UAE gears up for record-breaking NYE celebrations

Ras Al Khaimah will attempt to win the Guinness World Record title for the largest aerial firework shell
By Lubna Hamdan
Sun 31 Dec 2017 10:02 AM

The UAE is preparing its New Year’s Eve celebrations tonight, as Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) plan to break Guinness world records with a laser light show and fireworks.

Emaar will use the Burj Khalifa for its Light Up 2018 laser show in Downtown Dubai, which will begin at 5pm with The Dubai Fountain shows and live DJ. The public is urged to be at the venue before 6pm due to road closures around the Dubai Mall.

Around 2 million people are expected to use public transport in Dubai over the New Year holiday compared to just under 1.8 million last year, according to the Roads and Transport Authority. It said it put a "well-rehearsed traffic plan" in place across the city.

A live Twitter feed will capture the celebrations, which will continue until 1am, to enable global audiences to watch it in real time. The experience can be seen on

A video posted to Burj Khalifa's Twitter profile shows staff in and outside the world's tallest building, setting up laser lights. The tower will also open its rooftop venue, The Burj Club, for the first time for views of the celebrations.

The event will also celebrate the UAE’s achievements and pay tribute to the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founding father of the nation.

However, organisers for the celebrations did not say which record they will attempt to break.

RAK, on the other hand, will try to win the Guinness World Record title for the largest aerial firework shell, to take place at Al Marjan Island, where 120 sites will launch fireworks to create a "spectacular canopy never seen before.” It will run along the entire shoreline of the waterfront development.

The island and RAK government entities have created two new public view areas and over 5,000 additional public car parking spaces around the area to welcome visitors. Access to the main entrance of Al Marjan will be closed at 10pm.

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Last Updated: Sun 31 Dec 2017 09:59 AM GST

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