Dubai display tops ‘must-watch’ global fireworks' list

DMI feed to channels across the world to bring event ‘live’ to millions

If fireworks are your thing, several cities across the world are vying for the best big bang welcome to 2013.

If you live in the UAE, however, you are more than lucky.

Dubai is being rated as one of the top cities in the world to welcome the New Year with the most dazzling fireworks display.

Sydney will kick off the wave of displays welcoming in 2013, but rated next on the global pyrotechnics must-watch list are Dubai, Moscow and London.

In Rio de Janeiro, authorities have promised a bumper 16-minute, 24-tonne display opposite Copacabana Beach and fireworks will cap a mammoth party at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate featuring the Pet Shop Boys, Bonnie Tyler and Blue.

Dubai Media Incorporated (DMI) will transmit the New Year’s eve celebrations exclusively across its TV and media channels, providing a ‘live’ feed to various international channels across the world.

The coverage will start at 6 pm UAE time and will continue till 12.30 am.

Ahmed Al Mansouri, Director General of TV channels at DMI said that DMI channels will give an opportunity to millions of people across the world to watch the celebrations ‘live’.

The New Year’s eve celebrations will be launched from Downtown Dubai, with a variety of activities which begins with a live performance by The Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.

Khalifa Hamad Abu Shahab, Director, Sama Dubai TV, said the channel will expand its coverage for the celebrations.

The channel will also shed light on the most important sporting achievements of the UAE, the most important events the Arab world, a special report on preparations of Burj Khalifa and a series of meetings with artists and writers and poets. 

Major fireworks will light up the Thames in London, Moscow's Red Square and Kremlin and Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour, as well as central Kuala Lumpur, Taipei, Stockholm, Amsterdam and cities across China.

Revellers in New York will celebrate the stroke of midnight with the traditional New Year's Eve ball drop over Times Square.

Seoul will usher in 2013 with a ritual ringing of the city's 15th-century bronze bell 33 times, reflecting the ancient practice of marking a new year.

Elsewhere in the South Korean capital, including the glitzy Gangnam district made famous by YouTube sensation Psy, there will be fireworks, concerts and street parties. Psy himself will be performing in New York.

Millions of well-wishers will visit temples and shrines in Japan for "ninen-mairi" two-year prayers and gather at family homes to feast on soba noodles and watch the New Year variety show "Kohaku Uta Gassen" or the Red and White Song Contest.

Up to 40 percent of Japan's TV audience watch the four-hour programme, which features established acts and J-Pop stars.

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