Arabian Gulf on Fire: Fireworks in Kuwait

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Gulf on Fire : Kuwait Fireworks display  November  10,2012

One of the unforgettable highlight from my Expat life in Kuwait was witnessing the 50th Golden Anniversary of Constitution  with tons of bang & fireworks last November 10,2012.It was the best fireworks display I have ever seen in my entire life! My neck was cramped and felt sore from an hour of looking up into the colorful skies. I have never seen so much beautiful fireworks , only on that particular Saturday night.The Arabian Gulf was really on fire, and looking at the Kuwait Towers, it was an amazing sight.

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Waiting for the show to begin
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Kuwait Towers amidst the fireworks display last Nov.10,2012

This country has more than enough money to throw on a 1-hour fireworks display amounting to $15 Million or approximately 4.163 Million KD! Imagine that…

About 77,282  individual fireworks were launched over a 3-mile-long (5 kilometers) stretch of coastline in Kuwait City over the course of 64 minutes. The intense show was part of the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the nation’s constitution. The elaborate spectacle broke a previous record set in Portugal in December 2006, when pyrotechnics experts set off some 66,326 fireworks across 37 launch sites on the island of Madeira.

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Kuwait made it into Guinness World records by displaying this extravagant fireworks display ever in the whole world. It’s grandeur can’t be compared to the fireworks displays during New Year or America’s 4th of July! I felt so lucky to witness this event and observed how organized chaos within the crowds could stir up so much excitement. I was one of the thousands of Expatriates and citizens who lined up the shores of Arabian Gulf and waited for hours to witness the show. Young and old, mothers with babies, and every single one waits in much anticipation. The Gulf road was partially closed to accommodate the huge crowds hours before the celebration begins. We went here 3 hours before the celebration because the traffic was so bad and we can’t find a space to park the car. The celebration included various activities to entertain the whole family. During the day, there were airplane shows and sea shows apart from parachute, acrobatic, and kite shows.

Whenever I see fireworks, I can’t help but to remember that one Saturday night in a chilly November, I have seen the Gulf on fire….

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