Cost of living in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Dirham 65
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Dirham 26
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Dirham 19
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Dirham 8
12 eggs, large Dirham 14
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Dirham 10
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Dirham 25
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Dirham 13
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Dirham 8
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Dirham 11
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Dirham 68
2 liters of Coca-Cola Dirham 7
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Dirham 4.25
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Dirham 8,569
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Dirham 6,971
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Dirham 548
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Dirham 6,859
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Dirham 4,340
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Dirham 380
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Dirham 311
40” flat screen TV Dirham 1,665
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Dirham 521
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Dirham 27
Hourly rate for cleaning help Dirham 42
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Dirham 304
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Dirham 247
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Dirham 429
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Dirham 608
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Dirham 71,635
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Dirham 1.90
Monthly ticket public transport Dirham 104
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Dirham 39
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Dirham 18
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Dirham 67
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Dirham 283
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Dirham 26
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Dirham 16
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Dirham 17
4 rolls of toilet paper Dirham 9
Tube of toothpaste Dirham 17
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Dirham 53
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Dirham 202
2 tickets to the movies Dirham 78
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Dirham 409
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Dirham 386
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Dirham 71
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Dirham 23
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Dirham 38
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB Dirham 2,094
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Dirham 1.64
1 month of gym membership in business district Dirham 527
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Dirham 21
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,284 prices entered by 211 different people.
Latest price update: April 21, 2018.

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