Cost of living in United Arab Emirates

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Dirham 61
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Dirham 28
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Dirham 20
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Dirham 7
12 eggs, large Dirham 14
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Dirham 7
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Dirham 28
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Dirham 10
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Dirham 4.92
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Dirham 18
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Dirham 107
2 liters of Coca-Cola Dirham 7
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Dirham 4.55
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Dirham 7,991
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Dirham 5,906
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Dirham 720
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Dirham 5,932
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Dirham 4,273
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Dirham 526
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Dirham 303
40” flat screen TV Dirham 1,483
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Dirham 476
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Dirham 37
Hourly rate for cleaning help Dirham 36
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Dirham 275
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Dirham 222
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Dirham 429
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Dirham 488
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Dirham 83,318
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Dirham 2.29
Monthly ticket public transport Dirham 229
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Dirham 23
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Dirham 68
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Dirham 285
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Dirham 28
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 11
Tube of toothpaste Dirham 13
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Dirham 61
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Dirham 193
2 tickets to the movies Dirham 83
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Dirham 491
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Dirham 347
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Dirham 68
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Dirham 23
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Dirham 42
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB Dirham 2,063
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Dirham 1.07
1 month of gym membership in business district Dirham 428
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:
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 179
3rd Sharjah 130

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?

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List of all cities available in United Arab Emirates

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Prices recently added

  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Dubai costs Dirham 7,000 (2 days ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Dubai costs Dirham 25 (2 days ago)
  • 1 kg of tomatoes in Dubai costs Dirham 5.00 (2 days ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Dubai costs Dirham 7 (2 days ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Dubai costs Dirham 4.00 (2 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) in Dubai costs Dirham 85 (2 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Dubai costs Dirham 70 (2 days ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Dubai costs Dirham 80 (2 days ago)
  • Taxi, initial meter charge, weekday at noon in Dubai costs Dirham 10 (2 days ago)
  • Public transport in Dubai costs Dirham 180 (2 days ago)