Two Guinness World’s Record Attempts For Largest New Year Fireworks & Drone Display

Saturday 1st January 2022

#RAKNYE 2022 to mesmerise visitors with fireworks display that aims to set two Guinness World Records

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The Emirates of Ras Al Khaimah sets Two Guinness World Record for Largest New Year 2022 Fireworks and Drone Display

- 1st January 2022, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates:

Vision: Pyro Drones setting Guinness World Record for ‘Most Remote Operated Multirotors/Drones Launching Fireworks Simultaneously’. Audience watching from shore. Fireworks setting Guinness World Record for the ‘Highest Altitude Multirotor/Drone Firework Display’. Audience watching. Fireworks. Presentation of Guinness World Records. Pyro Drones being tested and assembled. Fireworks being assembled and rigged on shore and on barges prior to New Year’s Eve. Wide aerial shots of Marjan Island. 

Story: Ras Al Khaimah, UAE; January 1, 2022: In one of the world’s most spectacular New Year’s Eve events, the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah captivated visitors from around the world with mesmerising pyrotechnics show that broke two GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™. 

Organised by Marjan, with the support of Ras Al Khaimah’s government entities and designed and produced by GroupeF, the dazzling 12-minute show broke the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the ‘Highest Altitude Multirotor/Drone Fireworks Display’ with a the tower of fireworks 1,000 metres high, taller than any skyscraper in the world. 

The show also clinched another GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ for the ‘Most Remote Operated Multirotors/Drones Launching Fireworks Simultaneously’, with more than 500 drones launching fireworks simultaneously to create an inspiring ‘Happy New Year’ visual over the Arabian Gulf skyline. 

More than 15,000 fireworks were used in the show, which were designed at European factories and handcrafted by historic families. More than 130 sea pontoons were also used to launch the fireworks. The pyrotechnic performances spanned an area of over 4.7 kilometres and were specially choreographed to reflect the joy of reunion with six themes set to epic orchestral music. 

The event was verified by an official adjudicator from GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™. Following the fireworks gala, George Saad and Biljana Halim received the Guinness World Records titles from the adjudicator. 

#RAKNYE 2020 fireworks display was conducted in a six-act sequence starting with the countdown just before midnight. Ushering in the New Year with a spectacular 1,000-metre-tall tower of lights, the next act was a ‘Happy New Year’ message written in the sky with firework drones. This was followed by a tribute to the UAE backed by orchestral music, celebrating the achievements of the nation and its people. It segued to the next act when hundreds of drones displayed the UAE’s 50th Anniversary logo. The finale was in two parts – a multi-colour display of lights and a super-massive expanse of white that illuminated the skyline. 

Various government entities contributed to the success of the event including Marjan, Ras Al Khaimah Police, Ras Al Khaimah Government Media Office, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, Ras Al Khaimah Chamber of Commerce, Public Works, Ras Al Khaimah Municipality, Al Hamra and others.

Shows: Ras Al Khaimah, UAE; January 1, 2022 & File

0:00 Fireworks display 1000m tower and Happy New Year 

0:11 Fireworks display. 

0:23 ‘I love RAK’ written by nano drones

0:29 50th Anniversary ‘50’ written by nano drones

0:34 ‘2022’ written by nano drones 

0:42 2nd Tower of drones 

0:47 General fireworks. 

1:22 Guinness World Record presentation. “I can definitely confirm that the city of Ras Al Khaimah today has achieved a number of 452 drones. Congratulations’

1:51 On behalf of Guinness World Records it gives me great pleasure to announce the new record title for the highest altitude multi rotor drones fireworks display and the most fireworks displayed by drones. Congratulations you are officially amazing’. 

2:05 Aerial of Al Marjan Island. Sunset.

2:15  Planning meeting with Al Marjan and Ras Al Khaimah police and civil defence. Abdullah Al Abdouli, CEO, Marjan, briefing civil defence. 

2:24 Screen with animation of ‘Highest Altitude Multirotor/Drone Firework Display’

2:26 Mid shot of planning meeting with Al Marjan and Ras Al Khaimah police and civil defence.

2:29 Removing small pyrodrone from flight case. 

2:33 Placing small pyrodrones on take off area. 

2:37 Preparing large pyrodrones. 

2:46 Interview: Christophe Berthonneau, President and Artistic Director, Groupe F “Here we are changing the rules of fireworks because we are using drones to lift the pyro in the sky”.

2:55 Man walking down line of large pyrodrones. 

2:57 Interior of drone control area. 

3:02 Interview: Jonas Bidault, Project Manager, Groupe F “So on the top of the fireworks we are using drones. We are using different kinds of drones. We are using some small nano drones and they are supposed to make light but we managed also to put some pyro on it so it will be something very new”. 

3:17  Placing small pyrodrones on launch area at night. 

3:24 Small pyrodrones control area. Computer display of small pyrodrones locations before flight. 

3:29  Small pyrodrones lighting up in green before take off. 

3:34  Interview: Jonas Bidault, Project Manager, Groupe F “Our goal this year is to realise the first one kilometre tower with drones”.

3:40 Large pyrodrones taking off on test flight. Large pyrodrones begin forming 1000 metre tower in test flight. 

3:51 Firework preparation. 

4:13  Fireworks being prepared on barges. 

4:23 Small catarmarans with fireworks being towed out.

4:35 Barges being pushed into position by tug boat. 

Barges being anchored into position. 

4:52 Wide aerial shot of Al Marjan island. 



Source: Al Marjan Island

Location: Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

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