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2.1.10 As Dubai gears up for this historic event, security plans are already in place for the official opening ceremony of Burj Dubai on Monday.
The inauguration will be open to the public. Around 6,000 visitors are expected to attend and parking space for more than 7,300 vehicles will be available as confirmed by Mohammad Eid Al Mansouri, Director of the Organisation Protective Security and Emergency Department at Dubai Police. More than 1,000 security personnel have also been deployed to secure the area.
With a large number of people looking forward to witnessing this historic event, one of the biggest challenges will be to find a vantage point to watch the festivities and the surprises that are in store for the unveiling of Burj Dubai.
With this in mind, Gulf News has scouted for vantage points where people can watch the opening, be it for free or for a fee.
For those who don't want to pay and are eager to witness the spectacular event, especially the fireworks, which is said to be the first of its kind, we have identified the places to go.

the second interchange on Shaikh Zayed Road and Al Wasl Road, near Metropolitan Hotel. It is open daily from 8am to 11pm. Those waiting for the fireworks display can enjoy the large green park that has been divided into sections and play witness the fireworks display, the Jumeirah open beach piers are a great viewing place.
While waiting or watching the fireworks display, one can enjoy the tranquility of the desert and even have some barbecues for those who want to party along with the historical opening.
Promenade outside Burj Residences facing Towers 1, 3 and 5.
People can station here before roads are closed for security reasons. This is also one of the better places to witness the opening.

The burj island can accommodate around 2,000 spectators and is open on a first-come-first-serve basis. The island will have one retail souvenir kiosk where one can buy Burj Dubai souvenir items. To fill in your empty stomach, the place also features five-restaurant kiosks. 

tallest building For those who happen to be on the road and using the Al Khail Road, they may stop in a safe place and take a glimpse of the one-of-a-kind fireworks display.
For those who are really excited and willing to spend some money to witness the opening, here are some of the places to head to.

One of the nearest areas to be during the opening. Aside from the fireworks display, one can view all the opening activities by broadcasts on a flat screen placed just outside the Burj Dubai.

While no official schedule for the inauguration of the Burj Dubai has been announced, one thing is sure. There will be amazing fireworks as installations for firecrackers, rockets and other pyrotechnic stuff are going on round the clock, as our close-up picture shows.

According to people with close knowledge of the proceedings, the fireworks choreography to be used in the ceremony will be "the first of its kind".

Rockets are being placed at several levels of the Burj Dubai, including areas very close to the top spire at a height of around 800 metres.

The dangerous task of installing the rockets is only feasible by using the tower's 18 building maintenance units, provided by Cox Gomyl, a multinational company based in Melbourne.


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