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Spectacular show to mark occasion

The wait is finally over. Burj Dubai, the world's tallest building, is ready to welcome visitors.

Emaar Properties, developer of this iconic project, will dedicate the tower to the people of Dubai and the UAE in a colourful ceremony, which will feature a spectacular display of sound, light, water and fireworks on Monday evening.

A festive atmosphere will mark Downtown Burj Dubai throughout the day on Monday, with a variety of activities taking place themed on UAE culture and heritage, which will be witnessed by over 6000 invited guests including celebrities.

Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties, said that the inauguration of Burj Dubai is a public event because the tower is a source of pride for the whole UAE community. The Burj Dubai now belongs to the people of Dubai and the UAE.

"Burj Dubai touches everyone in Dubai and the UAE, as well as the millions of people who visit this great city and country every year. The inauguration of Burj Dubai is therefore an occasion for the people; a celebration of their achievements."

He said that the Burj Dubai is another demonstration of Dubai's ability to achieve what few people thought possible.

"The tower is a global icon. Moreover, it represents the determination and optimism of Dubai as a truly world city. It is a powerful symbol for the entire Arab world," he added.

Ahmad Al Matrooshi, Managing Director of Emaar Properties (UAE), also promised that the performance would be unprecedented and symbolic of Burj Dubai's pioneering status.

"Just as Burj Dubai leaves an indelible impression on the mind's eye, so the performance dedicated to the tower's inauguration will be a memory to cherish," he added.

A combination of dazzling fireworks, light beams, choreographed water displays, and sound & music effects will describe the evolution of the world's most iconic new building in a breathtaking sensory journey.

In all, 868 high-powered "stroboscope" lights will be integrated into the facade of Burj Dubai and the tower's spire - and each stroboscope will be fired individually to create a series of hypnotic lighting sequences.

The entire display is controlled by a sophisticated arrangement of ultra high-tech IT systems, which choreograph at least 50 different sequences of lighting, fireworks, water and sound effects.

Event experts from France, Britain and the United States collaborated on the project, demonstrating the global spirit of teamwork, which defines Burj Dubai itself.

Powerful strobe lights will be fixed near the pinnacle of the tower, and six "narrow beam" searchlights will be positioned 700 metres up the tower.

The entire inauguration show consists of a pre-show and three themed acts - From the Desert Flower to Burj Dubai, Heart Beat, and From Dubai and the UAE to the World - and a firework finale.

A giant screen on Burj Park Island, as well as several television screens placed across Downtown Burj Dubai including the Waterfront Promenade, will broadcast the inauguration in real-time.

The public can watch at the inauguration ceremony from the Waterfront Promenade adjacent to The Dubai Mall.

Article by: BY IMRAN MOJIB / Gulf Today
Posted on: 04/01/2010

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