Ras Al Khaima ushered the New Year with a 1,056m tall tower of lights, followed by the "Happy New Year" message written in the sky with firework drones, which broke two Guinness World Records.
Welcoming hundreds of thousands of spectators from around the world, the Ras Al Khaimah New Year's Eve Celebrations (RAKNYE 2022) dazzled all with a spectacular fireworks display.
The grand finale was in two parts – one a multi-colour display of lights followed by a super-massive expanse of white that illuminated the skyline of Ras Al Khaimah with the message of hope and ambition.
Setting the first Guinness World Records title for the 'Highest Altitude Multirotor/Drone Fireworks Display' was the tower of fireworks 1,055.8 metres high, taller than any skyscraper in the world.
The specially designed fireworks were breathtaking in their scope and scale using state-of-the-art drone technology.
The second Guinness World Records title was for the 'Most Remote Operated Multirotors/Drones Launching Fireworks Simultaneously', when 452 drones launched fireworks simultaneously to create the 'Happy New Year' visual in the sky. For the feat, the organisers leveraged advanced pyrotechnics and integrated wireless technology, lighting up the emirate's shores in majestic brilliance.
The fireworks shells for the show, with rapidly changing colours, were developed using a proprietary technology that continues to be closely guarded by the family-owned firework manufacturing business in Italy. More than 5,000 hours of work went into preparing for the show that also deployed over 130 sea pontoons and a fleet of hundreds of pyrotechnic drones.
The fireworks show was also a tribute to the UAE as it marks its 50th year of formation and an ode to Ras Al Khaimah's growing stature as one of the region's leading tourism destinations.
A spokesperson of the organising committee said, "RAKNYE2022 is our tribute to the leadership and people of Ras Al Khaimah and the UAE not only as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of our nation but also in preparation for the Next 50 Years. Delivering the message of hope, positivity, resilience and confidence, the fireworks display and the New Year's Eve festivities brought together people again to celebrate safely. Furthermore, with this event, we once again underlined the reputation of Ras Al Khaimah as the leading tourism destination that welcomes visitors from across the world."