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Saudi Arabia sets new world record for largest fireworks display

General Entertainment Authority succeeds in setting the new Guinness world record with 962,168 fireworks

Saudi Arabia sets new world record for largest fireworks display
The kingdom’s record-breaking fireworks display was launched in 58 different locations.

Saudi Arabia has set a new Guinness world record for the largest fireworks display launched simultaneously in several cities across the kingdom.

The Guinness Book of World Records has announced that the General Entertainment Authority succeeded in setting the new record with 962,168 fireworks, breaking the previous record of 810,000 fireworks set by the Philippines in 2016.

The kingdom’s record-breaking fireworks display was launched in 58 different locations throughout different cities viewed by millions of spectators, it said in a statement.

Amr Banaja, CEO of the General Entertainment Authority, expressed his pride in achieving this world record.

The authority, which aims to invest $64 billion in the country's fledgling entertainment industry over the next decade, had previously set a Guinness record on the 88th National Day for the biggest flag painted in the sky with fireworks and drones in the cities of Riyadh and Jeddah.

The investment plan is part of Prince Mohammed's ambitious "Vision 2030" programme, which seeks to diversify the Saudi economy as it reels from a slump in energy prices, with the entertainment sector seen as a key potential source of growth.

Saudis splurge billions annually on movies and visits to amusement parks in the neighbouring tourist hubs of Dubai and Bahrain, which is accessible by a land causeway.

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