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Dubai erupts as glitzy fireworks mark new year

Thousands thronged the world's tallest tower for the second year running to see in 2012

Dubai erupts as glitzy fireworks mark new year
The glittering Burj Khalifa show began just before stroke of midnight, lighting up the night sky
Dubai erupts as glitzy fireworks mark new year
The display was accompanied by an hour-long water, light and music show from the Dubai Fountain
Dubai erupts as glitzy fireworks mark new year
The pyrotechnics display, thought to be the world's tallest, could be seen across the emirate
Dubai erupts as glitzy fireworks mark new year
A fireworks display was also seen near Burj Al Arab hotel
Dubai erupts as glitzy fireworks mark new year
Hundreds turned up to capture the beautiful display on cameras
Dubai erupts as glitzy fireworks mark new year
Cars on the surrounding roads ground to a halt as people stopped to watch the display
Dubai erupts as glitzy fireworks mark new year
The words New Year displayed on Burj Khalifa
Dubai erupts as glitzy fireworks mark new year
Burj Al Arab is the fourth tallest hotel in the world (Getty Images)
Dubai erupts as glitzy fireworks mark new year
People began arriving in the early afternoon to secure a spot at the foot of the Burj Khalifa
Dubai erupts as glitzy fireworks mark new year
The Dubai Fountain show featured music
Dubai erupts as glitzy fireworks mark new year
Thousands filmed the show, which marked the Burj Khalifa's second new year's eve celebrations
Dubai erupts as glitzy fireworks mark new year
People had queued for hours to get a ringside seat for the show
Dubai erupts as glitzy fireworks mark new year
The Dubai Fountain show lights up the night sky
Dubai erupts as glitzy fireworks mark new year
The show began at the stroke of midnight, drawing gasps from the watching crowd
Dubai erupts as glitzy fireworks mark new year
The Dubai Fountain was a key attraction for revellers
Dubai erupts as glitzy fireworks mark new year
The area surrounding the tower was closely monitored as thousands packed in to watch the display