Burj Khalifa NYE fireworks spectacular in Dubai

World's tallest building to host unprecedented ten-act light show to usher in 2014

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Have you heard about the amazing NYE fireworks planned in Downtown Dubai?

The Palm Jumeirah may be hoping to win a world record with its 400,000 firework, six-minute extravaganza – but the Burj Khalifa is going the extra mile this year, too.

Developers Emaar are expecting more than a million visitors to converge on the world’s tallest building for the ten act fireworks display which will make up the Downtown Dubai New Year’s Eve Gala.

And thousands – if not millions – more are expected to see it online, with the display streamed live on YouTube (www.youtube.com/DowntownDubai).

Unveiling its plans, bosses at Emaar also said they are promoting active online engagement with spectators encouraged to upload photographs and videos of the celebrations on social networks, using the hashtag #BeThere.

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Ahmad Al Matrooshi, managing director, Emaar Properties, said: ‘The New Year’s Eve Gala at Burj Khalifa enjoys iconic status globally and underlines Dubai’s reputation as the must-visit destination to usher in the New Year.

‘Dubai’s gala at Downtown Dubai will significantly add to the city’s civic pride, boost the tourism, hospitality and retail sectors, and salute the city’s win to host the World Expo 2020, with visitors expected from all over the world.

‘This year, the fireworks display will be extra special with ten spectacular effects, some rising higher than 1km, which not only salute our nation and the city, but also the design of Burj Khalifa.’

Starting with a dramatic display of effects racing up to the pinnacle of Burj Khalifa, the display will then salute the nation with the green, red, and white hues of the UAE National Flag.

Flowers in the colours of the National Flag will cascade down the tower, before silver pearls will burst from the pinnacle of Burj Khalifa in a sparkling celebration of Dubai’s success and awe-inspiring development.

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The grand finale has been teased as a ‘true masterpiece in fireworks display’ with every direction being lit up dramatically and a golden lattice being formed across the sky. Rainbow effects will fill all over Downtown Dubai as Dubai ushers in 2014.

Elsewhere in Dubai, IMG Artists is planning to break the official Guinness World Record for the world's largest firework display.

The display will feature over 400,000 individual fireworks from 400 locations and will illuminate and spotlight iconic Dubai landmarks, including Islands of The World, The Palm Jumeirah and Atlantis the Palm.

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