Whether or not you were there to catch the record-breaking Downtown New Year’s Eve spectacular, you’ve got another three months to bathe in the glow of that awesome LED show.
The end-of-year spectacular was watched locally by more than a million awe-struck New Year’s revellers, with millions more tuning into the live telecast. For those who missed it, or want to see it again, the show *shamelessly borrows 2018 relevant song lyric* will go on.
Yes – we have a full three months to fully appreciate a slightly shortened version of Emaar’s nuanced light and laser show that boasts two Guinness World Records –(‘Largest LED-illuminated façade’ and the ‘Tallest LED-illuminated façade.’)
The 9,400 fireworks (with a combined weight of 1.5 tons) that were set off as clocks struck midnight will not play a part in the ongoing nightly performances. Probably for the best, there is a natural threshold for the amount of ‘oooh’ and ‘ahhh’ a human jaw can take. The Dubai Fountain, however, will be called in to reprise its supporting role.
See a mini version of the Emaar NYE 2019 gala show until 5th January. 7pm and 9pm on Wednesday; 8pm, 9pm and 10pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
From the 8th January to 31st March, the gala will be shown once daily Tuesday to Saturday, along with two other light shows from the much-loved back catalogue of the Burj Khalifa. Tuesday and Wednesday at 7.15pm, 8pm and 9.15pm; Thursday to Saturday at 6.45pm, 8pm and 9.45pm.
What will we see?
The theme for the eight-minute long display was ‘time and progression,’ marking the transition into 2019 and The UAE Year of Tolerance. The visuals celebrate Dubai’s heritage but also salute its future, with a nod to its Martian explorations ambitions. In keeping with the sentiments of tolerance, openness and connectedness, messages of ‘Happy New Year’ appeared in Arabic, English and Chinese characters.
How NYE went down (and up) in the rest of the UAE
Meanwhile, in Ras Al Khaimah…
RAK had to go big to follow last year’s record-breaking spectacular climax of the ‘largest aerial shell.’ More than 100,000 people got to see another NYE firework Guinness World Record double feature, on Al Marjan Island. The 13-minute display employed the world’s longest chain of fireworks, at 4.6 kilometres, using 11,284 streamers, woosh bangs and whoop whoops (not official terminology). It was also the longest straight line of fireworks, with pyrotechnics covering a 13 km area.
The enthusiastic smashing of records was complimented by a 200-piece SkyMagic drone show, with a wing-spreading falcon as the show-stopper. Boom, well done RAK!
Meanwhile, in Abu Dhabi…
More record-breaking NYE shenanigans went down in our capital with ‘the longest sentence spelt with fireworks’ (they went with the conventionally appropriate ‘Happy New Year 2019,’ in case you were wondering). At the capital’s Corniche, a 10-minute show of glitz, fizz bang and glamour was visible around Abu Dhbai. There were also water displays, laser shows and music concerts (including one by local hero Eida Al Menhali) at the Sheikh Zayed Heritage Festival.
Meanwhile, in Sharjah…
Al Majaz Waterfront had its own firework show to see in the new year. Whilst we can’t confirm if there were any records broken this end of town (which is a shame because if you say ‘Al Majaz records’ out loud, the headline practically writes itself), spectators enjoyed magnificent eyeful. The patriotic bursts of national colours were beautifully framed by the area’s picturesque setting. Elsewhere in the emirate, Al Noor Island, also let off a pleasing display of skyward bangers. Which means we can comfortably say – you’re looking good Sharjah and happy 2019.