Why fireworks on the Palm in Dubai started late

Emirate sets new world record with 100,000 fireworks in 60 seconds

  • Fireworks explode over the Atlantis on Palm Jumeirah as part of the world’s largestfireworks display in DubaImage Credit: Zarina Fernandes/Gulf News
  • Major General Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina, chief of Dubai Police and Sultan Ahmad Bin Sulayem, chairman of DP WorImage Credit: Courtesy: Dubai World Record 2014
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Dubai: More than 100,000 fireworks were let off in the first minute as Dubai set a new world record for the largest fireworks display.

The show was spread across 94 kilometres of Dubai’s shoreline, with 500,000 fireworks let off in a dazzling display.

Dubai broke the record, previously held by Kuwait with 77,282 fireworks let off in 2012, within 60 seconds of the show starting.

The Palm Jumeirah and World Island display began at 12.20am following the fireworks at the Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab.

“We couldn’t start on time due to security reasons, as we didn’t get the clearance required in time, so we decided to put safety first,” said Phil Grucci, who designed the show.

Guinness Record officials were on hand to audit the fireworks.

“Guinness Record officials did the initial audit during the show and confirmed that Dubai had broken the record. A final audit is currently going on that will confirm the number of shots we fired,” added Grucci.

Security reasons were also cited for not carrying out the promised elements such as a ‘flying falcon’ and a huge ‘UAE flag’.

“We didn’t get security clearance for the areas where we were planning the special effects to create the flying falcon and the flag, but we are happy that we could break the world record,” said Grucci.

Thousands of people gathered around the beaches of Dubai and secured every possible vantage point.

As many as 200 technicians worked on the project for nine months to create a firework spectacular that gave Dubai the edge over other New Year celebrations in the world.

Cables were spread across 94 kilometres and connected to a network of 100 computers in Palm Jumeirah and The World islands.

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  • KJM Ibrahim

    02-Jan-2014 17:37

    In reply to :Shanti, Dubai, United Arab Emirates We 3 families left SHJ@ 6pm & reached the open beach/Umm Suqeim Park near Burj Al Arab @8pm. Hunting parking space took another 45 mnts. The park & thebeach was FULL of FAMILIES. I've heard from people who came all the wayfrom AD & RAK that they were there since 6.30 pm for this event. Youshould have left early to reach there which I learned on National Daycelebration. Only the toilet problem was there even after 2 more of thestaff's lavatories were opened for ladies & kids. There should'vebeen arrangement for couple of pay-toilets with portable loos. Once theinner & on going roads were brimmming vith vehicles, police starteddiverting to the left towards SZR from the beach road. All the innerroads on both side of beach road became temporary parking. There waseven a small fire accident in a restaurant on the beach road at around10pm which was fantastically brought under control in time and 2/3 lanesof traffic was open within an hour towards Burj Al Arab. I can vouch forthe fantastic job done by Dubai Police bringing the Civil Defencevehicles meticulously to the spot in that chockablock situation to thenear side and 1 on the opp side. There were vehicles parked all aroundthat nearby & inner roads. Apart from the loss of that property andno loss of life or adjacent properties got damaged. HATS OFF TO YOU toDUBAI POLICE & CIVIL DEFENCE!!!

  • Angus

    02-Jan-2014 17:19

    Watch the London fireworks on BBC for the difference between quality andquantity. They didn't have to break any records to produce somethingamazing. That ridiculous billboard on SZR is right: winning isn'teverything, beauty and good taste count too.

  • Ian

    02-Jan-2014 16:55

    All I can say is "YOU CANNOT PLEASE EVERYBODY". Dubai help theless fortunate in a silent way,as it is more sincere to extend yourright hand without your left hand know it did. Dubai strive on how andwhat they have became now, I don't think anyone has a right to questionwhat Dubai wanted for their own land. Everyone has it's own story totell, who knows, that show could possibly lifted some audiences spirit?We cannot really judge nor questions anyone's philanthropy. I agree thatyet Dubai still has to learn crowd management- for which a separatematter than previous.

  • mirza ali

    02-Jan-2014 16:54

    Great fireworks show at Burj Khalifa. really appreciate the efforts ofthe RTA and Dubai police in managing the traffic at the Dubai mall andtrade center.

  • SS

    02-Jan-2014 16:23

    Thanks Dubai for providing such great evening under the surveillance ofwell behaved security and volunteers. The “fireworks” wasawesome which can’t be compared... once again thanks.

  • Lalita

    02-Jan-2014 16:15

    Sultan? Where did you count 2 billion people from? Do you believe that 30% of the world population had nothing to do on the New Year Eve just to sit in front of to TV and watch the firework record somewhere in Dubai??? People have their own traditions to celebrate New Year and their own activities and entertaining to enjoy. Yes, they have shownworldwide on TV news on the next day few second report aboutcelebrations in different parts of the world and mentioned about Dubai record showing as usually only or mainly Burj Khalifa display:). Anyway, not many people watch news on this day after the whole night celebration:). Do you think many people enjoyed the firework even here, in the UAE? Thousand were trapped in the road and spent the Eve in thecars till the morning because they have blocked the roads. This is included those unfortunate with their tickets cost 450-600 DH on their hands for the Sandance Atlantis event who were not allowed to attend the concert and spent the festivity in buses or in the streets walking all the way through the Palm and being stopped before the tunnels. Therewere people who came from abroad to enjoy the event. Do you believe they will leave with the impression Dubai has targeted after their all financial and moral loss and suffers? They have closed the way to Dubai Down Town by 8pm while there were plenty of parking spaces available inDubai Mall. I saw security blocked the door to the Marina Metro station at around 3am and didn't let people in while there was empty inside. They created more problem instead of solving some. Besides, because of the almost 30 minutes of delay, many people who get their positions to watch the fireworks, left 10-15 minutes after the midnight disappointed.Due to all these reasons, not so many people finally enjoyed thedisplay. Then it seems they cared more about record on the paper thanabout people. If the purpose of the firework was the marketing, thenwhat is the target audience of the marketing event? Not people???? Thenit was money thrown to the air. By the way, I have already changed myplans for the New Year Eve 2015. Instead of inviting my parents here asI planned before, I will go out of Dubai. I don't feel safely to spendhere New Year and I don't want to be jammed somewhere by cars or bycrowd, or I don't want my plans to be ruined due to improperorganization.

  • Eshan

    02-Jan-2014 16:08

    it was a good show from Burj Khalifa to Burj Al Arab and then thePalm...but people live in Dubai knows this could have spend in moregenerous way... Yes we Dubaians break the record...whats next...did weget anything...just a paper...what happen if that money given to all theemployees as a gift that would make a better world record...atleast topeople who worked to build the palm...anyway this is my point of viewbut I enjoyed watching it and talk about it with my friends and familyaround the world.

  • sac

    02-Jan-2014 15:46

    I Totally agree with sultan and partially agree with Amina also, 17000people paid 450-600 aed for watching this event and atleast those moneywould have gone for some charity.

  • Shanti

    02-Jan-2014 15:42

    We left home at 8PM from Bur Dubai to catch the best of view. Alas,every vantage point POLICE jeep worked as barricades near Buj al Araband stopped the oncoming traffic. We had to exit to the oppositedirection again to go thru the entire stretch and seeing the trafficagain exited and took the inner lane behind MOE and went towards AbuDhabi and exited near Marina and waited near KV. The fireworks startedonly after 10 minutes when we thought flopped due to tech.glitch. Thenthe extravaganza started. But to our dismay and displeasure some of thefire works are not visible for enthusiastic public who waited for hourswith small kids and elderly parents. Most of the works are at groundlevel... They are NOT as HIGH as expected but horizontal. If theyreally want people to watch and enjoy then allow people the accessinstead of blocking every possible entry......!!!! After theextravaganza was over it took 3-1/2 hours from KV to reach Bur Dubaithru SZR where all the 5 lanes were jam packed and traffic crawling neckand neck. 100's and 1000's of people stranded on the road fortransport, stopping all vehicles, asking lifts. Metro stations were fullwith not even a pin can be dropped in...... Mind you this is at2AM...... everywhere people, young and old with children, babies andelders. God knows when and how these reached home...... I wonder WHYthis chaos every time in Dubai when there is an event and WHY DubaiPolice closes the access to public. Then let the celebrations be markedfor private invitees only.......

  • vinod

    02-Jan-2014 15:24

    It was amazing and a great marketing event. Its not a waste of money butI am only worried on the environment impact from the smoke. Anyway agreat way to start 2014

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In reply to :Shanti, Dubai, United Arab Emirates We 3 families left SHJ@ 6pm & reached the open beach/Umm Suqeim Park near Burj Al Arab @8pm. Hunting parking space took another 45 mnts. The park & thebeach was FULL of FAMILIES. I've heard from people who came all the wayfrom AD & RAK that they were there since 6.30 pm for this event. Youshould have left early to reach there which I learned on National Daycelebration. Only the toilet problem was there even after 2 more of thestaff's lavatories were opened for ladies & kids. There should'vebeen arrangement for couple of pay-toilets with portable loos. Once theinner & on going roads were brimmming vith vehicles, police starteddiverting to the left towards SZR from the beach road. All the innerroads on both side of beach road became temporary parking. There waseven a small fire accident in a restaurant on the beach road at around10pm which was fantastically brought under control in time and 2/3 lanesof traffic was open within an hour towards Burj Al Arab. I can vouch forthe fantastic job done by Dubai Police bringing the Civil Defencevehicles meticulously to the spot in that chockablock situation to thenear side and 1 on the opp side. There were vehicles parked all aroundthat nearby & inner roads. Apart from the loss of that property andno loss of life or adjacent properties got damaged. HATS OFF TO YOU toDUBAI POLICE & CIVIL DEFENCE!!!

KJM Ibrahim

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