As the clock struck midnight on 31 December, countries around the world ushered in the New Year. Firework displays in Dubai, London, New York and, of course, Hong Kong, lit up the night sky as people celebrated the end of 2016 and the start of 2017.
If you missed the fireworks in Hong Kong, fear not because we have compiled a list of the best pyrotechnic displays from across the globe.
Australia was one of the first countries to ring in the New Year, with a huge firework display over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Sydney’s firework display featured a tribute to David Bowie, Prince and Gene Wilder and the 12-minute show used 132 tons of fireworks.
London celebrated New Year with music from artists who died in 2016 — David Bowie and George Michael. Party-goers watched 12,000 fireworks.
The world’s tallest skyscraper, the Burj Khalifa, hosted an opulent display in Dubai. Thousands of people watched fireworks in 23 locations in downtown Dubai, with the the Burj Khalifa at the centre of it all.
Times Square once again hosted its famous dropping of the New Year’s Eve crystal ball, but the night will be remembered for Mariah Carey’s failure to lip-sync and on stage meltdown.
Thousands of people watched Hong Kong’s firework display along Victoria Harbour, with the date “2017” displayed at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.