UAE lights up as the Arab world ushers in 2017
World's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, lit up with firewords as thousands welcomed the new year in Dubai
The United Arab Emirates helped the Middle East usher in the new year with a spectacular fireworks display using the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.
Areas near Downtown Dubai, Burj Dubai and the Marina area were full of locals and tourists as they chose the city to welcome the new year.
Australia and parts of Asia were the first to welcome in the new year after a turbulent 2016 marked by violence and conflict across the world.
As is every year, Australia and New Zealand were the first to usher in 2017 as fireworks exploded over the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.
In New Zealand, people were treated to fireworks off Auckland's Sky Tower.
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