Cost of living in United Arab Emirates

Summary of cost of living in United Arab Emirates

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Dirham 16,044
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Dirham 8,898
  • United Arab Emirates is the 3rd most expensive country in Middle East (3 out of 10)
  • Cost of living in United Arab Emirates is more expensive than in 83% of countries in the World (17 out of 93)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Dirham 55
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Dirham 28
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Dirham 17
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Dirham 6
12 eggs, large Dirham 15
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Dirham 5.83
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Dirham 22
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Dirham 8
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Dirham 4.12
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Dirham 17
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Dirham 86
2 liters of coca-cola Dirham 8
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Dirham 4.02
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Dirham 7,518
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Dirham 5,190
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Dirham 719
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Dirham 5,182
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Dirham 3,432
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Dirham 459
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Dirham 313
40” flat screen tv Dirham 1,251
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Dirham 324
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Dirham 38
Hourly rate for cleaning help Dirham 35
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Dirham 215
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Dirham 195
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Dirham 372
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Dirham 367
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Dirham 88,560
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Dirham 2.20
Monthly ticket public transport Dirham 241
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Dirham 17
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Dirham 62
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Dirham 253
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Dirham 22
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Dirham 15
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Dirham 20
4 rolls of toilet paper Dirham 10
Tube of toothpaste Dirham 12
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Dirham 54
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Dirham 167
2 tickets to the movies Dirham 82
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Dirham 352
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Dirham 317
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Dirham 70
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Dirham 23
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Dirham 44
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Dirham 1,625
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Dirham 0.71
1 month of gym membership in business district Dirham 356
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Dirham 21

Map of Cost of Living in United Arab Emirates

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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:
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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.

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Prices recently added

  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Dubai costs Dirham 20 (1 day ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Dubai costs Dirham 500 (1 day ago)
  • 1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) in Dubai costs Dirham 1.00 (1 day ago)
  • Ipad wi-fi 128gb in Dubai costs Dirham 1,200 (1 day ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Dubai costs Dirham 30 (1 day ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Dubai costs Dirham 25 (1 day ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Dubai costs Dirham 50 (1 day ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Dubai costs Dirham 500 (1 day ago)
  • 2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) in Dubai costs Dirham 600 (1 day ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Dubai costs Dirham 100 (1 day ago)