There are many cities in the world that go all out to ring in the new year, but no one does it quite like Dubai.
Complete with a mock sunrise along the seafront, the country beat the world’s record for the largest single fireworks display as 2013 ended and 2014 began, said Guinness World Records.
The display, designed by the U.S. firm Fireworks by Grucci, took 10 months to plan, lasted six minutes and had over 500,000 fireworks.
The scope of the display was truly amazing.
Incorporating some of Dubai’s top landmarks, including Palm Jumeirah, World Islands, the Burj Khalifa and Burj Al ArabIt, the display covered a distance of over 94 km of the city’s seafront and some fireworks reached a height of over one kilometer.
The goal was to beat a record set in 2012 during a display to mark Kuwait’s golden jubilee comprised of 77,282 fireworks.
Dubai managed to break that within the first minute of the display.
Using 100 computers to synchronise the pyrotechnics and a choreographed musical soundtrack, it took more than 200 expert technicians and 5,000 man hours of preparation to ensure the timing was accurate down to the last millisecond.
Before the fireworks were launched, Global President of Guinness World Records Alistair Richards said, “The scale of this record attempt is truly impressive and will ensure all eyes are on Dubai.”
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