Samoa, Hong Kong, Japan and Australia were the first to have welcomed 2017 in style, while security is stepped up ahead of European New Year’s Eve celebrations.

The whole world is celebrating a new year as they welcome in 2017, Samoa was the first to welcomes in 2017 with Hong Kong with a stunning fireworks display and Japan, New Zealand and Australia afterwards.

Every New Year’s Dubai on midnight presents an impressive show, and last night was no exception.

Moscow celebrated an hour later, along with Turkey.

While security is stepped up ahead of major European cities New Year’s Eve celebrations, with major police presence, over 100 000 police and military personal, and armored vehicles.