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Travel budget in 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 United Arab Emirates for 2 people.

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 46 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 10.4 per person
  • $ 5.7 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 1088* (3738 AED)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 94 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 32 per person
  • $ 9 per person
  • $ 12 per person

Total budget:

$ 2768* (9492 AED)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 112 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 57 per person
  • $ 14 per person
  • $ 24 per person

Total budget:

$ 4161* (14266 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 United Arab Emirates in 2019

Cost of living: United Arab Emirates VS United States

On average, the cost of living in United Arab Emirates in 2019 is 2% higher than in United States.

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices in United Arab Emirates in 2019 and United States by types of expenses:

Cost of living in United Arab Emirates by city

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

Cities /United Arab Emirates View Details
Abu Dhabi 2% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Abu Dhabi
Dubai 3% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Dubai
Ajman 23% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Ajman
Sharjah 21% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Sharjah

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Local prices in United Arab Emirates by expense type

Restaurant budget in United Arab Emirates

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in United Arab Emirates is essentially the same as in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 7.3/person
($ 4.4 to $ 14)

51% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 24/person
($ 14 to $ 42)

15% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 7.3/person
($ 5.9 to $ 8.7)

2% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.5
Local beer
Local beer
$ 12 for 500ml
($ 10.2 to $ 15)

174% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 3.9 for 330ml
($ 2.4 to $ 7.3)

29% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 5/cup
($ 3.5 to $ 6.5)

17% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.8/can
($ 0.6 to $ 1.6)

54% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.4/bottle
($ 0.2 to $ 0.8)

74% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.5

Hotel and accommodation budget in United Arab Emirates

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in United Arab Emirates costs 7% less than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 77/night
($ 54 to $ 104)

28% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 90/night
($ 63 to $ 113)

27% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 125
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 97/night
($ 64 to $ 140)

45% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 177
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 126/night
($ 83 to $ 167)

51% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 259
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 267/night
($ 145 to $ 414)

46% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 502
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 49/month
($ 42 to $ 55)

59% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 120
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 153/month
($ 106 to $ 235)

5% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 169/month
($ 103 to $ 282)

2% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 251/month
($ 168 to $ 431)

18% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 213
Family room
Family room
$ 482/month
($ 225 to $ 1091)

175% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 176

Supermarket food budget in United Arab Emirates

On average, the price of supermarket food in United Arab Emirates costs 22% less than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 1.7/litre
($ 1.2 to $ 2.4)

91% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 1.3/500g
($ 0.8 to $ 1.8)

50% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 2/kg
($ 1.3 to $ 2.9)

51% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 3/12 eggs
($ 2 to $ 5)

25% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 10.5/kg
($ 5.9 to $ 22)

5% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 7.4/kg
($ 4.4 to $ 12)

18% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9
Apples
Apples
$ 2.4/kg
($ 1.8 to $ 3.5)

49% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.7
Oranges
Oranges
$ 1.9/kg
($ 1.2 to $ 2.9)

55% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.8/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 2.9)

59% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.1/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 1.4)

58% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.7
Salad
Salad
$ 1.8/salad
($ 0.8 to $ 2.9)

12% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.7
($ 0.5 to $ 0.8)

64% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 12/kg
($ 7.3 to $ 18)

4% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13

Public and private transport budget in United Arab Emirates

On average, the price of transport in United Arab Emirates costs 31% less than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 1.4/ticket
($ 0.6 to $ 2.2)

39% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 59/month
($ 24 to $ 89)

22% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 76
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.6/km
($ 0.5 to $ 0.8)

67% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 0.7/litre
($ 0.6 to $ 0.7)

14% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 3.5
($ 1.4 to $ 3.5)

2% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.5
Car hire
Car hire
$ 21/24hrs
($ 6 to $ 55)

48% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40

Budget for living and housing in United Arab Emirates

On average, the cost of housing in United Arab Emirates is 16% more expensive than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 171/month
($ 97 to $ 292)

5% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.2)

23% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 108/month
($ 88 to $ 146)

60% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 67
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 1485/month
($ 875 to $ 2249)

10% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1352
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 1026/month
($ 598 to $ 1458)

3% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1066
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 2715/month
($ 1458 to $ 4251)

23% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2210
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 2057/month
($ 1167 to $ 3206)

20% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1725
Gym
Gym
$ 83/month
($ 45 to $ 146)

114% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 544/month
($ 292 to $ 934)

42% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 944
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 9625/yr
($ 4373 to $ 16029)

47% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18299

Leisure activity budget in United Arab Emirates

On average, budget for leisure activities in United Arab Emirates is 45% more expensive than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 12/ticket
($ 10.2 to $ 15)

8% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 33/hr
($ 15 to $ 59)

97% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 16

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in United Arab Emirates

On average, shopping budget in United Arab Emirates is 12% more expensive than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 5.9/pack
($ 4.7 to $ 6.5)

21% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.5
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 63
($ 30 to $ 103)

32% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 47
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 54
($ 24 to $ 89)

43% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 94
($ 59 to $ 132)

18% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 79
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 94
($ 59 to $ 146)

8% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 102

Plane ticket budget

New York City → Dubai
New York City → Dubai
New York City → Dubai
$ 1059
(fair price: $ 929)
Dublin → Dubai
Dublin → Dubai
Dublin → Dubai
$ 535
(fair price: $ 444)
Edinburgh → Dubai
Edinburgh → Dubai
Edinburgh → Dubai
$ 618
(fair price: $ 550)
Manchester → Abu Dhabi
Manchester → Abu Dhabi
Manchester → Abu Dhabi
$ 611
(fair price: $ 526)
London → Abu Dhabi
London → Abu Dhabi
London → Abu Dhabi
$ 556
(fair price: $ 482)
Dublin → Abu Dhabi
Dublin → Abu Dhabi
Dublin → Abu Dhabi
$ 630
(fair price: $ 544)
Manchester → Dubai
Manchester → Dubai
Manchester → Dubai
$ 572
(fair price: $ 504)
Los Angeles → Dubai
Los Angeles  → Dubai
Los Angeles  → Dubai
$ 1127
(fair price: $ 956)
Toronto (Ontario) → Dubai
Toronto (Ontario) → Dubai
Toronto (Ontario) → Dubai
$ 1262
(fair price: $ 950)
London → Dubai
London → Dubai
London → Dubai
$ 470
(fair price: $ 400)
New York City → Abu Dhabi
New York City → Abu Dhabi
New York City → Abu Dhabi
$ 1186
(fair price: $ 1032)
Edinburgh → Abu Dhabi
Edinburgh → Abu Dhabi
Edinburgh → Abu Dhabi
$ 642
(fair price: $ 570)
Montreal → Dubai
Montreal → Dubai
Montreal → Dubai
$ 1065
(fair price: $ 953)
Manchester → Muharraq (Bahrain)
Manchester → Muharraq (Bahrain)
Manchester → Muharraq (Bahrain)
$ 611
(fair price: $ 570)
Toronto (Ontario) → Abu Dhabi
Toronto (Ontario) → Abu Dhabi
Toronto (Ontario) → Abu Dhabi
$ 1095
(fair price: $ 961)
London → Muharraq (Bahrain)
London → Muharraq (Bahrain)
London → Muharraq (Bahrain)
$ 599
(fair price: $ 553)
Melbourne → Dubai
Melbourne → Dubai
Melbourne → Dubai
$ 1069
(fair price: $ 881)
Sydney → Dubai
Sydney → Dubai
Sydney → Dubai
$ 1262
(fair price: $ 979)
Los Angeles → Abu Dhabi
Los Angeles  → Abu Dhabi
Los Angeles  → Abu Dhabi
$ 1284
(fair price: $ 1134)
Perth → Dubai
Perth → Dubai
Perth → Dubai
$ 1428
(fair price: $ 1232)
Melbourne → Abu Dhabi
Melbourne → Abu Dhabi
Melbourne → Abu Dhabi
$ 1070
(fair price: $ 978)

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

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

Information about cost of living in United Arab Emirates updated on 19-05-2019.

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