Dubai ushers in 2015 with style

Downtown Dubai NYE Gala sets Guinness World Record for Largest LED-Illuminated Facade
Live streaming of the event reached billions of people across the world.
Live streaming of the event reached billions of people across the world.

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The Downtown Dubai New Year’s Eve Gala, organised by Emaar Properties, set history last week by clinching the Guinness World Records title for the ‘Largest LED-Illuminated Façade’ on Burj Khalifa.

A team from Guinness World Records adjudicated the preparations for the event and awarded the honour for the impressive wrapping of the world’s tallest building with LED panels, spanning a total area of 32,467 sq metres.

This surpassed the existing record held by Mall Taman Anggrek in Indonesia, with the LED screen area around Burj Khalifa nearly 3.75 times larger.

The record-breaking LED display featured an impressive 70,000 LED panels, placed in position using over 100,000 brackets and linked seamlessly using 55,000 metres of cabling for the perfect visual display.

On New Year’s Eve, the façade played host to a multimedia display highlighting the rich heritage of Dubai, alongside laser beams that lit up the entire Downtown neighbourhood, The Dubai Fountain dancing to the rhythm of world music, and - of course - the magnificent fireworks atop Burj Khalifa.

Over 4.7 tonnes of fireworks were used for the fireworks display with 25,000 shots lighting up the sky. The perfectly synchronised fireworks used over 25,000 metres of cabling, some rising up to tip of Burj Khalifa’s spire for the crowning effect.

In order to pull off the spectacular show, around 200 professionals from around the world worked on the project, with over 192,000 man-hours devoted to the gala.

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