Dubai welcomed the New Year with an unprecedented spectacle – the world’s highest fireworks at Burj Khalifa, claimed to be the world’s tallest building by Emaar Properties.
The 828 metres (2,716.5 ft) high Burj Khalifa was the centre of attention for a global audience as it marked New Year’s Eve with a spectacular environment-friendly and satellite-guided laser-lights-fireworks show, telecast live to over 2 billion people, according to Emaar Properties.[ Also Read: Big Skinny Owns the World’s Largest Wallet ]
It says close to half a million people witnessed the New Year’s Eve Gala from Burj Park, an island set on The Burj Lake opposite Burj Khalifa, and from other vantage points across Downtown Dubai.
The celebration also marked the first anniversary of the grand inauguration of Burj Khalifa, and enveloped Downtown Dubai, the 500-acre mega development anchored by the tower.[ Also Read: Meet the New Tallest Married Couple ]
The community was a sea of humanity, as people arrived to witness the spectacle several hours in advance. The four-act show was synchronized through satellite signals to and from a control station, says Emaar Properties.
Described as ‘The Centre of Now,’ for its diverse showcase of high-end lifestyle destinations including malls, hotels, homes and offices, Downtown Dubai offered a stunning spectacle with lights and fog effects.[ Also Read: What’s New in Guinness World Records 2011? ]
The Dubai Fountain, the world’s tallest performing fountain overlooking Burj Khalifa, hosted a special fire-water-music show.
Mohamed Alabbar, chairman, Emaar Properties, said: “The New Year’s Eve Gala at Burj Khalifa has positioned Dubai as the must-visit destination to celebrate new beginnings. The show was one of the finest spectacles anywhere in the world, and that in the coming years, Dubai will be the place visitors from across the world will choose to celebrate the New Year.”
According to Emaar Properties, a fully-established community with world-class homes, commercial space and the world’s first Armani Hotel Dubai, Burj Khalifa is now ‘A Living Wonder.’