- Cost of Living
- Maldives
- Egypt
- Comparison

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

Currency:

Food | + 123% | |||
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Food in Maldives is 123% more expensive than in Egypt | ||||

Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district | 122 Rufiyaa (E£ 141) | E£ 139 | + 2% | |

Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) | 147 Rufiyaa (E£ 170) | E£ 69 | + 147% | |

500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast | 59 Rufiyaa (E£ 68) | E£ 38 | + 78% | |

1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk | 34 Rufiyaa (E£ 39) | E£ 14 | + 170% | |

12 eggs, large | 21 Rufiyaa (E£ 24) | E£ 21 | + 13% | |

1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes | 38 Rufiyaa (E£ 44) | E£ 10 | + 330% | |

500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese | 175 Rufiyaa (E£ 202) | E£ 31 | + 541% | |

1 kg (2 lb.) of apples | 53 Rufiyaa (E£ 62) | E£ 25 | + 150% | |

1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes | 29 Rufiyaa (E£ 33) | E£ 7 | + 362% | |

0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket | 60 Rufiyaa (E£ 69) | E£ 22 | + 216% | |

1 bottle of red table wine, good quality | - | E£ 150 | - | |

2 liters of Coca-Cola | 35 Rufiyaa (E£ 40) | E£ 13 | + 221% | |

Bread for 2 people for 1 day | 27 Rufiyaa (E£ 31) | E£ 5.69 | + 447% | |

Housing | + 243% | |||

Housing in Maldives is 243% more expensive than in Egypt | ||||

Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area | 28,218 Rufiyaa (E£ 32,530) | E£ 8,598 | + 278% | |

Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area | 18,766 Rufiyaa (E£ 21,634) | E£ 5,254 | + 312% | |

Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat | 2,056 Rufiyaa (E£ 2,370) | E£ 880 | + 169% | |

Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area | 23,898 Rufiyaa (E£ 27,550) | E£ 5,801 | + 375% | |

Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area | 18,737 Rufiyaa (E£ 21,601) | E£ 3,965 | + 445% | |

Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio | 1,678 Rufiyaa (E£ 1,934) | E£ 619 | + 212% | |

Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) | 702 Rufiyaa (E£ 809) | E£ 234 | + 245% | |

40” flat screen TV | 10,566 Rufiyaa (E£ 12,181) | E£ 5,850 | + 108% | |

Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) | 1,757 Rufiyaa (E£ 2,026) | E£ 2,926 | - 31% | |

Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) | 143 Rufiyaa (E£ 165) | E£ 97 | + 71% | |

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

Clothes | + 1% | |||

Clothes in Maldives is 1% more expensive than in Egypt | ||||

1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) | 600 Rufiyaa (E£ 692) | E£ 902 | - 23% | |

1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) | 711 Rufiyaa (E£ 820) | E£ 808 | + 1% | |

1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) | 1,491 Rufiyaa (E£ 1,719) | E£ 1,787 | - 4% | |

1 pair of men’s leather business shoes | 1,412 Rufiyaa (E£ 1,628) | E£ 947 | + 72% | |

Transportation | + 115% | |||

Transportation in Maldives is 115% more expensive than in Egypt | ||||

Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new | 400,000 Rufiyaa (E£ 461,134) | E£ 438,533 | + 5% | |

1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas | 18 Rufiyaa (E£ 20) | E£ 6 | + 229% | |

Monthly ticket public transport | 1,397 Rufiyaa (E£ 1,610) | E£ 491 | + 228% | |

Personal Care | + 132% | |||

Personal Care in Maldives is 132% more expensive than in Egypt | ||||

Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) | 93 Rufiyaa (E£ 107) | E£ 37 | + 186% | |

1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) | 159 Rufiyaa (E£ 184) | E£ 74 | + 149% | |

Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) | 313 Rufiyaa (E£ 361) | E£ 287 | + 26% | |

1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) | 58 Rufiyaa (E£ 67) | E£ 60 | + 12% | |

Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) | 79 Rufiyaa (E£ 91) | E£ 50 | + 80% | |

Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) | 97 Rufiyaa (E£ 112) | E£ 49 | + 127% | |

4 rolls of toilet paper | 97 Rufiyaa (E£ 111) | E£ 26 | + 325% | |

Tube of toothpaste | 36 Rufiyaa (E£ 42) | E£ 21 | + 95% | |

Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city | 100 Rufiyaa (E£ 115) | E£ 72 | + 61% | |

Entertainment | + 88% | |||

Entertainment in Maldives is 88% more expensive than in Egypt | ||||

Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub | 441 Rufiyaa (E£ 508) | E£ 322 | + 58% | |

2 tickets to the movies | 320 Rufiyaa (E£ 369) | E£ 133 | + 178% | |

2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) | 647 Rufiyaa (E£ 746) | E£ 797 | - 6% | |

Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert | 845 Rufiyaa (E£ 974) | E£ 528 | + 84% | |

1 cocktail drink in downtown club | 500 Rufiyaa (E£ 576) | E£ 95 | + 510% | |

Cappuccino in expat area of the city | 63 Rufiyaa (E£ 73) | E£ 40 | + 84% | |

1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) | 248 Rufiyaa (E£ 286) | E£ 40 | + 623% | |

iPad Wi-Fi 128GB | 11,233 Rufiyaa (E£ 12,950) | E£ 10,146 | + 28% | |

1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) | 3.69 Rufiyaa (E£ 4.25) | E£ 3.42 | + 24% | |

1 month of gym membership in business district | 940 Rufiyaa (E£ 1,084) | E£ 735 | + 48% | |

1 package of Marlboro cigarettes | 70 Rufiyaa (E£ 80) | E£ 37 | + 116% | |

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 2,864 prices entered by 307 different people.

These prices were last updated on January 15, 2019.
Exchange rate:
1.153
EGP
/
MVR

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

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