Dubai has a global reputation for being a real “get up and go” sort of place and while because of the very significant fire at The Address Downtown Dubai [pictured and the smoke illuminated by the fire] the same night, some may have criticised the Dubai Government’s decision to go ahead with what is thought to have been be the largest firework and light show display in the world.
That Dubai “get up and go” approach is one major reason why Dubai did exactly that, going ahead with its massive New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Other reasons include potentially that there were already over a million people in the Downtown area and while some areas were cleared because of the fire, not having the fireworks and light show could have likely caused some significant crowd issues and of course significant disappointment.
I have been in Dubai for the last few week and have been amazed at the level and sophistication of holiday celebrations that have been taking place especially for Christmas and in a Muslim country, truly displaying Dubai’s multiculturalism.
Therefore, I for one was not at all surprised that Dubai’s New Year’s Eve events when ahead and I also do not see that decision as in any way insensitive, but I believe it was made because Dubai would want to put The Address fire quickly behind itself and get on with the future and look forward into 2016.
I decided not to go into Downtown Dubai for the fireworks and light show, as it was anticipated that well over a million people would be there, and there were, but decided to spend midnight a few miles away on the top of a building, so check out my short edited video below of the Burj Khalifa display and although I was some distance way, it is very impressive.
In the meantime, here’s to a very happy, healthy, peaceful and prosperous 2016!
Written by John Alwyn-Jones