by Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Monday 6 January 2014

Watch out New York, Dubai is quickly becoming the place to be on New Year’s Eve. To celebrate the incoming year, Dubai broke the world record for the largest fireworks display by using more than half a million fireworks. Guinness says on their website, ‘Ten months in planning, over 500,000 fireworks were used during the display which lasted around six minutes, with Guinness World Records adjudicators on hand to confirm that a new record had been set’.

The fireworks display covered 94 kilometres of the Dubai coast, including famous landmarks such as the Burj Khalifa, the Burj Al Arab, World Islands, and Palm Jumeirah. 100 computers and 200 technicians worked 5,000 hours to properly plan and coordinate the pyrotechnics, which reportedly cost $6 million. Spare change for oil-rich Dubai. The previous record was set by Kuwait in 2011 with an hour-long show of 77,282 fireworks. How long did it take for Dubai to beat that? A minute.

The event was attended by 1.7 million people. We’re pretty sure that number will rise in the coming years. But for now, let’s watch the grand celebration in the following video. Skip to 29:40 to see the start of the fireworks show