The emirate of Ras Al Khaimah has secured two Guinness World Records for the Longest Chain of Fireworks and the Longest Straight Line of Fireworks.
The emirate’s 2019 New Year’s Eve fireworks lasted for over 13.20 minutes and was held at Al Marjan Island.
The event was organised by master-developer Marjan, with the support of Ras Al Khaimah government, and designed by Phil Grucci, CEO and creative director of Fireworks by Grucci.
The event was verified by an official adjudicator from Guinness World Records.
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 carry out the display. The firework components for the aerial shells, ranging in size from 14mm to 600mm, were hand-crafted exclusively by Grucci in their factories in New York and Virginia over a two-month period.
The event also featured a 200-piece SkyMagic drone show, which was 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, the release stated.
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.
For this year’s event, Marjan worked closely with Ras Al Khaimah’s government entities to create several public viewing areas across Al Marjan Island. More than 27,000 additional public car parking spaces were provided to welcome guests.
This year’s celebrations also included several stalls and ‘family-oriented activities’, such as ice cream salons, lemonade corners, colorful band performances, face painting and inflatable games for children. Stilt walkers, mime artists, and clowns welcomed visitors.
Abdulla Al Abdouli, managing director and CEO of Marjan, said, “The spectacular event highlighted the reputation of Ras Al Khaimah as a must-visit destination for celebrating the 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. We thank the leadership of Ras Al Khaimah for their guidance and support in accomplishing this event, and all the government entities in the Emirate for the exceptional team work. With two Guinness World Records set, the 2019 Ras Al Khaimah New Year’s Eve Gala has been truly historic and adds to the pride of our nation.”
The celebration flagged off with a pyrotechnic tribute to the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the nation.
“In a befitting conclusion to the ‘Year of Zayed’, the night-sky of Ras Al Khaimah came to life with a brilliant image of Sheikh Zayed followed by a magnificent fireworks display,” the release stated.
“With our tribute to the late Sheikh Zayed, we highlighted that his legacy and name is important for us – daily, every hour and every second of the day. For us, Zayed is the beginning of everything we do; Zayed is the start of every new challenge; Zayed is our sense of pride. And we are starting the year, once again, remembering and paying respect to our great leader,” said Abdouli.
Here’s a detailed look at the records:
1. Longest Chain of Fireworks
The record for the ‘Longest chain of fireworks’ was set with 11,284 firework devices. The 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 4.6km. The show was designed to 12 international music compositions, and the record was set in 40 seconds. The earlier record for the same was held by Viejas Casino and Resort in California, US, and deployed 10,005 firework devices.
2. Longest Straight Line of Fireworks
The Guinness World Records for the ‘Longest straight line of fireworks’ was held over an area of 13kms, trumping the earlier record set over a distance of 11.38km. The display had the largest calibre of aerial shell at a diameter of 600mm, and 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.
Watch a video of the event below: