New Year’s Eve 2020: Abu Dhabi hopes to set records with 35-minute fireworks display

Residents of the capital can watch the skies over Al Wathba light up this December 31

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, December 31, 2017.    Fireworks at the New Year’s Eve Countdown Village at the Abu Dhabi, Corniche Breakwater.
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The UAE is no stranger to hosting incredible, record-breaking fireworks on New Year’s Eve, and an upcoming display in Abu Dhabi is vying to uphold that tradition.

Organisers behind Sheikh Zayed Festival have announced the event will host a fireworks show that spans more than 35 minutes, in an attempt to break two Guinness World Records on Thursday, December 31.

The display will include the “world’s first-ever Girandola fireworks show”, according to a tweet shared by the festival. Girandola is the Italian word for pinwheel, so spectators can expect a spinning, sparkling display.

The Guinness World Record that the organisers are looking to set is for the largest straight-line fireworks display.

Besides the fireworks, there will be special fountain and laser shows, performances by local and international bands, and children's activities taking at the Sheikh Zayed Festival to mark the end of 2020.

Gates open at 2pm, but the fireworks display will begin at midnight.

The Sheikh Zayed Festival is an annual celebration of the country's heritage. The three-month-long event kicked off in November and features a wide range of attractions, from Emirati folk exhibits to live performances, at Al Wathba.

More information about fireworks displays taking place across the UAE this New Year's Eve can be found here.