Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) - one of the seven emirates that makes up the United Arab Emirates - now holds the record for the world's largest fireworks aerial shell, according to Guinness.
Powered by 1,089.545kg of fireworks, the New Year’s Eve extravaganza lasted over 10 minutes and was witnessed by hundreds of thousands of revellers.
The record trumps the 2014 title set by the Kounosu fireworks festival in Sitama, Japan, which saw 464.826kg of firecrackers launched on 11 October 2014.
RAK’s shell reached a whopping 1,100 metres from the ground to the top-end of the display, measured 1km in diameter and took 15 seconds to reach its apex - before bursting into a kaleidoscope of colour.
But it’s not just record setting fireworks that have thrust Ras Al Khaimah firmly onto the world stage. The Middle Eastern emirate has also hit the headlines, having been selected as the host of World World Travel Awards Middle East Gala Ceremony 2018 (https://www.worldtravelawards.com/event/middle-east-2018).
Graham Cooke, Founder and President of World Travel Awards – widely dubbed the Oscars of the travel industry – said: “It will be an honour for World Travel Awards to visit Ras Al Khaimah for the first time in April 2018.
“Described as ‘the rising emirate’, RAK offers an enticing combination of luxury, outdoor activities, sandy beaches along the Persian Gulf, stunning scenery and a history stretching back 7,000 years.
“Make no mistake: this little know emirate will soon rival Dubai and Abu Dhabi as a hot UAE holiday destination.”