Dubai organizers sorry for New Year's Eve mess

AP News
Posted: Jan 02, 2014 6:24 AM

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Organizers of a New Year's Eve bash at one of Dubai's most prominent hotels have apologized after many ticketholders were unable to attend because of the Gulf city's record-breaking fireworks attempt.

Local newspapers reported on Thursday that hundreds of partygoers attending the Sandance concert at the Atlantis hotel were left stuck for hours on buses or by the roadside after authorities restricted access to the manmade Palm Jumeirah island for the fireworks.

The hotel is located at the far end of the island, which was a centerpiece of the pyrotechnics display.

The event featured British singer Emeli Sande and veteran DJ Paul Oakenfold. The cheapest advance tickets cost the equivalent of $123.

Organizers said in a statement they are "extremely sorry" and will work to find a resolution soon.