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.
  • $ 9.7 per person
  • $ 5.7 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 1168* (4228 AED)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 106 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 32 per person
  • $ 9 per person
  • $ 11 per person

Total budget:

$ 2913* (10542 AED)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 118 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 59 per person
  • $ 14 per person
  • $ 22 per person

Total budget:

$ 4283* (15498 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 2021

Cost of living: United Arab Emirates VS United States

On average, the cost of living in the United Arab Emirates in 2021 is 5% less than 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 13% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Dubai
Abu Dhabi 8% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Abu Dhabi
Sharjah 4% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Sharjah
Ajman 0% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Ajman


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
$ 6.9/person
($ 3.3 to $ 17)

54% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 29/person
($ 14 to $ 61)

11% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 32
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 7.2/person
($ 6.9 to $ 8.2)

11% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.1
Local beer
Local beer
$ 11 for 500ml
($ 6.9 to $ 16)

118% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.1
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 4.9 for 330ml
($ 1.9 to $ 11)

71% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.9
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 4.8/cup
($ 1.9 to $ 7.6)

11% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.4
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1/can
($ 0.7 to $ 2.2)

52% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.4/bottle
($ 0.2 to $ 1.1)

76% 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 15% less than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 81/night
($ 61 to $ 124)

26% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 101/night
($ 79 to $ 132)

20% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 110/night
($ 84 to $ 157)

38% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 180
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 125/night
($ 89 to $ 182)

52% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 262
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 257/night
($ 161 to $ 420)

49% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 510
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 55/month
($ 51 to $ 61)

54% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 122
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 187/month
($ 141 to $ 257)

11% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 169
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 163/month
($ 103 to $ 254)

1% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 165
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 242/month
($ 174 to $ 371)

9% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 223
Family room
Family room
$ 291/month
($ 143 to $ 514)

67% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 175

United Arab Emirates: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in the United Arab Emirates costs 34% less than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1.6/litre
($ 1.1 to $ 2.7)

83% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 1.2/500g
($ 0.6 to $ 2.5)

55% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 1.9/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 3.8)

53% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2.5/12 eggs
($ 1.4 to $ 4.2)

8% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.3
Chicken
Chicken
$ 6.6/kg
($ 2.7 to $ 11)

30% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.3
Apples
Apples
$ 2/kg
($ 1.1 to $ 2.7)

56% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.6
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.4/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 2.2)

68% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 1.4)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.6
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.6
($ 0.5 to $ 0.8)

67% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8

United Arab Emirates: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in the United Arab Emirates costs 33% less than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 1.4/ticket
($ 0.6 to $ 2.5)

38% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.2
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.6/km
($ 0.5 to $ 1.1)

66% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6
Petrol
Petrol
$ 0.6/litre
($ 0.5 to $ 0.8)

15% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.7
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 3.3
($ 1.4 to $ 3.7)

1% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.3
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: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in the United Arab Emirates is 40% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 11/ticket
($ 9.7 to $ 14)

9% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 32/hr
($ 14 to $ 57)

89% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16

United Arab Emirates: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in the United Arab Emirates is 11% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 6.1/pack
($ 5.5 to $ 6.9)

25% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.1
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 57
($ 23 to $ 112)

23% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 46
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 51
($ 21 to $ 84)

34% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 38

Plane ticket budget

London → Dubai
London → Dubai
London → Dubai
$ 415
(fair price: $ 373)
Manchester → Dubai
Manchester → Dubai
Manchester → Dubai
$ 526
(fair price: $ 446)
Dublin → Dubai
Dublin → Dubai
Dublin → Dubai
$ 525
(fair price: $ 426)
London → Abu Dhabi
London → Abu Dhabi
London → Abu Dhabi
$ 495
(fair price: $ 384)
New York City → Dubai
New York City → Dubai
New York City → Dubai
$ 841
(fair price: $ 708)
Manchester → Abu Dhabi
Manchester → Abu Dhabi
Manchester → Abu Dhabi
$ 579
(fair price: $ 474)


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 19-07-2021.

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