Cost of living in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Summary of cost of living in Abu Dhabi

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Dirham 20,034
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Dirham 12,413
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on only a few data points. At the moment, you should treat them only as a best guess.

List of prices in Abu Dhabi
Current as of Jan 2023.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Dirham 48
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Dirham 36
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Dirham 19
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Dirham 5.29
12 eggs, large Dirham 13
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Dirham 7
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Dirham 30
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Dirham 11
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Dirham 4.58
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Dirham 11
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Dirham 52
2 liters of coca-cola Dirham 9
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Dirham 4.32
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Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Dirham 11,443
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Dirham 7,963
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Dirham 989
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Dirham 5,997
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Dirham 3,669
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Dirham 558
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Dirham 184
40” flat screen tv Dirham 1,419
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Dirham 338
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Dirham 50
Hourly rate for cleaning help Dirham 51
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Dirham 243
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Dirham 277
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Dirham 460
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Dirham 465
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Dirham 104,094
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Dirham 3.29
Monthly ticket public transport Dirham 82
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Dirham 39
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Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Dirham 14
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Dirham 56
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Dirham 382
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Dirham 26
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Dirham 20
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Dirham 27
4 rolls of toilet paper Dirham 20
Tube of toothpaste Dirham 20
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Dirham 63
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Dirham 188
2 tickets to the movies Dirham 121
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Dirham 783
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Dirham 470
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Dirham 64
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Dirham 23
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Dirham 38
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Dirham 2,128
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Dirham 1.28
1 month of gym membership in business district Dirham 317
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Dirham 21
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 334 prices entered by 41 different people.
Latest price update: January 27, 2023

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