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Dubai named among world's most expensive NYE destinations

Survey by Cheaphotels.org says average hotel rate in Dubai for New Year's Eve has been increased by 234%

Dubai named among world's most expensive NYE destinations
Fireworks explode from the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower, in Dubai. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Dubai has been named the third most expensive city in the world to spend New Year's Eve in a hotel, according to a new survey.

According to the survey by Cheaphotels.org, hotel guests in Dubai will have to pay an average of $272 per night, which represents a 234 percent hike on the normal January rate.

Travellers planning to spend this New Year’s Eve in Miami Beach are facing the most expensive hotel rates with a nightly rate of $281 ($843 for three nights), the survey showed.

The survey compared hotel prices in 50 cities around the globe. For each destination, the rate for the cheapest available double room for a 3-night stay from December 30 to January 2 was determined.

Only hotels with a city centre location, with 3 stars or more, and with average positive guest reviews were included in the survey.

After Miami Beach, the only other city more expensive than Dubai was Sydney ($274).

Other US destinations to feature in the top ten include New Orleans ($269), New York City ($224) and Nashville ($216). For those seeking cheaper options, fellow US cities Seattle and Chicago are offering more palatable average rates of $116 and $105, respectively.

When it comes to destinations that have hiked their rates by the largest amount this New Year’s Eve, the Taiwanese capital of Taipei tops the bill with nightly prices of $175 for the most affordable room around New Year’s Eve – nearly 500 percent more than an equivalent stay in January.

Also responsible for a major rate hike is the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, where visitors will have to cough up an average of $204 (up 423 percent) to stay in the city for its world famous Hogmanay celebrations.

The most affordable destination, according to the survey, is Bogota, the capital of Columbia in South America, where you can find hotel rates of just $27 per night around New Year’s Eve.

Other options that will go easy on the pocket include the capital cities of Buenos Aires in Argentina, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Doha in Qatar and Hanoi in Vietnam, where you should find rates of less than $50 per night.

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