As the entire country — and the world — greeted the new year with spectacular fireworks, the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah took things further by setting not just one, but two world records!
Once again, RAK has made history on New Year’s Eve, bagging the Guinness World Records for the “Longest Fireworks Waterfall” and the “Most Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Launching Fireworks Simultaneously.” Hundreds of thousands of spectators flocked to the emirate, along with television crews that broadcast the 13-minute show around the globe!
RAQ Sets Guinness World Records on New Year’s Eve
Including the latest two titles, RAK now holds five fireworks-related Guinness World Records titles, set in just three years. In 2018, the emirate set a new world record for the “Largest Aerial Firework Shell.” Last year, it also set two world records for the “Longest Straight Line of Fireworks” and the “Longest Chain of Fireworks,” Khaleej Times reported.
This year’s first record, the “Most Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Launching Fireworks Simultaneously,” was set using a total of 173 PyroDronesTM, which spelled out “2020” in the sky before featuring pyrotechnic cascades and displaying famous RAK monuments.
The second record, the “Longest Fireworks Waterfall,” served as the grand finale of the show, spanning across a length of 3,788.86 metres. This unique and mesmerising display beat the previous world record of 3,517.23 metres, which was set in Fukuoka, Japan.
The event was held on the main venue of Al Marjan Island, created by RAK’s leading developer, Marjan. Food stalls and other outlets lined the waterfront, entertaining the hundreds of thousands of spectators who have come to witness the countdown and fireworks.
Aside from fireworks, the emirate also hosted its first ever New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner, featuring celebrity singer Waleed Al Shami and Najwa Karam, a singer and fashion icon.
“Ras Al Khaimah is in the global spotlight with the New Year’s Eve Gala, which has added to the reputation of our nation and welcomed hundreds of thousands of guests for one of the most spectacular events to usher in 2020,” a spokesperson for the organising committee said.
“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,” the spokesperson added. “It is a message of peace and harmony from the UAE to the world, and aims to inspire positivity and happiness among people.”
Check out these pictures and video of the New Year’s Eve fireworks display at Ras Al Khaimah, shared by @AFP on Twitter:
VIDEO: New Year fireworks light up the waterfront of the city of Ras al-Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates pic.twitter.com/oOUY05RWCI
— AFP news agency (@AFP) January 1, 2020
While this is not the first time that the UAE has set world records, the fact that these were made on New Year’s Eve definitely makes them more memorable! How about you, how did you spend the beginning of 2020? Have you made any new year’s resolutions yet? Share them by posting your comments below!