Dubai rated most expensive city to see in the new year

DUBAI // Dubai has topped the rankings as the most expensive city to see in the new year for the second year in a row.

According to the annual survey of seven of the most popular cities by the currency exchange firm Travelex, celebrating New Year’s Eve in the city costs Dh2,240 per person on average. New York ranked second at Dh1,850, followed by London at Dh1,435, Paris at Dh1,170, Amsterdam at Dh955 and Sydney at Dh950.

Edinburgh was named the best value option for the second year in a row at Dh725.

Restaurants and hotels in the UAE are offering various packages for the big night, with prices ranging from Dh500 per person for a seat at the bar at high-end Peruvian restaurant Coya in the Four Seasons Hotel, Dh850 for a table and Dh1,250 for a table on the terrace.

The Five Guys burger outlet, which has seating by the fountains at Dubai Mall, offers unlimited food and soft drinks for Dh1,200 while the Treehouse restaurant in the Taj Hotel in Business Bay prices its New Year’s Eve packages at Dh1,500 including free flowing drinks. Big spenders will have to part with Dh20,000, for a group of eight to 12 people, to see in the new year on the hotel’s upper deck lounge which has views of the Burj Khalifa and the fireworks show.

Roberto’s restaurant in the DIFC is charging Dh1,700 per person for indoor seating and Dh2,900 for outdoors with a view of the Burj. More info