Dubai 2014 fireworks display breaks Guinness world record

DUBAI: Dubai has ushered in 2014 with more than half a million fireworks spectacle, breaking the world record for the largest such display ever, Guinness World records said today.

Ten months in planning, over 500,000 fireworks were used during the display on the New Year’s Eve which lasted around six minutes, with Guinness adjudicators on hand to confirm that a new record had been set.

It was night of epic proportions, and one that will certainly go down in history, as Dubai set a world record amidst all the razzle dazzle and fanfare this city has mastered down to an art form.

While The Palm Jumeirah and The World Islands played host to a glittering display of fireworks that achieved the colossal task of setting off over 400,000 fireworks across 100km of shoreline, in just six minutes to set a new Guinness World Record, at the other end of the city stood the towering Burj Khalifa.

The world’s tallest building impressed with its iconic New Year’s Eve Gala and a spectacular fireworks display that will light up the imposing juggernaut once again.

Hosted by Emaar Properties, this year’s festivities broke 2012’s record of 1.7 million visitors at Downtown Dubai.

The Dubai World Record team have roped in the men and women at Grucci to produce an unimaginable programme for tonight, including a laser etching of an aerial countdown, a pixel burst flying falcon and a UAE flag and a ‘sunrise’ at midnight.