January 2, 2014

Dubai New Year firework display breaks world record!

In just the first minute, Dubai shattered the previous world record for the biggest New Year's Eve fireworks display, Guinness World Records says. The display spanned 94 kilometres (58.4 miles) of the Dubai coast, which boasts an archipelago of man-made islands and Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower, Guinness said.

"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.

Enough fireworks were launched in the first minute of the display to break the previous record, set by Kuwait in 2012 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, Guinness said, using 100 computers and 200 technicians to synchronise the pyrotechnics at a reported cost of around $6 million (4.3 million euros).

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