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How Burj Khalifa residents will watch the fireworks

XPRESS catches up with the privileged few to get a lowdown on how they view New Year’s Eve spectacle

  • By Sharmila Dhal, Senior Reporter, XPRESS
  • Published: 22:31 December 26, 2012
  • XPRESS

  • Image Credit: XPRESS/Virendra Saklani
  • NO WORRIES: Manju Chadrashekar (left) with his family in his 66th floor Burj Khalifa apartment. They won’t have to fight the crowds on the big night

Dubai So what’s it like to be a privileged resident of the Burj Khalifa on New Year’s Eve when thousands of visitors brave long commutes and traffic snarls just to be at the tower to catch the most spectacular fireworks on earth?

“The only privilege if you will is that you don’t have to fight the crowds,” said Manju Chandrasekhar, a resident of a two-bedroom 66th floor apartment.

Standing by the window of his dining room, he is inches away from the pyrotechnic spectacle that is set to envelope the world’s tallest tower as 2013 ushers in. “You see that big metal rig just outside? That’s where they mount the actual fireworks.”

But to take in the full view of the dazzle, he plans to go down the building with his family when the countdown begins.

“My parents have flown in from India and my sister, brother-in-law and nephew from the US,” he said.

On the 71st floor, resident Buffi Jashanmal has other plans. She is hosting a big bash for the special night and will watch the fireworks from her own apartment.

“I am having a red carpet event with around 30 people, a mix of family and friends. My mother’s in a wheelchair, so I plan to be indoors and see little flutters of the fireworks falling down on us. Isn’t that beautiful?” she said.

Jashanmal said her family also has the option of watching the extravaganza from the poolside on the 74th floor or going down the building like many other residents.

Chandrasekhar said he will watch the fireworks from a section of the Burj Park.

“This is a separate area with a separate access for residents. Last year I went down at around 11.30pm and stood a few feet away from the building to see the full panorama. I didn’t have to battle the crowds.”

A resident on a lower floor, who did not want to be identified, said: “I feel proud to be living in the world’s tallest tower. This pride multiplies many times when there’s an event like the New Year fireworks or the Mission Impossible feat. It’s like your own home being in the spotlight and making international headlines.”

She said she and her husband make it a point not to travel at about New Year’s so they can watch the fireworks. “You can’t get closer than us.”

Not surprisingly, residents receive a flood of requests from friends, colleagues and family to share space on the big night.

In his second year at the Burj, Chandrasekhar said: “Last year, I had a couple of colleagues over. This year, I have my family here.”

His family can’t wait for December 31. His sister Anupama said: “We timed our visit from New York around the fireworks. It’s my son’s first birthday on the 28th and this is a great way to celebrate. I am also curious. My brother told me the fireworks last year were spectacular and they would be getting bigger and better this year.”

Anticipation runs high as this year’s fireworks will be synched to live orchestral music and include several new sequences.

 

 

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  1. Added 13:05 December 27, 2012

    This is the most important news that XPRESS came up with? Looks more like a friend's publicity stunt to me.

    Raheel, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 12:23 December 27, 2012

    SHOWOFF?

    JOHN, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 10:10 December 27, 2012

    Is this a top story material?

    Sunny, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 09:56 December 27, 2012

    I read in gulf news yesterday about water ferry from Al Ghubaiba station. I was very happy to see that RTA is making arrangement for the general public to watch fireworks on December 31, 2012, at Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab and Atlantis at such a reasonable cost of Dh75 and Dh50. But I was shocked when I called the RTA for enquiring about the same and they told me the charge of same is Dh200 per person on that particular night. As a resident of Dubai I want to see the fireworks with my family but the cost is so high that I can't afford to see. The information is misleading for the general public.

    veena udernani, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 08:42 December 27, 2012

    I thought it's mandatory for all residents of Burj to evacuate the building when fireworks is about to begin (for safety reason) according to Dubai Civil Defence! Just wondering!

    Brian, Dubai, Philippines

  6. Added 08:32 December 27, 2012

    Seems only one race lives in this building!

    ah, dubai, Uganda

  7. Added 07:52 December 27, 2012

    What about the poor?

    Nizam, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 01:27 December 27, 2012

    Big big people!

    nazeer, fujeirah, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 23:51 December 26, 2012

    No point watching the fire works from inside... It's like watching a movie sitting in the front row...

    ismail, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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