Dubai has entered the Guinness Book of World Records following a dazzling firework extravaganza to see in the New Year.
As part of the largest ever display, fireworks were launched from some 400 points along the shoreline of the emirate, centred over the Palm Jumeirah and The World islands.
To a rousing musical soundtrack, the elaborately choreographed event saw over 400,000 fireworks released into the skies over the top tourism destination.
Among the highlights were a ‘flying falcon’ and a ten kilometre wide ‘sunrise’ scene spread along the Palm Jumeirah seafront.
A 30,000 square metre United Arab Emirates flag was also seen in the skies over Dubai, the largest pyrotechnic flag ever displayed.
Mohamad Hadla, general manager, Rixos The Palm, Dubai
As many as 200 technicians have been working for weeks in the build up to the record attempt, with more than one million watching on the ground.
Mohamad Hadla, general manager, Rixos The Palm, Dubai, top left, was on hand to witness the celebrations
The annual Burj Khalifa firework display in Downtown also took place shortly before midnight and lasted 20 minutes.
Erkan Yildirim, centre, from hotel giant Rixos, joins the event in Dubai
The display completes a strong 2013 for Dubai.
Feras Dahlan, head of the organising committee for the 2014 Dubai world record attempt, enjoys the event
A resurgent tourism market has been met by multi-billion dollar orders from airline Emirates, while the destination was also selected to host Expo 2020 with the promise of billions of dollars of infrastructure investment.