Food and drink prices too high, some­thing has to give

7 Days in Dubai - - COMMUNITY -

When friends that are on Dhs60 –100k a month are say­ing ‘no I’m not go­ing to such and such a venue be­cause a bev­er­age is close to Dhs50 each’, it could be time for Dubai’s so­cial scene to take a look at how to bring cus­tomers back. Granted some es­tab­lish­ments are still busy but these are only the most pop­u­lar ones. There are so many places that are empty nowa­days. I’m sure the happy hours help but ul­ti­mately once the happy hour is fin­ished peo­ple are not hang­ing around pay­ing Dhs50 a drink. The restau­rants seem to be go­ing the same way. Food has gone up quite a lot but still there are restau­rants for most wal­lets un­til you fac­tor in the ex­tor­tion­ate drink prices that sends the bill rock­et­ing. So many are empty and you need peo­ple to add at­mos­phere. I have no­ticed a few places clos­ing now, so clearly some­thing needs to give. More and more peo­ple are opt­ing to have so­cial gath­er­ings at houses where they don’t have to pay the crazy prices for food and drinks. Ho­tel oc­cu­pancy is down con­sid­er­ably, and we want/need the tourists to come, but if you tell some­one from the UK/Europe that a bev­er­age is go­ing to cost them 8–10 pounds they will think twice, that is for sure. Nor­mal Ex­pat Dubai search­ing for park­ing and end­ing up pay­ing for a whole day from my own pocket even though the com­pany I work for has base­ment park­ings avail­able and free and we do not have many em­ploy­ees. My ques­tion is: should it be my job to find park­ing ev­ery day, spend­ing hours and then pay ev­ery hour when I am go­ing for work? Ev­ery hour I spend pay­ing park­ing am I go­ing to re­ally con­cen­trate on my work and If I con­cen­trate on my work I for­get about re­new­ing tick­ets and end­ing up ev­ery month with fines with time wasted. All this pain for go­ing to work. Work is only pro­duc­tive with peace of mind and re­laxed in all means. Has­san, UAE If these pre­cious open spaces are de­stroyed by self­ish lit­ter bugs it will be near im­pos­si­ble to get them back to what they once were in terms of nat­u­ral beauty and wildlife, and that would be a tragedy for all of us, so please just put your rub­bish in the bin, it is re­ally not that dif­fi­cult. Mirdif Mary, Dubai

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