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Blaze of light and colour welcomes new year

Revellers around the world ring in 2013 with parades and fireworks

  • By Mick O’Reilly and Shafaat Shahbandari, Gulf News
  • Published: 00:00 January 1, 2013

  • Image Credit: AFP
  • Fireworks are launched over Jakarta's main business road to mark the new year in Jakarta on January 1, 2013 .
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Dubai: From Adelaide to Abu Dhabi, Durban to Dubai and Sydney to Singapore, revellers said good bye to 2012 and rolled out the welcome mat to 2013.

In Dubai, people stationed themselves wherever they could get a view of the Burj Khalifa as they soaked in six minutes of fire works that washed the world's tallest tower in multi-colour.

More than a million revellers watched the Burj Khalifa light up the imposing Dubai skyline with an impressive display of pyrotechnics.

Burj Al Arab and the Atlantis offered an equally enthralling display of fireworks, lasting more than 10 minutes. Burj Al Arab lasted the longest with its golden balls of fire.

Downtown Dubai, Dubai Marina and the Global Village also chipped in with it's display of fire works.

In Australia, a dazzling display of fireworks rolled off Sydney Harbour Bridge, announcing to the world that 2013 had dawned and it’s time to make good on New Year’s resolutions.

Fireworks will also lit up the Thames in London, Moscow’s Red Square and Kremlin and Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour.

And there were those resolutions.

“I have a really long bucket list that I have been accumulating over the last couple of years,” Canadian university graduate Tamar Takelian told Gulf News. “My New Year resolution is to check 10 things off my list. First in line is skydiving in Palm Dubai, zip lining in Canada and planning a road trip across America.”

The good news? She has another 364 days to complete her goal. The bad news? Most of us are just getting over last night’s bash.

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