Dubai Celebrates New Year’s Eve with Record-Breaking Firework Displays [SLIDESHOW]

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The Dubai skyline will be lit up with a host of firework displays on Dec. 31 to mark the end of 2013. The festivities will center around the iconic landmarks of the city including Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, The Palm Jumeirah and Atlantis the Palm.

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The celebrations at Burj Khalifa will be joined by a fireworks show beginning shortly before midnight, and last for more than 20 minutes. The pyrotechnic display follows Dubai’s recent World Expo 2020 win and the country’s commemoration of its 42nd National Day anniversary.

The show will begin with attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the “Largest Fireworks Display,” a six-minute display choreographed across the entire Palm Jumeirah and the islands of The World. The record-breaking attempt will cover a distance of nearly 62 miles of seafront and include 450,000 fireworks and a series of scenes designed exclusively for the show and set to a musical soundtrack 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.

The world-record attempt concludes with a 15-minute display covering more than a half-mile stretch of the Jumeirah beach.

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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.

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