Travel budget and cost of living in United Arab Emirates how much does a trip cost?

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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:

  • $ 36 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 9.6 per person
  • $ 5.7 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 923* (3234 AED)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 95 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 30 per person
  • $ 8.4 per person
  • $ 12 per person

Total budget:

$ 2705* (9450 AED)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 113 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 52 per person
  • $ 12 per person
  • $ 24 per person

Total budget:

$ 3984* (13902 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 8% less than 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 6% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Abu Dhabi
Dubai 8% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Dubai
Sharjah 12% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Sharjah
Ajman 16% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Ajman

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
$ 7.2/person
($ 4.3 to $ 12)

51% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 23/person
($ 12 to $ 38)

21% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 7.2/person
($ 5.7 to $ 8.6)

2% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.4
Local beer
Local beer
$ 10 for 500ml
($ 5.7 to $ 15)

139% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 4.1 for 330ml
($ 2.9 to $ 5.7)

32% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 4.9/cup
($ 2.9 to $ 6.1)

17% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.7/can
($ 0.5 to $ 1.4)

60% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 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 27% less than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 76/night
($ 34 to $ 476)

29% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 93/night
($ 39 to $ 395)

23% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 120
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 98/night
($ 32 to $ 635)

43% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 175
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 127/night
($ 47 to $ 838)

50% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 256
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 255/night
($ 81 to $ 2198)

49% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 500
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 49/month
($ 22 to $ 82)

61% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 127
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 143/month
($ 52 to $ 1126)

11% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 162
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 168/month
($ 49 to $ 1590)

1% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Gîte ou maison d'hôte
Gîte ou maison d'hôte
$ 255/month
($ 75 to $ 5491)

22% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 210

Supermarket food budget in United Arab Emirates

On average, the price of supermarket food in United Arab Emirates costs 36% less than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 1.4/litre
($ 1.2 to $ 2)

68% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 1.1/500g
($ 0.6 to $ 1.8)

60% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.7
Rice
Rice
$ 1.7/kg
($ 1.3 to $ 2.9)

60% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2.3/12 eggs
($ 1.4 to $ 4.3)

4% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 9.9/kg
($ 5.1 to $ 20)

11% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 5.7/kg
($ 3.2 to $ 12)

36% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9
Apples
Apples
$ 1.9/kg
($ 1.3 to $ 2.9)

57% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.6
Oranges
Oranges
$ 1.6/kg
($ 1.2 to $ 2.9)

62% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.3/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 2.9)

68% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 0.8/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 1.4)

66% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.6
Salad
Salad
$ 1.3/salad
($ 0.8 to $ 2.6)

19% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6
Bouteille d'eau
Bouteille d'eau
$ 0.5
($ 0.2 to $ 0.8)

72% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 8.8/kg
($ 6.3 to $ 15)

27% 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 32% less than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 1.4/ticket
($ 0.7 to $ 2.2)

39% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 59/month
($ 27 to $ 102)

23% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 76
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.5/km
($ 0.4 to $ 0.7)

71% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 0.7/litre
($ 0.6 to $ 0.7)

11% 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)

1% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.4
Car hire
Car hire
$ 21/24hrs
($ 9.6 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 12% more expensive than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 168/month
($ 88 to $ 290)

4% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 162
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.2)

12% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 108/month
($ 84 to $ 145)

60% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 67
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 1493/month
($ 866 to $ 2249)

12% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1342
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 1023/month
($ 578 to $ 1443)

2% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1050
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 2405/month
($ 1500 to $ 4037)

11% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2180
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 1802/month
($ 1298 to $ 2884)

7% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1697
Gym
Gym
$ 82/month
($ 45 to $ 145)

113% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 529/month
($ 247 to $ 981)

43% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 929
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 9261/yr
($ 4326 to $ 16722)

49% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18274

Leisure activity budget in United Arab Emirates

On average, budget for leisure activities in United Arab Emirates is 16% more expensive than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 12/ticket
($ 10 to $ 15)

9% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 23/hr
($ 10 to $ 45)

40% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in United Arab Emirates

On average, shopping budget in United Arab Emirates is 11% more expensive than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 5.7/pack
($ 2.9 to $ 6.1)

22% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.4
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 65
($ 30 to $ 116)

36% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 47
Robe d'été
Robe d'été
$ 51
($ 24 to $ 88)

33% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 93
($ 59 to $ 131)

16% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 79
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 91
($ 53 to $ 145)

10% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 101

Plane ticket budget

Dublin → Dubai
Dublin → Dubai
Dublin → Dubai
$ 586
(fair price: $ 459)
Edinburgh → Dubai
Edinburgh → Dubai
Edinburgh → Dubai
$ 634
(fair price: $ 569)
London → Abu Dhabi
London → Abu Dhabi
London → Abu Dhabi
$ 567
(fair price: $ 489)
Manchester → Abu Dhabi
Manchester → Abu Dhabi
Manchester → Abu Dhabi
$ 627
(fair price: $ 550)
New York City → Dubai
New York City → Dubai
New York City → Dubai
$ 1095
(fair price: $ 946)
Manchester → Dubai
Manchester → Dubai
Manchester → Dubai
$ 593
(fair price: $ 518)
Dublin → Abu Dhabi
Dublin → Abu Dhabi
Dublin → Abu Dhabi
$ 664
(fair price: $ 556)
Toronto (Ontario) → Dubai
Toronto (Ontario) → Dubai
Toronto (Ontario) → Dubai
$ 1195
(fair price: $ 954)
London → Dubai
London → Dubai
London → Dubai
$ 487
(fair price: $ 425)
Los Angeles → Dubai
Los Angeles  → Dubai
Los Angeles  → Dubai
$ 1198
(fair price: $ 1009)
New York City → Abu Dhabi
New York City → Abu Dhabi
New York City → Abu Dhabi
$ 1279
(fair price: $ 1101)
Edinburgh → Abu Dhabi
Edinburgh → Abu Dhabi
Edinburgh → Abu Dhabi
$ 640
(fair price: $ 590)

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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 14-03-2019.

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