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 61
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Dirham 25
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Dirham 18
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Dirham 7
12 eggs, large Dirham 14
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Dirham 9
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Dirham 22
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Dirham 12
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 69
2 liters of Coca-Cola Dirham 5.62
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Dirham 3.99
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Dirham 8,169
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Dirham 7,156
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Dirham 529
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Dirham 6,807
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Dirham 4,653
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Dirham 387
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Dirham 291
40” flat screen TV Dirham 1,491
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Dirham 518
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Dirham 29
Hourly rate for cleaning help Dirham 41
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Dirham 313
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Dirham 265
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Dirham 410
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Dirham 521
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Dirham 76,487
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Dirham 1.79
Monthly ticket public transport Dirham 103
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Dirham 35
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Dirham 18
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Dirham 63
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Dirham 227
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Dirham 28
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Dirham 17
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Dirham 18
4 rolls of toilet paper Dirham 9
Tube of toothpaste Dirham 14
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Dirham 58
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Dirham 189
2 tickets to the movies Dirham 77
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Dirham 561
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Dirham 397
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Dirham 65
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Dirham 21
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Dirham 37
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB Dirham 2,032
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Dirham 0.61
1 month of gym membership in business district Dirham 517
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Dirham 17
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,310 prices entered by 206 different people.
Latest price update: February 20, 2018.

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