Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 6 December 2019

RAK breaks two world records with New Year fireworks display

The emirate now holds the record for the 'longest straight line of fireworks' and 'longest chain of fireworks' thanks to the celebrations

Thousands of revellers welcomed in the new year watching Ras Al Khaimah clinch two successful Guinness World Records with an epic fireworks display that spanned 13km.

The emirate now holds the record for the "longest straight line of fireworks" and "longest chain of fireworks."

The display, a tribute to the outgoing Year of Zayed, used 11,284 fireworks for the 4.6km chain on Al Marjan Island.

The record was set in 12.06 minutes and there were seven themed chapters for the show, which was set to international music compositions.

RAK now holds the record for the ‘longest chain of fireworks’ achieved just before countdown, as well as the 'longest straight line of fireworks’.
RAK now holds the record for the ‘longest chain of fireworks’ achieved just before countdown, as well as the 'longest straight line of fireworks’.

It featured a performance by 200 drones, which displayed images such as a falcon spreading its wings.

"With two Guinness World Records set, the 2019 Ras Al Khaimah New Year’s Eve Gala has been truly historic and adds to the pride of our nation," said Abdulla Al Abdouli, managing director and chief executive of Marjan.

The team behind the show spent 300 hours designing the spectacle, which featured more than 41,000 lines of computer code to co-ordinate the performance.

The firework components for the aerial shells were hand-crafted in New York and Virginia over a two-month period.

The previous record for the longest chain of fireworks was held by Viejas Casino & Resort in Alpine, California, which used 10,005 firework devices.

And the record for the longest straight line of fireworks was held by a display in Cavallino Treporti beach near Venice, Italy, which took place over 11.38km.

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