This picture shows fireworks at Global Village during the New Year's Eve celebrations early on Friday. WAM
Global Village, the UAE and wider region's leading multicultural family destination for culture, shopping, and entertainment, welcomed in the New Year in a spectacular style as a series of celebrations took place across the park to mark the beginning of 2021. What transpired over the course of the evening will live long in the memory of everybody in attendance as a vibrant atmosphere and spirit of excitement came together with unique shopping, dining, and entertainment attractions.
Visitors take selfie at Global Village.
In line with the Global Village tradition of celebrating with countries and cultures from around the world seven fireworks displays lit up the skies to introduce the New Year, with each display going live immediately after the countdown to midnight in each time zone.
At midnight, New Year officially got underway in the UAE with a dazzling fireworks display accompanied by Global Village’s poignant signature song, " حلوة الحياةTogether.”
People use phones as fireworks explode at Global Village. WAM
The song, launched earlier in 2020, was a perfect way to bring in the New Year as RedOne and Ahlam sing of inclusion and what can be achieved when people of the world unite to realise their dreams. But the celebration wasn’t over at midnight as the last firework display of the UAE burst over Global Village at 1am.
At the end of the evening, in a touching tribute, guests and staff gathered around Global Village lake for a fire and fountain show created to honour the incredible frontline heroes who worked so hard to keep us safe in 2020.
After the "High Hopes for Heroes show" a standing ovation could be heard across the Park to acknowledge and thank the doctors, nurses, paramedics, testing and care staff, cleaning crews, police, ambulance services, civil defence and all the many individuals who sacrificed their own safety to care for their communities all over the world over the past year.
Fireworks display to ring in the New Year in Dubai. WAM
Global Village has been making sustained progress as it bids to break 25 Guinness World Records titles to mark the 25th anniversary. The latest title was claimed on New Year’s Eve to the delight of everybody in attendance who witnessed the countdown to 2021 on the largest underwater mesh screen in the world.
The LED mesh screen measures 5013.394 square metres and 223,000 pixels. This is the 9th record of the season and moves the park closer to its ambitious target of 25, one for each week of the season.
While waving goodbye to a year that was anything but ordinary, Global Village management wishes everyone health, happiness and prosperity in 2021, a year all will pull together to make truly wonderful.
Spectacular fireworks in 25 different locations lit up not only the skies, but also the hearts of the people across the country.
The Abu Dhabi Calendar, which keeps track of all the festivities in Emirate, said on Twitter, “Welcome the new year at @ZayedFestival with a fireworks show spanning over 35 minutes & breaking two Guinness World Records.
Jumeirah is one of the UAE’s most popular venues for New Year celebrations, and Nakheel is working closely with the Dubai Police, Dubai Municipality and RTA to prioritise safety and convenience, and ensure smooth traffic flow.
After a grinding year that has seen at least 1.7 million people die from Covid-19, fresh waves of infection have sparked renewed lockdowns and forced would-be revellers to extend their 2020 tradition of watching events from the sofa.
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GCC countries extended their greetings to the Saudi leadership on the occasion. Major landmarks and many official and private entities decorated their headquarters with Saudi flags and malls announced special events and activities for the occasion.