Dubai fireworks smash Guinness World Records title
The glittering fireworks display spanned over 100 kilometers of the Dubai coast
Dubai has smashed the world record for world’s “Largest Fireworks Display,” by firing a staggering 479,651 shells into the New Year’s Eve sky in just six minutes - almost 80,000 shells per minute and 1,332 fireworks per second.
As part of the verification process, Guinness World Records adjudicators physically counted all fireworks before and after the performance resulting in them confirming and verifying the record-breaking achievement, according to a statement to the press on Monday.
The glittering fireworks display spanned over 100 kilometers (60 miles) of the Dubai coast, which boasts an archipelago of man-made islands and Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower.
Emirati officials were hoping the pyrotechnics would land them the Guinness World Record, beating nearby Kuwait which currently hold the mark, set in 2011, with an epic hour-long show of 77,282 fireworks.
Over the past few years, Dubai has been vying to become a permanent fixture on the world map of New Year celebrations, staging spectacular shows since the opening of the 828-metre (2,716-foot) Burj Khalifa tower in 2010.