Fireworks for the blind on Sydney Harbour

Dubai: Public needs to abide by rules for New Year's Eve celebrations

Dubai: Public needs to abide by rules for New Year's Eve celebrations

New Yorkers, celebrity entertainers and tourists from around the world were packed into a frigid Times Square on New Year's Eve to mark the start of 2018 with a glittering crystal ball drop, which signaled a burst of more than a ton of confetti and midnight fireworks.

We're less than 24 hours away from the last day of 2017. But, he added, "gratitude prevails" thanks to those "cooperating silently for the common good".

The first European country to celebrate the beginning of the new year will be Russian Federation.

Fireworks explode over the Sydney Harbour during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Monday, January 1, 2018.

Keeping with tradition, the Big Ben bell in the Houses of Parliament rang in Britain's new year - the chimes having been turned back on especially for the celebrations as the famous clock tower is undergoing renovation and encased in scaffolding.

And while bringing a jacket and gloves will come in handy, here are some things officials say must be left behind: glass bottles, large bags, strollers, backpacks and coolers - all are prohibited on the Strip and at Fremont Street Experience.

"Those attending the event are advised to dress appropriately for the weather", the city said in a news release. Almost half the revellers were tourists.

In a speech to mark the New Year Mr Xi said the world now expects a clear stance from Beijing on worldwide issues.

Sunday's may be the coldest New Year's Eve in New York City since 1962.

In Auckland, New Zealand's biggest city, tens of thousands gathered around Sky Tower as five minutes of nonstop pyrotechnics exploded from the top of the structure.

"Arrangements covering every aspect of the event, from access to the venue, to enjoying the New Year's Eve programmes from vantage points to a safe exit from the venues, along with transportation arrangements and onsite facilities, have been meticulously planned and organised".

Police warned revelers not to burn auto tires in celebration, citing safety reasons, to discourage a favorite activity of those, especially in the countryside, who can not afford real fireworks.

Midnight passed in Samoa at 1000 GMT Sunday. "Let the trust and mutual understanding always accompany us", he was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies after his statement aired in Kamchatka, the easternmost time zone. Whether it is true or not, it is a tradition that has been made custom around the world as you count down to the New Year.

But revellers there will be guarded by the strongest security presence in years, after two recent attacks apparently inspired by the Islamic State group. Here in the US, many events are set to occur under heightened security, including in Las Vegas, which is still reeling from the deadliest mass shooting in the nation's modern history three months ago.

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