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
35 Gulf News

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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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

2 January 2014 17:55jump to comments