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How you will be celebrating
As 2010 stutters and splutters towards the finish line, Kipp asked how you would be welcoming the bright and shiny 2011. The results are in.
December 29, 2010 12:34 by Samuel Potter
Everyone else, it seems, has the good sense to save their cash one way or another, with 65 percent of readers planning to be at home – either theirs, or somebody else’s. Thirty percent will be enjoying a house party with friends, while 35 percent will simply be at home with family.
In fact, more people will be avoiding the celebrations than will be at a hotel or restaurant: 13.5 percent say they won’t be celebrating at all. Five percent of respondents may well be doing the same, as they’re heading to the desert for a spot of camping. The remaining 4 percent of poll respondents plan to lock themselves in a cabin, awaiting the end of days. We’ll assume they’re kidding, though given that the British government is making evacuation plans for hundreds of thousands of expats in the Gulf, perhaps they know something we don’t.
This year, there will be a new focus to celebrations as the clock strikes midnight, at least in Dubai. The Burj Khalifa, Dubai’s mega structure, is set to feature a magnificent fireworks display. Traditionally, residents head towards the Creek for their fireworks fix, but that habit seems likely to shift as the Burj becomes a focal point. The display is being put together by the same team who arranged the opening display on January 4 this year. If it matches that, it will be stunning, and the Burj will surely join Big Ben and the Sydney Opera House as one of the globally famous, iconic backdrops to fireworks displays marking the New Year.
Wherever you are or will be, happy New Year from Kipp.
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