Thousands of people lined the Thames as London kicked off the new decade to the roar of football anthems such as Three Lions with the festivities providing a prelude to the Euro 2020 football tournament.

For nearly 10 minutes, fireworks lit up the sky over Dubai`s Burj Khalifa, the world`s tallest building, as hundreds of thousands gathered downtown to watch the spectacular display.

Australia ushered in the New Year with a huge fireworks display in Sydney, despite the calls to cancel the event as devastating bushfires raged across the country.