Dubai 2014 firework display breaks world record: Guinness

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014. Filed under: Destinations Holidays New Year's Day World News
Fireworks explode over Palm Jumeirah in Dubai on January 1, 2014 to celebrate the new year. ©AFP PHOTO / KARIM SAHIB

Fireworks explode over Palm Jumeirah in Dubai on January 1, 2014 to celebrate the new year.
©AFP PHOTO / KARIM SAHIB

(DUBAI-AFP) – Dubai shattered the world record for the largest ever pyrotechnic display on New Year’s Eve with a show involving more than half a million fireworks, Guinness World Records said Wednesday.

“Ten months in planning, over 500,000 fireworks were used during the display which lasted around six minutes, with Guinness World Records adjudicators on hand to confirm that a new record had been set,” the Guinness website said.

The display spanned 94 kilometres (58.4 miles) of the Dubai coast, which boasts an archipelago of man-made islands and Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower, Guinness said.

Enough fireworks were launched in the first minute of the display to break the previous record, set by Kuwait in 2011 with an hour-long show of 77,282 fireworks.

The main displays took place at Burj Khalifa and the luxurious Atlantis hotel located in Palm Jumeirah, one of three palm-shaped islands.

US firm Fireworks by Grucci designed the display, Guinness said, using 100 computers and 200 technicians to synchronise the pyrotechnics at a reported cost of around $6 million (4.3 million euros).

Dubai boasts the world’s tallest tower, its largest man-made island and one of the world’s busiest airports.

It set its latest record in May last year with Dubai, Princess Tower, recorded by Guinness as the world’s tallest residential building.

Dubai has been vying to become a permanent fixture on the world map of New Year celebrations, staging spectacular shows since the opening of the 828-metre (2,716-foot) Burj Khalifa tower in 2010.

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