Europe is celebrating the arrival of 2018, as it has already been doing in the Pacific Islands, New Zealand, Australia, Asia, with a giant wedding ceremony or the Middle East, with a spectacular laser show in the world's highest skyscraper.
Sydney was the first metropolis to be welcomed in 2018, with 1.5 million people gathering in the emblematic Gulf of the city for a nice summer evening to celebrate and see the fireworks. Security measures were strengthened after a car bomb in Melbourne last week.
The celebration continued in Hong Kong with an impressive 10-minute spectacle.
In Jakarta, hundreds of people said "yes" to a massive wedding ceremony of huge dimensions organized by the government.
In Dubai, traditional fireworks was replaced by a laser sight in Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest skyscraper (828m).
In Europe, the celebration in many countries was under draconian security measures, especially in Paris, where thousands of people went to see the fireworks above the Arc de Triomphe despite the strong winds. In order to reach the site, spectators were subjected to physical control, while 1,800 policemen and security men were politically deployed only in the center of the French capital, altogether, the forces mobilized numbered 140,000 men and women amid the "high terrorist threat ".
In London, more than 100,000 people were provided with a ticket to see the fireworks show off the banks of the Thames and hear Big Ben sounding-the emblematic clock had to be re-energized as maintenance work was in progress. Although the British capital became the target of 4 attacks in 2017, Scotland Yard reported that it has mobilized fewer police officers than last year.
In New York, the police presence will be boosted for the traditional celebration of the Times Square, a magnet for tourists, where an attack was committed three weeks ago. Two million people were expected in the city center, despite the near-polar temperature (-10 ° C), unusually low even at this time.
South, in Brazil, Copacabana Beach is expected to record three million people, dressed in white as tradition wants, to welcome the new year.
Fireworks and celebrations around the world