More than two billion people all over the world were wowed by an astonishing pyrotechnics display on the tallest building on the planet on New Year’s Eve.

The New Year was rung in by the show, which was staged by Emaar, Burj Khalifa’s master developer.

Lights, sounds, a synchronised fountain show and even animation were used to transform the Burj Khalifa to take viewers on an incredible journey at the commencement of a new decade.

After the clock struck midnight, the skyline of Downtown Dubai was filled with colour and fireworks for a record-breaking show that lasted eight minutes and 43 seconds.

The longest consecutive display of fireworks in the history of New Year’s Eve shows at Burj Khalifa was witnessed by residents and tourists lucky enough to see the show, with 1,371 kilograms of fireworks used in total over 207 firing locations.

Emaar conceptualised the show to symbolise the commencement of a new decade in the United Arab Emirates, with a fountain show, music compositions and animations shown on the LED facade of the Burj Khalifa.

More than one million onlookers were welcomed to the much-anticipated event to see 15,000 expertly choreographed fireworks, with all pyrotechnics having been manufactured and chosen specifically for this show and genuinely unique.

The Dubai Fountain Show was also the celebrations’ longest ever since launching back in 2009, making the water-music spectacle even more prestigious.

The show, which is internationally famous and attracts tourists from all over the world, took 160 hours over the course of four weeks to fully choreograph.

113.5 kilolitres of water were featured in the air at the same time, released by an incredible 1,137 water shooters and complemented by as many as 6,612 lights.

Regional art, culture and music were referenced in certain aspects of the show.

Prior to midnight, the Burj Khalifa animations saw the tower transformed into the traditional Oud instrument, strumming to an arabesque melody, followed by a beautiful collection of blossoming flowers.

GCC flags were also displayed on the iconic monument’s facade to celebrate the bond that exists between the nations.

This year, people from all over the world were allowed to have their own New Year wish shown on the Burj Khalifa’s LED facade after unprecedented demand.

Tens of thousands of social media users were reached by the Burj Wishes campaigns, which was staged by Emaar and TikTok in a continuation of the brands’ close relationship.

The managing director of Emaar Properties, Ahmad Matrooshi, says that Emaar is proud to have hosted and produced the event and that the company’s vision for the 2020s is to continue to drive innovation and progression into a prosperous future.

Emaar NYE 2020 was among the most-watched celebrations telecasts in the world.

Anyone who is interested in travelling to Dubai for next year’s show, or for any other reason, should take out travel insurance beforehand.

Travel insurance helps protect against the financial consequences of unexpected events such as cancelled flights and lost luggage.


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