Try to imagine 450,000 fireworks lighting up the skies over a 62-mile-long stretch of the coastline of the Persian Gulf. That's part of the spectacular show planned by the emirate of Dubai around midnight on Dec. 31 to mark the end of 2013 – and also Dubai's bid to break the Guinness World Record for the world's largest fireworks display.
At the end of the six-minute eye-popper, the show will go on for another 15 minutes over a half mile of beachfront, bathing buildings such as the soaring Burj Al Arab – said to be the world's most luxurious hotel (the one built like a billowing sail) – and Burj Khalifa (the world's tallest building) in a shower of pyrotechnics.
Other jaw-droppers in the show will be fireworks displays showcasing the posh, 110-acre Atlantis The Palm Resort, the artificial palm-shaped resort archipelago of Palm Jumeirah, and other fantasy-like landmarks around the city.
His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General of Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, commented: "The celebrations will mark the end of a momentous year for Dubai - a year which we will reflect on with pride and has laid the groundwork for a prosperous future.”
Among highlights of the year, he noted, “... was winning the bid to host World Expo 2020, an event which will provide a unique platform on which to communicate the remarkable story of a young city and nation and allow us to positively shape global perceptions of the Arabian Gulf as a destination for both business and leisure.”
The world-renowned Fireworks by Grucci has been commissioned to put in place the pyrotechnic designs for the world-record attempt, which is expected to be seen by millions of viewers across the world.
Dubai is one of seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates. The Burj Al Arab, Madinat Jumeirah, Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Dubai's other hotel-resorts hosted more than 7.9 million guests in the first nine months of 2013, a 9.8 percent increase over the same period a year earlier.