Cost of living in United Arab Emirates

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Dirham 51
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Dirham 25
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Dirham 17
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Dirham 6
12 eggs, large Dirham 13
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Dirham 8
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Dirham 24
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Dirham 9
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Dirham 4.83
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Dirham 9
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Dirham 73
2 liters of Coca-Cola Dirham 4.98
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Dirham 4.15
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Dirham 8,393
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Dirham 6,429
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Dirham 689
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Dirham 6,525
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Dirham 4,324
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Dirham 414
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Dirham 310
40” flat screen TV Dirham 1,515
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Dirham 387
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Dirham 34
Hourly rate for cleaning help Dirham 37
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Dirham 313
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Dirham 237
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Dirham 364
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Dirham 436
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Dirham 84,824
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Dirham 1.86
Monthly ticket public transport Dirham 221
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Dirham 22
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Dirham 82
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Dirham 264
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Dirham 24
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Dirham 18
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Dirham 19
4 rolls of toilet paper Dirham 10
Tube of toothpaste Dirham 13
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Dirham 63
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Dirham 197
2 tickets to the movies Dirham 76
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Dirham 413
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Dirham 378
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Dirham 71
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Dirham 21
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Dirham 43
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB Dirham 1,883
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Dirham 0.72
1 month of gym membership in business district Dirham 424
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Dirham 12

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.

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 173
2nd Abu Dhabi 166
3rd Sharjah 122

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

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

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Recent Prices Added

  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Abu Dhabi costs Dirham 2,000 (about 11 hours ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Dubai costs Dirham 11 (about 16 hours ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Dubai costs Dirham 300 (about 17 hours ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Abu Dhabi costs Dirham 26 (about 23 hours ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Abu Dhabi costs Dirham 300 (about 23 hours ago)
  • 2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) in Abu Dhabi costs Dirham 300 (about 23 hours ago)
  • 1 ticket to the movies in Abu Dhabi costs Dirham 80 (about 23 hours ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Abu Dhabi costs Dirham 40 (about 23 hours ago)
  • 400 ml hair shampoo 2-in-1 in Abu Dhabi costs Dirham 10 (about 23 hours ago)
  • 50ml deodorant, roll-on in Abu Dhabi costs Dirham 10 (about 23 hours ago)