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Revelers welcome 2014

  • People ride a Ferris wheel as fireworks illuminate the sky over Edinburgh, Scotland, during New Year's eve celebrations late Tuesday Dec. 31, 2013.  The celebrations this year are combined with marking the upcoming 2014 Commonwealth games. (AP Photo / David Cheskin, PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES

    People ride a Ferris wheel as fireworks illuminate the sky over Edinburgh, Scotland, during New Year's eve celebrations late Tuesday Dec. 31, 2013. The celebrations this year are combined with marking the upcoming 2014 Commonwealth games. (AP Photo / David Cheskin, PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES

  • A woman launches a sky lantern during celebration for the New Year at the Red Square, in Moscow, Russia, early Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, with St. Basil Cathedral, centre right, and Kremlin's Spasskaya (Savior) Tower, left, are in the background. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

    A woman launches a sky lantern during celebration for the New Year at the Red Square, in Moscow, Russia, early Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, with St. Basil Cathedral, centre right, and Kremlin's Spasskaya (Savior) Tower, left, are in the background. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

  • A woman launches a sky lantern during celebration for the New Year at the Red Square, in Moscow, Russia, early Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, with St. Basil Cathedral, centre right, and Kremlin's Spasskaya (Savior) Tower, left, are in the background. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

    A woman launches a sky lantern during celebration for the New Year at the Red Square, in Moscow, Russia, early Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, with St. Basil Cathedral, centre right, and Kremlin's Spasskaya (Savior) Tower, left, are in the background. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

  • Fireworks explode near the Harbor Bridge and the Opera House during  New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

    Fireworks explode near the Harbor Bridge and the Opera House during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

  • Fireworks explode near the Harbor Bridge and the Opera House during  New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

    Fireworks explode near the Harbor Bridge and the Opera House during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

  • Fireworks explode over the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

    Fireworks explode over the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

  • Fireworks explode over the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

    Fireworks explode over the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

  • Fireworks explode over the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

    Fireworks explode over the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

  • Fireworks explode over Juche Tower and the Taedong River in Pyongyang, North Korea to celebrate the New Year on Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)

    Fireworks explode over Juche Tower and the Taedong River in Pyongyang, North Korea to celebrate the New Year on Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)

  • Revelers watch a fireworks display launched from the Taipei101 skyscraper during New Year's Eve celebrations in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

    Revelers watch a fireworks display launched from the Taipei101 skyscraper during New Year's Eve celebrations in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

  • Revelers watch a fireworks display launched from the Taipei101 skyscraper during New Year's Eve celebrations in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

    Revelers watch a fireworks display launched from the Taipei101 skyscraper during New Year's Eve celebrations in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

  • Fireworks explode over the financial district at midnight, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 in Singapore. Celebrations started on New Year's Eve where concerts were held and thousands gathered on the streets to usher in the Year 2014. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

    Fireworks explode over the financial district at midnight, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 in Singapore. Celebrations started on New Year's Eve where concerts were held and thousands gathered on the streets to usher in the Year 2014. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

  • Fireworks explode over the financial district at midnight, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 in Singapore. Celebrations started on New Year's Eve where concerts were held and thousands gathered on the streets to usher in the Year 2014. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

    Fireworks explode over the financial district at midnight, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 in Singapore. Celebrations started on New Year's Eve where concerts were held and thousands gathered on the streets to usher in the Year 2014. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

  • Laser lights shoot from towers during a New Year's Eve count down to 2014 held at the Great Wall of China in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

    Laser lights shoot from towers during a New Year's Eve count down to 2014 held at the Great Wall of China in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

  • Laser lights shoot from towers during a New Year's Eve count down to 2014 held at the Great Wall of China in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

    Laser lights shoot from towers during a New Year's Eve count down to 2014 held at the Great Wall of China in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

  • Laser lights shoot from a tower during a New Year's Eve count down to 2014 held at the Great Wall of China in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

    Laser lights shoot from a tower during a New Year's Eve count down to 2014 held at the Great Wall of China in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

  • Laser lights shoot from a tower during a New Year's Eve count down to 2014 held at the Great Wall of China in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

    Laser lights shoot from a tower during a New Year's Eve count down to 2014 held at the Great Wall of China in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

  • Laser lights shoot from towers during a New Year's Eve count down to 2014 held at the Great Wall of China in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

    Laser lights shoot from towers during a New Year's Eve count down to 2014 held at the Great Wall of China in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

  • People ride a Ferris wheel as fireworks illuminate the sky over Edinburgh, Scotland, during New Year's eve celebrations late Tuesday Dec. 31, 2013.  The celebrations this year are combined with marking the upcoming 2014 Commonwealth games. (AP Photo / David Cheskin, PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES
  • A woman launches a sky lantern during celebration for the New Year at the Red Square, in Moscow, Russia, early Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, with St. Basil Cathedral, centre right, and Kremlin's Spasskaya (Savior) Tower, left, are in the background. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
  • A woman launches a sky lantern during celebration for the New Year at the Red Square, in Moscow, Russia, early Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, with St. Basil Cathedral, centre right, and Kremlin's Spasskaya (Savior) Tower, left, are in the background. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
  • Fireworks explode near the Harbor Bridge and the Opera House during  New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
  • Fireworks explode near the Harbor Bridge and the Opera House during  New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
  • Fireworks explode over the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
  • Fireworks explode over the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
  • Fireworks explode over the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House during New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)
  • Fireworks explode over Juche Tower and the Taedong River in Pyongyang, North Korea to celebrate the New Year on Wednesday, Jan 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)
  • Revelers watch a fireworks display launched from the Taipei101 skyscraper during New Year's Eve celebrations in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
  • Revelers watch a fireworks display launched from the Taipei101 skyscraper during New Year's Eve celebrations in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
  • Fireworks explode over the financial district at midnight, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 in Singapore. Celebrations started on New Year's Eve where concerts were held and thousands gathered on the streets to usher in the Year 2014. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
  • Fireworks explode over the financial district at midnight, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 in Singapore. Celebrations started on New Year's Eve where concerts were held and thousands gathered on the streets to usher in the Year 2014. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
  • Laser lights shoot from towers during a New Year's Eve count down to 2014 held at the Great Wall of China in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
  • Laser lights shoot from towers during a New Year's Eve count down to 2014 held at the Great Wall of China in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
  • Laser lights shoot from a tower during a New Year's Eve count down to 2014 held at the Great Wall of China in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
  • Laser lights shoot from a tower during a New Year's Eve count down to 2014 held at the Great Wall of China in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
  • Laser lights shoot from towers during a New Year's Eve count down to 2014 held at the Great Wall of China in Beijing, China, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — With fireworks, dancing and late-night revelry, millions around the world welcomed 2014 on Tuesday, gathering for huge displays of jubilation and unity as the new year arrived.

Dubai, a Persian Gulf city known for glitz, glamour and over-the-top achievements like the world’s tallest skyscraper, sought to break another record by creating the largest fireworks show.

In Ukraine, anti-government protesters hoped to set their own record for the most people to sing a national anthem at the same time.

Crowds heading to New York City’s Times Square could expect the traditional ball drop but no mayor this year. The new year was to be rung in by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor instead.

The Dubai skyline was a canvas for a dazzling 30-minute show capping off with six minutes of fireworks that engulfed the city’s man-made, palm-shaped island, with its fronds and trunk shimmering in thousands of lights.

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