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Dubai breaks Guinness World Record with largest fireworks display


DUBAI // Breaking the world record for the largest fireworks display will showcase the emirate as a destination and help to attract tourists, experts say.

The extravaganza marked “the end of a momentous year for Dubai in which the undeniable highlight was the UAE’s winning bid to host World Expo 2020”, said Dr Ahmad Belhoul, chief executive of Strategy and Tourism Sector Development at Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing.

He said there was no doubt about the benefits the New Year’s Eve shows would bring.

“The pyrotechnic displays at Palm Jumeirah, Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab and at Dubai Festival City all have a part to play in ensuring that Dubai is established in the minds of residents and visitors as one of the most exciting and entertaining destinations in the world in which to see in the new year,” Dr Belhoul said.

With the record-breaking display being televised around the world, he said the celebrations would “not only attract thousands of visitors to Dubai and make a significant contribution to our travel and hospitality sectors, but will also … help to attract new travellers to our city for generations to come”.

Stephan Schupbach, general manager of the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray hotel on the Palm, said the fireworks display was “fantastic” for the man-made island and the emirate. The hotel had 1,200 guests and 2,000 visitors at its various outlets to see in the new year.

“Dubai is an expensive destination but as long as we can continue to offer these kinds of events, it all helps,” Mr Schupbach said.

One family had travelled from San Francisco for just three days for the spectacular, he said.

More than 78,000 fireworks had to successfully explode to beat the record set by Kuwait last year. The crescent of the Palm alone had more than 100,000 fireworks set up, plus 300,000 spread across the island and the World Islands for the six-minute show.

Though Guinness World Record officials confirmed it was indeed the largest fireworks display in the world, its team was inspecting the sites on Wednesday to do a final count of how many fireworks exploded.

But not everyone was able to enjoy the show. Elizabeth McAllister, a resident of the Palm, encountered chaos. She bought a ticket to Sandance at Atlantis before the record attempt had been announced and in hindsight she wishes she had not.

“I drove off the Palm to go to the American University of Dubai to get the shuttle bus. I boarded the bus at 8 and by 11, was still sitting on the bus and hadn’t even passed my own house,” she said. “We’d driven 5 kilometres. We knew we weren’t even going to make it in time for the fireworks so we just got off the bus and walked to my house, but the fireworks were half an hour late so everyone had already done with celebrating by the time they went off.

“If I’d realised this was going to be happening the same night as Sandance I’d never have bought a ticket.”

The event’s choreographer, Phil Grucci, said safety was of paramount concern, which led to the show being delayed.

“There were a few traffic snags on the Palm so we erred on the side of safety and there were other shows going on at the time anyway, so we decided if we couldn’t do it at midnight we’d do it at the next available slot, 12.30, to allow for the complications to clear out.

“The first objective was that not only was it entertainment but it was safe for the people of Dubai.”

Though it took 10 months of planning, it will take only 11 days for 200 pyrotechnicians to dismantle the display.

“It was a great honour to produce what we produced last night and it’s well deserved for the people of Dubai,” Mr Grucci said.

Fireworks were also a highlight of the celebrations in Sharjah. At Al Majaz Waterfront, a laser clock counted down to midnight, with a huge display highlighting the evening for tourists and residents.


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Eida receives certificate of record

Eida receives certificate of record

13 Dec 2012

The Emirates Identity Authority (Eida) has officially received from the World Record Academy a certificate proving its possession of the world’s largest database of civil integrated biometrics within the UAE population register system.
During an official ceremony held in the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, a representative of the World Record Academy announced that the Emirates ID succeeded in gaining international recognition and achieving a record figure, the first of its kind in the world, with a total of over 103 million decimal and rolled fingerprints, prints of the palm and hand side in addition to over 15 million facial prints and digital signatures until mid of October 11.

Dr Ali Mohammed Al Khouri, Director-General of the Eida, presented this accomplishment achieved by the UAE to the prudent leadership under the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Al Khouri affirmed that this achievement of strategic dimensions to the UAE would not have been made possible without the support of General Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Shaikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor and Chairman of the Emirates Identity Authority, and without the close follow-up of Lieutenant-General Shaikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior and Deputy Chairman of the Emirates Identity Authority.

The ceremony was attended by the directors of sectors, departmental directors and directors of organizational units at the Emirates ID. — KhaleejTimes.com

World’s tallest residential tower at Dubai Marina

Gulf News Article

World’s tallest residential tower set to welcome occupants soon

The Torch in Dubai Marina overtakes Q1 Tower in Australia

At 348 metres, The Torch in Dubai Marina has won formal recognition as the world’s tallest residential tower. Dubai has got strong representation in the Emporis Standards Committee’s list of the world’s tallest residential towers.

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