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World’s Largest New Year Fireworks Display 2021

Ras Al Khaimah New Year’s Eve fireworks to feature one of the world’s largest pyrotechnics performances to welcome 2021

1st January 2021, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates – Ras Al Khaimah, in the United Arab Emirates, was one location that was still able to celebrate New Year’s Eve with its annual fireworks display. The 10  minute event, one of the largest pyrotechnic performances in the world, included fireworks rising above the sea near Al Marjan Island over a 4km stretch of water. The display was synchronised with special musical arrangements.

With a focus on ensuring public safety in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, this year there were no public activities or viewing areas. Only a limited number of guests at surrounding resorts were able to view the event live while adhering to social distancing protocols. In light of this, special focus was made to allow viewing on a number of social media channels and via broadcasters around the world.

This year, in contrast to previous events, the entire display was set on the water, with over 80 barges being used to launch shells up to 300mm in diameter. French based Groupe F, set over 15,000 pyrotechnics sourced from Spain, Italy and China.

Special emphasis was placed on both the variety and choreography of this year’s display, with the show specially timed to seven music tracks. Initiated with a countdown of fireworks in the sky, the performance began with a wave of red flares and gold meteors that continued throughout the show and went on to include cascades of golden dunes and golden oases as well as 3D waves . The show culminated in a crescendo of pink Kamuro waterfalls that illuminated the entire bay formed by Marjan Island.

The precautionary measures this year aimed to ensure the wellness and safety of all visitors, staff and the Ras Al Khaimah community, while underlining the Emirate’s distinction as the GCC Capital of Tourism 2021.

Ras Al Khaimah New Year’s Eve fireworks currently holds five GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ titles, including the ‘Most Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Launching Fireworks Simultaneously’ and the ‘Longest Fireworks Waterfall’.


New Year’s Eve Firework Display Breaks Two Guinness World Records


Vision: Fireworks setting Guinness World Record for the ‘Longest chain of fireworks’. Audience watching from shore. Fireworks setting Guinness World Record for the ‘Longest straight-line fireworks display’. Children watching. Fireworks.  Interview with Abdullah Al Abdooli, Managing Director and CEO of Marjan. Interview with Phil Grucci, CEO and Creative Director, Fireworks by Grucci. Fireworks being assembled prior to New Year’s Eve.

Story: January 1st 2019: Al Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates.

Ras Al Khaimah captivated the world with its 2019 New Year’s Eve Fireworks that welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors to the emirate. Organised by Marjan, with the support of Ras Al Khaimah’s government entities, and put together by Fireworks by Grucci, the Ras Al Khaimah New Year’s Fireworks, spanning a duration of over 13.20 minutes, also clinched two Guinness World Records for the ‘Longest chain of fireworks’ and the ‘Longest straight line of fireworks’.

Clinching the Guinness World Records for the ‘Longest chain of fireworks’, the first pyrotechnic display, the tribute to the late Sheikh Zayed, featured 11,284 firework devices. The earlier record was for deploying 10,005 firework devices set by Viejas Casino & Resort (USA) in Alpine, California, USA, on September 12, 2014. Fireworks were deployed from 52 sites along Al Marjan Island and the waterways of Ras Al Khaimah’s coastline, with the total length of the chain exceeding 4.6 kilometres. The show was set  to 12 international music compositions  and the record was set in just 40 seconds.

This was followed by a drone countdown to the New Year. A canopy of golden showers followed and Ras Al Khaimah won the Guinness World Records for the ‘Longest straight-line of fireworks’. The stunning display spanned an area of 13 kilometres, trumping the earlier record set over a distance of 11.38 kilometres.

The display had the largest calibre of aerial shells at a diameter of 600 mm, the largest used in the UAE for any fireworks display during this New Year’s Eve. The record was set in 12.06 minutes, with fireworks positioned at 13 sites across Al Marjan Island and the waterways along the RAK shoreline. There were seven themed chapters for the show, which was set to international music compositions. The inspiration for the fireworks display was the natural beauty of Ras Al Khaimah and it was choreographed to highlight the beautiful beaches and resorts along the Emirate’s shoreline.

A 200-piece SkyMagic drone show was precisely integrated into the fireworks design. Scenes such as the tribute to Sheikh Zayed were displayed within a 100m space in the sky accented by colourful bursts of fireworks. A sweeping display of a falcon spreading its wings emphasised the heritage of the Emirate.

Designed by Phil Grucci, CEO & Creative Director of Fireworks by Grucci, the event was verified by an official adjudicator from Guinness World Records for the ‘Longest chain of fireworks’ and the ‘Longest straight-line of fireworks.’ Following the fireworks gala, Abdullah Al Abdooli and Phil Grucci, received the Guinness World Records titles from the adjudicator.

Marjan worked closely with Ras Al Khaimah’s government entities, including Ras Al Khaimah Public Works, to create several public viewing areas across Al Marjan Island. More than 27,000 additional public car parking spaces were provided to welcome the guests.

Preparations for the 2019 Ras Al Khaimah New Year’s Eve Fireworks started in early 2018 immediately after the successful Guinness World Record achievement for the ‘Largest Aerial Shell’ displayed from Al Marjan Island at last year’s New Year’s Eve celebration.

Over 300 hours were spent to design the show. The design resulted in the programming of over 41,000 lines of computer instructions to control 20 computers to display the sweeping performance. The firework components for the aerial shells, ranging in size from 14 to 600 mm, were handcrafted exclusively by Grucci in their factories in New York and Virginia over a two month period.

Abdulla Al Abdooli, Managing Director & CEO of Marjan, said: “The spectacular event highlighted the reputation of Ras Al Khaimah as the must-visit destination for celebrating New Year’s Eve. With visitors arriving from across the world, the event served to highlight the touristic appeal of Ras Al Khaimah and to position it as a fast-growing leisure and commercial hub in the region”.

Shows: Al Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

0:00       Vision of Guinness World Record fireworks for ‘Longest chain of fireworks’

0:03        Zayed 100 Drone light display

0:07        Close up of spectators watching.

0:14        Drone light display of countdown.

0:27        Vision of Guinness World Record for ‘Longest straight-line chain of fireworks’

1:00        Spectators watching drone light display of falcon.

1:12        Vision of Guinness World Record for ‘Longest straight-line chain of fireworks’

1:35       Vision of Ras Al Khaimah drone light display.

1:42       Drone light display of Jebel Jais mountain.

1:57       Vision of fireworks.

2:34       Vision of Guinness World Record certificates being presented.

3:24       Close up of certificates.

3:29       Interview Abdullah Al Abdooli, Managing Director and CEO of Marjan.

Two Guinness World Records in one night at the beginning of 2019. I can see the happiness in the face of the people. People were amazed with the wonderful show that we had today in Ras Al Khaimah.

3:45       Interview with Phil Grucci, CEO and Creative Director, Fireworks by Grucci. The reaction of the people. You can hear the people in crowd roaring when the fireworks show was going on and seeing the longest chain, the longest straight line of fireworks. The reaction is the reward that we all have. Seeing people really enjoying themselves and Happy New Year to everyone.

04.01     Aerial of Al Marjan Island

04:08     Vision of firework preparations

04.12     Close up of inserting fireworks into launchers

04.15     Vision of prepared fireworks

04.17     Setting up connections for fireworks

04.20     Vision of fireworks being set up on the beach

04.23     Close up of fireworks on beach

04.26     Josef J Mercante , Producer, Fireworks by Grucci

“This one, this one will go at the same time. Probably with those two over there.  In some cases they’re the same, so it’s a big fan”

04.35     Prepared fireworks

04.39     Boat approaching firework barges

04.43     Counting the loads

04.45     Vision of docked barge from the survey boat

04.48     Surveyors on the beach counting loads

04.51     Close up of surveyor boarding a barge

04.54     Surveyor ticking off the barges as they’re checked

04.57     Surveyor recording result on white board

05.03     Aerial of Al Marjan Island

05:07     END

Other: None


‘The Jebel Jais Flight’ takes Guinness World Record for World’s Longest Zip-line

· Thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies will travel at speeds of up to 120kph to 150kph at a height of 1,680 metres above sea level on top of Jebel Jais mountain

· World’s longest zip-line – with a cable weighing in at over six tons now open to the public to take the heart-pumping flight

· Multi-million dollar tourism project in Ras al Khaimah flies into record books as zipline launches

Story: Thrill-seekers get ready: the longest zip-line in the world – ‘The Jebel Jais Flight’ – has officially opened today on top of the UAE’s highest mountain, Jebel Jais in Ras Al Khaimah.

Guinness World Records confirmed the length of the Jebel Jais zip-line at 2.8 kilometers – the equivalent to over 28 soccer fields – which beats the previous 2.2km world record in Puerto Rico by a full 600 meters of extra heart-pumping adrenaline.

The world’s leading zip-line operator, Toro Verde in partnership with Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) spent over four months building the world’s longest zipline, which is located at more than 1,680 meters above sea-level and with a cable that weighs in at over six tonnes. Thrill-seekers will be suspended above the mountain as they prepare to take the flight headfirst in a ‘superman’ style position. Friends and family will travel on parallel cables at top speeds of up to 120kph to 150kph on this extreme adventure experience set in the rugged rocky mountain terrain.

The experience will see participants fitted with a special harness for the adventure, with the longest flight itself taking approximately two to three minutes. Once completed, guests will finish the bucket list flight on a suspended landing platform where they will be transferred to a second line, measuring in at one km, to complete their journey back to the ground. The zipline will be able to accommodate 200 people a day (100,000 per year).

A tribute to the UAE’s advancing tourism industry, the launch of the zipline has propelled the UAE’s emirate of Ras Al Khaimah into the major leagues of global adventure tourism. The zip-line will become Ras Al Khaimah’s flagship tourism product and will cement Jebel Jais as the adventure tourism hub of the Middle East.

Shows: (Rights Free – Cleared for all territories)

GVs: First flights down the zipline

Vox Pops: Riders reactions of the zipline

GVs: Guinness World Record Certification and Opening VIP Ceremony

Soundbites: Haitham Mattar, CEO, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority

Soundbites: Jorge Jorge, CEO, Toro Verde Ras Al Khaimah

Soundbites: Hoda Khachab, Official Adjudicator, Guinness World Records

Soundbites: His Highness Sheikh Ahmad bin Saud bin Al Qasimi


Key Statistics

The exact length of the record breaking zipline ‘Jebel Jais Flight’ is 2831 meters

The launching platform is secured by 18 anchors with a total weight of 1,000 tons, this is equal to 2,250 camels

There are 8 anchors securing the suspended landing platform, which weighs 9.5 tons and is unique in the world

The altitude difference between the launching and landing platform is 400m, which is equal to 4 times the height of the Big Ben in London

The average speed is 120-150 kph during the flight. This is equal to the maximum speed of a cheetah, the fastest land animal

Bookings are open on toroverdeuae.com

Notes To Producers

Please follow up on:

JebelJaisFlight, #VisitRasAlKhaimah, #ToroVerdeUAE, #JebelJais, #RasAlKhaimah, @visitrasalkhaimah (instagram and Facebook), @raktourism (twitter)

The official certification was handed over today to HH Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Member of Supreme Council and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, by the official adjudicator from Guinness World Records.

His son HH Sheikh Ahmad bin Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi was the first to trial the new zipline this morning, following the official certification by Guinness World Records.

There are no age restrictions on ‘pilots’ but the requirements are a maximum weight of (150 kg) and minimum weight of (45 kg) for ‘fliers’ who must be at least 120 cm tall. The price is AED650 per rider.

The launch of the world’s longest zipline is another milestone in Ras Al Khaimah’s campaign to transform the emirate into the region’s adventure and activity tourism hub. With the emirate benefitting from diverse landscape – including the Hajar Mountains and Jebel Jais – it has already built a following amongst walkers, hikers and cyclists with the campaign taking a leap forward in 2016 with the opening of the highly successful Jebel Jais Via Ferrata (Iron Path), hiking, climbing and ziplining product.

For more information on, and booking for, Jebel Jais Flight, please log on to: toroverdeuae.com.More information about Jebel Jais and its active adventure tourism offering is available onwww.jebeljais.ae

Feb, 01, 2018