BACKPACKER INDEX: US$68.01
Dubai hotel prices
Dubai hotels are at their most expensive during the Christmas and New Year’s weeks, with the general high season lasting from September through May. Low season is the warmest months, from June through August, and during this period it’s possible to get some very good deals at hotels, especially near the top of the price range, as long as you can stand the heat.
Dubai has a reputation for being very expensive, and it’s still mostly deserved, but new hotels and affordable restaurants keep opening so it’s now within the budget of many backpacker-types. Those who are interested in seeing what all the fuss is about can now usually find an affordable hotel and meals, at least outside of the peak season.
During December and January the Dubai hotels charge their highest rates so this is a time to avoid for those on a budget. Otherwise you can often find very good hotel rates at some of the newer and nicer places. Most hotels are modern and clean, and are of international standards.
Food does tend to be quite expensive in the sit-down restaurants in hotels and otherwise aimed at tourists, but there are plenty of reasonably priced options that are mostly there to serve the city’s ever-expanding international population. Drinks, however, are only available in hotels and licensed shops, and prices are quite high. This isn’t the place to come to be a cheap drunk.
Dubai attraction prices
|Burj Khalifa observation deck||The world's tallest building, by far, offers views of the city and surrounding desert. For quadruple the price you can skip the queue and go right up.||adults||27.25|
|Indoor skiing||This indoor slope is one of Dubai's most famous attractions. It's not cheap.||2-hour pass||49.05|
|Dubai Museum||Learn the history of the region and of the city's recent boom at this popular museum.||adults||0.82|
Dubai Transportation prices
|Taxi from airport to city center||10.90 - 27.25|
|Metro from airport to city center||0.82|
|3km taxi ride in Dubai||2.72 - 3.27|
|Metro ride in Dubai||0.54 - 2.32|
|Ferry across Dubai Creek||0.27|
Dubai food and drink prices
|Budget breakfast||Your hotel is likely to include breakfast, otherwise you'll have options in all price ranges nearby.||2.18 - 6.81|
|Budget lunch||Shawarmas are everywhere and usually cheap, and many Western fast food options are there as well.||2.72 - 8.17|
|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.||5.45 - 10.90|
|Beer (pint)||Only licensed night clubs and hotel bars serve alcohol in Dubai, and it's always expensive.||6.81 - 9.54|
|Shawarma||These local sandwiches are hard to miss and make a great budget meal or snack.||1.36 - 2.18|
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|Airports||Dubai International Airport (DXB)|
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Dubai has a very predictable climate, with almost no rain at any time during the year. Most will find that from November through April the city is pleasantly warm during the day and at night, but starting in May the heat can become unbearable and it stays that way for six months. At least the humidity is relatively low for most of the year.
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