Story: 1st January 2021, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
Ras Al Khaimah, in the United Arab Emirates, was one location that was still able to celebrate New Year’s Eve with its annual fireworks display. The 10 minute event, one of the largest pyrotechnic performances in the world, included fireworks rising above the sea near Al Marjan Island over a 4km stretch of water. The display was synchronised with special musical arrangements.
With a focus on ensuring public safety in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, this year there were no public activities or viewing areas. Only a limited number of guests at surrounding resorts were able to view the event live while adhering to social distancing protocols. In light of this, special focus was made to allow viewing on a number of social media channels and via broadcasters around the world.
This year, in contrast to previous events, the entire display was set on the water, with over 80 barges being used to launch shells up to 300mm in diameter. French based Groupe F, set over 15,000 pyrotechnics sourced from Spain, Italy and China.
Special emphasis was placed on both the variety and choreography of this year’s display, with the show specially timed to seven music tracks. Initiated with a countdown of fireworks in the sky, the performance began with a wave of red flares and gold meteors that continued throughout the show and went on to include cascades of golden dunes and golden oases as well as 3D waves . The show culminated in a crescendo of pink Kamuro waterfalls that illuminated the entire bay formed by Marjan Island.
The precautionary measures this year aimed to ensure the wellness and safety of all visitors, staff and the Ras Al Khaimah community, while underlining the Emirate’s distinction as the GCC Capital of Tourism 2021.
Ras Al Khaimah New Year’s Eve fireworks currently holds five GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ titles, including the ‘Most Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Launching Fireworks Simultaneously’ and the ‘Longest Fireworks Waterfall’.
Shows: Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
0:00 Countdown of fireworks
0:58 Couple watching fireworks with masks
1:33 Marjan HQ Ext Day.
1:38 CU Flags
1:42 Boardroom, man explains plan on map/screen to 3 people
1:47 Man explaining and map on screen
1:51 Fingers point to detail on screen
1:55 Interview Abdullah Al Abdooli, Managing Director and CEO of Marjan.
“Within our team, we take a responsibility to ensure a safe and secure event, happening in the Emirate of Ras al Khaima. So what we decided this year, that we will be targeting the audience of Al Marjan Island and Al Hamra residents, and we will be celebrating with the rest of the people through the social media channels, and TV networks.”
2:25 Men assemble a satellite dish on the beach between two vehicles
2:30 Man checks cable connections and commands on a patch (XLR inputs)
2:44 Man pointing at color bars in multiple screens inside an Outside Broadcast Van.
2:53 CU preview screens, feeds from cameras onto the screens
3:00 CU “BEFORE ENTERING WASH YOUR HANDS” and another COVID19 sign
3:01 Crew and staff washing their hands in outside sink set-ups
3:04 Crew and staff washing their hands in outside sink set-ups
3:07 Bundles of fireworks
3:10 CU box with explosives warning “FIREWORKS”
3:13 4 crew members patching wires into fireworks
3:16 Over-shoulder of hands patching wires
3:19 Multiple numbered barges loaded with fireworks at the beach
3:25 Barge loaded with fireworks
3:33 Man inserting fireworks shell into cannon
3:37 Barge on the water, camera moves around revealing 2 people on board
3:42 Barges on the water being attended by 5 crew
3:47 Interview with Christophe Berthonneau, CEO, Creative Director, Groupe F “We are sending material from all around the world. So you have an Italian effect, you have a Spanish effect, you have a Chinese effect, you know, we mixed all the best we get, you know, to send to the sky”
4:02 Heavy-duty forklift moves barge 57 loaded with fireworks into the water-line as 7 crew attend, one tethers it to another barge
4:06 Barge being moved with forklift towards water.
4:12 Barge being placed gently into water, floats away
4:17 Barge floating in the water loaded with fireworks, backlit water
4:20 Multiple barges tethered together, pulled by small boat, silhouetted against backlit water
4:24 Barges floating on the water
4:26 Boat tethered to and pointing at 5 barges floating
4:29 Barges floating on water.
4:33 Multiple barges connected together floating like a dock
4:36 Wide Tugboat pushes multiple barges with breakwater in the background as small boat moves in the foreground, left to right
4:44 Interview with Christophe Berthonneau, CEO, Creative Director, Groupe F “This nice story is linked with a new [relationship] with [the] environment, you know, we have to make the equilibrium] between something very impressive, an event, and at the same time to try to come to something more, just in term of energy spend, in relation with what we do, is going to be the challenge for the next ten years, is to do better with less. And it is a challenge I love”
5:15 Wide shot from boat moving in a clockwise circle around a small boat tethered to a fireworks barge floating on water, 360 + islands in far background.
5:25 Wide, POV from boat moving anti-clockwise circling around a small boat with fireworks, another boat inside the circle, and close view of islands in background, POV pulls away
Source: Al Marjan Island
Location: Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
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