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Burj Khalifa to ring in 2011

(Staff Reporter) / 28 December 2010

This New Year’s Eve, the place to be in is Dubai, as the city’s ‘Global Icon,’ Burj Khalifa rings in 2011 with unprecedented spectacular celebrations.

Celebrations that will elevate the city to the league of the world’s most sought-after destinations for celebrations ringing in the new year.

In the proud tradition of the gala celebrations marked around iconic structures such as the Sydney Opera House, Paris Eiffel Tower and at New York Times Square, Dubai is welcoming the world with the Burj Khalifa New Year’s Eve Gala.

“The Burj Khalifa New Year’s Eve gala is our tribute to the celebratory spirit of Dubai, home to over 200 nationalities, and a truly global city. The celebrations will put the international spotlight on the city, and drive the destination as the must-visit place for New Year’s Eve celebrations,” said Ahmad Al Matrooshi, Managing Director, Emaar Properties.

Also marking the first anniversary of Burj Khalifa, the New Year’s Eve Gala has a mystique theme that encompasses the entire Downtown Dubai community, the 500-acre mega development by Emaar, described as ‘The Centre of Now.’

At the heart of the flourishing lifestyle community is Burj Khalifa, which will usher in the New Year with a colourful countdown followed by a laser-fireworks-lights spectacle. Flagging off the celebrations is a fire-water performance of The Dubai Fountain, the world’s tallest performing fountain overlooking Burj Khalifa.

The Dubai Fountain will sway to the rhythm of world music, with fire flames and water jets in harmonious flutter, creating a spellbinding effect on viewers. As the countdown for the New Year begins, the Downtown Dubai community will be enveloped with lights and lasers effects. Large television panels will display the countdown, and the New Year will be ushered in with a dazzling fireworks-laser-lights display atop Burj Khalifa – marking it as the world’s highest fireworks celebration for the New Year.

Music, specially composed for the event, will add to the surreal ambience, offering spectators a never-before-experienced New Year’s Eve gala. The celebration will continue for another hour with The Dubai Fountain performing continuously to a range of world and Arabic music.  Party lovers can continue the celebration by heading to At the Top, Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest observation deck with an outdoor terrace, where they can enjoy panoramic night views of the city and beyond.

The Burj Khalifa New Year’s Eve gala is open for the public, who can enjoy the celebrations from Burj Park, an island overlooking Burj Khalifa, and set on the Burj Lake.

They can also view the sparkling extravaganza from the Waterfront Promenade lining the adjacent Dubai Mall. 

The celebrations for New Year’s Eve will start way ahead with the television screens, erected in strategic locations, also relaying the New Year’s Eve celebrations from around the world. 

New Year spectacle at Burj Khalifa free on TV

Those who are willing to spend their New Year’s eve in the cosy comforts of their living room can tune in to Dubai TV for the live broadcast of Dubai’s spectacle to ring in the New Year.

Dubai Media Incorporated (DMI) has announced that it will broadcast live the scintillating firework display and water show from the iconic Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, through its three channels Dubai TV, Sama Dubai and Dubai One.

Viewers would also be able to follow the event live on the DMI website www.dmi.ae/newyear, as well as download a free transmission signal. With its unique central geographical location, Dubai will be perfectly positioned at at 20:00 GMT  (Dubai GMT+4) to ring-in the New Year right in the middle of the global sequence after Sydney, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Mumbai, and before Moscow, Paris, London and New York.

The impressive fireworks display will last for three minutes commencing at 19:59:50GMT. The display will be preceded by a five-minute fire, water, and laser show on the Dubai Fountain, the world’s tallest musical performing fountain, situated at the foot of Burj Khalifa. Dubai’s fireworks display, four hours after Hong Kong and three hours before central Europe will neatly complement broadcasters’ programmes carrying the New Year celebrations from the world capitals.


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