Dubai to welcome 2014 with World Record Fireworks

Dubai New Year Fireworks Burj Khalifa

In yet another attempt at a Guinness World Record, Dubai will dazzle the world with the largest fireworks display ever on New Year’s Eve.

Palm Jumeirah island and The World islands will be the centre of attractions this New Year’s Eve as 400 locations in around the islands have been earmarked to launch the spectacular display.

It will take just 60 seconds for 200 pyro-technicians in Dubai to break the world record for the largest fireworks, currently held by Kuwait since 2012, when to celebrate its 50th national day, it fired 77,282 shots of fireworks spread across five kilometres, a spectacle that lasted for 64 minutes.

Designed by US-based firm ‘Fireworks by Grucci’ – who also designed the fireworks display for the launch of Atlantis in 2008 – Dubai’s spectacle will only last for only six minutes, but it will contain 400,000 shots of fireworks that will be synchronised with music.

The show will begin with a ‘Flying Falcon’ doing rounds of The World islands, leading the countdown for the New Year spectacle.

The display will include never seen before elements like a 225 metre wide and 130 metre high UAE flag, conjured through fireworks and special effects that will adorn the Dubai sky. The flag will be another world record attempt for the largest pyrotechnic flag ever.

The event that will mark the culmination of a landmark year for Dubai, which saw the city winning the hosting rights of World Expo 2020, will culminate with the final salvo of fireworks that will conjure up a ‘Sunrise’ scene, lighting up the skies for around 10 kilometres.

The spectacle will be spread across 100 kilometres. At least 450,000 explosive shells, connected to a network of more than 100 computers, will be used to put up the show. In another regional record, seven 660 mm shells will be used to fire the main rounds of fireworks, each shot spreading over 700 metres wide.

The Guinness World Record officials will be on the field to measure the scale of the event during the show. Though, the current record will be broken in 60 seconds, the show will last for six minutes as Guinness Records criteria requires the show to last for a minimum of five minutes to qualify for the world record.

The officials will also calculate the number of shots fired, range of the shots and the total distance the entire display covers.

Around nine months of planning has gone into the design and preparations of the show, with some of the fireworks specially designed for the show and shipped from the US. Technicians have been working on the field for the last three weeks, with 450,000 shells prepared and mounted on more than 60 heavy trailers.

The shells will be placed at 400 locations in Palm Jumeirah islands and The World islands both on land on water, using floating platoons.

Technicians are currently giving final touches to the explosive-laden shells, before they are transported to different locations on the Palm Island as well as The World islands.

via Gulf News

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