Originally posted 2017-10-04 18:47:04.
Several days ago, I had a conversation with a travel blogger from the United States. During the course of our conversation, he asked me a question: How Much Money Do I Need To Go To Dubai?
I could reply to him in just a few lines, but I thought my answer would be incomplete. Technically speaking, no one can answer this question accurately as the travel cost depends on a wide range of factors, such as the time you visit, where you live, the price of airline tickets, the hotel you stay at and the activities you plan to perform in Dubai.
So I’ve decided to write a complete guide to answer this question. My aim in this guide is to help you understand some of the factors that will impact the cost of your Dubai trip.
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Table of Contents
How Much Does Visa Cost?
Even though this is not a requirement if you are from a European, Tier 1 English speaking country, or a country that is part of the Gulf Cooperation Council. In contrast, tourists from undeveloped countries (India, Pakistan, Thailand, Philippines, African countries, etc) must obtain a UAE pre-approval visa. The cost of your visa may vary depending on the length of your trip and the travel agency you use, ranging from AED 300 (14 days) to AED 1400 (90 days).
Check Dubai Tickets Price
In my opinion, this is the first thing that would require a lot of research on your part. It is a good idea to check the prices of tickets with your favorite airlines and see how much it costs to fly to Dubai with them. Since the temperature in Dubai is somewhat hot from April to until August, the price of Dubai tickets tends to be cheap during these months, since fewer tourists tend to visit Dubai during these months. Additionally, tickets may be very expensive during December, January, and February due to the holiday season and the Dubai shopping festival that takes place during those months.
How Much Does Accommodation Cost in Dubai?
Despite the fact that hotels in Dubai can be a bit pricey, there are a few hotels offering good deals for tourists. It is also very popular to share accommodation in Dubai. There is a possibility of staying in a sharing room at a cost of AED 75/night. If you are looking for hotels only in Dubai, then here is a list of some of the best Cheap Hotels in Dubai with Breakfast that you can check out.
|Sun and Sands||3||$35||37th Street, Al Rigga Road, Clock Tower, Deira,|
|Golden Star Hotel-||3||$35||50 Al Khor St, near Gold Souk, Deira|
|Al Khoory Executive||3||$47||Al Wasl Road, Al Badaa، Opp Irani Hospital|
|Citymax Bur Dubai||3||$50||Mankhool & Kuwait Street, Bur Dubai|
|Majestic Hotel Tower||4||$70||Mankhool Road, Bur Dubai|
|Atana Hotel||4||$65||Barsha Heights, Hessa Street, Al Thanyah 1|
|Grand Millennium Hotel Tecom||5||$100||Barsha Heights – Dubai|
Do Research on Sightseeing
As you can imagine, this is a very time-consuming activity since Dubai is a kind of city which is bursting with countless things to see and do. It is very likely that you won’t have much time if you are on vacation. To avoid disappointment, make sure you book every tour in advance from a reputable Dubai local tour operator. The following are some of the tours and places you must visit with expected prices.
Note: Every tour operator has different price and quality of service. I always use Discover Desert Safari Tourism and mentioned prices I got from them. Prices do not valid for special events (New year etc ). For updated prices list check operator websit by visiting here.
- Burj Khalifa (Official ticket Cost is AED 155 ($42) in non-prime hours.
- Dubai Mall (No ticket required)
- Dubai Miracle Garden ( $11 per ticket)
- Evening Desert Safari Dubai (AED 125 & $35 ) Read my trip experience here.
- Wild Wadi (Offical price is AED 260 but you can get AED 25 per head discount Discover Desert Safari tourism)
- Dubai City Tour (AED 110 & $31)
- Dhow Cruise Creek ( AED 85 $24)
- Dhow Cruise Marina ( AED 120 $33 )
- Dubai Dolphin Show ( AED 85 $24 )
- Big Bus Tours (Classic ticket $63
- Dubai creek water taxi (AED 1)
- Gold Souq (No ticket need)
- IMG world Park admission (Offical $67 get in $55 from tour operator )
- Helicopter Tour 12 minutes ( Official Aed 595/person but get Aed 55/person from the tour operator)
Tip: You should get quotes from other operators and compare prices and services. Don’t go for price only. Must read their reviews before booking.
Cost of Transportation in Dubai?
Dubai’s public transport system is definitely one of the cheapest in the UAE. Taxi rates start from AED 4 per kilometer (the minimum fare is AED 12). It starts at AED 450 for a car to be rented for a period of six hours with a driver included. Nevertheless, the best & cheapest way to get to Dubai is by taking the Dubai metro. Dubai metro stations are available everywhere in the city. It is important to know that Dubai metro does not accept credit cards or cash. In order to use the metro, you must obtain an NOL card, which you can easily get at the Dubai airport against your passport.
|Ticket Type||1 Zone or <3km 2 zones||2 Zones||3+ Zones|
|Standard Adult Ticket (Red)||4 dirhams||6 dirhams||8.50 dirhams|
|Pre-paid Standard Adult Ticket (Silver Nol)||3 dirhams||5 dirhams||7.50 dirhams|
|Concessionary (Blue Nol Card)||1.50 dirhams||2.50 dirhams||3.75 dirhams|
|Gold Class (Red Ticket)||8 dirhams||12 dirhams||17 dirhams|
|Gold Class Pre-Paid||6 dirhams||10 dirhams||15 dirhams|
- Pro tip: Get a daily pass in AED 25 which allows you to use Dubai metro and RTA buses for unlimited times till 12:00 of midnight.
How Much Does Food Cost in Dubai?
I would like to point out that Dubai is a city that is multi-cultural and multi-national. Among the total population, only 15% of the people are local and you may be surprised to learn that. About 85% of the population is Pakistani, Indian, Filipino, African, and other nationalities. Considering the fact that it is a multi-cultural tourism destination, you will have a lot of options when it comes to food. At one of the most famous Pakistani restaurants in the city (the Ravi Restaurant), a delicious breakfast costs AED 20. Getting a cup of tea and some soft drinks will cost you a little over AED 1 per drink. In a restaurant, the launch cost could range from AED 30 to 250, depending on your taste and the restaurant’s location. The food here is generally very cheap, especially Pakistani, Indian, and Lebanese food (you must try the Pakistani Chicken Biryani). Hotel restaurants are very expensive, so you are better off ignoring them in order to save money.
Things You Should Know Before Visit Dubai?
- The official language is Arabic, but almost everyone can speak English in Dubai.
- The official currency is AED (Known as Dihram) and as of the time of writing this guide $1 equal to 3.67 AED.
- Dubai airport has three different terminals ( terminal 1, terminal 1 and terminal 3).
- Kissing in public is strictly not allowed.
- Don’t visit Dubai during the holy month of Ramadan if you are non-muslim.