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Watch: Burj Khalifa breaks Guinness World Record

Gulf News was live from Downtown Dubai with regular updates on the hottest show of the New Year

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Around 1.5 million people turned up near Burj Khalifa in Dubai to watch the New Year's Eve show. 

This year’s festivities were a bit different, with Emaar replacing the fireworks with a light show. 

Record breaking light show

As the clock chimed 12, Burj Khalifa came alive with the most spectacular laser show that triggered a collective gasp from thousands. It also established a new Guinness World record for the largest laser light and sound show on one single structure.

The world's tallest tower was bathed in dazzling laser lights in a dynamic dance synchronized with music. The 10-minute laser show began with a display of 2018 being Year of Zayed and went on to display the symbols of the nation - The UAE flag, the falcon in flight and the Arabic language - all to fanfare and razzmatazz.

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The clean up crew has arrived!

The clean up crew get's to work while people continue to celebrate outside Burj Park, Dubai.


People are the only thing moving on Shaikh Zayed Road, at ad hoc crossing point near Dubai Mall metro footbridge.


RTA is in coordination with Dubai Police and will be managing the traffic movement on Sheikh Zayed Road to allow for the pedestrians to cross to the area opposite Burj Khalifa. 

Designated areas have been assigned near Burj Khalifa and Business Bay Metro Stations in addition to a third crossing below Dubai Water Canal Bridge.

To ease your exit from Burj Khalifa area after the end of celebrations, RTA Dubai provided 55 buses on Financial Centre Road, to transport passengers to Jafiliya & Deira City Centre Metro station and the designated parking areas at Al Eid Musala in Mankhool Area and Al Wasl Club.

RTA also provided 90 buses on Sheikh Zayed Road direction Dubai, to transport the passengers to Jaflya and Deira City Centre Metro station and the designated  parking areas at Al Eid Musala in Mankhool and Al Wasl Club.

110 buses ready in Downtown to carry people back to different Parking areas.

Other busses are heading to Al Wasl Club, Al Jafliya, Al Mankhoul, and Dubai Water Canal.


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If you choose to stay at home to watch the show instead, you will be pleased to know that there will be live streaming of the event here

If you want to read about fireworks, check out our live coverage of the rest of the UAE here.

Here are 13 places to watch fireworks in the UAE for New Year's Eve 


The Burj Khalifa has gone dark



The lights around the Burj Khalifa to be switched off in next ten minutes


People's social media photos now being displayes on a large screen at Burj Park

Burj Khalifa


Another countdown at the Burj Khalifa

Burj KHalifa

Another close up of the Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa


Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai sends out a special tweet wishing everyone a happy New Year by reciting an Arabic poem.

"One of the most beautiful years is gone...Bye bye my beautiful memories" he says.


Dubai Police stationed all over the area to ensure safety

Dubai Police

Police DUbai in Downtown


Crowds sing along to popular songs as they wait for the Burj countdown.


The countdown is every 15 minutes on the Burj Khalifa. 


It is becoming more crowded by the minute

Dubai Mall Crowd



The lively atmosphere continues around the Burj Khalifa. One reader shows us the view from the top.


Three hours to go! The countdown begins on the Burj Khalifa. 


Dubai Mall Diners

Dubai Mall diners are enjoying their unobstructed view of the Burj Khalifa spectacle.

Thousands of restaurant and mall staff are working round the clock. Despite the big party buzz it's business as usual downtown.


Resident Nader Smair is watching the epic show from an appartment in Downtown Dubai. This is the view from the top.

Burj Khalifa


People have brought along mats and pillows to camp out opposite the Burj Khalifa ahead of midnight festivities.

Burj Khalifa


Refreshment stalls have been set up at various spots in Downtown Dubai for Nee Year’s Eve celebrations.


Crowd near Burj Plaza has now overflowed onto Mohammad Bin Rashid Boulevard. As the streets are closed to cars, people are walking freely on some sections of the boulevard. 


Some visitors trying to get through alleys for closer look at Burj Khalifa - but getting turned away by security.

Police officers on bicycles at the Burj Park! 


Everything is ready and set in place for Burj Khalifa to break the Guinness World Records with a spectacular laser show.


Here's a quick weather and traffic update for all those planning to head out on New Year's Eve

It's cold and roads are blocked.


Check out the side view of the Burj Khlifa. It's wearing it's regular look, so make sure you get a front view.


Dubai fountain entertains the waiting crowd

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Traffic on Shaikh Zayed Road is very heavy.


Currently this is how the Burj Khalifa looks


Some residents will enjoy the show from their apartments in Downtown Dubai



The crowd continues to fill into Burj Park

Motorists urged to park at alternative parking areas and catch a free bus to Downtown Dubai. 170 buses shuttling revellers to and from Downtown.

A large screen has been set up for people to watch the light show.

A large screen has been set up for people to watch the light show

Lights on! The Burj Khalifa New Year's Eve celebrations have begun. 


RTA urges metro commuters to get off at Business Bay and Financial Centre stations. The Dubai Mall/Burj Khalifa Station to be closed shortly


RTA urges motorists to park on the other side of Shaikh Zayed Road and use the Metro foot bridges at Dubai Mall, Business Bay stations


Roads closed: Shaikh Zayed Road from Dubai World Trace Centre roundabout towards Dubai Mall, Mohammad Bin Rashid Boulevard and Financial Centre Road. Police advise public to use the Dubai Metro to arrive to the event area.


Dubai Police is at your service at every corner in Downtown Dubai!


As part of their New Year's Eve 2018 plans, the Dubai Corporation For Ambulance Services put 190 different types of specialist ambulance on standby in vital areas, including internal and external roads.


Traffic update: If you're heading out for New Year's Eve celebrations in Dubai, here's what you need to know.


A drone has been spotted in the sky above Downtown Dubai.


The crowd continues to grow in front of the Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa


Say Hello to the Dubai Fountain at 5pm on the dot.

Dubai Corporation for Ambulance has many mobile paramedics on bikes moving around with life saving equipment to reach people onsite weaving through the crowds.


Paramedic Richell DaPoe


All entrances to Dubai Mall are now closed 


Car park Dubai Mall

According to Dubai Police, the Dubai Mall parking is 90 per cent occupied, with very little parking spots left. 

People have grabbed vantage points around the fountain over seven hours in advance.

Vantage points`

The crowd continues to gather

Burj Khalifa area


We speak to more people around Burj Khalifa, who are very excited about 'Light Up 2018'


Dubai Police: Al Asayel Road from Oud Metha Street towards Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Boulevard is now closed.

Find out about all other road closures here


8 hours to go until midnight and the crowd is flooding Downtown Dubai. It seems that everyone is ready for 2018!

Dubai mall

The crowd heading to the outdoor area.

Crowd Dubai Mall

Find out about the road closures in the Downtown Dubai area.


Dubai Police tents have been set up around the Burj Khalifa area. If residents require assistance, they can approach the police officers stationed here

Burj Khalifa Police

Dubai Police have been stationed around the Burj Khalifa metro station.

Crowds heading to Burj Khalifa site on Dubai Mall station. The big rush has begun. 

Crowds in Dubai Mall

Amit and Sarita Dangi are a couple from New Delhi, India here with their son Avil specially here to watch the New Year celebrations.


Where to see the spectacle

Visitors to Downtown Dubai can watch the spectacle from various vantage points. 

Here are some viewing spots if you’re not heading to Dubai Mall:

1. Al Khail Road: Head to the Sharjah-bound side and you can get a great view of the lights show from Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City, Meydan Interchange and Business Bay Interchange.

2. Special viewing decks: Decks have been installed at Burj Park and at some spots in Mohammad Bin Rashid Boulevard.

3. Watch at home: The event will be broadcast live on televisions as well as on Burj Khalifa’s social media accounts and on big screens in Downtown Dubai.

4. Taj Dubai: Head to the rooftop at Taj Dubai in Business Bay if you have booked a table or a staycation for the night.

But the best places to watch the show comfortably, would be on one of these burj view tables.