A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Beirut vs. Dubai for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Beirut or Dubai?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Beirut and Dubai. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Beirut or Dubai?

Beirut

Some travelers are seeking the hustle, bustle and posh atmosphere that only comes from a big city. Those travelers should have Beirut, Lebanon at the top of their list. The capital city is jam packed with 2.1 million people that are constantly on the go. As the commercial and financial hub of Lebanon, this city is fast-paced, fashion conscious and always ready for a night on the town.

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.

Which city is cheaper, Dubai or Beirut?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Beirut is $106, while the average daily cost in Dubai is $198. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Beirut and Dubai in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Beirut $59
    Dubai $136
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Beirut $118
    Dubai $272
Compare Hotels in Beirut and Dubai

Looking for a hotel in Beirut or Dubai? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Beirut


Hotels in Dubai


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Beirut $21
    Dubai $10

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Beirut

Also for Beirut, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Private Transfer: Beirut to Beirut Airport (BEY): $622
  • Private Transfer: Beirut Airport (BEY) to Beirut: $622
  • Private Transfer from Beirut to Rafic Hariri (BEY) Airport: $52
  • Private Transfer from Rafic Hariri (BEY) Airport to Beirut: $52
  • Beirut to Damascus Taxi Transfer ( Syrian Border ): $50
  • Beirut airport transfer: $23
  • Private Arrival Transfer: From Airport to your hotel in Beirut: $20
  • Private Departure Transfer: From your hotel in Beirut to Airport: $18
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Beirut International Airport to Hotel: $18
  • Airport Arrival Transfer to Your Beirut Hotel: $15
  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Beirut International Airport: $15
  • Airport Departure Transfer From Your Beirut Hotel: $15

Typical Local Transportation prices in Dubai

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Dubai:


  • Taxi Ride
    $12
  • Airport Taxi
    $12
  • Sea Taxi
    $0.54

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dubai

Also for Dubai, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • airport transfers/arival and departures: $28
  • Zipline Experience in Dubai Marina with Private transfers: $286
  • Wild Wadi tickets with Sharing Transfers: $87
  • Wild Wadi Without Transfer: $92
  • Wild Wadi Waterpark Experience with Private Transfers: $150
  • Wild Wadi Water Park with Transfer: $100
  • Wild Wadi Water Park in Dubai With 2 way Transfer: $125
  • Wild Wadi Water Park Dubai on Sharing Transfer: $72
  • Wild Wadi Tickets with Transfers: $110
  • Wild Wadi Dubai water park Entrance with Optional Private transfers in Dubai: $66
  • Wheelchair Accessible Airport Transfer in Dubai: $107
  • Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi with Private Transfer From Dubai for 1 to 6 people: $808

Is it cheaper to fly into Beirut or Dubai?

Prices for flights to both Dubai and Beirut change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Beirut $33
    Dubai $45

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Beirut

For Beirut, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Traveling Spoon Lebanese Mezze Private Online Cooking Class: $27
  • Seafood dinner with a sea view in Beirut: $58
  • Private, Traditional Lebanese Cooking Class with a Contemporary Twist: $72
  • Authentic Lebanese Cooking Lesson and Meal with Tania's Family in Beirut: $90
  • Private Lebanese Cooking Class in Beirut with Amal and Hotel Transfers: $113

Typical Food prices in Dubai

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Dubai:


  • French bread
    $0.95
  • Sumo salad in Dubai Mall + Juice
    $10
  • Lemon Mint Tea
    $4.36
  • Coffee & Cake
    $6.53
  • Smoothie
    $5.44
  • Shawarma
    $1.91

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Dubai

For Dubai, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Romantic Dhow Creek Dinner Cruise With Live Shows and International Buffet: $17
  • Sightseeing Dhow Cruise Dinner: $18
  • Dubai Deira Cruise with International Buffet Dinner with Live Shows: $19
  • Cruising with Dinner and Live Shows at Dubai Creek: $20
  • Dubai Creek Dhow Cruise Dinner: $20
  • Dhow Dinner Cruise at Dubai Creek (Without Transfers): $20
  • Sail along the Dubai Creek Dhow cruise with a delectable Dinner from AED 60: $21
  • Sightseeing Romantic Dhow Cruise Dinner: $21
  • Dhow Cruise Dinner Dubai: $22
  • Dhow Cruise Dinner on Dubai Creek: $22
  • Evening Dhow Dinner Cruise in Dubai: $22
  • Dubai Creek 2-Hour Romantic Dhow Cruise Dinner: $23

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Beirut $12
    Dubai $15

Tours and Activities in Beirut

For Beirut, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • 1 to 6 riders Private tour adventure qadeesha valley cedars of god baalbek ksara: $205
  • 3-Day Tour Highlights of Lebanon from Beirut with Pickup: $280
  • 4 Days Private Highlights Tour of Lebanon with Airport Pickup: $490
  • 4-Day Tour Highlights of Lebanon from Beirut with Pickup: $310
  • 5-Day Highlights of Lebanon Tour from Beirut with Pickup: $425
  • 6-Day Highlights of Lebanon Tour from Beirut with Pickup: $545
  • 6-Day Lebanon Private Tour with Airport Pickup: $1,115
  • 7-Day Highlights of Lebanon Tour from Beirut with Pickup: $665
  • 7-Day Lebanon Private Tour with Airport Pickup: $1,445
  • Anjar baalback & Ksara tour: $144
  • Baalback Roman temples tour: $125
  • Baalbek Tour: $95

Typical Entertainment prices in Dubai

For Dubai, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:


  • Visit to the Dubai Museum
    $0.82

Tours and Activities in Dubai

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Dubai.

  • "Glimps of History"-4 Hrs Dubai city tour: $163
  • 04 Days Best of Dubai With Desert Safari, Dhow Cruise and City Tour: $305
  • 1 Day 2 Tours Combo: $76
  • 1 Hour Jet Ski Tour of Dubai Atlantis: $153
  • 1 Hour Private 800cc Buggy Tour Good for 2 persons: $220
  • 1 Hour Private Jet Ski Tour in Dubai: $195
  • 1 hour Mina Seyahi Jetski Tour: $160
  • 1.5-Hours Dubai Historic Old Town Walking Tour: Covid-19 safe & PRIVATE tour: $60
  • 1001 Adventure Tour: $71
  • 12 Hours Dubai Stopover Tour: $350
  • 12-Minute Dubai Helicopter Tour: $176
  • 2 Days TRIO-Dubai City Tour with Desert Safari and Full Day Abu Dhabi City Tour.: $136

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Beirut $11
    Dubai $18

Sample the Local Flavors in Beirut

Also in Beirut, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Lebanon Wine Tasting Tour: $52
  • Full-Day Private Wine Tour in Bekaa Valley with Tasting: $60
  • Budget Wine Tasting Tour at the Bekaa Valley Wineries: $60
  • Private Wine Tasting Tour: $65
  • Private Wine Tasting Day Tour from Beirut: $75
  • Full-Day Private Wine Tasting Tour at Chateau Musar and Ixsir: $75
  • Full-Day Wine Tasting Tour in The Bekaa Valley: $75
  • Full-Day Private Wine Tasting Tour: $82
  • Full-Day Private Wine Tasting Trip to Chateau Musar and Ixsir from Beirut: $85
  • Full-Day Private Wine Tasting Tour: $85
  • Wine Tasting and Culture: $85
  • Half-Day Private Tour to Baalbek With Wine Tasting and Lunch Included: $100

Typical Alcohol prices in Dubai

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Dubai:


  • A Couple Drinks
    $25


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Beirut and Dubai, we can see that Dubai is more expensive. And not only is Beirut much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Beirut would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Beirut and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Dubai would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Dubai than you might in Beirut.


When is the best time to visit Beirut or Dubai?

Both destinations experience a tropical climate with warm weather most of the year. Instead of summer and winter seasons, they usually have a rainy season and a dry season.

Should I visit Beirut or Dubai in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Beirut and Dubai. Plenty of visitors come to Beirut because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year. Plenty of visitors come to Dubai because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year.

June to August in Dubai is the dry season. In July, Beirut usually receives around the same amount of rain as Dubai. At this time of the year, Beirut gets 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain, while Dubai receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain.

Dubai can become quite hot in the summer. In the summer, Beirut is cooler than Dubai. Typically, the summer temperatures in Beirut in July are around 27°C (81°F), and Dubai is about 35°C (95°F).


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Beirut 27°C (81°F) 
    Dubai 35°C (95°F)

Should I visit Beirut or Dubai in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Beirut as well as Dubai. Beirut attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate. Dubai attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate.

Beirut usually gets more rain in October than Dubai. Beirut gets 60 mm (2.4 in) of rain, while Dubai receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain this time of the year.

In October, Beirut is generally cooler than Dubai. Temperatures in Beirut average around 25°C (77°F), and Dubai stays around 29°C (84°F).


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Beirut 25°C (77°F) 
    Dubai 29°C (84°F)

Should I visit Beirut or Dubai in the Winter?

Both Dubai and Beirut are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Beirut throughout the year. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Dubai throughout the year.

The rainy season in Dubai is January to March. It's quite rainy in Beirut. In January, Beirut usually receives more rain than Dubai. At this time of the year, Beirut gets 130 mm (5.1 in) of rain, while Dubai receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain.

Beirut is cooler than Dubai in the winter. The temperature in Beirut is usually 13°C (55°F) in January, and Dubai stays around 19°C (66°F).


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Beirut 13°C (55°F) 
    Dubai 19°C (66°F)

Should I visit Beirut or Dubai in the Spring?

Both Dubai and Beirut during the spring are popular places to visit. Plenty of visitors come to Beirut because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year. Plenty of visitors come to Dubai because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year.

June to August is the dry season in Dubai. Beirut usually gets more rain in April than Dubai. Beirut gets 50 mm (2 in) of rain, while Dubai receives 10 mm (0.4 in) of rain this time of the year.

In the spring, Beirut is much colder than Dubai. Typically, the spring temperatures in Beirut in April are around 17°C (63°F), and Dubai is about 26°C (79°F).


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Beirut 17°C (63°F) 
    Dubai 26°C (79°F)

Typical Weather for Dubai and Beirut

Beirut Dubai
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 13°C (55°F) 130 mm (5.1 in) 19°C (66°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Feb 13°C (55°F) 110 mm (4.3 in) 20°C (68°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)
Mar 15°C (59°F) 60 mm (2.4 in) 23°C (73°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Apr 17°C (63°F) 50 mm (2 in) 26°C (79°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
May 22°C (72°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 31°C (88°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Jun 25°C (77°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 33°C (91°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Jul 27°C (81°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 35°C (95°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Aug 28°C (82°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 36°C (97°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Sep 27°C (81°F) 10 mm (0.4 in) 33°C (91°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Oct 25°C (77°F) 60 mm (2.4 in) 29°C (84°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Nov 19°C (66°F) 50 mm (2 in) 25°C (77°F) 10 mm (0.4 in)
Dec 15°C (59°F) 130 mm (5.1 in) 21°C (70°F) 20 mm (0.8 in)


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