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Thousands watch as Burj Khalifa rings in the new year

World’s tallest tower unveils spectacular fireworks display to see in its first new year

Thousands watch as Burj Khalifa rings in the new year
The fireworks were accompanied by an hour-long music, sound and light extravaganza from the Dubai Fountain
Thousands watch as Burj Khalifa rings in the new year

Thousands of Dubai residents last night crowded the Burj Khalifa as the world’s tallest tower saw in its first new year with a spectacular fireworks display.

The rockets, thought to be the world’s highest pyrotechnic show, were accompanied by an hour-long music, sound and light extravaganza from the Dubai Fountain.

The first explosions began at the stroke of midnight, lighting up the night sky, and bringing surrounding roads to a standstill as drivers stopped to watch the display.

Hundreds more crammed into nearby Burj Park to watch the three-minute show, which was beamed around the world by live television feeds flanking the 828-metre-tall tower.

Mohamed Alabbar, chairman of Emaar Properties, the company behind the Burj Khalifa, said the show put the tower on the map, alongside Times Square in New York and the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

“The New Year's Eve Gala at Burj Khalifa has positioned Dubai as the must-visit destination to celebrate new beginnings,” he said. “The show was one of the finest spectacles anywhere in the world, and that in the coming years, Dubai will be the place visitors from across the world will choose to celebrate the New Year."

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Jay 8 years ago

I found it all over too quickly to be honest- no countdown, no build up, blink and you would almost have missed it!

Alistair Boom 8 years ago

Totally agree Jay, the fireworks at Burj Al Arab were far better. Traffic in the Downtown area was horrendous, utter chaos. No mention of that.

Kartheek 8 years ago

It was too good... I never forgot in my lifetime...