Dubai's record-breaking New Year Fireworks ignite 2014
on Thu 2nd Jan, 2014 at 09:50
Dubai has started the new year with a huge fireworks spectacle which has broken the world record for the largest fireworks show ever. The extravagant citywide showcase shattered the previous record by more than 400,000 fireworks.
The six-minute extravaganza was said to include 500,000 fireworks from 400 firing locations, all synchronised by 100 computers from stations across the city.
The city was illuminated with a flying falcon made out of fireworks that moved across a massive man-made palm-shaped island alongside a countdown in fireworks.
The backdrop to the fiery show was the world’s tallest tower, the 828-metre high Burj Khalifa.
The aim was to create a burst of light out of fireworks to imitate a sunrise and dazzle spectators with a United Arab Emirates flag that could also break records for being the largest ever made of fireworks.