The UAE is one of the largest oil producers in the world. Retail petrol prices here are amongst the cheapest.
Since 2015 retail petrol prices have been set on a monthly basis by a committee overseen by the UAE Ministry of Energy.
Prices at the pump are set based on a benchmark provided by S&P Global Platts. A margin is added by the Ministry of Energy to compensate retailers for transport costs and operating expenses. The prices are implemented by retailers at the beginning of each month.
Petrol and Fuel Prices in Dubai and UAE Today
Retail petrol prices in Dubai and the UAE today are: E-Plus 91 1.72 AED, Special 95 1.80 AED, Super 98 1.91 AED, and Diesel 2.06 AED.
The price for a litre of diesel fuel is now 2.06 AED.
Prices are quoted in AED (United Arab Emirates Dirham) for one litre of fuel.
Petrol prices were last updated on .
Dubai/UAE Petrol and Fuel Prices – Dollars, Euros, Pounds, and Indian Rupees
The table below shows the current price in Dubai for a litre of petrol and diesel fuel in several popular currencies (US dollars, euros, pounds and Indian rupees).
In other words a litre of Special 95 petrol currently costs 1.80 AED in Dubai/UAE (equivalent to $0.49, €0.41, £0.36 or ₹35.85)
The exchange rates used were as follows:
- US dollars - 1 US dollar (USD) = 3.673 AED / 1 AED = 0.272 US dollars
- Eurozone euros - 1 euro (EUR) = 4.437 AED / 1 AED = 0.225 euros
- British pounds - 1 British pound (GBP) = 4.991 AED / 1 AED = 0.200 British pounds
- Indian rupees - 1 Indian rupee (INR) = 0.050 AED / 1 AED = 19.919 Indian rupees
Exchange rates were last updated on Sunday 17th of January 2021 at 2:22 am GMT.
To calculate the current fuel price equivalent in other currencies please use the exchange rates on this page.
Fuel Types Explained
Fuel sold in Dubai and the UAE can be categorised as follows:
- E-Plus 91 – For low compression engines
- Special 95 – For medium compression engines
- Super 98 – For high compression engines
The numbers refer to the octane rating of the fuel (or RON – Research Octane Number). The octane rating is a measure of fuel performance. The higher the octane number, the more compression the fuel can withstand before igniting.
Fuels with higher octane ratings are used in high performance engines that require higher compression ratios. High performance engines are found in sports and luxury cars.
Motorists should refer to the owner’s manual to choose the correct type of fuel for their vehicle. There are no benefits to using a higher grade of petrol than that recommended by the manufacturer.
Global Petrol and Fuel Prices
The table below shows current price for a litre of fuel (Special 95 and diesel) in a selection of countries around the world. Prices are given in local currency and the AED equivalent. Compare the AED price equivalent to the current price of petrol in Dubai.
|Country||Local Currency||Special 95 (Local Currency)||Special 95 (AED)||Diesel (Local Currency||Diesel (AED)|
In Dubai there are ENOC, EPPCO, and Emarat petrol stations. The price of fuel is the same at all.
Stations offer other services such as oil changes, car washes, tyre pressure checks, convenience stores, and cafes. They also sell Salik tags (to pay automated charges on toll roads).
Factors Influencing the Price of Petrol in Dubai and the UAE
Crude oil is refined to produce products such as petrol and diesel. Crude oil is a globally traded commodity.
The UAE withdrew fuel subsidies in 2015. Prior to this, around $7 billion was being spent every year to keep the price of petrol and diesel low.
Petrol and diesel prices in the UAE are now set by the UAE Fuel Price Committee. They are based on a global petroleum price benchmark. Global petroleum prices are driven by the cost of oil. A margin is added to cover the costs and expenses of the retailer.
On the 28th of each month, the UAE Fuel Price Committee announces petrol and diesel prices for the following month.
VAT was introduced in the UAE in 2018. Petrol and diesel is taxed at the standard rate of 5%.
Despite the removal of subsidies and the introduction of VAT, petrol and diesel prices in the UAE are considerably lower than most other countries around the world. Taxes account for the majority of the price difference.
Tax on fuel in most countries is typically high. For example, in the UK in 2020, fuel duty on a litre of petrol or diesel is £0.5795 (2.89 AED, US$0.79 ). VAT of 20% is also added.
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