Cost of living in United Arab Emirates

Are you moving to United Arab Emirates? Do you know how much money you will need there to maintain your current standard of living?

Find out what is the real equivalent in UAE of your current salary and improve your chances of a happy relocation.

Get a salary calculation for:

Change the currency:
Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Dirham 54
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 13
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Dirham 7
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Dirham 26
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Dirham 9
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Dirham 5.18
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Dirham 13
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Dirham 93
2 liters of Coca-Cola Dirham 7
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Dirham 4.35
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Dirham 8,150
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Dirham 6,204
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Dirham 757
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Dirham 6,456
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Dirham 4,334
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Dirham 498
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Dirham 306
40” flat screen TV Dirham 1,450
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Dirham 388
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Dirham 38
Hourly rate for cleaning help Dirham 39
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Dirham 277
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Dirham 212
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Dirham 376
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Dirham 459
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Dirham 78,754
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Dirham 2.20
Monthly ticket public transport Dirham 258
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Dirham 21
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Dirham 70
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Dirham 266
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Dirham 26
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Dirham 17
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Dirham 20
4 rolls of toilet paper Dirham 9
Tube of toothpaste Dirham 13
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Dirham 57
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Dirham 192
2 tickets to the movies Dirham 77
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Dirham 278
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Dirham 370
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Dirham 64
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Dirham 21
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Dirham 44
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB Dirham 2,124
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Dirham 0.79
1 month of gym membership in business district Dirham 443
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Dirham 21

Map of Cost of Living in United Arab Emirates

loading...

This map shows only the top cities in United Arab Emirates. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan.

The color of each marker corresponds with the Cost of Living in the city. Red markers show more expensive cities, green ones show cheaper cities.
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

Cost of Living Ranking in United Arab Emirates

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Dubai 184
2nd Abu Dhabi 171
3rd Sharjah 131

Price Index:

To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

Are you moving to United Arab Emirates? Do you know how much money you will need there to maintain your current standard of living?

Find out what is the real equivalent in UAE of your current salary and improve your chances of a happy relocation.

Get a salary calculation for:

List of all cities available in United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi Al Ain Dubai
Fujairah Ra's al Khaymah Sharjah

Recent Prices Added

  • One-way ticket in public transport in Dubai costs Dirham 7 (1 day ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Dubai costs Dirham 360 (1 day ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Dubai costs Dirham 100 (1 day ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Abu Dhabi costs Dirham 3.00 (1 day ago)
  • Public transport in Abu Dhabi costs Dirham 150 (1 day ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Abu Dhabi costs Dirham 2.45 (1 day ago)
  • Men’s leather business shoes in Abu Dhabi costs Dirham 150 (1 day ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Abu Dhabi costs Dirham 200 (1 day ago)
  • Summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) in Abu Dhabi costs Dirham 120 (1 day ago)
  • Jeans (levis 501 or similar) in Abu Dhabi costs Dirham 120 (1 day ago)