Dubai: Preparations underway for Burj Khalifa New Year’s Eve show

Behind-the-scenes video shows preparations underway for the New Year's Eve celebrations at Burj Khalifa

Buj Khalifa New Year's Eve show

Dubai: Following the social media frenzy over the cancellation of the traditional fireworks display at the world’s tallest tower, Emaar released on Monday a video clip showing the preparations being undertaken for the New Year’s Eve festivities.

Watch the preparations here:

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The “behind-the-scenes” video shows various teams, including skilled professionals, working round-the-clock to host a memorable evening in Downtown Dubai, which the developer said, “will add to the pride of the nation.”

UAE residents had earlier taken to social media to express concern that the fireworks at Burj Khalifa will be replaced with a lights show.The developer did not confirm that the pyrotechnics display has indeed been cancelled, but it assured that New Year’s revellers are in for a “spectacle” that will break world records.

“We have several surprises in store this year. We’re lighting up the sky and celebrating the New Year with an innovative performance that will dazzle the world and put the global spotlight on the UAE and Dubai,” Downtown Dubai said.

In its latest statement, Emaar said a team of global professionals are working non-stop  for the festivities.

“With a team of global professionals working round-the-clock, the “Light Up 2018” spectacle will celebrate the UAE’s achievements and 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,” Emaar said.

The New Year’s Eve celebrations will start from 5pm with the Dubai Fountain shows and live deejay, and continue till 1am. More info

By Cleofe Maceda, Senior Web Reporter