Cost of living in United Arab Emirates

Summary of cost of living in United Arab Emirates

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Dirham 17,681
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Dirham 10,353
  • Cost of living in United Arab Emirates is more expensive than in 82% of countries in the World (18 out of 92)
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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Dirham 44
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Dirham 29
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Dirham 15
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Dirham 7
12 eggs, large Dirham 12
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Dirham 5.21
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Dirham 20
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Dirham 8
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Dirham 4.00
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Dirham 13
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Dirham 53
2 liters of coca-cola Dirham 8
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Dirham 4.39
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Dirham 8,944
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Dirham 6,493
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Dirham 632
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Dirham 5,565
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Dirham 3,322
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Dirham 456
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Dirham 349
40” flat screen tv Dirham 1,377
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Dirham 359
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Dirham 39
Hourly rate for cleaning help Dirham 36
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Dirham 232
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Dirham 214
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Dirham 330
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Dirham 339
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Dirham 90,989
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Dirham 2.77
Monthly ticket public transport Dirham 304
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Dirham 28
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Dirham 48
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Dirham 290
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Dirham 16
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Dirham 24
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Dirham 23
4 rolls of toilet paper Dirham 15
Tube of toothpaste Dirham 14
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Dirham 56
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Dirham 189
2 tickets to the movies Dirham 92
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Dirham 660
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Dirham 263
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Dirham 81
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Dirham 20
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Dirham 45
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Dirham 1,999
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Dirham 0.47
1 month of gym membership in business district Dirham 295
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Dirham 18

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Map of Cost of Living in United Arab Emirates


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

  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Dubai costs Dirham 45 (2 days ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Dubai costs Dirham 6.00 (3 days ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Abu Dhabi costs Dirham 10 (5 days ago)

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