......but atleast cheer up a little..come on..its the history making Today!

Rajesh 10 years ago

I wa about to post but xcv beat me to it ! Please everyone stop moaning. Dubai has achieved what no one else had guts to do, and all you guys are worried about is parking etc etc. Just try to enjoy this historic moment and be grateful for living in a city which is blessed with a Ruler with wise vision, and such a courageous approach.

Bishan Chakraborty 10 years ago

I am really excited today to view this gorgeous memorable delightful opening ceremony of Burj Dubai at last. Was waiting for a long time for this day. I came to know that this opening ceremony is going to be started at 8 pm. But for how long that do not know. Not sure about the free parking space will be available for everyone or not. Anyway this evening will be a great evening for us. All credits to EMAAR. Thanks

Ajit 10 years ago

I totally agree! we have to be supportive and positive. Dubai has given us a lot. be there to show your support! it will be a happening! if you cant be here watch it from home or TV.

Rainigade 10 years ago

I dont see a single complaint here! All I see are requests for more information. Practical information that will help us join in the celebrations, because we ARE in fact proud of this iconic achievement and want to be a part of it. The chill pill, in fact - needs to be taken by those accusing us of "complaining". Sheesh!

T Crowe Semler 10 years ago

Congratulation to Dubai, the Emirati People, Emaar, and all those who worked to achieve this Modern Wonder of the World. Watching this visionary architectural project has been an amazing process for all... From the inspiration of a small desert flower manifest into the largest skyscraper in the world, Burj Dubai...Masha'Allah ! May I please have one penthouse?...Again, Congratulations! Peace, Love, and Respect T Crowe Semler