How Much Spending Money to Take to Dubai?

The age old question of how much spending money to take on holiday. Dubai is an extravagant and luxurious tourist destination, however it doesn’t need to be as expensive of a holiday as you would first imagine. Here we take a look at how much spending money to take for a week in Dubai.

For the average couple visiting Dubai we recommend taking 7,836AED spending money for 7 days. That is £1,575, €1,735 or $2,130 depending on where you are visiting from.

Below we take a look at how we have worked out how much spending money to take to Dubai. The costs are based on an average couple visiting for 7 days, some paid excursions, transport and eating out.

Is Dubai Expensive for Tourists?

The simple answer to this question is no. Like many holiday destinations, Dubai is no different. You can visit Dubai on a budget or you can visit and enjoy the many luxurious hotels, restaurants and activities it has to offer. The choice is yours on how you intend to spend your money.

To see more on How to Visit Dubai on a Budget check out our full guide here. Or, to find out How Much a Week in Dubai will cost you in total, we also have a post on that too.

How Much Does it Cost to Eat out in Dubai?

First of all, let us take a look at the main expense to any trip away, food.

Dubai has so many fantastic places to eat out and so we’ve factored this in every day to arrive at our total cost of food for a week.

The average cost of lunch for 2 at a mid-range restaurant in Dubai is 250AED according to Numbeo.com. We have increased the cost for dinner to 350AED which takes into account a couple of alcoholic beverages with dinner on an evening. Alcohol in hotels and at restaurants in Dubai is more expensive than most other places.

A good breakfast with coffee can be found at most places for around 100AED per couple. We’ve also factored in for snacks and drinks during the day. To give you an idea of food costs in Dubai; an average Coca Cola is 4AED, a cappuccino 18AED, bottle of water 1AED.

Below is the total food costs per couple.

MealCost Per Day (AED)Cost Per 7 Days
Breakfast100700
Lunch2501750
Dinner3502450
Snacks / Drinks75525
Total7755425

I’d imagine the above would be worst case scenario. Dubai is home to a lot of fast food restaurants too with extremely reasonably priced meals. If you take your time when choosing a restaurant you can also save a buck or two. A couple of margarita pizzas at Le Dolce Vita on Jumeirah Beach is just 100AED for example.

How Much Does Transport Cost in Dubai?

The next thing to factor in when wondering how much spending money to take to Dubai is transport. The cost of fuel in Dubai is extremely cheap compared to most other cities in the world and thus, taxi’s are relatively cheap.

However, Dubai has an amazing metro system which can get you around the city in record time and for a fraction of the cost.

For ease, we’ve factored in a taxi cost to and from the airport to Jumeirah Beach. But for the rest of your time in Dubai we advise that you use the metro, trams and buses which can be used by purchasing a nol card.

We’ve factored in travelling between 5 zones per day at 5.80AED per person. This is plenty to cover your transport costs in Dubai.

Mode of TransportCost (AED)Total Cost
Taxi Airport to JBR100200
Silver Nol Card 5 Zones11.6081.20
Total111.60281.20

Click here for more information on How to Use the Nol Card. To explore more alternatively public transport methods in Dubai you can also read our review here.

How Much Money Do I Need for Excursions in Dubai?

The next and most enjoyable way of spending money when in Dubai, excursions! The amount of money required for excursions can vary hugely depending on quantity and quality.

Whilst you’re spending 7 days in Dubai we’ve assumed you will want to at least try 3 paid excursions. For this example we have priced in the following popular excursions.

  • Overnight Desert Safari with BBQ Dinner
  • Burj Khalifa The Top & Dubai Aquarium Combo
  • Atlantis Aquaventure & Lost Chambers Combo
ExcursionCost (AED) Per Couple
Desert Safari840
Burj Khalifa / Dubai Aquarium700
Aquaventure / Lost Chambers590
Total2130

Don’t forget, there are plenty of things you can do in Dubai which do not cost anything. For our list of Free Things to Do in Dubai, check out this guide.

Conclusion

So, How Much Spending Money Do You Need to Take to Dubai? According to the above you would need 7,836AED for a couple for 7 days. That is £1575, €1735 or $2130.

Can you enjoy Dubai with less spending money? Yes! Partake in more of the free activities, don’t eat at restaurants three times a day and take the metro to and from the airport. Following this advice could see you slash your required spending money for Dubai in half!

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