Fireworks Around the World Light Up the Night on New Year Eve …

Australia prides itself on having some of the best fireworks in the world, but Dubai was aiming to break a Guniness world record with its spectacular display.

Dubai had an impressive fireworks display on the world’s tallest tower, the Burj Khalifa.

The Gulf Arab emirate of Dubai was aiming to break the world record for the largest LED-illuminated facade with its spectacular display centred on the world’s tallest building.

Who has the best fireworks in the world? 

Australia, have you seen what Dubai did?

Going for a world record … Dubai celebrates the New Year with a light and sound extravaganza. Source: AFP

Some 70,000 LED panels around the 2,722-foot Burj Khalifa flashed coloured lights and projected images of the country’s leaders when clocks there struck midnight as a massive fireworks display erupted.

Big bang ... people watch as Dubai celebrates the New Year.

Big bang … people watch as Dubai celebrates the New Year. Source: AFP

The celebration draws throngs of thousands of spectators every New Year’s Eve.

Emaar Properties said a team from Guinness World Records monitored the preparations. Last year, Dubai won the title for the world’s largest firework display, according to Guinness.

People watch ... Dubai celebrates the New Year at the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest t

Innovative … Dubai celebrates the New Year at the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower. Source: AFP

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Party time … people watch the fireworks display in Dubai. Source: AFP

Celebrations ... Dubai celebrates the New Year.

Celebrations … Dubai celebrates the New Year. Source: AFP

Dubai’s world record attempt comes as countries including the UK, Italy, France, Germany, Russia, Turkey, Greece, New Zealand, Asia and the Ivory Coast among others welcomed the New Year in spectacular style.

New York joined the celebrations with a bang — the combination of the Times Square Ball Drop, an electrifying fireworks display and Taylor Swift’s rendition of “Shake it Off” resulted in a spectacular beginning of 2015.

Fireworks erupt after midnight in Times Square, New York. Thousands braved the cold to wa

Fireworks erupt after midnight in Times Square, New York. Thousands braved the cold to watch the annual ball drop and ring in the new year. Picture: AP. Source: AP

 

Other US cities yet to follow.

People cheer .. in front of Rome's ancient Colosseum as fireworks explode to celebrate th

People cheer in front of Rome’s ancient Colosseum as fireworks explode to celebrate the new year on January 1, 2015.Source: AFP

Lots of colours ... fireworks illuminate the night sky over the Ebrie Lagoon in Abidjan.

Lots of colours … fireworks illuminate the night sky over the Ebrie Lagoon in Abidjan. Source: AFP

Fireworks explode ... over the Archaeological Museum building in Skopje, Macedonia.

Fireworks explode … over the Archaeological Museum building in Skopje, Macedonia. Source: AP

Welcome 2015 ... fireworks above the city centre of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Welcome 2015 … fireworks above the city centre of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Source: AFP

Captivating ... fireworks over the Naples skyline in southern Italy.

Captivating … fireworks over the Naples skyline in southern Italy. Source: AFP

Fireworks light up the London skyline and Big Ben just after midnight on January 1, 2015.

Fireworks light up the London skyline and Big Ben just after midnight on January 1, 2015. Picture: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Source: Getty Images

Fireworks explode around the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye during the New Year

Fireworks explode around the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye during the New Year celebrations. Source:AFP

Fireworks explode ... behind Berlin's landmark Brandenburg Gate to usher in the new year.

Fireworks explode … behind Berlin’s landmark Brandenburg Gate to usher in the new year. Source: AFP

New Year's fireworks erupt ... over the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Elysees.

New Year’s fireworks erupt … over the Arc de Triomphe on the. Source: AFP

 

Dubai aims for world fireworks record

A new year … in Red Square in Moscow, Russia. Source: AP

Fireworks explode over St Basil's Cathedral as people celebrate the New Year at the Red S

Fireworks explode over St Basil’s Cathedral as people celebrate the New Year at the Red Square in Moscow, Russia.Source: AP

The projection of Spassky (Saviour) tower is seen over the scaffold covering the tower, a

The projection of Spassky (Saviour) tower is seen over the scaffold covering the tower, as fireworks explode over the Red Square in Moscow, Russia. Source: AP

 

 

The Kiwis were among the first to kick off festivities, and if their fireworks display is any indication of the year ahead, then 2015 looks set to be much brighter and resplendent than 2014.

Resplendent ... fireworks explode from the top of Sky Tower in Auckland, New Zealand. Pic

Resplendent … fireworks explode from the top of Sky Tower in Auckland, New Zealand. Picture: Getty Images Source:Getty Images

Across the ocean, incredible fireworks exploded over Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong.

Thousands of partygoers flocked to the waterfront to watch the eight-minute pyrotechnic display.

Bright sparks ... fireworks explode over Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong. Picture: AFP

Bright sparks … fireworks explode over Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong. Picture: AFP Source: AFP

In Malaysia, celebrations were more subdued as a show of respect for the thousands of people affected by the deadly floods battering the country’s northeast.

While some regions cancelled celebrations and street parties, a beautiful firework display over Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur went ahead.

Subdued ... people watch fireworks explode over Malaysia's landmark Petronas Twin Towers

Subdued … people watch fireworks explode over Malaysia’s landmark Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur. Picture: AP Source: AP

Around Asia, thousands gathered to enjoy cultural festivities and extravagant light shows — including in North Korea.

Party time ... North Koreans gather at the Kim Il Sung Square to watch a fireworks displa

Party time … North Koreans gather at the Kim Il Sung Square to watch a fireworks display in Pyongyang. Picture: APSource: AP

Celebrations ... fireworks explode over the Yokohama port during new year celebrations ne

Celebrations … fireworks explode over the Yokohama port during new year celebrations near Tokyo, Japan. Picture: APSource: AP

Light show ... revellers watch a laser show being projected on buildings as the countdown

Light show … revellers watch a laser show being projected on buildings as the countdown for the New Year begins in Manila, Philippines. Picture: AP Source: AP

Explosions ... fireworks light up the sky as Filipinos welcome the New Year. Picture: AP

Explosions … fireworks light up the sky as Filipinos welcome the New Year. Picture: AP Source: AP

Back home, Australian cities from Hobart to Melbourne, Sydney to Brisbane greeted 2015 in their trademark glittery fashion.

Sydney parties ... the midnight fireworks display to herald in the new year. Picture: Tob

Sydney parties … the midnight fireworks display to herald in the new year. Picture: Toby Zerna Source: News Corp Australia

Let your colours burst ... On the waterfront in Hobart

Let your colours burst … on the waterfront in Hobart. Picture: News Corp Australia Source: News Corp Australia

Those Down Under will have to wait a few hours however to see how their fireworks displays compare with the likes of London, Paris and New York.

A heart on the bridge during the 9PM fireworks. NYE 2014 . Sydney New years Eve celebrati

A heart on the Sydney Harbour Bridge during the 9pm fireworks. Picture: John Appleyard Source: News Corp Australia 

SOURCE:::: http://www.news.com.au

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World”s Tallest Tower Building … Saudi Arabia Set to Build …

  • STORY HIGHLIGHTS    ::::::::Saudi Arabia is set to start on Kingdom Tower, slated to be the world’s tallest building
  • The Kingdom Tower will reach 3,280 feet, have 200 floors and cost $1.2 billion
  • It would require 5.7 million square feet of concrete and 80,000 tons of steel
  • The foundations would be 200 feet (60 meters) deep

 

  • It is expected that construction of the tower will require 5.7 million square feet of concrete and 80,000 tons of steel.

 

There are plans for a 98-foot sky terrace on the 157th floor. When completed, it will be the highest terrace in the world.

Like the Burj Khalifa, the Kingdom Tower will have a flower-shaped footprint.

 

 

(CNN) — Dubai, long champion of all things biggest, longest andmost expensive, will soon have some competition from neighboring Saudi Arabia.

Dubai’s iconic Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, could be stripped of its Guinness title if Saudi Arabia succeeds in its plans to construct the even larger Kingdom Tower in Jeddah — a prospect looking more likely as work begins next week, according toConstruction Weekly.

Consultants Advanced Construction Technology Services have recently announced testing materials to build the 3,280-feet (1 kilometer) skyscraper (the Burj Khalifa, by comparison, stands at a meeker 2,716 feet, or 827 meters).

The Kingdom Tower, estimated to cost $1.23 billion, would have 200 floors and overlook the Red Sea. Building it will require about 5.7 million square feet of concrete and 80,000 tons of steel,according to the Saudi Gazette.

Building a structure that tall, particularly on the coast, where saltwater could potentially damage it, is no easy feat. The foundations, which will be 200 feet (60 meters) deep, need to be able to withstand the saltwater of the nearby ocean. As a result, Advanced Construction Technology Services will test the strength of different concretes.

Wind load is another issue for buildings of this magnitude. To counter this challenge, the tower will change shape regularly.

“Because it changes shape every few floors, the wind loads go round the building and won’t be as extreme as on a really solid block,” Gordon Gill explained toConstruction Weekly. Gill is a partner at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, the design architects for the project.

Delivering the concrete to higher floors will also be a challenge. Possibly, engineers could use similar methods to those employed when building the Burj Khalifa; 6 million cubic feet of concrete was pushed through a single pump, usually at night when temperatures were low enough to ensure that it would set.

Though ambitious, building the Kingdom Tower should be feasible, according to Sang Dae Kim, the director of theCouncil on Tall Buildings.

“At this point in time we can build a tower that is one kilometer, maybe two kilometers. Any higher than that and we will have to do a lot of homework,” he told Construction Weekly.

SOURCE::::: http://www.edition.cnn.com

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Highest Observation Deck in the World @ 1821 Feet !!!

At the Top, Burj Khalifa SKY Level 148 HRCourtesy of ‘At the Top, Burj Khalifa SKY’ The 148th floor of the Burj Khalifa.

Dubai’s Burj Khalifa is the tallest tower in the world at 2,722 feet tall with 160 floors.

And now it also has the highest observation deck on level 148 — a stunning 1,821 feet above the ground. It beat out the previous world record holder Canton Tower with its 1,601 foot high observation deck in Guangzhou, China.

This makes the fourth Guinness World Records title for the Burj Khalifa, including the tallest building, tallest man-made structure, and highest restaurant.

1. Burj Khalifa © Michael MerolaMichael Merola/Emporis The Burj Khalifa now has four Guinness World Records titles.

And because it’s not enough just to see the view, the Burj Khalifa put together an entire experience called At the Top, Burj Khalifa SKY.

First, it takes visitors from the ground level of The Dubai Mall to level 125. Not even the elevator ride is boring — the elevators travel at 33 feet per second with special projections that make it appear as though you’re soaring above other global landmarks.

Once you reach Level 125, you have 360-degree views of the city plus more interactive features. You can then get back on another high-speed elevator and shoot up to the 148th floor — the SKY level — for the highest outdoor terrace in the world. The entire experience lasts over an hour.

At the Top, Burj Khalifa SKY Level 125 HRCourtesy of ‘At the Top, Burj Khalifa SKY’ The 125th floor of the Burj Khalifa.

SOURCE:::: Business insider india.com

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