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The World’s Most Extravagant New Year’s Fireworks Display Takes Place Where?

Dubai
New York City
Beijing
Sydney
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Fireworks display at Burj Khalifa, Dubai
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Answer: Dubai

Dubai, a Middle Eastern city known for over-the-top everything and a sort of surreal extravagance built on the oil wealth that has fueled the city for the last half century, does not do anything small—and that includes fireworks displays. For several years, they have continually increased their annual New Year’s Eve fireworks display with the intent of securing world records.

The end of 2013 show included approximately 500,000 fireworks and took place over 400 locations in Dubai (including the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world at 2,722 feet tall), and ended with an “artificial sunrise” along the waterfront, symbolizing a “new dawn” for the city.