The Official Launch Ceremony

The opening ceremony of Burj Khalifa (Photo Source: Wikipedia)

4 January 2010 marked the  opening of Burj Khalifa, wherein they featured a display of 10,000 fireworks, light beams projected on and around the tower, and further sound, light and water effects. The celebratory lighting was designed by UK lighting designers Speirs and Major.

Different lighting sequences were choreographed, using the 868 powerful stroboscope lights that were integrated into the façade and spire of the tower, together with more than 50 different combinations of the other effects.

The event began with a short film which depicted the story of Dubai and the evolution of Burj Khalifa followed by the displays of sound, light, water and fireworks. The portion of the show consisting of the various pyrotechnic, lighting, water and sound effects was divided into three.

The first part was primarily a light and sound show, which took as its theme the link between desert flowers and the new tower, and was coordinated with the Dubai Fountain and pyrotechnics.

The second portion, called ‘Heart Beat’, represented the construction of the tower in a dynamic light show with the help of 300 projectors which generated a shadow-like image of the tower.

In the third act, sky tracers and space cannons enveloped the tower in a halo of white light, which expanded as the lighting rig on the spire activated.

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Hundreds of media outlets from around the world reported live from the scene. Thousand of people attended the momentous launching.The ceremony was relayed live on a giant screen on Burj Park Island, as well as several television screens placed across the Downtown Dubai development.

On the launching of Burj Khalifa, during the unveiling of the nameplate, His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, said:   “We built the high rise for people with strong will and determination. The highest point in the world should be linked to the big names and I announce today [Monday] the opening of Burj Khalifa Bin Zayed.  Today, the UAE has put a new spotlight on the world map.”

After the formal opening of the sensational skyscraper, eight skydivers appeared in the sky carrying UAE flags and pictures of Shaikh Mohammad and Shaikh Khalifa, culminating their skill by landing right in front of Shaikh Mohammad and witnessed by thousands of UAE residents who crowded onto the Dubai Mall promenade and surrounding area.

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A breathtaking fireworks which displayed the building to its full height served as the highest thrill of the launch.

To see a video of it’s launching, you may visit:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOVQvyEOBac