Dubai: Palm Jumeirah, the World Islands, Burj Khalifa and Dubai Festival city will put up a combined showed of fireworks tonight, celebrating a landmark year for the country that included winning the hosting rights for the World Expo 2020.
The staggering display of fireworks will include a world record attempt that will see 400,000 shots fired in the sky from 400 locations on the Palm island and the islands of The World.
It will just take 60 seconds for 200 pyrotechnicians in Dubai to break the world record for the largest fireworks display.
The show, designed by US-based “Fireworks by Grucci,” 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 six-minute pyrotechnics, synchronised to breathtaking music, will culminate in the final salvo of fireworks that will conjure up a “Sunrise” scene, lighting up the skies for around 10 kilometres.
The show will be breaking the current Guinness World Record for the largest display of fireworks held by Kuwait, with 77,282 shots of fireworks spread across five kilometres and lasted for 64 minutes.
Though the Dubai show will last for only six minutes, but it will be spread across an area of 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.
Firework displays will also light up other landmarks of the city, including Madinat Jumeriah, Burj Al Arab, Burj Khalifa and Dubai Festival City.
Here are the best locations you can watch the fireworks from:
Dubai Mall — If you can make it early, there is no better place to watch the fireworks from. The Burj Boulevard, Burj Park or the Mohammad Bin Rashid Boulevard are the good locations to watch the fireworks at the world’s tallest tower.
The pyrotechnics can also be enjoyed from Shaikh Zayed Road, Al Khail Road, Al Meydan road and Safa Park and Al Safa area.
Palm Jumeirah and the World Islands will be the best places to watch the world’s largest fireworks from. However, given that the area will be restricted to residents and ticket holders of the Sandance Music festival, the alternative locations would be Jumeirah Beach Residence, Umm Suqueim Beach and Jumeirah Beach.
Dubai Creek, Al Garhoud Area and the Business Bay area would be ideal locations to enjoy the fireworks at the Dubai Festival City