Dubai attempts Guinness World Record fireworks display on New Year’s Eve
New Year’s Eve in Dubai will mark a Guinness World Record worthy firework display at The Palm Jumeirah and The World Islands, 24/7 reported today.
The ambitious display will include 400,000 fireworks launched from over 400 locations by 100 computers controlling the show’s elaborate fireworks and choreographed musical soundtrack down to the millisecond.
The live spectacle will showcase elaborate images including a “flying falcon,” and a 10 km wide “sunrise” scene over a 100 km seafront.
Setting more than one world record, an image of the UAE flag will span 29, 250 square meters, the largest pyrotechnic flag ever displayed. The feat is possibly using PixelBurst, a technology that uses embedded computer chips for precision firing.
The anticipated performance has employed more than 200 expert pyro technicians over 5,000 days of work.
The 6 minute spectacle is largely seen as a compliment to Dubai’s recent World Expo 2020 win and another opportunity to showcase the young and growing city on the international stage as an attractive place to live and visit.
“The celebrations will mark the end of a momentous year for Dubai — a year which we will reflect on with pride and has laid the groundwork for a prosperous future,” said Helal Saeed Al Merri, Director General of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing.
The current world record for largest fire show is held by Kuwait, who in 2012 had a 64 minute firework show that stretched over 5km of seafront.
Dubai will offer more than one firework show on the Dec. 31 holiday
After the world record attempt, an additional firework display for 15 minutes. The show will cover Jumeirah beach, with the Burj Al Arab, Madinat Jumeirah and Jumeirah Beach Hotel as the backdrop.
Downtown Dubai will also hold its annual Burj Khalifa firework display shortly before midnight that will last 20 minutes.
Fireworks and a synchronized light and water show are also taking place at Dubai Festival City.
Due to the nature of the event, restrictions will apply to traffic entering and exiting the Palm Jumeirah on Dec. 31.
Resident will be able to use their passes to bring in guests but must follow the stipulated timetable for access.
From 8am to 9pm, access will be granted to event pass holders in taxis or personal vehicles.
From 9pm to 10.30pm, access is permitted for event pass holders in taxis.
Between 10.30 and 1am, access will be halted for security and safety purposes. Walking around The Palm Jumeirah after 10.30 will also be restricted.