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 59
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 7
12 eggs, large Dirham 15
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Dirham 7
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Dirham 25
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Dirham 10
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Dirham 6
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Dirham 11
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Dirham 76
2 liters of Coca-Cola Dirham 7
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Dirham 4.47
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Dirham 8,296
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Dirham 6,202
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Dirham 661
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Dirham 7,630
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Dirham 5,063
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Dirham 460
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Dirham 306
40” flat screen TV Dirham 1,803
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Dirham 579
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Dirham 37
Hourly rate for cleaning help Dirham 38
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Dirham 234
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Dirham 214
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Dirham 424
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Dirham 584
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Dirham 88,129
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Dirham 2.35
Monthly ticket public transport Dirham 111
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Dirham 36
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Dirham 19
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Dirham 64
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Dirham 300
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Dirham 21
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Dirham 15
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Dirham 21
4 rolls of toilet paper Dirham 10
Tube of toothpaste Dirham 18
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Dirham 54
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Dirham 224
2 tickets to the movies Dirham 82
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Dirham 403
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Dirham 388
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Dirham 63
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Dirham 25
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Dirham 40
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB Dirham 2,731
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Dirham 0.89
1 month of gym membership in business district Dirham 525
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Dirham 22
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,143 prices entered by 183 different people.
Latest price update: November 18, 2018.

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