Photo gallery: World to welcome in New Year with a bang
SYDNEY (AFP) - Sydney will on Monday kick off a wave of dazzling firework displays welcoming in 2013 from Dubai to Moscow and London, with long-isolated Yangon joining the global pyrotechnics for the first time.
Australia's famous harbour city will usher in the New Year with a A$6.6 million (S$8.4 million) million display curated by pop icon Kylie Minogue who designed the colour scheme and soundtrack.
"Sydney's New Year's Eve celebrations are world-famous and reach over a billion people - not just because we have the first major display for 2013, but because it's the best," said the city's lord mayor Clover Moore.
City officials are expecting more than 1.5 million people to crowd the waterfront to watch the seven tonnes of fireworks go up, including crackers launched from jet-skis and a show-stopping finale on the Harbour Bridge.