Dubai’s ‘Light Up 2018’ to be world record attempt

Dubai: The ‘Light Up 2018’ spectacle in Downtown Dubai to usher in the New Year is set to be an official Guinness World Records title attempt that will add to the UAE’s pride, organiser Emaar has said.

Emaar’s bid for the Guinness World Records will be in the celebrations category, with details to be revealed in due course, the Dubai-based firm, which is one of the biggest property developers in the region, said.

Last week, when contacted by Gulf News, Emaar neither confirmed nor denied reports that there will not be New Year’s fireworks at Burj Khalifa this time.

On Saturday, Emaar said the ‘Light Up 2018’ spectacle will celebrate the UAE’s achievements and also pay tribute to the founding father of the nation, the late Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, to mark the ‘Year of Zayed’ in 2018.

The festivities will span Downtown Dubai with Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, taking centre stage “with a never-before marvel”.

Emaar said it is working closely with government and private sector entities in organising the event, with special viewing decks being set up for the public in Burj Park, South Ridge and the Mohammad Bin Rashid Boulevard. A dedicated viewing platform for 100 people with determination will also be arranged.

The ‘Light Up 2018’ celebrations will kick off at 5pm starting with The Dubai Fountain shows and live deejay, and continue till 1am. Members of the public are urged to be at the venue by 6pm.

The event will be broadcast live on TV globally and beamed on big screens in Downtown Dubai. The experience can be watched online at, which also has more details about the celebrations.


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