Middle East singers earn top dollar this New Year's
Egyptian superstar Amr Diab is all set to perform in the upcoming New Year's Eve celebrations at the Ritz Carlton in Dubai, with rumors abound that the singer is to be given a little bit extra from the organizers.
By a little bit extra, we mean $20,000 extra.
Last year, Diab was paid $150,000 to welcome in the new year, but this time, the 51 year-old musical legend is set to get $170,000 making him by far the highest paid singer for New Year's Eve 2012.
Lebanese singer Elissa comes second, being paid a respectable $150,000 for her dulcet tones, followed by UAE star Hussein Al Jasmi, who is getting $120,000 for the evenings work.
Elissa’s compatriot, Najwa Karam, and Egyptian singer Tamer Hosni are being paid the same, a comparatively paltry $100,000 when up against Diab’s particularly large remuneration.
New Year's Eve 2012 is giving fans a veritable array of musical delights across the region, which are mainly being held the Gulf region and Lebanon, as organizers fear the instability of Egypt and Syria could put fans off attending.
Tell us what you think! Are these stars paid too much for a little bit of work? Or is it fair they earn so much? Are you going to see them welcome in 2013 or are you going to avoid it all and enjoy it closer to home?