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Massive water balloon fight in Dubai

Oct. 28, 2012 at 1:47 PM   |   Comments

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Thousands of people in the United Arab Emirates gathered in Dubai for the city's first-ever Water Balloon Bash on the second day of Eid Al Adha.

More than 6,000 people came together Saturday at Zabeel Park for the 3-minute water balloon war, Gulf News reported.

Participants were divided into two teams and given 200,000 colorful water balloons to hurl at each other.

"The park was not watered for three days, so every water balloon that will be thrown here will go to the ground. There will be zero wastage," Mohammad Itani, one of the organizers from Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment, told Gulf News.

Some people in the crowd got rowdy but organizers and security, including Dubai Police, were present to manage the crowd.

"There was a lot of pushing and shoving. As soon as I entered someone pulled my shirt and it got ripped. But it was fun but too short. And we had fewer water balloons as well," Rauna Thakur, a working student from Pakistan who participated in the event, said.

Many people went to the event with their friends and family.

"I came just for fun. All of my friends are here. I spent the first day of Eid with my family, now I'm spending it with my friends," said Ali Nader, 22, from Pakistan.

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