Before traveling to the UAE, I thought this country was expensive in all relationship. But it turned out to be not so. My experience shows that you can organize a tour to any wallet. AT This article will tell you about the financial side of our trip.
The content of the article
- 1 Where to change currency in the UAE
- 2 Price for tours
- 3 Hotel prices
- 4 Prices for excursions
- 5 Prices for food in restaurants and cafes
- 6 Prices in stores for food
Where to change currency in the UAE
First two words about currency in the UAE. National Currency Arab The Emirates is a dirham. But we paid in shops / cafes and dirhams and dollars. The change is also given in two currencies; to desire.
The exchanger was in our hotel, but we never used it. In many stores you can see the following sign at the checkout:
At the checkout of tourist shops
Price of tours
The tour cost us 41 thousand rubles (for two): for 5 nights, with breakfast in a 4 * hotel, 450 meters from the sea, in the city of Sharjah. In the same The amount includes flight, transfer and medical insurance. I mean, I paid only 20,500 rubles!
I bought a tour online via Travelata, which I can do too give advice. Really convenient, tours from everyone are immediately visible tour operators with all discounts. The site is intuitive, therefore everything is done easily and quickly. But just in case, my instruction.
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By the way, I looked at the prices of tours for the coming months. (February-March) with 4-star hotels and a normal rating. The cost starts from 50 thousand rubles for two for 5-7 nights in Sharjah (depending on the hotel). But tours to Dubai – from 70 thousand rubles. But Dubai is always more expensive and hotels can be far from the sea, if you take cheaper. Therefore, many go to Sharjah, as she very close to Dubai and from it is not a problem to get to Dubai.
In addition to Sharjah, beach holidays on the first line can be obtained in other emirates: Um Al Quwain, Fujairah, Ajman. Price tag starts from 70-80 thousand rubles for 4 stars and 5-7 days. If you do not say anything these names, then read how many emirates in the UAE.
You can not go on the tour, and independently. There will be more freedom choice, but whether it is more profitable financially depends on specific conditions must be considered. For example, the cost of 4-star hotels in Sharjah on Booking starts from 15-20 thousand rubles for 5 nights. But hotels in the lower price range will be or far from the beach (but there is everywhere there is a transfer), or the rooms will be already tired, or quite uncomfortable to be located. However, the hotels included in the tour package, it is also is concerned.
Plus a flight of about 15 thousand rubles Moscow-Dubai-Moscow, transfer from airport and back for 2000-2500 rubles and medical insurance order 500-1000 rubles
Prices for excursions
Since the tour price does not include excursions, at the very first meeting with a hotel guide (from the tour operator AnexTour) we chose 2 tours.
The first is a sightseeing tour in Abu Dhabi – $ 55 (3,501 rubles). How was the tour, I wrote in this post.
The second is a sightseeing tour of Dubai – $ 120 (7,638 rubles). Here is my review of her.
In Sharjah we independently visited the Aquarium and the Maritime Museum. Entry for one ticket – 25 dirham (433 rubles).
If you have time, you could take a boat trip on Dubai Canal, see the sights from the unusual view angle. The price of such an excursion on Thripster is $ 100 (6.365 rubles). AND another tour there seemed to me interesting, automobile a trip to six emirates (except Adu-Dhabi), priced at $ 100.
On my next visit to the UAE, I’ll also plan Independent trip or excursion to the Flower Garden in Dubai. Ticket there costs 50 dirhams (866 rubles).
Food prices in restaurants and cafes
Kazan Restaurant in Sharjah
The Kazan restaurant in Sharjah is famous among Russian tourists. ABOUT it has written a lot of reviews. In it the Russian-speaking affable staff, cozy home furnishings. We knew where he was. AND on the day of arrival we went there to have dinner. Very tasty cooked, but prices are higher than in a similar Arabic restaurant. Menu varied.
The portions are large, it is possible to take one serving for two. I personally a portion of fish kebab was overcome with difficulty. A check for two – 82 Dirham (1,421 rubles).
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Arabic restaurant Bait Al Mandi in Sharjah
This restaurant impressed me more than the restaurant Kazan, its eastern atmosphere, and of course, prices. Title a restaurant from the street in Arabic, but there is a distinctive sign – three camels on the sign. The service staff is polite, would even say courteous and only men. Cooking here is delicious, hearty and plentiful.
Ordered a salad and hot dish (chicken + rice) – 1 portion per two. Broth, sauces, herbs served in addition to the order. Total check for two – 38 dirham (659 rubles).
Before leaving, we were also treated to Arabic coffee at the expense of institutions. Highly recommend this restaurant. Alcohol pork, as elsewhere in Sharjah, the menu is not.
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Cafe Wadi Al Asaier in Sharjah
And this is a fast food cafe. Cook quickly, tasty and inexpensive. Staff in aprons, hats and gloves. Tables clean, floor too.
We ordered 1 manakish, 1 falafel sandwich, 2 cups of karak tea. Total check for two dirhams 30 (520 rubles).
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Prices in stores for food
While in the UAE, you need to remember that the water is desalinated and from tap not drink. Every morning at the hotel they brought us 0.5 liters of water. man, but this, of course, is not enough. Therefore, we bought water daily. Also sometimes yoghurts, juices, ice cream, local sweets.
Water 1.5 liters – 2 dicharma (35 rubles). Juice 250 ml – 1.5 dicharma (26 rubles). Ice cream 125 ml – 7 diharm (121 rubles). Chocolate 75 gr – 6.5 diharm (113 rubles). Baklava 1 kg – 67 diharm (1,161 rub).
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P.S. So, in my opinion, most of the additional costs make up spending on excursions. Someone will be spending on shopping. Gourmets, for example, for food. Here everyone decides for himself how much and what to spend.
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