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Drones Light Up Skies Across the Globe, Welcoming 2024

The skies are alive on New Year's eve from all over the world.


Drone show 2024
Credit: PA Media

Various countries across the globe welcomed 2024 by turning the skies into a spectacular canvas of colours using not only fireworks and lights but drones as well. Drones in particular have become a common attraction during such shows and celebrations as discussions about it being a more environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional fireworks gain traction.


These aerial vehicles are usually equipped with LED lights that can output a wide range of colours, and when hundreds are used in a synchronised fashion, they can create images and patterns in the sky.


China, for example, this year used an army of drones – likely numbering more than a thousand – to create a moving image of a dragon. In the Chinese zodiac, 2024 is the year of the wood dragon. It's unclear, however, when and where the drone show happened.


South Korea wanted to similarly use drones to create the image of a dragon to welcome 2024, but the show, which was slated to be held at Gwangalli beach in Busan on Sunday, was reportedly canceled due to technical error. The abrupt cancellation left many of those who went out to the beachside amid cold temperatures disappointed. Footage of what they could have witnessed is available though as the practice run of the show was recorded and uploaded online.


The United Kingdom, meanwhile, combined the use of drones and fireworks for its New Year's Eve display in London. The company behind the show told BBC that drones can never replace fireworks since it takes time for them to be positioned. If there were no fireworks during the show, there would be gaps in the display while the drones are being moved around.


The United Arab Emirates' Ras Al Khaimah, a city about 65 miles away from Dubai, also used a combination of drones and fireworks. The eight-minute display, which was held across the shoreline from Al Marjan Island to Al Hamra Village, featured over 1,000 drones and aquatic pyrotechnics




More than 50,000 spectators were said to have been there to count down the clock and witness the majestic display of innovation.

 
  • The skies are alive on New Year's eve, with drones and fireworks alike turning it into a spectacular canvas of colours.

  • Countries like the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates put on tremendous displays to welcome 2024.

  • Drones in particular have become a common attraction during such shows and celebrations as discussions about it being a more environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional fireworks gain traction.


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