The United Arab Emirates’ northernmost emirate has clinched multiple records for its New Year’s Eve fireworks.
Thousands of spectators, including international tourists, witnessed a 13-minute long fireworks display, which reached billions of people through live feeds online and telecasts by global television networks.
Congratulations to #RasAlKhaimah for once again smashing Guinness World Records (@GWR) during its New Year 2020 celebrations, bringing the total number of fireworks records held by the Emirate to 5.
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— المكتب الإعلامي لحكومة رأس الخيمة (@RAKmediaoffice) January 1, 2020
Ras Al Khaimah was awarded ‘Most Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Launching Fireworks Simultaneously’ and the ‘Longest Fireworks Waterfall’, taking the number of records set for fireworks by the emirate to five in three years.
“The event underlines the vision of Ras Al Khaimah’s leadership to position the emirate as one of the world’s first choices for New Year’s Eve celebrations,” a spokesperson said in a statement.
“Apart from setting the two … titles, the celebration will have a phenomenal legacy effect as it defines Ras Al Khaimah as the region’s leading tourism, retail and leisure destination.”
The standout record for the ‘Longest Fireworks Waterfall’ hit 3,788.86 metres, and trumped the existing record set in Fukuoka, Japan, at 3,517.23 metres.
The fireworks, each at least 28 centimetres long and three centimetres in diameter, were witnessed from viewing decks along Al Hamra village, and the main venue of Al Marjan Island.
For the first time, Ras Al Khaimah also hosted a New Year’s Eve gala dinner, which was headlined by multi-Platinum singer, songwriter, and “fashion icon”, Najwa Karam, and celebrity singer Waleed Al Shami.
Featured image: Ras Al Khaimah’s New Year’s Eve 2020 celebrations (Business Wire)