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Dubai sets new world record as it welcomes in 2014

More than 500,000 fireworks feature in spectacular celebrations... but they start 20 minutes late

Dubai sets new world record as it welcomes in 2014

Dubai has set a new Guinness World Record for the largest fireworks display ever seen as the emirate saw in the New Year - although the spectacular event was delayed until 20 minutes after midnight.

Ten months in planning, over 500,000 fireworks were used during the display which lasted around six minutes, with Guinness World Records adjudicators on hand to confirm that a new record had been set.

Covering a distance of over 94km (61.6 miles) of the city’s seafront, the display incorporated some of Dubai’s top landmarks, including Palm Jumeirah, World Islands, the Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab.

The spectacle’s final salvo of fireworks created an artificial “sunrise” along the seafront, with the highest fireworks reaching more than one kilometre in height.

Organisers had been aiming to beat a record set in 2012 during a display to mark Kuwait’s golden jubilee anniversary which saw a total of 77,282 fireworks launched.

Dubai's attempt broke that benchmark by some margin, with enough fireworks launched within the first minute of the display alone to surpass the previous record.

What has now goes down as the biggest bang in the history of pyrotechnics was designed by U.S. firm Fireworks by Grucci.

The performance used 100 computers to synchronise the pyrotechnics, along with a choreographed musical soundtrack.

In the build up to the event, more than 200 expert technicians worked 5,000 man hours to ensure that the fireworks’ timing was accurate down to the millisecond.

Separately, New Year's Eve Gala celebrations also took place in Downtown Dubai, organised by Emaar Properties.

The spectacular fireworks display at Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, attracted more than a million visitors, and featured 10 never-before-seen fireworks acts.

The New Year’s celebration was streamed live on YouTube reaching millions of online audiences in real time.

Elsewhere, exploding fireworks sprayed from the sails of the Sydney Opera House and the Australian city’s harbour bridge at midnight as the world ushered in a new year.

More than one million people crammed the Sydney Harbour foreshore on a warm summer night to watch the pyrotechnics show that appeared to live up to its billing as the most extravagant of Sydney’s already renowned annual display.

Closer to the edge of the International Dateline, New Zealand bid farewell to 2013 two hours before Sydney with fireworks erupting from Auckland’s Sky Tower as cheering revellers danced in the streets of the South Pacific island nation’s largest city.

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Sir Prancelot-Singh-Al acarte 6 years ago

Shambolic event with thousands robbed of money and any good final memories of 2013.

When will this embarrassing "worlds biggest blah blah" ever end?

Dubai is the worldly equivalent of that grubby impotent 55 year old with hair transplants, liposuction and bad suit throwing money around a bar hopelessly trying to be the big shot. (Just visit any Bur Dubai prozzy bar) Instead of driving big cats around in JBR go suck a viagra for your inadequacies.

If they cannot organise traffic to a simple music gig, the Expo is going to be a monumental disaster.

Paolo C 6 years ago

Just hope Grucci were paid in advance. Fireworks are nice, but paying your debts to thousands of investors is more serious.

Ala 6 years ago

Dubai is an example of great success any city in the world would envy it.
Great leader and no end to pleasing his people.
What a lucky nation.

Billy 6 years ago

The truth is the direct opposite of everything you have said.

Sunny 6 years ago

Only one word: SANDANCE!!

Matt 6 years ago

Sir Prancelot. You sound a little sore at something, perhaps you spent a lot of time or money on NY Eve and didn't get what you want? Why go to these events when you know the outcome? Its the same most major events so why do you bother? Truth is that when these events are on its always over-hyped and too many people out on the street. Better to stay at home with the family in my opinion.

Chris 6 years ago

Good point about the upcoming Expo. If Sundance is any indication of how prepared Dubai is for truly international events, then it doesn't bode well ...

turk 6 years ago

Guinness World Record attempt and Sandance music festival were 2 different events with 2 different organizers. Sandance happened to hold the event on the same day the record attempt was made. The world record even was successful while Sandance was not. The organizers of the world record event were successful while those of Sandance were not.

nice 6 years ago

The fireworks were not put on for the people of Dubai (residents / citizens whatever), they were put on as an advert for Dubai for the rest of the world to see as the global news coverage tends to like to show fireworks / NYE etc. If they were for the people of Dubai they might have provided some information about exactly where the fireworks could be seen from. They might have handled the traffic better or closed the roads completely. The reality is that the fireworks "worked" in getting on the news - although every year scenes from Sydney, Rio and London make the news without having to be a world record...so Dubai gets what it wants....I got what I wanted by staying at home and realising that this event was not meant for me.

one of the joes 6 years ago

Tend to disagree. Sandance had had permission to run the event at NYE. RTA, Police, Dubai Municipality decided to not stick to the original agreements regarding access and dedicated bus lanes.
Is that really Sandance's fault?

And wasn't it also Dubai Municipality who ultimately controlled the fireworks displays?
Somehow they did not do their job that well, didn't they?

The fireworks were not in sync. JLT started at 11.55pm, BK was at midnight, followed by Burj Al Arab & Jumeirah Beach Hotel, and then with a total delay of 25 minutes the palm / world fireworks started.
That to me qualifies as failure.

I appreciated the colors though. But the fireworks were done by the American company, right?