First-of-its-kind illuminated LED facade on Burj Khalifa on New Year’s Eve 2015

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New Year's Celebrations 2012 Downtown DubaiOn New Year’s Eve 2015, the 828-metre high facade of Burj Khalifa will feature an illuminated LED screen that projects a mesmerising show to complement the world’s most-awaited and most-watched fireworks spectacle that will mark the dawn of 2015 in unprecedented splendour.

Downtown Dubai New Year’s Eve Gala, by global developer Emaar Properties, is set to be the grandest yet with a breath-taking six-part firework, laser and light show that sweeps through Downtown Dubai, while the LED screen wrapped around Burj Khalifa is billed to create one of the world’s brightest illuminations to date. The astounding spectacle will use the world’s most advanced pyrotechnics and LED illumination technology.

Welcoming millions of visitors for the live event and watched by billions globally through live satellite feeds, online viewers can also choose from four different camera angles to watch the livestreaming on www.youtube.com/DowntownDubai The visual display, a rich tribute to Dubai, its leadership, and the UAE’s 43 years of impressive achievements on the Burj Khalifa LED screen, will create a magical and unforgettable experience for spectators before and after the much-awaited countdown. Custom-engineered for Burj Khalifa, the concept of this year’s LED display and fireworks is to present Burj Khalifa as a ‘living entity’ befitting its epithets of ‘A Virtual City’ and ‘A Living Wonder.’ The six-part display will highlight the innovative and dynamic architecture of the world’s tallest building with a never-before pyrotechnic design.

Ahmad Al Matrooshi, Managing Director of Emaar Properties, said: “The Downtown Dubai New Year’s Eve Gala has defined its credentials in a short span of time as the world’s most-watched New Year’s Eve spectacle surpassing the visitor turnout at celebrations in New York, Sydney and London. With visitors from all over the world arriving to join in the festivities, the event has become a defining spectacle that adds to the pride of Dubai. This year, the celebrations will be grandest to date with an unprecedented array of fascinating pyrotechnics and the world’s first-of-its-kind LED illumination on Burj Khalifa. With the festive event, we are underlining the positivity of Dubai, a city that brings hope, cheer and optimism to people in the region and across the world.” Gold and silver strobe light effects will illuminate the tower in the first act, which will be complemented by fireworks displays from across buildings in Downtown Dubai illuminating the Dubai sky in a wash of brilliance. The second act will dress Burj Khalifa in colourful rings and volcanic waves, lending the tower a rainbow effect with the displays scaling up and down the 828 metres high building.

The third act creates a constellation of twinkling golden stars in a glitter of pink resembling a shower of stars over Downtown Dubai, while the next will feature a wave of cyclonic light effects enveloping the tower. The final two acts will be the crescendo, with quivering light sequins covering Burj Khalifa, before the final countdown begins for a never-before-seen spectacle. The highest manmade point on earth will become home to a million stars in this brilliant finale.

Visitors to Downtown Dubai can watch the spectacle from various vantage points in Burj Park as well as Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard. Visitors are recommended to take public transport to arrive at the venue, with the Roads & Transport Authority planning to extend the operational hours of the Dubai Metro. Tourists and Dubai residents can make the celebration even more memorable by choosing from over 100 festive experiences across 42 venues of Emaar Hospitality Group. More details on the wide variety of New Year’s Eve events can be accessed at www.myfestivedubai.com Downtown Dubai New Year’s Eve Gala is the flagship celebration in Emaar’s mega-development described as ‘The Centre of Now.’ The event had reached over 2.5 billion people last year through live telecast in addition to millions converging in Burj Park for a family carnival to usher in the New Year.

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