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 59
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Dirham 24
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Dirham 20
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Dirham 7
12 eggs, large Dirham 13
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Dirham 9
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Dirham 30
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Dirham 9
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Dirham 4.60
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Dirham 9
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Dirham 69
2 liters of Coca-Cola Dirham 4.83
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Dirham 4.41
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Dirham 9,372
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Dirham 8,182
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Dirham 680
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Dirham 7,547
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Dirham 5,558
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Dirham 320
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Dirham 323
40” flat screen TV Dirham 1,685
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Dirham 483
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Dirham 43
Hourly rate for cleaning help Dirham 37
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Dirham 307
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Dirham 251
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Dirham 369
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Dirham 430
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Dirham 88,469
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Dirham 1.65
Monthly ticket public transport Dirham 97
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Dirham 21
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Dirham 19
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Dirham 76
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Dirham 177
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Dirham 34
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Dirham 20
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Dirham 19
4 rolls of toilet paper Dirham 13
Tube of toothpaste Dirham 16
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Dirham 59
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Dirham 232
2 tickets to the movies Dirham 74
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Dirham 509
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Dirham 412
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Dirham 62
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Dirham 22
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Dirham 36
iPod nano 16GB Dirham 750
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Dirham 0.90
1 month of gym membership in business district Dirham 503
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Dirham 10
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,227 prices entered by 182 different people.
Latest price update: February 21, 2017.

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