Dubai will welcome the world this New Year’s Eve with a spectacular fireworks display that highlights the monumental achievements and futuristic developments of the nation at the Downtown Dubai New Year’s Eve Gala.

Celebrating national pride through a series of themed fireworks crescendos, the New Year’s Eve Gala by Emaar Properties will be a joyous visual performance set against the night-sky of Dubai.

In a sweeping expanse that traverses the entire 500-acre Downtown Dubai neighbourhood, the fireworks show will expand in a visual connect through vantage points across the city, serving as a symbolic bridge between the present and future of Dubai.

Precisely choreographed to a sound-track, which has been specially developed for the celebration, the pyrotechnics display will bring to life several milestone moments and artistic interpretations in fireworks of a falcon flying high, swirling comets, and Arabian dance forms, among others.

In a befitting ode to the Expo 2020 Dubai, the fireworks sequence will also recreate the design of the global event’s logo, inspired by the 4,000-year-old ring discovered by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President & Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, at the Sarouq Al Hadeed site.

Other crescendos that will captivate visitors include the midnight moment that ushers in 2017 followed by colourful brush strokes enveloping Burj Khalifa, the global icon. The finale of the event will be a breathtaking display in pyrotechnics celebrating Dubai’s new futuristic icon.

In washes of rainbow colours, specialised red and white comet shows, and LED shows, the pyrotechnics will be displayed from Burj Khalifa, Dubai Opera and various other buildings in Downtown Dubai using the latest technologies.

The music for the fireworks is light-hearted and inspired by Middle Eastern melodies, with a series of compelling crescendos that match the scale of the fireworks.

To be broadcast live, the entire sequence of the fireworks, all the way up to Dubai Creek Harbour, can be watched on big screens in Downtown Dubai as well as online at

Special viewing galleries will be set up for visitors to Downtown Dubai to take part in the celebration. They are recommended to arrive before 6pm and to use public transport with Dubai Metro to have extended operating hours.

Dubai Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing, Roads & Transport Authority, Dubai Police, Dubai Civil Defence and Dubai Health Authority, among other governmental entities, will support Dubai’s New Year’s Eve celebrations.

• What: Downtown Dubai New Year’s Eve Gala

• When: December 31, 2016

• Where: Downtown Dubai

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James Bond stars join exhibition curators and dignitaries for the launch of ‘Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style’Exhibition runs from November 14, 2016 until February 13, 2017
Dubai, UAE; November 13; 2016: ‘Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style’ exhibition officially opened today at Burj Khalifa ANNEX at a press event attended by stars, exhibition curators, VIPs and dignitaries.

Marking over 50 years of the Bond franchise, the event was fronted by a star-studded panel, which included Caterina Murino – who played the leading lady in Casino Royale; Irka Bochenko – The Blonde Beauty in Moonraker; and Tonia Sotiropoulou – who starred in Skyfall; alongside EON Archive Director, Meg Simmonds; and guest curator, Bronwyn Cosgrave. They took an in-depth look at the craft behind creating a multi-billion-dollar franchise and the difficult process of selecting the very best props, costumes and memorabilia for the exhibition, from the extensive archive.

Irka Bochenko, Bond Girl, Moonraker commented on the exhibition: “Launching this fantastic exhibition in the incredible city of Dubai – which I have come to cherish throughout my many visits – is a beautiful way to celebrate the invincible agent, 007. It’s a privilege to be part of the ‘Bond’ family and I’m honoured to be in Dubai to attend the event launch of the celebrations at Burj Khalifa. Welcome to Dubai Mr. Bond!”

‘Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style’ is expertly curated to highlight the craft behind the cinema icon – James Bond – focusing on its distinctly British luxuriance. Presenting the design and style of the, now, more than half-century old franchise, ‘Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style’ unveils the craft behind the sets, the music, gadgets, vehicles, technology and fashion – in a showcase never seen before in the Middle East. On showcase are items including Scaramanga’s Golden Gun from The Man with the Golden Gun and Daniel Craig’s wardrobe from Casino Royale, the Spectre Aston Martin DB10 and more.

Ahmad Al Falasi, Executive Director – Group Operations, Emaar Properties, said: “Designing 007 is shaking up the Dubai entertainment landscape, as the latest international high-profile event and another first for the Middle East. Dubai is an ideal host for the exhibition, offering a distinct synergy for design masterpieces, and a unique level of excitement that Burj Khalifa and James Bond evoke. Over the next three months, visitors to Downtown Dubai can revel in all things ‘Bond’ in a series of exciting showcases.”

Since its successful debut at the Barbican Centre, London, in 2012, ‘Designing 007’ has been exhibited in Toronto, Shanghai, Melbourne, Moscow, Rotterdam, Madrid, Mexico City and Paris.

Neil McConnon, Head of Barbican International Enterprises, Barbican Centre, said: “Barbican Centre is delighted to have the opportunity to bring ‘Designing 007’ to Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Dubai’s dynamism, glamour and energy are in many ways the perfect setting for Bond. We hope the audience here will enjoy taking a journey through the craftsmanship and artistry that have made Bond so enduring.”

The ‘Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style’ exhibition is staged in Dubai by Colina Capital and Koutoulou Art+Events, in association with Emaar; it is brought to you by Visa in association with OSN.

Ibrahim Selim Ergoz, Country Manager, Visa – UAE, Qatar and Pakistan, said: “James Bond is perhaps the most iconic movie franchise of all time and many of the exhibits on display will be instantly recognisable to visitors. Our association with the franchise stretches back to the Pierce Brosnan era and connects Visa’s innovation with Bond’s iconic gadgets. Throughout the exhibition’s run, Visa cardholders will be able to enjoy a number of exclusive benefits, including discounted tickets, giving them unrivalled access to what is sure to be a must see attraction in Dubai.”

Emad Morcos, Chief Content Officer at OSN, said: “As the region’s leading pay-TV network, OSN not only brings the latest Bond movies straight into homes before anyone else in the Middle East, but by offering an exclusive and dedicated Bond channel, we truly set ourselves apart from the competition. The new OSN Movies HD 007, is a 7-week Bond spectacular, marking the first time in the region that all 24 blockbuster movies will appear together, on one channel, and all in stunning High Definition. The lineup of timeless classics will give fans across the region the chance to binge-watch their favourite Bond films back-to-back, anywhere, any time and on any device.”

Tickets for ‘Designing 007’ are now available at with special packages which include At the Top, Burj Khalifa access, Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo entry, or Reel Cinemas James Bond screening tickets also available. The exhibition runs from November 14, 2016 until February 13, 2017.

Burj Khalifa, the global icon by Emaar Properties, has introduced 12 advanced telescopes at its observation decks on Level 124 and Level 125 that will offer unmatched panoramic views of the city and beyond to visitors.

The newly introduced telescopes feature full HD camera with high zoom and are being introduced in any observatory across the world for the first time. With deep zoom functionality, they offer giga-panoramic views during day or night. With a multi-touch 22 inch high-end ruggedized screen, the views are unmatched with several astonishing new features to be added on shortly.

Six of the new telescopes are stationed on Level 124 as part of the At the Top, Burj Khalifa experience. The other six are on Level 125, a part of the two-phase At the Top, Burj Khalifa SKY journey that takes visitors through Level 125 and Level 148, at the impressive height of 555 metres – which holds the Guinness World Record for the highest observation deck.

Level 125 also features signature Viewfinders enabling them to explore the city in vivid details. ‘Dubai – A Falcon’s Eye View’ that provides visitors the opportunity to experience Dubai from an entirely unique perspective. They can go on a virtual tour across prominent destinations of Dubai, hovering above the city like a falcon.

The use of these advanced telescopes for free for all visitors. They can also experience a brand-new spiral flight that connects Levels 124 and Levels 125.

To book tickets for At the Top, Burj Khalifa and At the Top, Burj Khalifa SKY, log on to:

Tickets can also be purchased from the starting point of the At the Top, Burj Khalifa journey at The Dubai Mall. For more information please call, 800 AT THE TOP (288 438 67) or visit:

Burj Khalifa has opened doors to its high-end fitness and wellness retreat, The Burj Club, now offering memberships and day passes for non-members, who can access the fitness centres, spa, rooftop pool, lounge and indoor lap pool.

Located next to Burj Khalifa, The Burj Club has defined its reputation as the city’s most exclusive wellness retreat. Earlier open only for invited members, Burj Khalifa is now opening up the facility for more people, led by the strong demand from Dubai residents and visitors.

Ahmad Al Falasi, Executive Director, Group Operations, Emaar Properties, said: “The Burj Club has redefined the wellness and fitness scene of Dubai with its unbeatable combination of a prime location, extraordinary facilities and personalised attention by dedicated trainers. We are now extending access to The Burj Club and guests can indulge in a range of wellness and keep fit activities while enjoying panoramic views of the city including The Dubai Fountain. The tranquil spaces that it offers are a must-visit attraction for all wellness enthusiasts.”

Set over five levels, The Burj Club is a 6,320 square metre facility that includes fitness centres offering optimal workout space and featuring fully customisable state-of-the-art equipment. One level is reserved exclusively for ladies with a modern gymnasium and two fitness studios.

Offering an oasis of seclusion against the backdrop of The Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa is The Rooftop Pool and Lounge. Savour tempting cuisine and relish signature beverages with family and friends at The Rooftop. The chic venue offers a Miami-meets-Manhattan vibe with plush cabanas and lounge beds overlooking Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Fountain. Yoga lessons are offered during sunset set to resplendent views.

Another highlight of The Burj Club is the indoor, semi-Olympic size lap pool with dedicated changing facilities, aqua classes and special ladies only aqua morning sessions.

The Spa at The Burj Club is spread over two floors – one level for ladies and gents each – equipped with sauna, steam room and experience showers. The relaxation areas overlook the fascinating vistas of Downtown Dubai and beyond. Expert professionals offer a wide range of relaxing and rejuvenating body treatments, massages and facials.

The Burj Club offers fitness classes for members and non-members in circuit training, KO8 training and aqua aerobics, while swimming lessons are offered for both adults and children.

The Burj Club is a fascinating addition to the world-class lifestyle experiences in Downtown Dubai, the 500-acre mega-development of Emaar, described as ‘The Centre of Now.’

The inaugural Dubai Collections, held at The Annex, Burj Khalifa, once again defined the status of Dubai as a definitive fashion destination and trend-setter.

Hundreds of visitors attended the fashion event that showcased collections from some of the region’s most talented young designers.

Six runway shows, two fashion presentations and six innovative pop-up boutiques were held as part of Dubai Collections. Visitors also had the opportunity to gain insights on how best to raise the profile of the regional designers in the global fashion arena through two lively talks by industry experts.

The Dubai Collections ‘Fashion Gallery’, which charted the designers’ fashion journeys and provided a greater depth of understanding of the story and history behind each brand, was another highlight of the event.

The first day of Dubai Collections saw runway shows by Endemage, Arwa Al Banawi and House of Nomad and a fashion presentation by Mochi, all showcasing their Autumn/Winter 16 collections.

Omani designers Endemage turned to their roots for inspiration for their collection, picking up references from their hometown’s mountains and natural springs by incorporating stronger colours and more intricate embroidery into their now-iconic, flowing silhouettes.

Arwa Al Banawi’s collection, entitled ‘Al Bidaya’ (the beginning) saw the designer reflecting on her heritage, channelling Saudi Arabia’s rich culture and great achievements with a modern take on a traditional ‘bisht’ (cloak) in golden brown, richly embroidered blazers and scarves adorned with Arabic calligraphy, as well as more contemporary pieces.

The House of Nomad design duo looked further afield, taking inspiration for their AW16 designs from last season’s trip to Paris. Parisians and their way of life – always so chic, effortless and enigmatic – are reflected in the label’s pared down, more minimalist silhouettes and autumnal palette of the new collection.

Mochi turned to Africa for inspiration, a part of the world with special significance for the designer as it was location of her wedding. Her AW16 ready-to-wear collection is the perfect representation of day-to-night style, featuring African glass beadwork embroidery – an intriguing and important symbol of tradition in African culture – modernised by placing meaningful symbols on an array of hand printed cotton fabrics.

Friday saw runway shows by Taller Marmo, Dima Ayad and Madiyah Al Sharqi and a fashion presentation from Bouguessa. All four designers were also presenting their AW16 collections.

Taller Marmo’s muse is the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra. The designs mix the mundane with the extraordinary, being both fierce and fabulous. The AW16 collection’s silhouettes are mainly loose tunics, kaftans and ponchos, in dark hues, mixed with metallic threads, fringes and tufts giving the clothes a three-dimensional quality.

Dima Ayad’s AW16 collection is a continued evolution of her love for shapes, structures and unexpected cutaways. Form-fitting dresses made of French lace, and carefully placed sequins, combine to form designs that accentuate the female form in vivacious colours.

For her AW16 collection Madiyah Al Sharqi focuses on her appreciation for beautiful fabrics, sophisticated needlework, and a delicate design aesthetic. This is juxtaposed with hints of a military influence, achieved by the use of shearling, leather and lambskin in contemporary cuts and silhouettes.

For the fashion presentation, Bouguessa sought inspiration from the Dubai skyline, and the mystical hues and lights of its skyscrapers. She introduced a deeper, more intense colour palette and experimented with textures to create designs that are both classic and modern.

In a first for the region, the designers showcased were specially invited to take part by a special committee of fashion industry professionals and leading influencers. The event was also endorsed by Dubai Design & Fashion Council, supporting its mission to nurture the next generation of talent in the region.

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The iconic Burj Khalifa has unveiled a new attraction that will spellbind visitors to At the Top, Burj Khalifa, the popular observation deck on Level 124. A brand-new spiral flight is now open connecting Levels 124 and Levels 125.

While Level 124 is home to At the Top, Burj Khalifa, the observation deck that opened in 2010, Level 125 is part of the At the Top Burj Khalifa SKY journey that takes visitors to the World’s Highest Observation Deck on Level 148.

However, from now, visitors who opt for the At the Top, Burj Khalifa experience can also tour Level 125 free of cost with the opening of the new spiral flight, effectively doubling their delight.

Premium ticket holders to At the Top, Burj Khalifa SKY now have the opportunity to visit all three levels 124, 125 and 148, which is the crowning glory at 555 metres high. Each of the levels offers a distinguished experience.

They will now have additional space to move about and absorb views of the city, especially during sunset, when the attraction is at its busiest.

The spiral flight, with 36 steps in white oak and spanning a length of 100 metres, is adorned with a crystal LED chandelier, and enclosed in a glass clad facade that open to scintillating views of the city.

After enjoying the views from Level 124, visitors can now explore one level higher, which serves as a tribute to Arab arts and culture. The entire level is slickly designed and features a Masharabiya motif as part of the décor’s central theme.

Here, visitors can take in 360 degree views of the city with signature Viewfinders enabling them to explore the city in vivid details. ‘Dubai – A Falcon’s Eye View’ is another not-to-miss attraction at Level 125 that allows visitors to witness Dubai with an entirely unique perspective.

The construction of the spiral flight too is a construction marvel accomplished with no intrusion into the existing services. Work was undertaken through 24-hour shifts in 1,200 man-hours and conceptualized by deploying 3D modelling techniques.

The spiral flight is built with 60 metric tonnes of steel, 700 square metres of glass, and 350 sq metres of stainless steel cladding. At any point in time, 150 people can pass through the stairway.

Ticket prices are currently an average of AED 125 for At the Top, Burj Khalifa, and AED 500 for At the Top, Burj Khalifa SKY. For bookings, log on to:

Tickets can also be purchased from the starting point of the At the Top, Burj Khalifa journey at The Dubai Mall. For more information please call, 800 AT THE TOP (288 438 67) or visit:

Emaar Properties saluted Kuwait and its people on the occasion of the Kuwaiti National Day with a spectacular illumination of Burj Khalifa in the colours of the National Flags of Kuwait and the UAE.

Through the colourful illumination, Emaar joined the UAE’s leadership and people in extending their felicitations to the leadership and people of Kuwait on the joyous occasion. It also marks a visual expression of the spirit of solidarity across the GCC region.

At 828 metres (2,716.5 ft), Burj Khalifa holds the Guinness World Records for the Tallest Building, the Tallest Man-made Structure on Land Ever, Highest Restaurant from Ground Level for At.mosphere and the World’s Highest Observation Deck for At the Top, Burj Khalifa SKY. For more information, please visit:

World’s tallest building launches new educational programme for schools

At the Top, Burj Khalifa is launching ‘360 Degrees of Learning’, a unique programme for school children designed to educate them on the world’s tallest building. As the region’s iconic landmark, Burj Khalifa is an engineering marvel that serves as inspiration to ambitious kids on the power of hard work and believing in your dreams.

School groups taking part in ‘360 Degrees of Learning’ can choose between a standard visit to At the Top, Burj Khalifa Level 124 or quite literally take learning to new heights, by holding their first lesson of the day in a special classroom on Level 125.

As part of ‘360 Degrees of Learning’ children will watch a fun and informative documentary that takes them through Dubai’s exotic heritage and tells the story behind the inspiration and construction of Burj Khalifa, as well as detailing some jaw dropping statistics about the world’s tallest building.

Once the film concludes, kids can then test their knowledge on Burj Khalifa with a series of interactive challenges that have been designed especially to encourage team work. A set of age specific work sheets have also been created that can be used by schools after the visit for projects and follow-up work.

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Did You Know?

• At 828 metres (2,716.5 ft), the 200 plus storey Burj Khalifa has 160 habitable levels, the most of any building in the world.

• The building holds four Guinness World Records; the Tallest Building, the Tallest Man-made Structure on Land Ever, the ‘Highest Observation Deck’ for ‘At the Top’ and Highest Restaurant from Ground Level for At.mosphere.

• Burj Khalifa is three times the height of the Eiffel Tower and twice the height of the Empire State Building.

• There are 57 elevators within the tower, with the fastest one travelling at a speed of 10 meters per second.

Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building by global developer Emaar Properties, marked its sixth anniversary by releasing its first dedicated postage stamp. The commemorative stamp, launched in partnership with Emirates Post, depicts Burj Khalifa rising majestically above Downtown Dubai at sunset in all its resplendent glory.

Ahmad Al Falasi, Executive Director – Group Operations, Emaar Properties, said: “Burj Khalifa is a global icon and the pride of our nation. One of the world’s most visited tourist attractions, it is also a compelling testament to the can-do ability of Dubai and the city’s focus on promoting global partnerships. An architectural marvel that pushes the boundaries of engineering and construction, Burj Khalifa has become one of the most photographed monuments in the past six years. The launch of the commemorative stamp is a fitting tribute to the vision behind Burj Khalifa and the years of hard work by thousands of professionals around the world that went into building it.”

Fahad Al Hosani, Acting CEO of Emirates Post Group, said: “Emirates Post Group is delighted to issue stamps on Burj Khalifa, which is a symbol of pride and the pinnacle of international achievement for the UAE. For six years Burj Khalifa has been in the international spotlight and we are very happy to commemorate the 6th anniversary of its opening through these beautiful stamps.”

Ibrahim Bin Karam, Chief Commercial Officer of Emirates Post Group, added: “It gives us great pleasure to release these special stamps on the sixth anniversary of Burj Khalifa. Emirates Post Group always goes the extra mile to support projects that bring glory and prestige to the UAE. These stamps will help promote Burj Khalifa and the UAE in all corners of the globe.”

The stamp now officially released will also be on sale at the retail kiosks at At the Top, Burj Khalifa, the observation deck. They have been issued in denomination of AED 3, along with a souvenir sheet and first day cover.

A ‘post office corner’ will also be introduced to At the Top, Burj Khalifa SKY world’s highest observation deck. Here, visitors can send friends and family the special souvenir post card, with the official stamp, from ‘Burj Khalifa Heights’.

The At the Top, Burj Khalifa journey includes two experiences: Visitors can experience At the Top, Burj Khalifa SKY tours, which cover both Level 125 and Level 148 and features an outdoor terrace and premium lounge, while At the Top, Burj Khalifa takes them to the observation deck on Level 124.

At 828 metres (2,716.5 ft), the 200 plus storey Burj Khalifa has 160 habitable levels, the most of any building in the world. The building holds four Guinness World Records; the Tallest Building, the Tallest Man-made Structure on Land Ever, the ‘Highest Observation Deck’ for ‘At the Top’ and Highest Restaurant from Ground Level for At.mosphere. At the Top, Burj Khalifa, has been voted as the ‘Best Attraction in the World 2015.’*

Burj Khalifa is one of Top 3 tourist attractions globally for taking selfies, just behind after Eiffel Tower in Paris and Disneyland, Florida, and ahead of Empire State Building in New York City and London’s Big Ben.**

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