Dubai Fireworks 2014, Dubai has ushered in the new year with a huge fireworks spectacle which it hopes will break the world record for the largest fireworks show ever.
The city’s coastline was lit up with a flying falcon made out of fireworks that moved across a massive man-made palm-shaped island alongside a countdown in fireworks.
The backdrop to the fiery show was the world’s tallest tower, the 828-metre high Burj Khalifa.
Organisers said they wanted to create a burst of light out of fireworks to imitate a sunrise and dazzle spectators with a United Arab Emirates flag that could also break records for being the largest ever made of fireworks.
The six-minute extravaganza was said to include 500,000 fireworks from 400 firing locations, all synchronised by 100 computers from stations across the city.
The fireworks display was slated to surpass the current world record held by another Gulf Arab state in just the first 60 seconds.
Kuwait has held the record since last year when it fired more than 77,000 fireworks in a display that lasted more than an hour.
Guinness World Record officials were on hand to measure the scale of the event and to rule on whether the world record had indeed been broken.