Travel budget in the United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates: calculate your travel budget

United Arab Emirates: sample budgets by traveller type

These example budgets assume a 2-week holiday in the United Arab Emirates for 2 people.

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 53 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 10.7 per person
  • $ 6.2 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 1211* (4046 AED)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 105 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 35 per person
  • $ 9.4 per person
  • $ 13 per person

Total budget:

$ 3034* (10108 AED)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 111 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 65 per person
  • $ 14 per person
  • $ 25 per person

Total budget:

$ 4415* (14700 AED)

* Estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks. This represents an average across the country (budget may vary depending on the city or region visited).


Cost of living in the United Arab Emirates in 2020

Cost of living: United Arab Emirates VS United States

On average, the cost of living in the United Arab Emirates in 2020 is essentially the same as in the United States (USA)

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices United States in in the United States (USA) and United States by types of expenses:

Cost of living in the United Arab Emirates by city

See the table below for the variation in the cost of living in different cities in the United Arab Emirates compared to the national average.

Cities /United Arab Emirates View Details
Dubai 10% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Dubai
Abu Dhabi 2% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Abu Dhabi
Sharjah 12% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Sharjah
Ajman 18% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Ajman

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Local prices in the United Arab Emirates by expense type

United Arab Emirates: Restaurant budget

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in the United Arab Emirates is essentially the same as in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 7.5/person
($ 3.6 to $ 16)

52% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 32/person
($ 16 to $ 54)

1% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 30
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 7.9/person
($ 6.3 to $ 10.5)

7% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.5
Local beer
Local beer
$ 13 for 500ml
($ 7.5 to $ 16)

127% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.3
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 4.5 for 330ml
($ 2.4 to $ 10.5)

44% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.2
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 5.4/cup
($ 3 to $ 7.5)

20% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.5
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1/can
($ 0.6 to $ 2.2)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.5/bottle
($ 0.4 to $ 1)

73% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6

United Arab Emirates: Hotel and accommodation budget

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in the United Arab Emirates costs 7% less than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 82/night
($ 60 to $ 128)

25% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 114/night
($ 76 to $ 163)

9% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 96/night
($ 71 to $ 143)

48% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 185
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 126/night
($ 89 to $ 193)

52% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 263
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 272/night
($ 159 to $ 486)

46% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 512
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 55/month
($ 51 to $ 61)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 133
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 161/month
($ 107 to $ 259)

6% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 173
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 175/month
($ 103 to $ 303)

5% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 168
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 262/month
($ 174 to $ 440)

18% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 224
Family room
Family room
$ 446/month
($ 231 to $ 898)

153% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 177

United Arab Emirates: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in the United Arab Emirates costs 23% less than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1.8/litre
($ 1.2 to $ 3.2)

102% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 1.3/500g
($ 0.7 to $ 2.2)

53% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.9
Rice
Rice
$ 2/kg
($ 1 to $ 3)

53% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Eggs
Eggs
$ 3.1/12 eggs
($ 1.8 to $ 5.4)

24% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.5
Cheese
Cheese
$ 12/kg
($ 5.4 to $ 32)

3% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 6.9/kg
($ 4.4 to $ 12)

24% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 2.5/kg
($ 1.6 to $ 3.9)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5
Oranges
Oranges
$ 1.9/kg
($ 1 to $ 3)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.4
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.7/kg
($ 1 to $ 3)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.5
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.2/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 1.8)

59% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.9
Salad
Salad
$ 1.8/salad
($ 1 to $ 3.6)

7% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.7
($ 0.5 to $ 1.6)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 12/kg
($ 6.3 to $ 26)

8% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13

United Arab Emirates: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in the United Arab Emirates costs 30% less than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 1.6/ticket
($ 1 to $ 3)

43% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.7
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 77/month
($ 32 to $ 107)

5% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 81
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.6/km
($ 0.5 to $ 1.2)

69% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2
Petrol
Petrol
$ 0.7/litre
($ 0.6 to $ 0.8)

12% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 3.6
($ 1.8 to $ 4.1)

2% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.7
Car hire
Car hire
$ 21/24hrs
($ 6 to $ 73)

48% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40

United Arab Emirates: Budget for living and housing

On average, the cost of housing in the United Arab Emirates is 11% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 188/month
($ 121 to $ 303)

11% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 170
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.4)

9% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 113/month
($ 91 to $ 152)

60% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 71
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 1469/month
($ 905 to $ 2413)

2% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1451
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 966/month
($ 604 to $ 1508)

16% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1162
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 2756/month
($ 1508 to $ 4523)

17% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2359
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 1977/month
($ 1207 to $ 3317)

7% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1850
Gym
Gym
$ 87/month
($ 46 to $ 152)

110% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 41
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 550/month
($ 303 to $ 1057)

46% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1021
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 10189/yr
($ 5428 to $ 18091)

43% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 18028

United Arab Emirates: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in the United Arab Emirates is 53% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 13/ticket
($ 10.5 to $ 17)

5% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 36/hr
($ 20 to $ 61)

111% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17

United Arab Emirates: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in the United Arab Emirates is 19% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 6.5/pack
($ 6.1 to $ 7.5)

24% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.5
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 70
($ 32 to $ 134)

44% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 48
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 59
($ 26 to $ 107)

53% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 39
Trainers
Trainers
$ 102
($ 61 to $ 152)

24% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 82
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 102
($ 46 to $ 182)

2% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 104

Plane ticket budget

New York City → Dubai
New York City → Dubai
New York City → Dubai
$ 998
(fair price: $ 837)
Edinburgh → Dubai
Edinburgh → Dubai
Edinburgh → Dubai
$ 582
(fair price: $ 506)
Manchester → Abu Dhabi
Manchester → Abu Dhabi
Manchester → Abu Dhabi
$ 586
(fair price: $ 487)
Dublin → Dubai
Dublin → Dubai
Dublin → Dubai
$ 533
(fair price: $ 419)
Los Angeles → Dubai
Los Angeles  → Dubai
Los Angeles  → Dubai
$ 1076
(fair price: $ 879)
London → Abu Dhabi
London → Abu Dhabi
London → Abu Dhabi
$ 535
(fair price: $ 464)
Dublin → Abu Dhabi
Dublin → Abu Dhabi
Dublin → Abu Dhabi
$ 559
(fair price: $ 463)
Manchester → Dubai
Manchester → Dubai
Manchester → Dubai
$ 568
(fair price: $ 488)
Toronto (Ontario) → Dubai
Toronto (Ontario) → Dubai
Toronto (Ontario) → Dubai
$ 1203
(fair price: $ 952)
Melbourne → Dubai
Melbourne → Dubai
Melbourne → Dubai
$ 1022
(fair price: $ 867)
London → Muharraq (Bahrain)
London → Muharraq (Bahrain)
London → Muharraq (Bahrain)
$ 594
(fair price: $ 515)
Sydney → Dubai
Sydney → Dubai
Sydney → Dubai
$ 1163
(fair price: $ 919)
Manchester → Muharraq (Bahrain)
Manchester → Muharraq (Bahrain)
Manchester → Muharraq (Bahrain)
$ 590
(fair price: $ 545)
Perth → Dubai
Perth → Dubai
Perth → Dubai
$ 1189
(fair price: $ 996)
London → Dubai
London → Dubai
London → Dubai
$ 482
(fair price: $ 404)
New York City → Abu Dhabi
New York City → Abu Dhabi
New York City → Abu Dhabi
$ 1105
(fair price: $ 940)
Melbourne → Abu Dhabi
Melbourne → Abu Dhabi
Melbourne → Abu Dhabi
$ 1089
(fair price: $ 977)
Edinburgh → Abu Dhabi
Edinburgh → Abu Dhabi
Edinburgh → Abu Dhabi
$ 611
(fair price: $ 525)
Auckland → Dubai
Auckland → Dubai
Auckland → Dubai
$ 1399
(fair price: $ 1059)
Montreal → Dubai
Montreal → Dubai
Montreal → Dubai
$ 1079
(fair price: $ 943)
Sydney → Abu Dhabi
Sydney → Abu Dhabi
Sydney → Abu Dhabi
$ 1252
(fair price: $ 1091)
Toronto (Ontario) → Abu Dhabi
Toronto (Ontario) → Abu Dhabi
Toronto (Ontario) → Abu Dhabi
$ 1149
(fair price: $ 974)
Los Angeles → Abu Dhabi
Los Angeles  → Abu Dhabi
Los Angeles  → Abu Dhabi
$ 1197
(fair price: $ 1010)
Dublin → Muharraq (Bahrain)
Dublin → Muharraq (Bahrain)
Dublin → Muharraq (Bahrain)
$ 636
(fair price: $ 554)
New York City → Muharraq (Bahrain)
New York City → Muharraq (Bahrain)
New York City → Muharraq (Bahrain)
$ 1069
(fair price: $ 912)
Toronto (Ontario) → Muharraq (Bahrain)
Toronto (Ontario) → Muharraq (Bahrain)
Toronto (Ontario) → Muharraq (Bahrain)
$ 1099
(fair price: $ 953)
Edinburgh → Muharraq (Bahrain)
Edinburgh → Muharraq (Bahrain)
Edinburgh → Muharraq (Bahrain)
$ 686
(fair price: $ 611)
Montreal → Abu Dhabi
Montreal → Abu Dhabi
Montreal → Abu Dhabi
$ 1143
(fair price: $ 976)
Perth → Abu Dhabi
Perth → Abu Dhabi
Perth → Abu Dhabi
$ 1326
(fair price: $ 1155)
Auckland → Abu Dhabi
Auckland → Abu Dhabi
Auckland → Abu Dhabi
$ 1733
(fair price: $ 1324)
Los Angeles → Muharraq (Bahrain)
Los Angeles  → Muharraq (Bahrain)
Los Angeles  → Muharraq (Bahrain)
$ 1175
(fair price: $ 1011)
Montreal → Muharraq (Bahrain)
Montreal → Muharraq (Bahrain)
Montreal → Muharraq (Bahrain)
$ 1091
(fair price: $ 917)
Sydney → Muharraq (Bahrain)
Sydney → Muharraq (Bahrain)
Sydney → Muharraq (Bahrain)
$ 1287
(fair price: $ 1186)
Melbourne → Muharraq (Bahrain)
Melbourne → Muharraq (Bahrain)
Melbourne → Muharraq (Bahrain)
$ 1132
(fair price: $ 970)

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About the information on the cost of living in the United Arab Emirates

The information about the cost of living in the United Arab Emirates shown on this page comes from multiple sources, including : Numbeo, Easyvoyage and Hotels.com.

Information about cost of living in the United Arab Emirates updated on 25-03-2020.

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