The United Arab Emirates ushered in 2018 with two world records and an international pop star partying the night away with thousands of holidaymakers.
All these happened on top of the fabulous gala dinners that happened across various world-class properties in the country, including the Atlantis The Palm, the Burj Al Arab, Bulgari Resorts and Residences, Emirates Palace and many more.
Can any other destination do it better? With the following highlights, you certainly would know where to party next New Year’s Eve.
1. Ras Al Khaimah stuns the world with the largest aerial firework shell ever.
Al Marjan Island in Ras Al Khaimah has been a well-loved site for New Year’s Eve revelries in recent years—but as it welcomed 2018, it remarkably outdid itself by a hundredfold with a world-record-breaking fireworks spectacle.
Highly acclaimed pyrotechnic genius Phil Grucci of Fireworks by Grucci produced and directed the amazing show.
With almost 1,100 kg of fireworks lining the coast, Al Marjan Island launched over 390 “comet stars” onto the sky, blanketing Ras Al Khaimah in a sparkling burst of colours.
Choreographed to seven chapters and set to global music by 14 renowned composers, the show splashed glittering chrysanthemums, butterflies and low-level swimming comets and fish up in the air and onto the nightsky, representing the island’s remarkable ties with nature.
The light spectacle went on, further highlighting the islands with huge fans of comets, golden willows and green vines.
After around 10 minutes of non-stop aerial wonders, the sky fell dark and silent and everything stopped as Ras Al Khaimah braced for its new world record.
A 10-second countdown lighted up the sky before a giant canopy of gold made its way up. A single golden streak climbed up in the air at a height of 1,100 metres and burst into a 1-kilometre-wide, ruby-tipped firework shell that rained down the island.
This aerial firework shell was the largest the world has ever seen. It trumped the 2014 record set by the Kounosu fireworks festival in Japan that launched a firework at a height of 907 metres and with a diameter of 748 metres.
2. Dubai broke a World Record with Light Up 2018.
Doing away with the usual fireworks display, Downtown Dubai rang in the New Year with a Guinness World Record for the largest light and sound show on a single building.
“Light Up 2018” on the Burj Khalifa covered a surface area of 109,252 square metres, more than double of the record set by Hong Kong on the ICC Building in 2013.
Beams of colour from the world’s tallest building shot through the sky and pulsated across Downtown Dubai where thousands have gathered to celebrate NYE.
The crowd watched in awe as the LED show paid tribute to the nation, showcasing its success, heritage and vision for the future. It also marked 2018 as the Year of Zayed, the founding father of the UAE.
3. Katy Perry starred in Abu Dhabi’s NYE bash.
International pop sensation Katy Perry led the country’s biggest year-end party in Abu Dhabi with a concert that drew tens of thousands of revelers.
Katy tailored the concert herself for the UAE, performing her latest and most popular hits like Chained to the Rhythm, Dark Horse, Hot n Cold and Thinking of You.
Just as the year came to a close and the countdown began, Fireworks started to play and everybody in the crowd lost it—outstanding performance by one of the world’s most loved superstars combined with a grand fireworks spectacle, what better way to end the year?
Khaleej Times: “Ras Al Khaimah begins new year with a world record”
The National: Tens of thousands turn out for New Year’s Eve laser show in Dubai
Khaleej Times: “Katy Perry gives fans an unforgettable NYE experience in Abu Dhabi”
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Flash Entertainment for Katy Perry’s photo