Dubai among world's most expensive cities for New Year's Eve

Dubai among worlds most expensive cities for New Years Eve

Dubai - Guests in Dubai will have to pay 234 per cent more on New Year's Eve than on a normal January rate.



By Waheed Abbas

Published: Sat 29 Dec 2018, 12:00 PM

Last updated: Sat 29 Dec 2018, 9:35 PM

Dubai has been ranked among the world's most expensive cities for New Year's Eve destinations with one hotel room costing nearly Dh1,000 per night in a survey of 50 global cities.
Conducted by cheaphotels.org, the poll results showed that Miami Beach hotels are the most expensive anywhere in the world, priced at $281 (Dh1,031) per night. While visitors to Sydney and Dubai will also have to dig deep as the two cities have been ranked 2nd and 3rd most expensive for NYE with 1-night hotel rates costing $274 and $272 per night, respectively.
Guests in Dubai will have to pay 234 per cent more on New Year's Eve than on a normal January rate, revealed the survey results of the hotel website.
Dubai attracts a large number of visitors from Middle East, Africa and Asia to watch celebrations for the New Year across the city, hence hotel rates jump due to increase demand from tourists. To mark the New Year's Eve, Dubai hosts grand fireworks in 8 different locations across the emirate, including Burj Khalifa along with fabulous performances with The Dubai Fountain becoming the most popular spot to watch the  fireworks on New Year's Eve.
While Burj Al Arab/Madinat Jumeirah, Global Village, Al Seef, The Beach in JBR, Atlantis, The Palm, La Mer and Dubai Festival City are the other spots for the New Year's Eve fireworks. The New Year's Eve celebrations also coincide with the Dubai Shopping Festival which is also a major attraction for the City of Gold for shoppers.
Other cities in the list of top 10 include New Orleans, Rio de Janeiro, New York City, Hong Kong, Nashville, Edinburg and Amsterdam.
In the US and Canada, the top destinations for the New Year Eve are New York, Toronto, Montreal, Las Vegas, Miami, San Diego among others. In Europe, London tops followed by Paris, Rome, Dublin, Berlin, Venice, Glasgow and others.
In the rest of the world, Singapore, Hong Kong, Sydney, Tokyo, Dubai, Bangkok, Buenos Aires, Beijing, Seoul, Cape Town, Cancun and Shanghai.
The survey compared hotel prices in 50 cities around the globe. And for each destination, the rate for the cheapest available double room for a 3-night stay from December 30, 2018 to January 2, 2019 was determined. The hotels located in the centre of the city, with 3 stars or more, and with average positive guest reviews were included in the survey.
While the 10 most economical cities for New Year's Eve are Bogota ($27 per night), Kuala Lumpur ($37), Hanoi ($42), Buenos Aires ($42), Doha ($45), Nairobi ($47), Wellington ($51), Lagos ($54), Montreal ($56) and Shanghai ($59).
-waheedabbas@khaleejtimes.com
 


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