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Back on 20th November 2008, American pyro specialists Fireworks by Grucci were commissioned to create the display to beat all displays for the celebrations to make the opening of the Atlantis and the Palm Jumeriah in Dubai.
It was set to be the biggest and most challenging display ever undertaken.
The Hotel and resort was built on reclaimed land which created its ‘island resort’ feel. Based on the mythological Atlantis with some distinct Arabian features added for good measure the place is nothing short of HUGE. It has 1500 guest rooms ranging from your basic opulent family suite to underwater suites which look directly into the Ambassador Lagoon, an 11 million litre marine habitat which houses 65,000 fish. It almost represents the view you would expect in Atlantis. With 20 restaurants and a huge water-park (naturally) it is spectacular.
The opening ceremony was months in the planning and the guest list contained so many A-list celebrities it must have been difficult to know where to gawp first especially when they were treated to a performance by the lovely Kylie Minogue.
The firework display took a team of 250 pyro technicians two weeks to set up and the result was billed as ‘the largest fireworks display of all time’.
To give you an idea of the sheer scale of this ‘super display’, consider these points:
- Over quarter of a million shells, mines and comets
- Almost 800 firing locations
- 46 computers with 36,000 firing cues (fire-one of course)
- 80km of cable
- Cost $6 million
- All gone in 9 minutes (that’s an average rate of 463 per second!!!)
Regrettably, as good as it was, in Kuwait 2012 they outdid their neighbours in Dubai in celebration of the Golden Jubilee of its constitution, they spent a staggering $15,000,000 on the 77,282 fireworks which were fired by the fantastic Parente Fireworks. The display lasted almost an hour. The result was that they achieved the new Guinness World Record for the biggest display.
Personally, I fail to see the comparison between the two as the Atlantis display was far more technical and more artistic than the Kuwait one but however you feel about them, they were both brilliant and lets face it, the door is open now for the next mega hotel opening or jubilee event in the UAE to out-do the ‘Jones’s’ so treating us to another magnificent and powerful firework display.
Ultimate Video and Picture Collection Of Kuwait’s Guinness World Record Fireworks Display – Saturday 10th November 2012 – To Mark The Golden Jubilee Of Kuwait’s Constitution
We had all planned to win the Euro Millions lottery last night and decided that if we won we would blow £16million to try to beat the ground shaking efforts just days after the 50th anniversary celebrations in Kuwait as they beat the rest of the World to take pride of place in the history books.
The people of Kuwait were treated to a MASSIVE fireworks display, the likes of which have never been seen before. The previous record of 60,000 was held by Portugal when in 2006 they lit up the skies of the beautiful Island of Madeira.
Parente Fireworks held the record breaking event in the presence of the great and good of the country with over 2 million people watching with bated breath. The official adjudicators confirmed “I am happy to verify that with 77,282 fireworks, a new Guinness world record has been set tonight”.
The show featured parades with flying fish, enormous projections on sails and gigantic cubes of light rising from the waters. An incredible flight of airplanes with fiery wings and kites in the shape of falcons created a perfect interplay of fire, lights and music along five kilometers of seafront for a show unlike any seen before.
The display took over 300 technicians and tons of materials including cargo ships, aircraft and containers from all over the World to achieve this wonderful feat. Lasting an hour, the event was a celebration of all things good about Kuwait and was divided into themes including Heritage, Freedom, Pride, Prosperity and Constitution.
This celebration was not just a magnificent feat of engineering and pyro fun but was affirmation of the Country and its struggles to achieve and equilibrium within its people that has been hard going.
The show also achieved the accolade of being the Longest line of fireworks and the largest number of pontoons and craft on the water too.
It may be seen by some as a massive waste of money, given the current economic crisis but at the end of the day, its their money and they get to choose what they do with it.
Further videos, pictures, news, facts etc can be found here folks:
Awesome photos by Cyril Almeras - http://www.cyrilalmeras.com/photos/nuit/feu-d-artifice/index.html?page=%22parente-koweit/index.html%22
Bloomberg TV – Fireworks Boom Over Kuwait to Set World Record – http://www.bloomberg.com/video/kuwait-s-record-breaking-15m-fireworks-celebration-KmtvcWSmThyY0jnp4dK8OQ.html
Picture’s of the world’s largest fireworks display in Kuwait – http://uk.news.yahoo.com/photos/world-s-largest-fireworks-display-in-kuwait-slideshow/#
Business Week – 77,000 Fireworks Boom Over Kuwait to Set World Record – http://www.businessweek.com/videos/2012-11-12/kuwaits-record-breaking-15m-fireworks-celebration
Guinness World Records – Kuwait and the world’s largest ever fireworks display – http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/news/2012/11/video-watch-the-worlds-largest-ever-firework-display-take-place-in-kuwait-45834/
Daily Mail – Gulf state spends £10million to put on the biggest firework display of all time - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2231223/Celebrating-golden-jubilee-Kuwait-style-Gulf-state-spends-10million-biggest-firework-display-time.html
Kuwait 50th Constitution Day: Biggest Firework Show in the World! – http://thesidetalk.wordpress.com/2012/11/12/kuwait-50th-constitution-day-biggest-firework-show-in-the-world/
Celebrating a golden jubilee Kuwait style: Gulf state spends £10million to put on the biggest firework display of all time.
For the paltry sum of just £10million (YES 10 million pounds) Kuwait earned a place in the Guinness Book of Records last night as it celebrated the golden jubilee anniversary of its constitution in style by laying on the biggest fireworks display in the word.
A dazzling array of colours illuminated the skies above the country’s capital of Kuwait City as a staggering 77,282 fireworks were launched over the period of an hour.
A representative of Guinness World Records announced the achievement on Kuwait television at the end of the display which had been watched by tens of thousands of Kuwaitis and expatriates on the Arabian Gulf Road by the sea.
The visual presentation marked 50 years to the day since the late emir Sheikh Abdullah al-Salem al-Sabah announced that Kuwait had become the first Arab state in the Gulf to issue a constitution and have a parliament.
Before the festivities Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah pledged the government’s continuing commitment to democracy and made a plea for national unity as the wealthy Gulf state struggles with a political crisis.