How much for a 60-minute Balinese massage in a five-star hotel spa? ShuQi Spa Atlantis The Palm: Dhs510 Talise Ottoman Spa Jumeirah Zabeel Saray: Dhs495 Spa InterContinental InterContinental Hotel Dubai Festival City: Dhs415 Safar Spa Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate: Dhs360 Retreat Spa & Health Club Grosvenor House Dubai: Dhs500
How much to have a men’s shirt dry-cleaned? Dubai Laundry, locations across Dubai: Dhs8.50 White Star Laundry, Al Quoz: Dhs6 Black & White Dry Cleaners, locations across Dubai: Dhs7.50 The Laundry Basket, locations across Dubai: Dhs8.50 Eastern Rose Laundry, locations across Dubai: Dhs10
How much for a classic manicure at a popular salon chain? The Nail Spa: Dhs85 N.Bar: Dhs70 Tips & Toes: Dhs65 N.Style: Dhs75
How much for a single espresso in a café or coffee shop chain? La Serre Bistro & Boulangerie: Dhs15 Baker & Spice: Dhs15 Lime Tree Café & Kitchen: Dhs12 More Café: Dhs15 Jones the Grocer: Dhs13 Caffé Nero: Dhs11 Costa Coffee: Dhs11
How much for a plain croissant in a café or coffee shop chain? Starbucks: Dhs10 Tim Hortons: Dhs7 Le Pain Quotidien: Dhs10 Costa Coffee: Dhs9 Paul: Dhs9
How much for A cheeseburger at a casual dining restaurant? Shake Shack: Dhs23 Gourmet Burger Kitchen: Dhs34 Burger Fuel: Dhs30 Johnny Rockets: Dhs37 Elevation Burger: Dhs25
How much for a home delivery margherita pizza (12in/30cm)? Red Tomato Al Barsha: Dhs44 Papa Murphy’s Pizza JLT: Dhs30 The Pizza Guys Business Bay: Dhs44 Pizzame JLT: Dhs37 Rossovivo Business Bay: Dhs38
How much for a non-3d movie ticket here and abroad? Dubai: Dhs35 London: Dhs60 New York: Dhs45 Tokyo: Dhs63 Sydney: Dhs65
The Verdict In terms of car hire and massages, shopping around is key, and while it may seem like a small expense, it’s worth researching prices if you like to have your clothes regularly dry- cleaned and pressed. One of Dubai’s most prominent local dry-cleaning companies quoted Time Out more than double some of the rates listed here. As for manicures, everyone has a favourite, go-to chain, but with so many branches of each of these salons around town, there’s the option to save up to Dhs20.
Pizza prices vary substantially across town, but with personal preference such a big factor, we anticipate most consumers are willing to pay slightly more for their favourite.
The good news for Dubaians is a trip to the cinema is much cheaper here than in other big cities such as London and New York.