Downtown Dubai New Year's Eve Gala puts global spotlight on the city attracting over 1 million visitors

Downtown Dubai New Year's Eve Gala puts global spotlight on the city 
attracting over 1 million visitors 
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Dec. 31, 2012 /CNW/ - The iconic New Year's Eve 
Gala in Downtown Dubai, the most prestigious square kilometre on earth, set an 
impressive global milestone as one of the world's most attended single events, 
attracting over 1 million people from across the globe, with a 35-minute long 
spectacular countdown celebration. 
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Already ranked among the world's most-watched events, Downtown Dubai New 
Year's Eve Gala was telecast live over 1,000 television channels globally, and 
streamed live on and, reaching over 2 billion viewers. 
Thousands of tourists flew in to Dubai for the occasion, underlining Downtown 
Dubai, the 500-acre mega-development of Emaar Properties, as 'The Centre of 
The Gala featured an unparalleled display of colourful fireworks from Burj 
Khalifa, the world's tallest building, set for the first time to live 
orchestra. The fireworks created airborne shapes of flowers, crescents and 
stars, in several colour sets and sequences. In a fitting tribute to the UAE, 
which celebrated its 41st National Day recently, the fireworks enveloped Burj 
Khalifa in the colours of the national flag. This followed a dazzling water, 
fire and light show on Burj Lake; and the live performance of Prague 
Philharmonic Orchestra. 
Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties and Dubai Events Council, said: 
"The Downtown Dubai New Year's Eve Gala is truly an audio-visual spectacle 
spread over the most prestigious square kilometre on earth. The event 
underlines the positive vision that Dubai upholds by serving as a beacon of 
hope for people across the world and highlighting the happiness, prosperity 
and robust outlook that the city brings. The event is now an iconic global New 
Year's Eve celebration on par with international cities such as New York, 
London, and Sydney, among others." 
Downtown Dubai will continue the celebrations with the lake show, 'Water, Fire 
& Light,' throughout January. One of the city's most-visited attractions, 
Downtown Dubai hosted over 60 million visitors in 2012. The US$ 20 billion 
development's attractions include Burj Khalifa, which features the world's 
highest observation deck with an outdoor terrace; The Dubai Mall, the largest 
shopping and entertainment destination; The Dubai Fountain; world-class 
residences; offices and Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard with retail and F&B 
attractions. For details, visit: 
Kelly Home, ASDA'A Burson-Marsteller, +9714-4507-600, 
SOURCE: Emaar Properties 
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