Wednesday, January 1, 2014

In just the first minute, Dubai shattered the previous world record for the biggest New Year's Eve fireworks display, Guinness World Records says.

"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.

Guinness said the display spanned 94 kilometres of the Dubai coast, which boasts an archipelago of man-made islands and Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower.

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, using 100 computers and 200 technicians to synchronise the pyrotechnics at a reported cost of around $6.7 million.

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 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 Burj Khalifa in 2010.

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