In order to help you plan your budget for your holiday in Dubai below is a list of some costs you may have when traveling there.
A) Cost of Activities
If you chose to travel to Dubai you have plenty activities to choose from.
Here is a list and their prices:
Burj Khalifa observation deck – The world’s tallest building, by far, offers views of the city and surrounding desert. For quadruple the normal price, you can skip the queue and go right up (147 AED about 23.5 £). It is recommended to make reservation online, because a limited number of tourists is allowed.
Indoor skiing – This indoor slope is one of Dubai’s most famous attractions. It’s not cheap ( 240 AED (38 £) for 2 hours or 360 AED (57 £) full day pass)
Dubai Museum – Learn the history of the region and of the city’s recent boom at this popular museum for 3.5 AED (0.6 £)
Water parks – Dubai has water parks for any budget the prices range is 110 AED (18£) at Dreamland to 450 AED (46£) at Wild Wadi Waterpark.
My proposal for a day in Dubai is to start your day with some exercise at Ski Dubai, Next take a taxi to Burj Khalifa, next, take a taxi or monorail to the infamous Atlantis Hotel at Palm Jumeirah. But, if you have only one day in Dubai, then book a tour of the city in one of the agencies, the prices here start 137 AED (22 £).
B) Cost of Food – snacks and restaurants.
According to your budget you have various options for eating in Dubai.
In malls you will find all kinds of restaurants. Most American fast foods are present in Dubai – KFC, Chillis, TGI Fridays Starbucks and McDonalds. The cheapest option is shawarma and falafel, which cost about 3.75 AED (0.6£). Traditional Shawarma can be found at almost every corner in Dubai. Also taste the falafel, which is at about the same price.
Karachi Darbar chain of restaurants is worth visiting, because it offers good food at reasonable prices. The menu has Pakistani, Indian and Chinese food and a meal here is about 40 AED (6.4 £) for two.
Al Samar Lounge in Mina A’Salam Hotel, Madinat Jumeirah – here you can have range of beverages, sweet treats, snackes, traditional high teas and shisha. From the menu, you can choose: Traditional English Tea – 175 AED (28 £) per person, Afternoon Tea with Bubbly – 250 AED (40 £) per person, croissants – 18.75 AED (3 £), delicious cake slices can be enjoyed for 37.5 AED (6 £) per piece.
Segreto – this restaurant is accessible only via an abra journey. Here you can find a menu rich in Italian and Sardinian Traditions and the cozy restaurant is the perfect place for a romantic dinner for two or a catch-up with friends over delicious bowls of pasta. A meal here costs about 190 AED (30 £) per person (Starter + Main + Drink).
Al Qasr – It would be a crime to come to the Middle East, and not try some of the local flavors and tastes. A meal here (Starter + Main + Drink) cost about 250 AED (40 £).
If you prefer a budget meal here is what you should expect:
Budget breakfast – Your hotel is likely to include breakfast, otherwise you’ll have options in all price ranges nearby for prices from 9 to 28 AED (1.5 to 4.5 £).
Budget lunch – shawarma or western fast food for a price range of 11 – 34 AED (1.8 – 5.5 £)
Budget dinner – Proper sit-down restaurants can range from incredibly cheap Indian places on up to the sky. You might have to look around for the best values, which vary from 11 – 47 AED (1.8. – 7.5 £)
Beer (pint) – Due to religious restrictions, only licensed night clubs and hotel bars serve alcohol in Dubai, and it’s always expensive about 29 – 40 AED (4.7 – 6.5 £).
C) Transportation within Dubai
Dubai was designed more for cars. However, transport is rather cheap. You can spend 14 AED (2.24 £) for a ticket that provides unlimited travel for 24 hours. By the subway, a travel price ranges 1.5 to 13 AED (0.25 to 2.10 £). Trains arrive in the stations every three minutes. Line 8 is the one you will use the most, because it starts from the centre goes to the Burj Al Arab and passes all hotels and malls.
Dubai International Airport is huge and has three terminals, but it is quite easy to get to the centre by using the subway. You can also take buses 401 and 402; a trip will cost you 3 AED (0.48 £).
Beware of taxis. Distances are very large and if you go from one side of town to the other, you will pay more than 50-60 AED (8 – 10 £). All taxis in Dubai start charging from 3 to 3.5 AED (0.5 – 0.6 £). The minimum is a race of 6 AED (0.96 £). At the end you get a receipt that tells you how much you have to pay, where you went and where you ended the race. The only thing you have to be careful is that some taxi drivers can take you all sorts of streets and load the bill.
The Ferry across Dubai Creek costs 1.2 AED (0.18 £).