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The downtown area of Dubai saw record numbers of revellers turn out to see in the New Year with a number of expatriates among them.
Each year this part of the city holds a gala and for the first time an estimated 1.7 million people turned out, according to official sources.
That is more than the one million who graced Times Square in New York and Dubai’s celebrations were also screened to more than two billion people via 1,000 television channels.
Mohamed Alabbar, chairman of Emaar Properties and Dubai Events Council, said: “The event underlines the positive vision that Dubai upholds by serving as a beacon of hope for people and highlighting the happiness and robust outlook that the city brings.”
Fireworks were set off in an amazing show from the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the city, as locals, visitors and expats joined together in celebration.
The Prague Philharmonic Orchestra played a synchronised live show as the fireworks exploded, with everything perfectly choreographed.
There were also a number of other firework shows in the city, but the biggest was reserved for the huge party downtown, which had seen many guests arriving hours in advance to get a good spot.
One of the most amazing places in Dubai to watch the event was from the Atmosphere restaurant, situated on the 122nd floor of the 2,716 foot tower.
Here a window table on New Year’s Eve came to 16,000 Emirati dirhams (£2,667) per person, but would certainly have been an experience to remember.
It was the opening of the Burj Khalifa in 2010 which brought focus to this part of Dubai for New Year celebrations and it has been growing ever since.
The area is now starting to build a reputation as a great place to mark the occasion and many expats may wish to invite friends out to enjoy it with them in future years.
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