Travel Budget for Dubai

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How much does it cost to travel to Dubai?

How much money will you need for your trip to Dubai? You should plan to spend around AED2,880 ($784) per day on your vacation in Dubai, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, AED399 ($109) on meals for one day and AED127 ($35) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Dubai for a couple is AED2,682 ($730). So, a trip to Dubai for two people for one week costs on average AED40,315 ($10,976). All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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A vacation to Dubai for one week usually costs around AED20,157 for one person. So, a trip to Dubai for two people costs around AED40,315 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs AED80,629 in Dubai. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Dubai can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Dubai?

How much does a trip to Dubai cost? Is Dubai expensive? The average Dubai trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Dubai prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

While meal prices in Dubai can vary, the average cost of food in Dubai is AED399 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Dubai should cost around AED160 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Dubai is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

The cost of a taxi ride in Dubai is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent AED127 per person, per day, on local transportation in Dubai.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
  • Food2 Meals for one day
  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
Last Updated: Jun 13, 2020
Flights to Dubai

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How much money do I need for Dubai?

Typical travel prices in Dubai are listed below. These actual costs can give you an idea of the price of travel in Dubai. Please keep in mind that the cost of travel in Dubai can vary depending on your specific style of travel.

  • French bread
  • Taxi Ride
  • A Couple Drinks
  • Visit to the Dubai Museum
  • Sumo salad in Dubai Mall + Juice
  • Lemon Mint Tea
  • Coffee & Cake
  • Smoothie
  • Airport Taxi
  • Sea Taxi
  • Internet
  • Shawarma
Typical tour prices for Dubai

How much do tours to Dubai cost? Multi-day tours can often be an effecient way to see the highlights of a country or region.

  • Intrepid Small group tours for everyone
    3 days
    $ 290
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Dubai On a Budget
Dubai Dubai
Ever wonder what it would be like to see the lifestyles of the rich and famous up close. There's no more upscale destination than Dubai. It's by far and away the spot for shopping, partying, sunbathing, fine dining and the most luxurious of luxury. As the most modern and progressive of the seven emirates in the United Arab Emirates, this area has experienced an unbelievable economic boom and tourism spike. It's a desert city with an amazing infrastructure.

The area experiences a sub-tropical climate. It gets very hot and humid especially during the summer months. And keep in mind, their weekend runs from Thursday to Saturday. With the warm weather, you should probably read up on the best time to visit Dubai

Remember to do your research. While Dubai is more modern and progressive than most of the Middle East, it is still an Islamic nation with strict laws unlike the West. They follow strict sharia laws so be sure to be very respectful. For example, do not eat in public during Ramadan, avoid criticizing the ruling family, and refrain from public displays of affection. Even losing your temper can land you in jail for a month.
This massive and beautiful city is never lacking in sightseeing. You'll want to start your trip with a trip to the Dubai Museum. Here you'll learn about the social history of the Emirates and discover an appreciation for the deep culture and heritage of the city. As you browse the museum you'll see the al-Fahidi Fort and the quick transition the city has made from a small pearling town to a bustling metropolis.

Another stunning view is standing in front of the Jumeirah Mosque. It's the largest mosque in the city and one of the few that is open to non-Muslim visitors. In order to promote a better understanding of Islam, the Jumeirah Mosque offers special, educational tours for non-Muslims. Go back alter that evening for a spectacular view of the mosque lit up at night.

If you're not afraid of heights, take a trip to the observation deck of the Burj Khalifa. At 828 meters and 160 floors, that makes this the tallest structure in the world. If you want the opportunity to see the view on the observation deck on the 124th floor, be sure to reserve your tickets well in advance.

For a relaxing, but fascinating show, visit the Dubai Fountain. The world's largest dancing fountain gives several shows a day to the sounds of classical and Arabic music.

For a true look into how the better half lives, travel over to see the Palm Islands. These three artificial islands are the largest in the world. Located just off the coast of Dubai, these islands are designed in the shape of palm leaves.

With so much to see and do, Dubai has a little bit of everything for everyone. For more information, check out this terrific guide to things to do in Dubai.
Dubai is divided into 11 districts, and some areas are more attractive to tourists than others. The Jumeirah district is the main destination for beach lovers. The beach is close by and easily accessible in this district.

Downtown Dubai is located in the center of "New Dubai," and includes the world's largest mall, the Dubai Fountain and the tallest building in the world - the Burj Khalifa. The Dubai Marina is the home to numerous restaurants, homes and is where most of the Westerners will stay.

Think of an activity you'd like to try, and Dubai can make it happen. One of the most popular activities is known as Dune Bashing - a form of off-roading on sand dunes. Many places will rent 4x4 safari Jeeps, sand boards, quad bikes and dune buggies so you can feel the thrill of this amazing outdoor activity.

If you're in Dubai between late November and late February, you'll want to be sure to take a trip to the Global Village. This annual gathering of countries around the world is a makeshift flea market where you can pick up souvenirs from all over the world. Each country has its own pavilion with replicas of their most famous landmarks, and because this is Dubai, there is typically a raffle with prizes like cars and gold bars.

And just because Dubai is in the desert doesn't mean you can't enjoy your favorite winter sports. Inside the Mall of the Emirates is a national skiing center, complete with real snow. They provide all the equipment you'll need to enjoy skiing and snowboarding.

With all of these activities, as well as the cultural differences, you might be wondering what to bring and what you should wear (especially if you're a woman). Here's a great packing list for Dubai and an overview of what to wear.
Food and Dining
Because the tourism industry is so diverse, you can find almost any dish you're looking for in Dubai. The most common meals you'll find all over the place are the Shawarma and the Falafel. The Shawarma is the Arabic equivalent to a burger – the meat is cooked on a skewer, then cut into thin strips and placed in pita bread with vegetables and dressing.

While Dubai has a very reliable and strong public transit system - including a metro system, Dubai trams and buses – much of the city still relies heavily on their own cars. You'll most likely end up taking taxis most places.

No matter what mode of transportation you use, you'll want to invest in a Nol Card. This prepaid debit card can be used to pay for metro trams, buses, waterbuses, paid parking and taxis. They are available at metro stations and most major bus stations.
Read more about where to stay in Dubai and the best hotels here.

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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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Travel Tips

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By reby in All Inclusive Tour or Cruise

I went to Dubai, from 3 to 5 May 2012, is a lovely city, the part that struck me the most is the old part of town where you will find the gold market, spices and fabrics, and where you can dine alone 5 euro their typical dishes.

I advise you to stay at least 4 days, so that they can calmly see all the attractions of the city, plus the portion of the new skyscrapers and shopping malls, I advise you to visit this part of the evening.

All very polite, educated and the city is clean .... in short, is a charming

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