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Tue 1 Jan 2019 01:24 AM

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Dubai rings in new year with spectacular fireworks display

With the event broadcast live on television and streamed online, Emaar said the event reached billions of viewers globally.

Dubai rings in new year with spectacular fireworks display
Fireworks explode at the Burj Khalifah# Photo credit should read AFPGetty Images

More than 1 million revellers joined the celebration in Downtown Dubai to see Emaar's spectacular New Year's Eve ireworks and illumination of Burj Khalifa’s façade.

With the event broadcast live on television and streamed online, Emaar said the event reached billions of viewers globally.

The Emaar NYE 2019 show, themed ‘time and progression’, used advanced software and involved thousands of hours of work. The pyrotechnics were put together by a team of over 40 professionals that deployed over 9,400 fireworks and fired from 2,017 positions.

The New Year’s Eve celebration also featured ‘longest show to date of The Dubai Fountain’.

Over 250 experts worked on the laser and light show which featured a special tribute to the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the UAE, whose birth centennial was observed in 2018 as the ‘Year of Zayed’.

Repeat showings of the LED shows on Burj Khalifa will to continue for three months from January 1 to March 31, Emaar said. 

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