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Emaar's NYE spectacular was world's most-watched

The Dubai-based property developer hosted a mammoth fireworks and laser show in Emaar Square.

An LED screen lit up the facade of the Burj Khalifa on NYE 2015
An LED screen lit up the facade of the Burj Khalifa on NYE 2015

Downtown Dubai's New Year’s Eve Gala, staged by Emaar Properties, was the world's most-watched New Year's Eve display.

A huge LED screen wrapped around the Burj Khalifa lit up Emaar Square, along with light and laser beam displays and a dazzling six minute fireworks show.

The gala event also clinched the Guinness World Records title for the World’s Largest LED-Illuminated Façade on Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.

The event was also the most-attended to date in the region, with more than one million people filling Burj Park, Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard and The Dubai Mall’s waterfront promenade.

It was live streamed on www.youtube.com/DowntownDubai, with four different camera angles including an aerial view from three drones, and live feeds were broadcast over international channels reaching billions of people around the world.

Ahmad Al Matrooshi, managing director of Emaar Properties, said: "The Downtown Dubai New Year’s Eve Gala is a symbol of Dubai’s positivity and its ability to inspire, unite and bring happiness to people from around the world.

"The celebration brings hope and joy for a better tomorrow and a promising new era of growth here in Dubai, a global city that provides the opportunity and environment for business and personal growth.

"With this year’s gala that also won Dubai a Guinness World Records title, we are saluting the visionary outlook of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council.

"The event complements their vision to establish Dubai as a cohesive, happy, empowered and smart city that welcomes the world and serves as a global hub for business, culture and leisure.”

The LED-illuminated façade spanned 32,467m2, surpassing the existing record held by Mall Taman Anggrek in Indonesia, with the LED screen area around Burj Khalifa nearly 3.75 times larger.

The display had 70,000 LED bulbs held in position with more than 100,000 brackets and linked using 55,000m of cabling.

Around 200 professionals spent 192,000 hours working on the project. Over 4.7 tonnes of fireworks were used, with 25,000 metre of cabling responsible for setting off 25,000 shots over six minutes, some from the top spire of the 830m building.

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