Dubai rings in New Year with laser spectacular

Burj Khalifa was lit up with a portrait of UAE founder Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan
Dubai celebrated the New Year Sunday with a spectacular midnight laser show at Burj Khalifa, the tallest tower in the world.
By AFP
Mon 01 Jan 2018 11:48 AM

Dubai celebrated the New Year Sunday with a spectacular midnight laser show at Burj Khalifa, the tallest tower in the world.

As the clock ticked to midnight, the 828-metre (2,716-foot) tower was lit up with the green, white, black and red colours of the United Arab Emirates, a portrait of UAE founder Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan and "2018".

Hundreds of thousands of people watched the display amid tight security, with roads to the city centre sealed off. There were first aid stations in the area, but the festivities passed off without incident.

In previous years Dubai had organised spectacular fireworks displays to ring in the new year, but this time the authorities opted instead for a massive laser show, breaking the Guinness World Record for the largest light and sound show on a single building.

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Last Updated: Mon 01 Jan 2018 11:33 AM GST

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