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Dubai: Top Dollar New Year’s Eve

Dubai is well known around the world for offering hot and cold running glitz and glamor and not much of note is inexpensive in Dubai for travelers. New Year’s Eve is probably the top holiday to spend in Dubai.

Much of this reputation is due to the out of this world fireworks display Burj Khalifa puts on—this is the world’s tallest building and located in Dubai. It is usually followed by a water ballet programmed into the world’s largest fountain display. In 2019 the five minute display consisted of over 3,000 pounds of fireworks.

If you want to eat while watching the display you’d better be prepared to open that wallet. High end restaurants offer multi-course meals in the $1,200 range (yes, that is per person). But even fast food joints are going to upcharge—around $400 dollars a meal for fast food. An order of Tim Horton’s Timbits will cost you $670.

All you can eat Five Guys burgers, fries and soft drinks will cost one around $400. Even seats to watch the fireworks at the local mall will cost about $300.




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Vaccine Passports Probably Coming

It may be no surprise to some but as vaccines are starting to roll out in the US and worldwide people are waiting for when they can return to doing their normal activities like shop, go to the movies and travel.

However besides actually getting the vaccine there may be a catch—you may also need a vaccine passport.

More than one company has begun creating smart phone apps or other kinds of digital systems for individuals that would allow them to upload data on their Covid-19 vaccinations and tests. In turn this data would create digital credentials allowing or denying access to stadiums, music venues, theaters, business offices and most likely other countries.

Created by the Geneva-based non-profit the Commons Project and the World Economic Forum have partnered with well-known airlines such JetBlue, United and Virgin Atlantic and hundreds of health systems in the US and the government of Aruba is the Common Trust Network.

They are working on the CommonPass app which would allow users to upload medical data, such as Covid-19 data, proof of vaccination by certified medical professionals. This would generate a QR code that authorities could use to certify a person is vaccinated without giving away specific medical data during the interaction. The app would also provide useful data to the user like health pass requirements for all points of arrival or departure on an itinerary.