Spectacular sound, light, water and fireworks to mark BURJ KHALIFA inauguration
Monday, January 4th, 2010
The inauguration of Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, developed by Emaar Properties, will feature a spectacular display of sound, light, water and fireworks on the evening of January 4, 2010. 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 Khalifa 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 Khalifa itself.
Powerful strobe lights will be fixed near the pinnacle of the tower, and six 'narrow beam' search lights 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 Khalifa, Heart Beat, and From Dubai & 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 Khalifa including the Waterfront Promenade, will broadcast the inauguration in real-time. Hundreds of international media, including Dubai TV, will report live from the scene.
The public can watch at the inauguration ceremony from the Waterfront Promenade adjacent to The Dubai Mall.
The inauguration performance begins with a short film which depicts the story of Dubai and the evolution of Burj Khalifa as the world's tallest building. A precisely choreographed sound, light, water and fireworks display then follows.
The first act in the light & sound show, themed 'From the Desert Flower to Burj Khalifa,' is a co-ordinated water, light and firework display. Guests can watch the unfolding of the desert lily, Hymenocallis, the design inspiration of Burj Khalifa. The segment ends with a rhythmic water and fireworks show.
The second act, 'Heart Beat,' captures the construction of the tower in a dynamic light show. An astonishing example of technological innovation, the display recreates the effect of a beating heart and uses no fewer than 300 'space canon projectors' to generate a shadow-like image of the tower.
In the third act, 'From Dubai and the UAE to the World,' sky tracers and space canons envelop the tower in a strong halo of white light before reproducing the sun beams of the Emaar corporate logo. These then expand in all directions as the lighting rig on the tower's spire activates.
In its spectacular finale, the show will feature an impressive show of 10,000 firework effects on and from the tower, envisaged as the highest in the world. The sparkling display will illuminate the entire Downtown Burj Khalifa area.
Mr. Ahmad Al Matrooshi, Managing Director, UAE, Emaar Properties, said that the performance would be unprecedented and symbolic of Burj Khalifas's pioneering status.
"Just as Burj Khalifa leaves an indelible impression on the mind's eye, so the performance dedicated to the tower's inauguration on January 4 will be a memory to cherish."
Standing at more than 800 metres (2,625 ft) high and with over 160 storeys, Burj Khalifa is the world's tallest building developed by Emaar Properties. The tower anchors the 500-acre Downtown Burj Khalifa community, described as the new heart of the city.
Text and Photograph: Barbara Schumacher