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Burj Khalifa fireworks show synchronised with live orchestral music to ring in 2013

More than a million visitors expected to watch the show

  • By Janice Ponce de Leon, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 16:18 December 24, 2012
  • Gulf News

Dubai: The much anticipated fireworks display that will illuminate the night sky from the Burj Khalifa to usher in 2013 will be synchronised with live orchestral music.

Following its spectacular New Year’s Eve gala in 2010 and 2011, Emaar Properties, the event’s host, will hold its third New Year fireworks display synchronised and choreographed to a live performance from the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra on December 31.

One of Europe’s leading music ensembles, the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra will perform classical music at the Burj Steps, overlooking the Burj Khalifa.

To be held at Downtown Dubai on December 31, the New Year countdown is expected to attract more than a million visitors. Live dance and artistic performances, including a video montage of UAE’s multicultural society, will enthrall audiences hours before midnight of January 1.

“Every year when we plan the festivities for New Year we set ourselves an ambitious target — to make it the most watched spectacle on Earth. This year, we have the largest array of events — all scaled up in terms of creative excellence and artistic brilliance,” Ahmad Al Matroushi, Managing Director, Emaar Properties, said.

The New Year Countdown, similar to those held annually in London, New York, and Sydney, will be telecast live to an estimated two billion viewers and will be projected on a huge 210-metre screen.

When asked for arrangements on how they will ensure revellers will be able to reach and leave the location with ease, an Emaar spokesperson told Gulf News: “To ensure smooth-flowing traffic, visitors are recommended to take advantage of the various options for public transport, including Dubai Metro which is scheduled to run through the night.”

The Roads and Transport Authority over the weekend announced that the Dubai Metro will operate for 24 hours beginning at 6am on December 31 until its closing time on January 1 to encourage people to use public transport and avoid traffic congestion near Downtown Dubai. Taxis will be given special lanes to ease traffic flow in the area as well. The Emaar Boulevard will be closed to traffic by 6pm on December 31.

Last year, revellers by the hundreds got stranded near Dubai Mall after watching the fireworks display despite the extended service of the Dubai Metro and the deployment of additional feeder buses in the area. There was total chaos on Shaikh Zayed Road as commuters walked and crossed the highway at will. Gulf News even spotted people walking along the flyovers to hunt for taxis.

Comments (4)

  1. Added 12:26 December 25, 2012

    Every year it's wonderful, everything's blooming with celebrations, but after the cacaphony of the show dies what happens? People are stranded and public transport is the last thing to be seen and about those who go by their own transport they get to spend a cozy night in their cars. Those who go regardless of whatever transport they use always suffer a lot.

    hanna, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 11:02 December 25, 2012

    I agree with the above post. last year besides the firework the Dubai metro transportation arrangements were a complete disaster. The scenes at the metro station near Burj Khalifa where the authorities blocked it was horrible, it was the worst ever single experience in my life without a doubt. I was right at the front of the que trying to get into metro station yet they were saying its full inside yet clearly it wasnt. women and children were getting crushed, screaming yet authorities/stewards didnt do anything to help matters. after about an hour getting crushed and no single person allowed to go on the metro from the crowd at the metro we finally decided to move away from the crowd and had to walk a further 3 stations down before I could get to Ibn Battu Mall station. Organisation was a complete disaster. I advise people to take their own cars.

    bil, abu dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 10:44 December 25, 2012

    "Last year, revellers by the hundreds got stranded near Dubai Mall after watching the fireworks display." By the hundreds? It was by the thousands. I finally got a cab from Dubai Mall at 6.30am. It was an absolute nightmare using the public transport system.

    Rishi, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 09:58 December 25, 2012

    I remember last years Burj Khalifa fireworks were amazing but this amazement lasted just for 15 min after that it was a big horrific scene people didn't know where to get the Taxi, there was no transportation available and the management failed in planing it. The planing shouldn't be to attract people and dump them after the whole event has happened. it should be made sure that after the event people go back with ease, which was also said last year that it would be, but they badly failed. Dubai Mall was blocked! its food court to any outlets there wasn't place to move. I hope this Year the organizers wont face the same issues as in past.

    Yasmin, Duabi, United Arab Emirates

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