What is more expensive: Maldives or Dubai?

In the world of luxury and unique travel, two notable destinations are capturing the attention of aesthetes: the Maldives and Dubai. Both destinations promise a unique experience, but the important question many ask themselves before planning a trip is which is more expensive? Let’s take a closer look, compare costs, and find out where your budget falls closest to the limit.

Accommodation and accommodation

Hotel in Dubai with a swimming pool
  • Maldives
    • Exclusive overwater bungalows start at $800 per night.
    • Accommodation on private islands can reach $5,000 or more.
  • Dubai
    • Hotel rooms in Dubai can range from $150 per night to $1,000 or more for luxury apartments.
Exclusive water bungalowsFrom $800 per night
Private IslandsFrom $5000 and above
Regular hotelFrom $150 per night
Luxury apartments$1000 or more per night

Food and restaurants

  • Maldives
    • Dinner at a restaurant on the water can cost between $100 and $500 per person.
    • Breakfast at the hotel will cost about $50-100.
  • Dubai
    • Lunch at a high-end restaurant can start at $150 and go up to several thousand dollars.
    • A budget dinner at a local cafe will cost $30-50.

Transport and movement

  • Maldives
    • Domestic seaplane flights – from $200 to $500.
    • Local boats for transfer – from $50 to $200.
  • Dubai
    • Taxi and public transport – $10-50 per day.
    • Car rental – from $50 to $150 per day.

Excursions and entertainment

  • Maldives
    • Diving on Thoddu—from $50 per dive.
    • Yacht excursions – from $200 per hour.
  • Dubai
    • Visit to Burj Khalifa – from $35 to $150 depending on the floor.
    • Desert safari – from $50 to $200.

Ultimately, when comparing the Maldives and Dubai, it becomes clear that both of these places have their own unique value. The Maldives provides an island paradise of white sand and emerald waters, but with high living costs when considering exclusive holiday destinations. Dubai, on the other hand, offers modern architecture and a rich entertainment experience, but can also require a significant budget. Your choice will depend on preference and what exactly you are looking for in your trip.

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