Cost of living in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Dirham 51
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Dirham 26
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Dirham 17
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Dirham 6
12 eggs, large Dirham 9
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Dirham 5.00
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Dirham 19
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Dirham 8
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Dirham 4.35
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Dirham 11
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Dirham 60
2 liters of Coca-Cola Dirham 5.00
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Dirham 3.95
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Dirham 6,248
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Dirham 5,609
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Dirham 537
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Dirham 5,146
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Dirham 3,222
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Dirham 302
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Dirham 282
40” flat screen TV Dirham 1,167
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Dirham 517
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Dirham 32
Hourly rate for cleaning help Dirham 28
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Dirham 203
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Dirham 191
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Dirham 284
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Dirham 290
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Dirham 81,667
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Dirham 1.78
Monthly ticket public transport Dirham 104
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) -
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Dirham 19
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Dirham 50
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Dirham 149
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Dirham 37
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Dirham 19
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Dirham 24
4 rolls of toilet paper Dirham 9
Tube of toothpaste Dirham 10
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Dirham 43
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Dirham 152
2 tickets to the movies Dirham 67
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Dirham 500
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Dirham 200
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Dirham 31
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Dirham 21
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Dirham 26
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Dirham 0.35
1 month of gym membership in business district Dirham 250
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Dirham 9
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 152 prices entered by 13 different people.
Latest price update: August 20, 2018.

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