Dubai, ever present in the unofficial worldwide competition as the world?s #1 tourist destination, will make a claim this New Year?s Eve for the title of ?World?s Largest Fireworks Display.? Dubai is at the top of numerous ?most? lists that have the topic of luxury in mind, now it can claim to have the best fireworks display in the world. Staged by New York fireworks masters Grucci, an attempt will be made to enter the Guinness Book of World Records, under a new category for ?largest and most artistically detailed fireworks display? according to a spokesperson for the event. This is sure to be a spectacular display that will be set up at 25 locations along the independent emirate?s beaches and will be coordinated with a piano concerto.
Sydney?s fireworks display over Sydney Harbor are perhaps the most famous in the world. Sydney often serves as the official New Year?s Day kickoff due to its location geographically on the planet. Most can claim to have seen images of fireworks exploding spectacularly with the Sydney Harbor Bridge in the background, whether in person or from taped broadcasts of the display. This year?s event also promises to be a stupendous affair culminating in the Midnight Fireworks Display consisting of 12 minutes of nonstop pyrotechnics with some 30,000 effects fired from barges, 8 city buildings, and the famous bridge itself. Dubai will have tough competition from Sydney if the emirate is to claim ?world?s best fireworks display.?
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
The best fireworks display in the United States is not in New York, though that city can claim the largest New Year?s Eve celebrations. The best fireworks displays are annually staged in Las Vegas along the world-famous Strip. Pyrotechnic display company Grucci, Inc., will be kept busy coordinating displays in Dubai and Las Vegas. The display on the Strip is truly a spectacular sight to behold with the mammoth casino-hotels serving as a backdrop to the enormous display, said to consist of over $500,000 worth of pyrotechnics (of course that figure doesn?t include the fee from Grucci). Las Vegas is never a more glittering city than on New Year?s Eve.
The famous Tower Bridge serves as another world-famous backdrop to a spectacular New Year?s Eve fireworks display. Starting in 2004, the fireworks have been set off from the London Eye, a Ferris Wheel spanning 135 meters that was built to commemorate the millennium in 2000. The 15-minute display kicks off after Big Ben chimes midnight. Over 150,000 people gather at the shores of the River Thames to view the show in person, but the display is viewable throughout London. London is another city that claims the title of ?best New Year?s Eve fireworks display in the world? according to London mayor Ken Livingstone.
Prague, Czech Republic
An often-overlooked but well-deserving world capital that can list itself among the world?s best New Year?s Eve fireworks displays is Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. Much of the celebration here is unscripted and carried out by residents of Prague. Part of the fireworks celebration here includes those set off by residents throughout the city, culminating with residents firing them off in Old Town Square, a rarity in these modern times of pyrotechnic legislation. A professional display is put on along River Vltava and is viewable from Charles Bridge, Petrin Hill, anywhere near Prague Castle, and from numerous restaurant terraces on the river.