Abu Dhabi prices

BACKPACKER INDEX: US$80.32

10 AED = 2.72 USD

Abu Dhabi hotel prices

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Rating Price (USD)
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86.65 - 143.87
62.94 - 152.86
58.04 - 212.81
110.63 - 308.99

Abu Dhabi hostel prices

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Type Price (USD)
Hostel bed
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Hotel seasons

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Unsurprisingly, the high season for Abu Dhabi hotels runs more or less from November through April and the low season runs from May through October. Prices are lowest in the hottest months of July and August, which are really, really hot.

AbuDhabiAbu Dhabi is impressive, but unfortunately it seems to have virtually no interest in visits from “budget” travelers. There are no hostels or cheap hotels at all, though value in the 3-star and 4-star hotels is actually quite good. If you really want to see the place on a shoestring budget you are probably best off visiting by bus from Dubai, which at least has some budget facilities.

With a reputation as one of the richest cities on earth, you might expect everything here to cost a fortune, but it really doesn’t. Most of the residents are foreign workers who often make quite low salaries, so there are plenty of cheap Indian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern restaurants if you look around a bit. Almost every hotel has a restaurant and usually a bar (or two) and these tend to be more expensive than the chain restaurants and fast food places in the mall food courts.

There’s a long sandy beach as well as many shopping malls to keep visitors busy, but the must-see attraction is the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, which is free to visit for non-Muslims except Friday and Saturdays. There are free tours that are very worthwhile as well, but only at set times.

Just as in Dubai, alcohol is restricted only to hotel bars (and airport duty free shops). Even a glass of beer is expensive, and wine and spirits cost more, of course.

Abu Dhabi attraction prices

Location Description Type Price(USD)
Big Bus Tour This hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus is probably the best way to see all the main sights in a few hours. Adults 62.94
Children 26.98
Ferrari World This Ferrari-themed amusement park is mostly indoors, and located on nearby Yas Island. Adults 95.37
Children 83.11
Family beach admission There are free beaches as well, but there's a small admission price to the gated family areas. Adults 6.81
Children 4.09

Abu Dhabi transportation prices USD

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Taxi from airport to city center 16.35 - 20.44
Public bus from airport to city center 1.09
3km taxi ride in Abu Dhabi 1.91 - 3.00
Public bus ride in Abu Dhabi 0.54

Abu Dhabi food and drink prices USD

Food type   Price
Budget breakfast Look for Indian, Chinese, or kebab shops for cheap meals around the clock. 3.27 - 5.45
Budget lunch Same advice as for breakfast, although there are also fast food chains at the malls that are budget friendly as well. 5.45 - 9.54
Budget dinner Assuming a sit-down dinner, for best value you have to avoid hotel restaurants and follow locals. Lebanese places are great value. 8.17 - 13.62
Pint of beer in a bar Alcohol is only served at bars that are attached to hotels, and nothing is ever cheap. 6.81 - 10.90

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Abu Dhabi facts

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Population 920,000
Metro area 920,000
Time zone UTC+4
Currency UAE dirham
Airports Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH)

Avg temps & precip

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Best months to visit

February, March, November, December

weather advise for AmsterdamWeather advice

Abu Dhabi is obviously in a desert but it’s also along the Persian Gulf so it actually gets a bit humid in the summer months to go along with scorching heat. January can actually get a bit cool, especially at night, and foggy as well. At least you can safely leave the umbrella at home.

Sunrise and sunset

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Nearby cities

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