- Cost of Living
- Maldives
- Egypt
- Comparison

##
Cost of living in
**Maldives**
compared to
**Egypt**

Currency:

Food | + 131% | |||
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Food in Maldives is 131% more expensive than in Egypt | ||||

Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district | 153 Rufiyaa (E£ 176) | E£ 146 | + 21% | |

Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) | 147 Rufiyaa (E£ 169) | E£ 70 | + 142% | |

500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast | 59 Rufiyaa (E£ 68) | E£ 39 | + 76% | |

1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk | 34 Rufiyaa (E£ 39) | E£ 14 | + 169% | |

12 eggs, large | 31 Rufiyaa (E£ 36) | E£ 22 | + 63% | |

1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes | 38 Rufiyaa (E£ 43) | E£ 11 | + 307% | |

500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese | 175 Rufiyaa (E£ 201) | E£ 33 | + 517% | |

1 kg (2 lb.) of apples | 53 Rufiyaa (E£ 61) | E£ 26 | + 139% | |

1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes | 29 Rufiyaa (E£ 33) | E£ 7 | + 379% | |

0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket | 70 Rufiyaa (E£ 80) | E£ 22 | + 262% | |

1 bottle of red table wine, good quality | - | E£ 152 | - | |

2 liters of Coca-Cola | 35 Rufiyaa (E£ 40) | E£ 13 | + 218% | |

Bread for 2 people for 1 day | 27 Rufiyaa (E£ 31) | E£ 5.73 | + 441% | |

Housing | + 242% | |||

Housing in Maldives is 242% more expensive than in Egypt | ||||

Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area | 28,218 Rufiyaa (E£ 32,430) | E£ 8,335 | + 289% | |

Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area | 18,766 Rufiyaa (E£ 21,567) | E£ 5,159 | + 318% | |

Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat | 2,056 Rufiyaa (E£ 2,363) | E£ 908 | + 160% | |

Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area | 23,898 Rufiyaa (E£ 27,465) | E£ 6,098 | + 350% | |

Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area | 18,737 Rufiyaa (E£ 21,534) | E£ 3,794 | + 468% | |

Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio | 1,678 Rufiyaa (E£ 1,928) | E£ 610 | + 216% | |

Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) | 702 Rufiyaa (E£ 806) | E£ 251 | + 222% | |

40” flat screen TV | 10,566 Rufiyaa (E£ 12,143) | E£ 6,021 | + 102% | |

Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) | 1,757 Rufiyaa (E£ 2,019) | E£ 3,030 | - 33% | |

Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) | 143 Rufiyaa (E£ 165) | E£ 102 | + 62% | |

Hourly rate for cleaning help | 72 Rufiyaa (E£ 83) | E£ 91 | - 9% | |

Clothes | + 3% | |||

Clothes in Maldives is 3% more expensive than in Egypt | ||||

1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) | 600 Rufiyaa (E£ 690) | E£ 874 | - 21% | |

1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) | 711 Rufiyaa (E£ 817) | E£ 761 | + 7% | |

1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) | 1,491 Rufiyaa (E£ 1,714) | E£ 1,862 | - 8% | |

1 pair of men’s leather business shoes | 1,412 Rufiyaa (E£ 1,623) | E£ 1,123 | + 45% | |

Transportation | + 124% | |||

Transportation in Maldives is 124% more expensive than in Egypt | ||||

Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new | 400,000 Rufiyaa (E£ 459,704) | E£ 444,807 | + 3% | |

1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas | 18 Rufiyaa (E£ 20) | E£ 5.87 | + 244% | |

Monthly ticket public transport | 1,402 Rufiyaa (E£ 1,611) | E£ 435 | + 271% | |

Personal Care | + 121% | |||

Personal Care in Maldives is 121% more expensive than in Egypt | ||||

Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) | 93 Rufiyaa (E£ 106) | E£ 41 | + 161% | |

1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) | 159 Rufiyaa (E£ 183) | E£ 74 | + 146% | |

Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) | 313 Rufiyaa (E£ 359) | E£ 334 | + 8% | |

1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) | 58 Rufiyaa (E£ 67) | E£ 60 | + 11% | |

Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) | 79 Rufiyaa (E£ 90) | E£ 50 | + 82% | |

Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) | 97 Rufiyaa (E£ 111) | E£ 52 | + 113% | |

4 rolls of toilet paper | 97 Rufiyaa (E£ 111) | E£ 26 | + 334% | |

Tube of toothpaste | 36 Rufiyaa (E£ 41) | E£ 20 | + 102% | |

Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city | 100 Rufiyaa (E£ 115) | E£ 70 | + 65% | |

Entertainment | + 69% | |||

Entertainment in Maldives is 69% more expensive than in Egypt | ||||

Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub | 441 Rufiyaa (E£ 506) | E£ 329 | + 54% | |

2 tickets to the movies | 320 Rufiyaa (E£ 368) | E£ 134 | + 174% | |

2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) | 647 Rufiyaa (E£ 744) | E£ 728 | + 2% | |

Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert | 845 Rufiyaa (E£ 971) | E£ 524 | + 85% | |

1 cocktail drink in downtown club | 500 Rufiyaa (E£ 575) | E£ 91 | + 531% | |

Cappuccino in expat area of the city | 63 Rufiyaa (E£ 73) | E£ 42 | + 74% | |

1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) | 248 Rufiyaa (E£ 285) | E£ 43 | + 567% | |

iPad Wi-Fi 128GB | 11,233 Rufiyaa (E£ 12,910) | E£ 10,473 | + 23% | |

1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) | 3.69 Rufiyaa (E£ 4.24) | E£ 4.68 | - 9% | |

1 month of gym membership in business district | 940 Rufiyaa (E£ 1,081) | E£ 820 | + 32% | |

1 package of Marlboro cigarettes | 70 Rufiyaa (E£ 80) | E£ 37 | + 119% | |

TOTAL | + 129% |

This comparison has some inconsistent or sparse data. It already provides a reliable comparison but it is not bullet-proof. It is based on 2,963 prices entered by 311 different people.

These prices were last updated on November 14, 2018.
Exchange rate:
1.149
EGP
/
MVR

#
Cost of living in
**Maldives**
is
**129% more expensive than**
in
**Egypt**

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