From the streets of Beirut to the harbour of Sydney, people from all corners of the globe gathered to usher in 2018 and bid good bye to 2017.

Fireworks light the sky over the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs Elysees Avenue in Paris as revellers take part in New Year celebrations, early January 1, 2018
Fireworks light the sky over the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs Elysees Avenue in Paris as revellers take part in New Year celebrations, early January 1, 2018 (Reuters)

Hordes of revellers came out on the streets, braving bitter cold and undeterred by the unprecedented security operations to bid farewell to 2017 and welcome 2018. Here are the highlights of the night from around the globe.  

1. Beijing, China

Beijing rang in the New Year after Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered a speech, promising that by 2020 all rural workers will be lifted out of poverty.
Beijing rang in the New Year after Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered a speech, promising that by 2020 all rural workers will be lifted out of poverty. (AP)

2. New York, USA 

New Yorkers have been told to wear warm clothes and avoid alcohol as they flock to Times Square, which is due to hit a frosty -11 degrees celsius on the New Year's Eve.
New Yorkers have been told to wear warm clothes and avoid alcohol as they flock to Times Square, which is due to hit a frosty -11 degrees celsius on the New Year's Eve. (Reuters)

3. Dubai, UAE

Dubai hosted one of the largest light and sound shows on a single building as thousands gathered around Burj Khalifa for the emirate’s first New Year’s Eve laser show.
Dubai hosted one of the largest light and sound shows on a single building as thousands gathered around Burj Khalifa for the emirate’s first New Year’s Eve laser show. (AP)

4. London, United Kingdom 

At least 100,000 people watched London's midnight firework show from the banks of the River Thames.
At least 100,000 people watched London's midnight firework show from the banks of the River Thames. (Reuters)

5. Istanbul, Turkey

People gather to celebrate New Years in Istanbul, Turkey, a year after a gunman killed 39 people in Reina night club.
People gather to celebrate New Years in Istanbul, Turkey, a year after a gunman killed 39 people in Reina night club. (AFP)

6. Seoul, South Korea

Buddhists light candles during New Year celebrations at Jogye Buddhist temple in Seoul, South Korea.
Buddhists light candles during New Year celebrations at Jogye Buddhist temple in Seoul, South Korea. (AP)

7. Baghdad, Iraq

Young Iraqis broke into dance in Baghdad as the clock struck midnight on the New Year's Eve.
Young Iraqis broke into dance in Baghdad as the clock struck midnight on the New Year's Eve. (AP)

8. Moscow, Russia 

Fireworks illuminated the sky over the Bolshoy Kamenny bridge next to Red square and Kremlin Palace during the New Year's celebrations in Moscow.
Fireworks illuminated the sky over the Bolshoy Kamenny bridge next to Red square and Kremlin Palace during the New Year's celebrations in Moscow. (AP)

9. Beirut, Lebanon

Artists, singers, DJs, an optical illusion  and a firework show marked the New Year's Eve celebrations in downtown Beirut.
Artists, singers, DJs, an optical illusion and a firework show marked the New Year's Eve celebrations in downtown Beirut. (AP)

10. Sydney, Australia 

The firework set went off with a bang during Sydney’s New Year Eve celebrations after midnight as Hollywood heart-throb Hugh Jackman added star power with his own 20-second firework show tuned to the music of Gurrumul Yunupingu, one of Australia's legendary musicians.
The firework set went off with a bang during Sydney’s New Year Eve celebrations after midnight as Hollywood heart-throb Hugh Jackman added star power with his own 20-second firework show tuned to the music of Gurrumul Yunupingu, one of Australia's legendary musicians. (AP)

11. Mumbai, India

Indians take pictures in front of the lit up Chattrapathi Shivaji Terminus (CST) railway station ahead of New Year's eve celebrations in Mumbai.
Indians take pictures in front of the lit up Chattrapathi Shivaji Terminus (CST) railway station ahead of New Year's eve celebrations in Mumbai. (AFP)

12. Athens, Greece 

Fireworks explode over the 2,500-year-old ancient Parthenon temple atop the Acropolis hill during New Year's day celebrations in Athens
Fireworks explode over the 2,500-year-old ancient Parthenon temple atop the Acropolis hill during New Year's day celebrations in Athens (AP)

13. Berlin, Germany

Fireworks explode behind the quadriga of Berlin's landmark the Brandenburg Gate to usher in the New Year.
Fireworks explode behind the quadriga of Berlin's landmark the Brandenburg Gate to usher in the New Year. (AFP)

14. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

People watch as fireworks explode over Copacabana beach during New Year celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
People watch as fireworks explode over Copacabana beach during New Year celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Reuters)
Source: TRTWorld and agencies