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Watch: Burj Khalifa breaks Guinness World Record

1.5 million people are expected to be in the area around Burj Khalifa this New Year's Eve to watch the show. 

This year’s festivities, will be a bit different, with Emaar replacing the fireworks with a light show. 

As the clock chimed 12, Burj Khalifa came alive with the most spectacular laser show that triggered a collective gasp from thousands gathered here. It also establish a new Guinness World record for the largest laser light and sound show on one single structure.

The world's tallest tower was bathed in dazzling laser lights in a dynamic dance synchronized with music. The 10-minute laser show began with a display of 2018 being Year of Zayed and went on to display the symbols of the nation - The UAE flag, the falcon in flight and the Arabic language - all to fanfare music and razzmatazz.

Incase you missed it, check this out

 


1.05am

The clean up crew has arrived!

The clean up crew get's to work while people continue to celebrate outside Burj Park, Dubai.


1am

People are the only thing moving on Shaikh Zayed Road, at ad hoc crossing point near Dubai Mall metro footbridge.


12.40am

RTA is in coordination with Dubai Police and will be managing the traffic movement on Sheikh Zayed Road to allow for the pedestrians to cross to the area opposite Burj Khalifa. 

Designated areas have been assigned near Burj Khalifa and Business Bay Metro Stations in addition to a third crossing below Dubai Water Canal Bridge.

To ease your exit from Burj Khalifa area after the end of celebrations, RTA Dubai provided 55 buses on Financial Centre Road, to transport passengers to Jafiliya & Deira City Centre Metro station and the designated parking areas at Al Eid Musala in Mankhool Area and Al Wasl Club.

RTA also provided 90 buses on Sheikh Zayed Road direction Dubai, to transport the passengers to Jaflya and Deira City Centre Metro station and the designated  parking areas at Al Eid Musala in Mankhool and Al Wasl Club.

110 buses ready in Downtown to carry people back to different Parking areas.

Other busses are heading to Al Wasl Club, Al Jafliya, Al Mankhoul, and Dubai Water Canal.


12.25am

Burj Khalifa laser and light show breaks new Guinness World recor

There was deafening applause as the excited crowds cheered, whistled and clapped many hugging their legs loved ones , ushering in 2018 with this grand light and sound show. Read full story


12am

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If you choose to stay at home to watch the show instead, you will be pleased to know that there will be live streaming of the event here

If you want to read about fireworks, check out our live coverage of the rest of the UAE here.

Here are 13 places to watch fireworks in the UAE for New Year's Eve 


11.45pm

The Burj Khalifa has gone dark

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11.35pm

The lights around the Burj Khalifa to be switched off in next ten minutes


11.30pm

People's social media photos now being displayes on a large screen at Burj Park

Burj Khalifa


11.11pm

Another countdown at the Burj Khalifa

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Another close up of the Burj Khalifa

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10.25pm

Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai sends out a special tweet wishing everyone a happy New Year by reciting an Arabic poem.

"One of the most beautiful years is gone...Bye bye my beautiful memories" he says.


10.12pm

Dubai Police stationed all over the area to ensure safety

Dubai Police

Police DUbai in Downtown


10pm

Crowds sing along to popular songs as they wait for the Burj countdown.


9.45pm

The countdown is every 15 minutes on the Burj Khalifa. 


9.35pm

It is becoming more crowded by the minute

Dubai Mall Crowd

Crowded


9.25pm 

The lively atmosphere continues around the Burj Khalifa. One reader shows us the view from the top.


9.05pm

Three hours to go! The countdown begins on the Burj Khalifa. 

 

Dubai Mall Diners

Dubai Mall diners are enjoying their unobstructed view of the Burj Khalifa spectacle.

Thousands of restaurant and mall staff are working round the clock. Despite the big party buzz it's business as usual downtown.


8.55pm

Resident Nader Smair is watching the epic show from an appartment in Downtown Dubai. This is the view from the top.

Burj Khalifa


8.45pm

People have brought along mats and pillows to camp out opposite the Burj Khalifa ahead of midnight festivities.

Burj Khalifa


8.27pm

Refreshment stalls have been set up at various spots in Downtown Dubai for Nee Year’s Eve celebrations.


8.10pm

Crowd near Burj Plaza has now overflowed onto Mohammad Bin Rashid Boulevard. As the streets are closed to cars, people are walking freely on some sections of the boulevard. 


7.55pm

Some visitors trying to get through alleys for closer look at Burj Khalifa - but getting turned away by security.

Police officers on bicycles at the Burj Park! 


7.40pm 

Everything is ready and set in place for Burj Khalifa to break the Guinness World Records with a spectacular laser show.


7.30pm

Here's a quick weather and traffic update for all those planning to head out on New Year's Eve

It's cold and roads are blocked.


7.15pm

Check out the side view of the Burj Khlifa. It's wearing it's regular look, so make sure you get a front view.


7.06pm

Dubai fountain entertains the waiting crowd

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6.37pm

Traffic on Shaikh Zayed Road is very heavy.

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Currently this is how the Burj Khalifa looks

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Some residents will enjoy the show from their apartments in Downtown Dubai

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6.25pm

The crowd continues to fill into Burj Park

Motorists urged to park at alternative parking areas and catch a free bus to Downtown Dubai. 170 buses shuttling revellers to and from Downtown.

A large screen has been set up for people to watch the light show.

A large screen has been set up for people to watch the light show

Lights on! The Burj Khalifa New Year's Eve celebrations have begun. 


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