UAE lights up as the Arab world ushers in 2017

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. (Emaar)

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.

Fireworks explode over the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge as Australia ushers in the New Year in Sydney. (Reuters)

Fireworks explode over the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge as Australia ushers in the New Year in Sydney. (Reuters)

Fireworks explode from Auckland's Sky Tower as the new year is welcomed to New Zealand. (AP)

Fireworks explode from Auckland's Sky Tower as the new year is welcomed to New Zealand. (AP)

People are silhouetted during the last sunset of 2016 in Karachi. (Reuters)

People are silhouetted during the last sunset of 2016 in Karachi. (Reuters)

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:49 - GMT 06:49
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