Dubai travel budget

Dubai: calculate your travel budget

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:

  • $ 59 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 12 per person
  • $ 7.2 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 1347* (4900 AED)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 86 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 37 per person
  • $ 10.2 per person
  • $ 14 per person

Total budget:

$ 2883* (10500 AED)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 107 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 67 per person
  • $ 15 per person
  • $ 27 per person

Total budget:

$ 4515* (16436 AED)

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


Cost of living in Dubai compared to United Arab Emirates in 2020

On average, the cost of living in Dubai in 2020 is 10% higher than 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 2020 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 12% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 8.8/person
($ 4.4 to $ 18)

41% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 30/person
($ 15 to $ 60)

3% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 29
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 8.2/person
($ 5.9 to $ 10.3)

2% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.1
Local beer
Local beer
$ 14 for 500ml
($ 7.4 to $ 17)

163% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.1
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 4.7 for 330ml
($ 2.4 to $ 12)

59% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 5.4/cup
($ 3.6 to $ 7.4)

26% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1/can
($ 0.6 to $ 2.4)

47% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.5/bottle
($ 0.4 to $ 1.2)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6

Hotel and accommodation budget in Dubai

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Dubai is 13% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 87/night
($ 47 to $ 179)

20% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 83/night
($ 55 to $ 118)

34% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 89/night
($ 65 to $ 127)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 180
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 126/night
($ 79 to $ 204)

52% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 262
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 326/night
($ 151 to $ 634)

36% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 510
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 64/month
($ 54 to $ 71)

53% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 136
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 195/month
($ 97 to $ 345)

16% 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
$ 228/month
($ 100 to $ 450)

38% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 165
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 208/month
($ 109 to $ 386)

6% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 223
Family room
Family room
$ 285/month
($ 120 to $ 562)

64% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 175

Supermarket food budget in Dubai

On average, the price of supermarket food in Dubai is 19% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1.8/litre
($ 1.1 to $ 3.1)

105% 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 $ 2.4)

52% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 1.9/kg
($ 1 to $ 4.4)

54% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 3.1/12 eggs
($ 1.8 to $ 5.9)

33% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 13/kg
($ 5.3 to $ 30)

11% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 8.2/kg
($ 4.7 to $ 15)

9% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 2.4/kg
($ 1.4 to $ 4.2)

48% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.7
Oranges
Oranges
$ 1.8/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 3.6)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.2
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.6/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 3.6)

64% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.2/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 1.8)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.7
Salad
Salad
$ 1.7/salad
($ 0.8 to $ 3)

4% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.7
($ 0.5 to $ 1.4)

62% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 13/kg
($ 6.2 to $ 26)

1% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13

Public and private transport budget in Dubai

On average, the price of transport in Dubai is 21% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 1.8/ticket
($ 0.8 to $ 3)

27% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 81/month
($ 46 to $ 119)

8% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 75
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.6/km
($ 0.4 to $ 1.2)

65% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7
Petrol
Petrol
$ 0.7/litre
($ 0.6 to $ 0.8)

5% 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)
$ 3.6
($ 1.4 to $ 3.8)

10% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.2
Car hire
Car hire
$ 21/24hrs
($ 1.2 to $ 120)

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

Budget for living and housing in Dubai

On average, the cost of housing in Dubai is 25% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 189/month
($ 104 to $ 296)

16% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 164
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.4)

0% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 108/month
($ 60 to $ 149)

60% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 67
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 1634/month
($ 1004 to $ 2362)

19% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1378
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 1076/month
($ 739 to $ 1476)

2% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1101
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 3319/month
($ 2066 to $ 5015)

51% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2207
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 2283/month
($ 1476 to $ 3541)

31% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1745
Gym
Gym
$ 84/month
($ 46 to $ 149)

117% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 591/month
($ 267 to $ 1181)

38% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 955
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 10960/yr
($ 5606 to $ 17700)

34% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16698

Leisure activity budget in Dubai

On average, budget for leisure activities in Dubai is 62% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 14/ticket
($ 10.3 to $ 18)

10% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 35/hr
($ 14 to $ 60)

114% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Dubai

On average, shopping budget in Dubai is 23% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 6.2/pack
($ 5.6 to $ 7.4)

23% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.1
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 67
($ 30 to $ 134)

45% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 46
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 57
($ 28 to $ 104)

52% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 104
($ 60 to $ 161)

34% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 78
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 106
($ 46 to $ 193)

7% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 98

Plane ticket budget

Edinburgh → Dubai
Edinburgh → Dubai
Edinburgh → Dubai
$ 588
(fair price: $ 501)
Dublin → Dubai
Dublin → Dubai
Dublin → Dubai
$ 553
(fair price: $ 422)
New York City → Dubai
New York City → Dubai
New York City → Dubai
$ 998
(fair price: $ 836)
Manchester → Dubai
Manchester → Dubai
Manchester → Dubai
$ 582
(fair price: $ 492)
Los Angeles → Dubai
Los Angeles  → Dubai
Los Angeles  → Dubai
$ 1076
(fair price: $ 879)
Toronto (Ontario) → Dubai
Toronto (Ontario) → Dubai
Toronto (Ontario) → Dubai
$ 1187
(fair price: $ 942)
Melbourne → Dubai
Melbourne → Dubai
Melbourne → Dubai
$ 1027
(fair price: $ 875)
Sydney → Dubai
Sydney → Dubai
Sydney → Dubai
$ 1161
(fair price: $ 923)
London → Dubai
London → Dubai
London → Dubai
$ 486
(fair price: $ 407)
Perth → Dubai
Perth → Dubai
Perth → Dubai
$ 1182
(fair price: $ 990)
Auckland → Dubai
Auckland → Dubai
Auckland → Dubai
$ 1406
(fair price: $ 1060)
Montreal → Dubai
Montreal → Dubai
Montreal → Dubai
$ 1070
(fair price: $ 937)

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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 13-08-2020.

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