Australia prides itself on having some of the best fireworks in the world, but Dubai was aiming to break a Guniness world record with its spectacular display.
Dubai had an impressive fireworks display on the world’s tallest tower, the Burj Khalifa.
The Gulf Arab emirate of Dubai was aiming to break the world record for the largest LED-illuminated facade with its spectacular display centred on the world’s tallest building.
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Some 70,000 LED panels around the 2,722-foot Burj Khalifa flashed coloured lights and projected images of the country’s leaders when clocks there struck midnight as a massive fireworks display erupted.
The celebration draws throngs of thousands of spectators every New Year’s Eve.
Emaar Properties said a team from Guinness World Records monitored the preparations. Last year, Dubai won the title for the world’s largest firework display, according to Guinness.
Dubai’s world record attempt comes as countries including the UK, Italy, France, Germany, Russia, Turkey, Greece, New Zealand, Asia and the Ivory Coast among others welcomed the New Year in spectacular style.
New York joined the celebrations with a bang — the combination of the Times Square Ball Drop, an electrifying fireworks display and Taylor Swift’s rendition of “Shake it Off” resulted in a spectacular beginning of 2015.
Other US cities yet to follow.
The Kiwis were among the first to kick off festivities, and if their fireworks display is any indication of the year ahead, then 2015 looks set to be much brighter and resplendent than 2014.
Across the ocean, incredible fireworks exploded over Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong.
Thousands of partygoers flocked to the waterfront to watch the eight-minute pyrotechnic display.
In Malaysia, celebrations were more subdued as a show of respect for the thousands of people affected by the deadly floods battering the country’s northeast.
While some regions cancelled celebrations and street parties, a beautiful firework display over Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur went ahead.
Around Asia, thousands gathered to enjoy cultural festivities and extravagant light shows — including in North Korea.
Back home, Australian cities from Hobart to Melbourne, Sydney to Brisbane greeted 2015 in their trademark glittery fashion.
Those Down Under will have to wait a few hours however to see how their fireworks displays compare with the likes of London, Paris and New York.