On December 31, the skyline of Dubai will be lit up with a host of impressive fireworks displays, as the city becomes one of the world's premier locations in which to mark the end of 2013.
The festivities will centre around the iconic landmarks of the city, including Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, The Palm Jumeirah and Atlantis the Palm.
Since its opening in 2010, the celebrations at Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, have been shown around the world – and this year will be no different, with the images joined by those of a spectacular show which will use the coastline of Dubai as the stage for a breathtaking display, beginning shortly before midnight and lasting for more than 20 minutes.
Organizers are optimistic that the extraordinary pyrotechnic displays will be the culmination of a string of successes and celebrations for the UAE, following Dubai's recent World Expo 2020 win and the country's commemoration of its 42nd National Day anniversary.
The show will start with an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the ‘Largest Fireworks Display', a six-minute display choreographed across the whole of The Palm Jumeirah and the islands of The World.
The World Record breaking attempt will cover a distance of nearly 100-kilometres of seafront and feature 450,000 colourful fireworks and a series of scenes designed exclusively for the show and set to a musical soundtrack designed for the event. Visible from vantage points across Dubai, all hotels on The Palm Jumeirah will be hosting parties and events to celebrate their involvement in the world record attempt.
As the six-minute world-record attempt concludes, a 15-minute display covering Jumeirah beach will commence, with the Burj Al Arab, Madinat Jumeirah and Jumeirah Beach Hotel as the stunning backdrop.
While the world-record attempt is taking place, in Downtown Dubai residents and visitors will be able to enjoy fireworks cascading down Burj Khalifa. The best locations to enjoy the fireworks include Burj Park, an island overlooking Burj Khalifa, set on Burj Lake or the Waterfront Promenade lining The Dubai Mall; Burj Plaza; Emaar Boulevard; and other areas in Downtown Dubai.
The shows, and the numerous other events that will take place across Dubai on the 31st, including a fireworks and water and light show at Dubai Festival City, will create a city-wide spectacular and a memorable occasion for residents and visitors.