Dubai travel budget

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Sample budgets for a trip to Dubai

These example budgets assume a 2-week holiday in Dubai for 2 people.

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 52 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 13 per person
  • $ 7.2 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 1278* (4270 AED)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 94 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 46 per person
  • $ 12 per person
  • $ 14 per person

Total budget:

$ 3287* (10962 AED)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 121 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 89 per person
  • $ 20 per person
  • $ 28 per person

Total budget:

$ 5456* (18186 AED)

* estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks (excluding plane tickets).



Cost of living in Dubai compared to United States in 2023

Compare with the average cost of living in:

On average, the cost of living in Dubai in 2023 is essentially identical to the average cost of living in the United States (USA).

See the graphic below for the price variation percentage by type of expense in Dubai in 2023 compared to average prices in the United States (USA):




Local prices in Dubai by expense type

Restaurant budget in Dubai

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Dubai is 15% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 13/person
($ 6 to $ 26)

35% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 19
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 46/person
($ 28 to $ 84)

15% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 9/person
($ 8.7 to $ 12)

8% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.9
Local beer
Local beer
$ 15 for 500ml
($ 9 to $ 20)

160% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.5
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 6.7 for 330ml
($ 2.4 to $ 15)

84% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.7
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 5.9/cup
($ 3 to $ 8.4)

16% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.1
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1.3/can
($ 0.7 to $ 3.6)

48% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.5
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.7/bottle
($ 0.4 to $ 1.7)

66% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2

Hotel and accommodation budget in Dubai

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Dubai is 24% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 91/night
($ 51 to $ 169)

27% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 87/night
($ 60 to $ 127)

40% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 146
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 102/night
($ 64 to $ 192)

51% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 208
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 139/night
($ 79 to $ 285)

54% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 305
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 324/night
($ 141 to $ 678)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 653
Hostel/Youth Hostel
Hostel/Youth Hostel
$ 59/month
($ 45 to $ 76)

55% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 131
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 181/month
($ 88 to $ 392)

8% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 198
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 163/month
($ 66 to $ 386)

12% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 187
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 340/month
($ 155 to $ 622)

36% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 250
Family room
Family room
$ 231/month
($ 104 to $ 451)

21% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 192

Supermarket food budget in Dubai

On average, the price of supermarket food in Dubai is 35% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 2/litre
($ 1.2 to $ 3.6)

79% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.1
Bread
Bread
$ 1.7/500g
($ 1.1 to $ 3.3)

53% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.6
Rice
Rice
$ 2.2/kg
($ 1.6 to $ 4.4)

52% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.5
Eggs
Eggs
$ 3.5/12 eggs
($ 2 to $ 5.7)

17% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Chicken
Chicken
$ 9/kg
($ 4.5 to $ 16)

31% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14
Apples
Apples
$ 2.5/kg
($ 1.6 to $ 3.6)

52% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.8/kg
($ 1 to $ 3.3)

64% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.9
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.2/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 2.2)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.7
($ 0.5 to $ 1)

68% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.1

Public and private transport budget in Dubai

On average, the price of transport in Dubai is 27% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 1.8/ticket
($ 1.1 to $ 3)

34% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.7
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1/km
($ 0.6 to $ 1.8)

51% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.2/litre
($ 1 to $ 1.4)

7% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.1
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 3.6
($ 2.2 to $ 5.1)

6% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.8
Car hire
Car hire
$ 18/24hrs
($ 6 to $ 93)

53% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 39

Leisure activity budget in Dubai

On average, budget for leisure activities in Dubai is 52% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 14/ticket
($ 11 to $ 21)

3% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14
Tennis
Tennis
$ 42/hr
($ 22 to $ 61)

101% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 21

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Dubai

On average, shopping budget in Dubai is 21% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 6.7/pack
($ 6 to $ 8.4)

32% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.9
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 76
($ 26 to $ 136)

45% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 52
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 63
($ 32 to $ 91)

51% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 41

Plane ticket budget

London → Dubai
London → Dubai
London → Dubai
$ 433
(fair price: $ 391)
Manchester → Dubai
Manchester → Dubai
Manchester → Dubai
$ 543
(fair price: $ 468)
Dublin → Dubai
Dublin → Dubai
Dublin → Dubai
$ 533
(fair price: $ 434)
New York City → Dubai
New York City → Dubai
New York City → Dubai
$ 869
(fair price: $ 740)
Sydney → Dubai
Sydney → Dubai
Sydney → Dubai
$ 1333
(fair price: $ 1164)
Los Angeles → Dubai
Los Angeles  → Dubai
Los Angeles  → Dubai
$ 1103
(fair price: $ 943)


About this information on the cost of living in Dubai

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

The information about the cost of living in Dubai was updated on 29-01-2023.

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