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.
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.
More than a million revellers watched the Burj Khalifa light up the imposing Dubai skyline with an impressive display of pyrotechnics.
And the Roads and Transport Authority laid on round-the-clock Metro service to get all home before first light on the first day of January. Atlantis lit up the Palm Jumeirah, Global Village was vibrating to a colourful parade and more fireworks, while the Burj Al Arab joined the party with a bright sparkling splash of its own.
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.