Posted by: englishdubai | November 21, 2008

Up in Smoke

Yesterday the world’s largest to date firework display marked the opening of the Atlantis Hotel on the Palm. Kylie performed to some 2000 celebrities followed by a display of pyrotechnics that was simply amazing. The cost for the whole show? An amazing $30m. Not bad in times of global recession.

I was having a few people around at my place for a drink so at midnight we thought we might as well go to the beach and have a look. After a short walk we found the beach to thronging with people. The more prepared had brought deck chairs and camera tripods. I had just hastily grabbed my camera and wished I had picked my tripod up as well. After about a 20 minute wait the whole palm jumeriah sprang to life in a dazzlingly display. Bearing in mind we were watching about four kilometres it was still spectacular. The finale saw the best for last and I was glad to get a decent picture of it from the 60 or so blurry ones I had:

Afterwards we headed back to my place for a more drinks and a little more SingStar. Here Catherine and Duncan are doing their best impression of Kylie and Robbie Williams:

It is a night I will never forget and to truly appreciate the scale of the fireworks display have a look at this CNN clip on youtube:


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