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 14
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Dirham 7
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Dirham 26
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Dirham 11
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Dirham 6
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Dirham 10
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Dirham 66
2 liters of Coca-Cola Dirham 7
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Dirham 4.75
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Dirham 7,981
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Dirham 6,008
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Dirham 594
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Dirham 7,518
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Dirham 5,354
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Dirham 404
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Dirham 300
40” flat screen TV Dirham 1,631
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Dirham 548
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Dirham 35
Hourly rate for cleaning help Dirham 39
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Dirham 250
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Dirham 211
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Dirham 383
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Dirham 513
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Dirham 85,074
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Dirham 2.35
Monthly ticket public transport Dirham 95
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Dirham 37
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Dirham 21
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Dirham 64
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Dirham 251
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Dirham 21
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Dirham 14
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Dirham 20
4 rolls of toilet paper Dirham 11
Tube of toothpaste Dirham 18
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Dirham 45
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Dirham 216
2 tickets to the movies Dirham 80
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Dirham 327
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Dirham 365
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Dirham 63
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Dirham 24
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Dirham 39
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB Dirham 2,562
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Dirham 0.92
1 month of gym membership in business district Dirham 503
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Dirham 22
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,110 prices entered by 196 different people.
Latest price update: September 26, 2018.

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