WATCH: Dubai welcomes 2020 with fireworks from world’s tallest building

DUBAI – More than two billion people around the world tuned in to watch a pyrotechnic show on the world’s tallest building ringing in 2020. 

The Burj Khalifa was transformed through animation, light, sounds and a synchronized fountain show.

When the clock struck midnight, the Downtown Dubai skyline was filled with a flurry of fireworks and colour for record-breaking eight-minute and forty-three seconds long show. 

The show featured a total of 1,371 kg of fireworks, which were placed across a colossal 207 firing locations.

To mark the dawn of a new decade, the show on Burj Khalifa was conceptualized by Emaar. Every second of the show was as enchanting as previously billed and incorporated fireworks, animations on the Burj Khalifa LED façade, music compositions and a fountain show.

One million people watched in Downtown Dubai to witness 15,000 choreographed fireworks showcasing 48 pyrotechnic patterns.

All pyrotechnic effects were specially selected and manufactured for the show, ensuring the unique fireworks designs and effects were truly one-of-a-kind.

Celebrations also included the longest ever Dubai Fountain Show since the fountains launched in 2009. 

The show featured 113.5 kilolitres of water in the air at one time, released from 1,137 water shooters, and 6,612 lights.

Some aspects of the show referenced regional culture, art and music. 

Before the clock struck twelve, animations on the Burj Khalifa transformed the tower into the traditional Oud instrument and strummed to the beat of an arabesque melody, followed by an ensemble of blossoming flowers. Flags from GCC countries were shown on the façade to celebrate the bond between those nations.

Emaar NYE 2020 was one of the world’s most-watched New Year’s Eve celebrations telecast live globally and live-streamed.