SYDNEY: New Year’s Eve fireworks erupt over Sydney’s iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House early today. – AFP

SYDNEY/KUWAIT: Australia’s largest city Sydney put on its biggest-ever fireworks display in a spectacular welcome to the New Year, kicking off a wave of celebrations for billions around the world. A record amount of pyrotechnics as well as new fireworks effects and colors lit up the city’s skyline for 12 minutes and dazzled the more than 1.5 million spectators who packed the harbor front and parks. The party atmosphere swept across major cities in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas as the clock ticked past midnight.

HH the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah yesterday exchanged congratulatory cables with world leaders on the advent of the New Year. In the cables, the Amir wished the leaders evermore progress to their respective countries, as well as hoping for the prevalence of peace, security and prosperity worldwide. – Agencies