Cost of living in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Summary of cost of living in Abu Dhabi

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Dirham 16,852
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Dirham 10,547
  • Cost of living in Abu Dhabi is more expensive than in 70% of cities in Middle East (4 out of 10)
  • Cost of living in Abu Dhabi is more expensive than in 53% of cities in the World (75 out of 157)
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List of prices in Abu Dhabi
Current as of Jan 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Dirham 33
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Dirham 31
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Dirham 20
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Dirham 6
12 eggs, large Dirham 12
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Dirham 5.39
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Dirham 18
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Dirham 7
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Dirham 3.46
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Dirham 14
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Dirham 65
2 liters of coca-cola Dirham 8
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Dirham 4.61
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Dirham 9,437
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Dirham 7,153
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Dirham 558
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Dirham 4,590
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Dirham 3,469
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Dirham 326
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Dirham 308
40” flat screen tv Dirham 1,377
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Dirham 372
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Dirham 45
Hourly rate for cleaning help Dirham 35
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Dirham 228
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Dirham 189
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Dirham 340
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Dirham 315
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Dirham 85,596
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Dirham 2.24
Monthly ticket public transport Dirham 80
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Dirham 28
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Dirham 16
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Dirham 68
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Dirham 256
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Dirham 25
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Dirham 15
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Dirham 23
4 rolls of toilet paper Dirham 11
Tube of toothpaste Dirham 15
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Dirham 71
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Dirham 197
2 tickets to the movies Dirham 83
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Dirham 669
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Dirham 187
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Dirham 63
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Dirham 18
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Dirham 39
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Dirham 2,298
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Dirham 0.65
1 month of gym membership in business district Dirham 282
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Dirham 22
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 126 prices entered by 28 different people.
Latest price update: January 20, 2022

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Abu Dhabi position in our World Ranking

the world
75th
out of 157
middle east
4th
out of 10

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