Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

Home News UK

New Year 2016 in pictures: From London to New York, Dubai and Egypt - How the world celebrated

Revelry defeats terror fears and fire

Published 01/01/2016

Fireworks light up the sky over the London Eye in central London during the New Year celebrations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 1, 2016. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Fireworks light up the sky over the London Eye in central London during the New Year celebrations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 1, 2016. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
An Egyptian policeman riding a camel stands guard during New Year celebrations in front of the pyramids near the Egyptian capital Cairo on January 1, 2016. AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKIKHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JANUARY 01: A reveller celebrates as fireworks explode to ring in the new year above Copacabana beach on January 1, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. More than one million people were expected to gather on Copacabana beach to watch the fireworks display ringing in the new year at midnight. The city is set to host the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in August. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 31: Luke Bryan performs on stage during New Year's Eve celebrations at Times Square on December 31, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for TOSHIBA CORPORATION)
Fireworks light the sky over Copacabana beach during New Year's Eve celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Mauro Pimentel)
People gather on the Champs-Elysees avenue before celebrating the New Year in Paris on December 31, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ FLORIAN DAVIDFLORIAN DAVID/AFP/Getty Images
Fireworks light up the sky during the Hogmanay New Year celebrations in Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 1, 2016. See PA story SOCIAL Hogmanay. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Undated handout video grab taken from the Twitter feed of @astro_timpeak of British astronaut Tim Peake wishing "beautiful planet Earth" a happy New Year in a special message from space. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday January 1, 2016. Major Peake sent the message from the International Space Station, where he docked last month. See PA story SOCIAL NewYear Peake. Photo credit should read: ?@astro_timpeak/Twitter/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Fireworks light up the sky over the London Eye in central London during the New Year celebrations. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 1, 2016. Photo credit should read: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
People gather to celebrate the New Year in the square in front of the St. Michael Cathedral in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, shortly after midnight Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Fireworks explode around Ljubljana Castle during New Year's celebrations just after midnight in Ljubljana, Slovenia on January 1, 2016. AFP PHOTO/ JURE MAKOVECJure Makovec/AFP/Getty Images
Police officers in riot gear are seen guarding the entrance to the closed central station in Munich on January 1, 2016. German police said Thursday that they had "indications that a terror attack" was being planned for New Year's Eve in the southern city of Munich, as they called on the public to avoid large gatherings and two key train stations. / AFP / Christof STACHECHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images
MUNICH, GERMANY - JANUARY 01: A riot police man armed with a machine gun controls the street in front of Pasing railway station on January 1, 2016 in Munich, Germany. According to Joachim Herrmann, Bavarian Secretary of the Interior, there was intelligence for an IS terror attack planned for new Year's eve in in at least two Munich railway stations. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)
Fireworks light the sky above the Cathedral Square in Vilnius, Lithuania, shortly after midnight during the New Year celebrations, Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. Thousands of people celebrated the beginning of the New Year 2016 in the Lithuanian capital. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)
Sri Lankan Buddhist devotees pray to bring in the New Year at the Kelaniya Temple in Kelaniya on January 1, 2016. Many Sri Lankans marked the beginning of 2016 with religious ceremonies. AFP PHOTO / Ishara S. KODIKARAIshara S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images
Commuters walk past a television screen showing a broadcast of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's New Year speech, at a railroad station in Seoul on January 1, 2016. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un said raising living standards was his number one priority in an annual New Year's address on January 1 that avoided any explicit reference to the country's nuclear weapons programme. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JEJUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 1: New York City police officers stand during celebrations at Times Square on January 1, 2016 in New York City. At least 6,000 police officers were deployed, including rooftop snipers, canine units and air and water patrols, in and around Times Square in Manhattan. Mayor Bill de Blasio declared New York to be "the best prepared city to prevent terrorism and to deal with any event that could occur." (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01: Fireworks light up the London skyline and Big Ben just after midnight on January 01, 2016 in London, England. Thousands of people have bought tickets to stand on the banks of the River Thames near Parliament to celebrate the start of 2016. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images) ***BESTPIX***
Revelers celebrate after the ball drop during New Year's Eve celebrations in Times Square on January 1, 2016 in New York. AFP PHOTO/ KENA BETANCURKENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 31: New York Countdown during New Year's Eve celebrations at Times Square on December 31, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for TOSHIBA CORPORATION)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 31: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (R) with wife, Chirlane McCray and friends ring in 2016 with Moet & Chandon, the official champagne of Times Square New Year's Eve at Times Square on December 31, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Moet & Chandon)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 01: The Address Downtown Hotel is surrounded by smoke early on January 1, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. At least 16 people were injured after a large fire broke out in the luxury high-rise hotel just hours before the New Year's celebrations. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 01: The Address Downtown Hotel is surrounded by smoke early on January 1, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. At least 16 people were injured after a large fire broke out in the luxury high-rise hotel just hours before the New Year's celebrations. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
Fireworks explode over the Opera House and Harbour Bridge during New Year's Eve fireworks display in Sydney, Australian, Friday, Jan. 1, 2016.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
People celebrate the New Year 2016 at the sunrise on the Bondi Beach in Sydney on January 1, 2016. AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHANSAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images
A man jumps into the sea as he celebrates the New Year 2016 at the sunrise on the Bondi Beach in Sydney on January 1, 2016. AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHANSAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images
Revelers take selfies as they gather in Times Square waiting for the ball to drop on December 31, 2015 in New York. Organizers expect around one million revelers to attend the New Year's celebration in Times Square. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERTDON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images
New York City police officers stand guard in Times Square on December 31, 2015 in New York. Organizers expect around one million revelers to attend the New Year's celebration in Times Square. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERTDON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images
Fireworks explode as thousands of people gather to watch, in the main business district on New Year's Eve in Jakarta, Indonesia, late Thursday, Dec. 31,2015.(AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
An Indian man lights firecrackers on the street during the New Year celebration in Mumbai, India, Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
Fireworks light up the sky as Filipinos welcome the New Year under a slight drizzle in Manila, Philippines. Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. Traditionally Filipinos welcome the New Year with firecrackers, fireworks, midnight snacks known as "media noche" and almost anything to make the loudest noise possible.(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Fireworks explode over the Opera House and Harbour Bridge during New Year's Eve fireworks display in Sydney, Australian, Friday, Jan. 1, 2016.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
Participants during the Winter carnival in Newcastle to celebrate the New Year. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday December 31, 2015. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Fireworks at the Newcastle Civic Centre during the Winter carnival in Newcastle to celebrate the New Year. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday December 31, 2015. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Fireworks at the Newcastle Civic Centre during the Winter carnival in Newcastle to celebrate the New Year. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday December 31, 2015. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Participants during the Winter carnival in Newcastle to celebrate the New Year. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday December 31, 2015. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Participants during the Winter carnival in Newcastle to celebrate the New Year. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday December 31, 2015. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Participants during the Winter carnival in Newcastle to celebrate the New Year. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday December 31, 2015. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Participants during the Winter carnival in Newcastle to celebrate the New Year. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday December 31, 2015. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Fireworks at the Newcastle Civic Centre during the Winter carnival in Newcastle to celebrate the New Year. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday December 31, 2015. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Joel and Francesca Robertson embrace as they get ready to celebrate the Hogmanay New Year celebrations in Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday December 31, 2015. See PA story SOCIAL Hogmanay. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
(left to right) Agustina Florio, Kathrin Ecke,Agustin Belloso and Tomas Espeche use sparklers to display the year 2016 as they get ready to celebrate the Hogmanay New Year celebrations in Edinburgh. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday December 31, 2015. See PA story SOCIAL Hogmanay. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Fireworks explode in the Zawra Park during New Year's Eve celebration in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on December 31, 2015. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images
A Japanese tourist attends a New Year party on December 31, 2015 at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. / AFP / dpa / Wolfram Kastl / Germany OUTWOLFRAM KASTL/AFP/Getty Images
Fireworks light up the sky over Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) during New Year celebrations in Bangkok on January 1, 2016. / AFP / CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULTCHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images
Fireworks light up the sky over Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) during New Year celebrations in Bangkok on January 1, 2016. / AFP / CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULTCHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images
Fireworks light up the sky over Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) during New Year celebrations in Bangkok on January 1, 2016. / AFP / CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULTCHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images
Fireworks fill the sky of downtown Jakarta during a countdown event to celebrate the New Year on January 1, 2016. / AFP / BAY ISMOYOBAY ISMOYO/AFP/Getty Images
Russia's serviceman stands in front of the fence at the entrance to the Red Square of New Year's eve, on December 31, 2015. Moscow authorities decided to cancel the traditional New Year festivities on the main square of Russian capital. / AFP / VASILY MAXIMOV AFPVASILY MAXIMOV AFP/AFP/Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 31: A woman waits to celebrate new years in Times Square on December 31, 2015 in New York City. The New York Police Department will have more than 6,000 officers in the Times Square area, including more than 1,100 officers who graduated from the police academy on Tuesday. It will be the largest such deployment of police in New York City ever. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 31: Tourists from Holland take a selfie while waiting to celebrate new years in Times Square on December 31, 2015 in New York City. The New York Police Department will have more than 6,000 officers in the Times Square area, including more than 1,100 officers who graduated from the police academy on Tuesday. It will be the largest such deployment of police in New York City ever. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 31: Statue of Queen Victoria on top of the The Royal Scottish Academy is lit up in blue light as Unicef lights up Edinburgh in Blue for New Year's Eve to mark their #HappyBlueYear winter appeal for Syrian children on December 31, 2015 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ross Gilmore/Getty Images for Unicef)
Fireworks light up the sky over Sydney's Opera House and Harbour Bridge during New Year celebrations in Sydney on January 1, 2016. AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHANSAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images
Fireworks over Sydney's Opera House and Harbour Bridge herald in the New Year, January 1, 2016. AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHANSAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images
Girls with New Year 2016 head bands cheer while waiting for the New Year's fireworks in Sydney on December 31, 2015. AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHANSAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images
New Year's Eve fireworks illuminate Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House during the traditional early family fireworks show held before the main midnight event on December 31, 2015. AFP PHOTO / Peter PARKSPETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images
Fireworks explode over the Opera House and Harbour Bridge during New Year's Eve fireworks display in Sydney, Australian, Friday, Jan. 1, 2016.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
Fireworks explode over the Opera House and Harbour Bridge during New Year's Eve fireworks display in Sydney, Australian, Friday, Jan. 1, 2016.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
Fireworks explode over the Opera House and Harbour Bridge during New Year's Eve fireworks display in Sydney, Australian, Friday, Jan. 1, 2016.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
Fireworks explode over the Opera House and Harbour Bridge during New Year's Eve fireworks display in Sydney, Australian, Friday, Jan. 1, 2016.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
A Malaysian woman covers her child's ears while watching fireworks display in front of Malaysia's landmark building, Petronas Twin Towers, right, during the New Year's Eve celebration in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)
Fireworks explode over the Opera House and Harbour Bridge during New Year's Eve fireworks display in Sydney, Australian, Friday, Jan. 1, 2016.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
A fireworks display is set off from the Taipei 101 skyscraper during the New Year's Eve celebrations in Taipei, Taiwan, Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
A fireworks display is set off from the Taipei 101 skyscraper during the New Year's Eve celebrations in Taipei, Taiwan, Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
Fireworks explode in front of Malaysia's landmark building, Petronas Twin Towers, during the New Year's Eve celebration in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)
Malaysians watch fireworks display in front of Malaysia's landmark building, Petronas Twin Towers, during the New Year's Eve celebration in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)
Fireworks burst from a building in Taipei on January 1, 2015 to mark the New Year's celebration. / AFP / SAM YEHSAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images
Revellers enjoy themselves during the New Year's Eve celebrations in Hong Kong's Lan Kwai Fong, Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Fireworks burst from a building in Taipei on January 1, 2015 to mark the New Year's celebration. / AFP / SAM YEHSAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images
Fireworks burst from a building in Taipei on January 1, 2015 to mark the New Year's celebration. / AFP / SAM YEHSAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images
Fireworks burst over the Marina bay in Singapore on January 1, 2015 to mark the New Year's celebration. / AFP / MOHD FYROLMOHD FYROL/AFP/Getty Images
Fireworks burst over the Marina bay in Singapore on January 1, 2015 to mark the New Year's celebration. / AFP / MOHD FYROLMOHD FYROL/AFP/Getty Images
Fireworks burst over the Marina bay in Singapore on January 1, 2015 to mark the New Year's celebration. / AFP / MOHD FYROLMOHD FYROL/AFP/Getty Images
Fireworks burst over the Marina bay in Singapore on January 1, 2015 to mark the New Year's celebration. / AFP / MOHD FYROLMOHD FYROL/AFP/Getty Images
Police officers prepare to be deployed to secure New Year celebrations in Bali, Indonesia, Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015. Indonesia is on high alert after authorities said last week that they had foiled a plot by Islamic militants to attack government officials, foreigners and others in the world's most populous Muslim nation. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
Armed police officers in Westminster, London, as thousands of police including increased numbers of firearms officers will be on duty as the capital ushers in the New Year tonight. Pic Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
Balinese young girl take a selfie during a New Year celebration in Denpasar, on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on December 31, 2015. Various form of dances and music have made Bali's art and culture one of the most diverse in the world. AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKASONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images
A woman prays in front of lanterns to celebrate the new year at Chogye Buddhist temple in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
Los Angeles City Hall appears to spin as 3-D digital mapping projections are tested for tomorrow's New Year's Eve celebration at Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles, California, December 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECKROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images
Filipino Catholic devotees jostle to get closer to the image of the Black Nazarene during a thanksgiving procession on New Year's eve in Manila, Philippines, Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015. The procession was held on New Year's eve amidst heightened alert by the Philippine National Police for the Yuletide season. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 31: Mariah Carey performs at Crown Casino's New Year's Eve Party at Crown Palladium on December 31, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
Women dressed as Snegurochka (Snow Maiden) look at a mobile phone during New Year's parade in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek on December 31, 2015. New Year, which was the biggest informal holiday of the year in the former Soviet Union, is also very popular in the predominantly Muslim Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan. / AFP / VYACHESLAV OSELEDKOVYACHESLAV OSELEDKO/AFP/Getty Images
New Year's Eve fireworks illuminate Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House during the traditional early family fireworks show held before the main midnight event on December 31, 2015. AFP PHOTO / Peter PARKSPETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images
People dressed as monkey take part in a New Year's parade in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek on December 31, 2015. New Year, which was the biggest informal holiday of the year in the former Soviet Union, is also very popular in the predominantly Muslim Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan. / AFP / VYACHESLAV OSELEDKOVYACHESLAV OSELEDKO/AFP/Getty Images

A spectacular fire in one of Dubai's tallest towers and a terror attack red alert in Germany captured the world's attention as the New Year dawned.

But with few exceptions, the celebrations rolled on and while the fire at The Address, a five-star hotel near the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, still raged, the Dubai Media office declared: "New Year celebrations in Dubai will continue as scheduled."

In Munich, police warned about an hour before New Year of a "serious, imminent threat" by the Islamic State (IS) terror group and two railway stations were evacuated.

But despite the call by police for people to stay away from crowds, thousands were still on the streets to see in the New Year with fireworks.

As 2015 drew to a close, many people were bidding a weary and wary adieu to a year marred by attacks that left nations reeling and nerves rattled.

In Bangkok, the site of a deadly bombing months ago, police flanked partygoers. In Paris, people recovering from their city's own deadly attacks enjoyed scaled-back celebrations.

How the world welcomed the New Year

UK

Major celebrations marked by fireworks spectaculars took place in London, Edinburgh and other big cities despite a terror threat judged to be severe.

Police advised revellers not to go to displays without tickets and to be ready to have their belongings searched.

Tens of thousands lined banks and bridges along the Thames, braving intermittent spells of rain ahead of a midnight display featuring around 12,000 fireworks which produced 50,000 projectiles.

Flames rip through the Address Downtown hotel after it was hit by a massive fire, near the world's tallest tower, Burj Khalifa, in Dubai, on December 31, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
Flames rip through the Address Downtown hotel after it was hit by a massive fire, near the world's tallest tower, Burj Khalifa, in Dubai, on December 31, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 01: The Address Downtown Hotel is surrounded by smoke early on January 1, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. At least 16 people were injured after a large fire broke out in the luxury high-rise hotel just hours before the New Year's celebrations. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
Flames rip through the Address Downtown hotel after it was hit by a massive fire, near the world's tallest tower, Burj Khalifa, in Dubai, on December 31, 2015. People were gathering to watch New Year's Eve celebrations when the hotel caught on fire, with the cause of the blaze still unknown according to the emirate's police chief. AFP/Getty Images
Flames rip through the Address Downtown hotel after it was hit by a massive fire, near the world's tallest tower, Burj Khalifa, in Dubai, on December 31, 2015.AFP/Getty Images
A picture taken on December 31, 2015 shows the Address Downtown hotel burning after huge fire ripped through the luxury hotel near the world's tallest tower, Burj Khalifa, in Dubai. AFP/Getty Images
A fire runs up some 20 stories of a building in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 01: The Address Downtown Hotel is surrounded by smoke early on January 1, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. At least 16 people were injured after a large fire broke out in the luxury high-rise hotel just hours before the New Year's celebrations. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 01: The Address Downtown Hotel is surrounded by smoke early on January 1, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. At least 16 people were injured after a large fire broke out in the luxury high-rise hotel just hours before the New Year's celebrations. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
Smoke and flames pouring from a residential building, which also contains the Address Downtown Hotel, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Thursday evening, Dec. 31, 2015. (Sina Bahrami/@dearsina via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
In this photo provided by Trevor Hale, smoke and flames pour out from a residential building as a fire runs up some 20 stories of the high rise in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015. Fire engulfed the luxury building near the world's tallest skyscraper in Dubai on Thursday as tens of thousands of people were gathering at its base for one of the world's largest New Year's fireworks displays. (Trevor Hale via AP)
Smoke billows from the Address Downtown Hotel, after it caught on fire hours earlier, past fireworks, near the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower in Dubai, on January 1, 2015. At least 16 people were injured when a huge fire ripped through a luxury 63-storey hotel, the Address Downtown, where crowds were gathering to watch New Year's Eve celebrations. The cause of the blaze was not immediately known but the building was safely evacuated. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD FARWANAHMAD FARWAN/AFP/Getty Images
Smoke billows from the Address Downtown Hotel, after it caught on fire hours earlier, past fireworks, near the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower in Dubai, on January 1, 2015. At least 16 people were injured when a huge fire ripped through a luxury 63-storey hotel, the Address Downtown, where crowds were gathering to watch New Year's Eve celebrations. The cause of the blaze was not immediately known but the building was safely evacuated. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD FARWANAHMAD FARWAN/AFP/Getty Images
Smoke billows from the Address Downtown Hotel, after it caught on fire hours earlier, past fireworks, near the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower in Dubai, on January 1, 2015. At least 16 people were injured when a huge fire ripped through a luxury 63-storey hotel, the Address Downtown, where crowds were gathering to watch New Year's Eve celebrations. The cause of the blaze was not immediately known but the building was safely evacuated. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD FARWANAHMAD FARWAN/AFP/Getty Images
Fireworks burst over the Atlantis Hotel (R) at the man-made Palm Island in Dubai, on January 1, 2016. A spectacular fireworks display lit up the sky above Dubai, centred on the iconic Burj Khalifa tower close to where a huge fire in a luxury hotel injured 16 people hours earlier. AFP PHOTO/MARWAN NAAMANIMARWAN NAAMANI/AFP/Getty Images
This image taken from AP video shows smoke and flames pouring from a residential building, which also contains the Address Downtown Hotel, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Thursday evening, Dec. 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
A picture taken on December 31, 2015 shows people watching the Address Downtown hotel burning after huge fire ripped through the luxury hotel near the world's tallest tower, in Dubai. People were gathering to watch New Year's Eve celebrations when the hotel caught on fire without causing casualties, according to authorities. AFP PHOTO / KARIM SAHIBKARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images
A picture taken on December 31, 2015 shows people watching the Address Downtown hotel burning after huge fire ripped through the luxury hotel near the world's tallest tower, in Dubai. People were gathering to watch New Year's Eve celebrations when the hotel caught on fire without causing casualties, according to authorities. AFP PHOTO / KARIM SAHIBKARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images
A picture taken on December 31, 2015 the Address Downtown hotel burning after huge fire ripped through the luxury hotel near the world's tallest tower, in Dubai. People were gathering to watch New Year's Eve celebrations when the hotel caught on fire without causing casualties, according to authorities. AFP PHOTO / KARIM SAHIBKARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images
A picture taken on December 31, 2015 the Address Downtown hotel burning after huge fire ripped through the luxury hotel near the world's tallest tower, in Dubai. People were gathering to watch New Year's Eve celebrations when the hotel caught on fire without causing casualties, according to authorities. AFP PHOTO / KARIM SAHIBKARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images
A picture taken on December 31, 2015 shows people watching the Address Downtown hotel burning after huge fire ripped through the luxury hotel near the world's tallest tower, in Dubai. People were gathering to watch New Year's Eve celebrations when the hotel caught on fire without causing casualties, according to authorities. AFP PHOTO / KARIM SAHIBKARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images

The Edinburgh Hogmanay also saw several firework displays above the city's castle, as well as a performance from Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

In the megacity of Dubai, a fire broke out two hours before midnight in The Address hotel, in the area where a massive fireworks display was being prepared.

At least one person suffered a heart attack from the smoke and over-crowding during evacuation, and 14 received minor injuries.

FRANCE

The French are still recovering from the November 13 attacks that left 130 people dead in Paris and authorities prepared for a possible worst-case scenario on New Year's Eve. About 60,000 police officers and troops were deployed across the country, and revellers said that made them feel safer.

Paris cancelled its usual fireworks display in favour of a five-minute video performance at the Arc de Triomphe just before midnight.

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo said the show was aimed at "sending the world the message that Paris is standing, proud of its lifestyle and living together".

THAILAND

Less than six months after a pipe bomb killed 20 people at the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok, tens of thousands rang in the New Year at the spot with live music and a countdown.

Up to 5,000 police officers were in the area, with bomb disposal experts sweeping the area beforehand.

MALAYSIA

Security was beefed up in Malaysia's biggest city, Kuala Lumpur, where fireworks greeted 2016 at a historic square and at the Petronas Twin Towers, one of the world's tallest buildings.

PHILIPPINES

Concern in the Philippines on New Year's Eve focused on the use of illegal fireworks, which last year injured more than 850 people. Shopping malls and cities organised displays to discourage people from lighting their own firecrackers.

An annual procession of the Black Nazarene, a black wooden statue of Jesus Christ, was held a day earlier than usual to prevent injuries from mounds of rubbish and unexploded firecrackers that litter Manila's streets after New Year revelries.

JAPAN

New Year's Eve is Japan's biggest holiday, and millions crammed into trains to flee the cities for their home towns to slurp bowls of noodles, symbolising longevity, while watching the annual Red And White song competition on television.

As midnight approached, families bundled up for visits to neighbourhood temples, where the ritual ringing of huge bronze bells reverberated through the chill.

KOREAS

South Koreans marked New Year's Eve with traditional bell ringing ceremonies, fireworks and outdoor music and dance performances. One celebration was organised at a town near the border with rival North Korea to watch one of the ceremonies and wish for peaceful Korean unification.

VATICAN CITY

Pope Francis encouraged humanity to hang on to recollections of good deeds so that gestures of goodness can be seen triumphing over evil.

Francis presided over a prayer service in St Peter's Basilica, where he mused about how people were sometimes driven by "insatiable thirst for power and by gratuitous violence". He said it was impossible to forget "so many days marked by violence, by death, by the unspeakable suffering of so many innocents".

NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand, the first nation with a sizeable population to celebrate the New Year, counted down the seconds to midnight with a giant digital clock on Auckland's landmark Sky Tower. Horns blared and crowds cheered as the tower was lit up with fireworks, with colours shifting from green to red to white.

AUSTRALIA

Simultaneous fireworks displays erupted along Sydney's famed harbour, where people crowded on to balconies, into waterside parks and on to boats as they jockeyed for the best view, clinking glasses and whooping with joy as the first pyrotechnics exploded.

CHINA

An official New Year's Eve celebration was staged near Beijing's Forbidden City with performances and fireworks, and one of China's most popular TV stations broadcast a gala from the National Stadium, known to most as the iconic Bird's Nest.

For safety reasons, Shanghai closed underground stations near the scenic waterfront Bund, mindful of a stampede last New Year's Eve that killed 36 people.

GAZA STRIP

Gaza's Islamist Hamas rulers banned New Year celebrations in the Palestinian coastal enclave. Police spokesman Ayman Batniji said hotels and restaurants were allowed to hold parties a day earlier or a day later.

EGYPT

In Cairo, people put aside fears of the growing number of militant attacks throughout the country to celebrate the New Year.

At the Giza Pyramids, hundreds of people gathered for a fireworks and lighting display at the stroke of midnight.

KENYA

Police in Kenya, which has been repeatedly attacked by al-Shabaab militants from neighbouring Somalia, urged vigilance as many people prepared to celebrate 2016 in hotels and watch midnight fireworks displays. Unauthorised fireworks were banned as safety hazards "in view of the elevated threat of terrorism", police said.

GERMANY

Rainy weather dampened New Year celebrations in Berlin, where security was tighter than in previous years. Several hundred thousand people still turned out for several minutes of fireworks at the Brandenburg Gate, wishing each other "Froehes neues Jahr" and expressing their hopes for a peaceful 2016.

In Munich, police warned about an hour before the New Year of a "serious, imminent threat" of a terror attack, but thousands of people were still on the streets to meet the New Year.

BRAZIL

Rio de Janeiro kicked off its Olympic year with a fiesta on Copacabana Beach attended by more than two million people. Brazil's most popular New Year's Eve show was illuminated by 24 tons of fireworks fired for nearly 16 minutes.

UNITED STATES

Around one million people converged on Times Square, New York, for the annual New Year's Eve celebration. An 11,875lb Waterford crystal ball descended as revellers counted down to 2016 before sharing hugs and their first kisses of the year under a blanket of confetti.

The festivities were policed by nearly 6,000 officers, including members of a counter-terrorism unit.

RUSSIA

The arrival of the New Year was greeted by silence in Moscow - the fireworks display was five minutes late.

From the web

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph