The new year is rung in from Australia to the Middle East

Sydney Harbour was lit up by fireworks

David Moir AAP Image AP Sydney Harbour was lit up by fireworks

As one of the first countries to welcome the New Year, thousands of cheering revellers rang in the New Year at 11 am United Kingdom time today as multi-coloured fireworks exploded across the city skyline at midnight.

Following a large laser countdown, almost 3,000 shots were fired off Auckland's iconic Sky Tower in a near-six minute show.

On the other hand, pyrotechnics also marked the arrival of 2018 in New Zealand where people were seen partying hard to celebrate the new year.

Half a tonne of fireworks were set off from Auckland's Sky Tower as the clock struck midnight at 11am GMT.

The 2018 fireworks display was the work of six pyrotechnicians, who spent 350 hours on site setting up the show. After New Zealand, people welcomed the new year in Australia as well.

Indian girls pose for photographs with lighted candles during celebrations to welcome the new year in Bhopal, India, Dec. 31, 2017.

Several New Year's Eve street parties were cancelled for security reasons.

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