Sheikh Zayed Festival New Year's Eve

Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Dazzling and record-breaking multimedia drone display celebrated 2024 at the Sheikh Zayed Festival’s New Year’s Eve event by AO Multimedia & Drones and AirGlow

An estimated one million people witnessed a record-breaking, 3,300-strong drone show, including 1000 pyro drones, at Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Festival to celebrate New Year’s Eve, which proved to be the Festival’s most ambitious drone display yet. It was a multi-discipline and four-record breaking event taking in of our world-leading LED drones including pyro drones and super-high-output FALCON searchlights as well as the world’s strongest lasers to create ‘a record-breaking symphony of light and movement’. The light, drone & laser show was choreographed to an upbeat soundtrack and embedded within a lighting design by renowned lighting designer, Jerry P. Appelt, and a one-hour-long fireworks display.

A highlight of the celebrations saw the pyro drones igniting a falcon and, later, the new year ‘2024’ numbers high in the sky, following a countdown to midnight created by the drones. Dedicated software enabled the VJ to programme the LED drones through video animation, with the 400-metre-wide grid of drones serving as a huge pixel canvas in the night sky. A falcon bird with flamed wings, morphing shapes and festival slogans were formed, including the “UAE: Uniting Civilizations” theme.

For the first time in Abu Dhabi, we unleashed two of the brand-new 600W lasers – which are one of the world’s strongest laser engines – with scenic integration to add immense power to the display. The show set an Official Guinness World Record for the biggest aerial logo flown by multirotor/drones, and was created in collaboration with UAE-based partner AirGlow.

Falcon made of drone lights and pyro drones for Sheikh Zayed Festival NYE 2023-24
Guinness World Record breaking drone sculpture - the biggest logo created by multirotor / drones during Sheikh Zayed Festival New Year's Eve celebration
Multimedia spectacle with record breaking drone show for Sheikh Zayed Festival New Year's Eve 2023-24
Falcon sculpture made by drones and framed by a FALCON searchlight twister above Sheikh Zayed Festival
Multimedia spectacle with record breaking drone show for Sheikh Zayed Festival New Year's Eve 2023-24
Sheikh Zayed Festival’s New Year’s Eve celebration – Multimedia show highlights

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