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WATCH: The world celebrates the arrival of 2019

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Fireworks lit up the skies over Auckland as New Zealand became one of the first countries to welcome the New Year.

As the clock struck midnight (1100GMT), colorful fireworks burst from the top of the Auckland Sky Tower.

The display was accompanied for the first time by a complimentary light show on Auckland Harbour Bridge.

Sydney, Australia

Australians ushered in the new year with a spectacular fireworks display over Sydney Harbour.

Police estimated that more than a million people would crowd the harbour to view the glittering fireworks.

Pyongyang, North Korea

North Korea celebrated the New Year with a major concert and fireworks on Tuesday (January 1) in central Pyongyang.

In the footage aired by the North’s state-run television KRT, thousands of people were seen watching a rare concert which praised the state’s leader Kim Jong Un at Kim Il Sung square followed by fireworks after the countdown.

Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong rang in the new year on Tuesday (January 1) with a musical fireworks show launched from both land and sea at Victoria Harbour.

Dubai and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Dubai and Abu Dhabi welcomed the new year with unique celebrations, especially the ones around Burj Khalifa and Abu Dhabi’s corniche.

Around the tallest tower in the world, Burj Khalifa, there were more than two million people celebrating the arrival of 2019.

While Abu Dhabi has broken the World Guinness Record for the biggest fireworks show.

Moscow, Russia