Dubai rang in the new year by basically exploding, setting a Guinness World Record for the largest fireworks display with 450,000 fireworks over six minutes. That trounced Kuwait's previous record of 77,000, set in October 2012, and made Kuwait's new year begin on a real loser note.
According to the AP, Dubai's big show was set to include fireworks in the shape of a falcon, the sunrise, and a flag of the United Arab Emirates, although "it was not immediately clear if the promised designs or world record had been achieved." (CNN reports that the world record was achieved. No word yet on the the falcon.)
The world's biggest fireworks show began at the world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa, before moving over to the world's largest man-made archipelago. See it for yourself below, and have a happy new year!
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