Dubai scales new record

The opening of more than 800-metre high Burj Dubai will form the highlight of the festivities marking Accession Day. (ASHOK VERMA)

A new iconic world record by Dubai will be inaugurated today by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

As part of his fourth accession anniversary, Sheikh Mohammed will open Burj Dubai, the world's tallest building, before a crowd of thousands, in a ceremony watched live by an estimated audience of two billion people worldwide.

Celebrations marking Sheikh Mohammed's accession as Ruler of Dubai have already begun and the inauguration of the more than 800-metre high Burj Dubai, will form the highlight of the festivities.

A combination of fireworks, light beams, choreographed water displays, and sound and music effects will describe the evolution of the world's most iconic new building in a breathtaking sensory journey.

The entire inauguration show consists of a pre-show and three themed acts – From the Desert Flower to Burj Dubai, Heart Beat, and From Dubai and the UAE to the World – and a firework finale. A giant screen on Burj Park Island, as well as several television screens placed across Downtown Burj Dubai including the Waterfront Promenade, will broadcast the inauguration real-time. Hundreds of international and local media, including Dubai TV, will report the event live.

A short film will be shown followed by an integrated display of fountain performances, fireworks and searchlight beams that tell the story of Burj Dubai, from concept to reality.

The inauguration's crowning moment will be a spectacular firework display conducted on and around the tower illuminating the entire Downtown Burj Dubai area.

A festive atmosphere will mark Downtown Burj Dubai throughout the day on January 4, with a variety of activities taking place themed on UAE culture and heritage, including traditional music and theatre.

 

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