Cost of living in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Dirham 52
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Dirham 24
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Dirham 19
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Dirham 7
12 eggs, large Dirham 14
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Dirham 8
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Dirham 25
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Dirham 9
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Dirham 4.35
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Dirham 8
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Dirham 70
2 liters of Coca-Cola Dirham 4.94
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Dirham 4.28
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Dirham 9,689
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Dirham 7,769
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Dirham 533
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Dirham 7,327
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Dirham 5,032
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Dirham 349
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Dirham 309
40” flat screen TV Dirham 1,573
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Dirham 468
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Dirham 34
Hourly rate for cleaning help Dirham 38
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Dirham 294
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Dirham 264
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Dirham 372
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Dirham 389
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Dirham 89,894
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Dirham 1.69
Monthly ticket public transport Dirham 100
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Dirham 20
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Dirham 17
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Dirham 76
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Dirham 178
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Dirham 34
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Dirham 19
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Dirham 19
4 rolls of toilet paper Dirham 13
Tube of toothpaste Dirham 13
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Dirham 62
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Dirham 208
2 tickets to the movies Dirham 75
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Dirham 490
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Dirham 382
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Dirham 61
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Dirham 21
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Dirham 35
iPod nano 16GB Dirham 709
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Dirham 0.77
1 month of gym membership in business district Dirham 429
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Dirham 10
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,258 prices entered by 180 different people.
Latest price update: March 26, 2017.

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