Cost of living in United Arab Emirates

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Dirham 57
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Dirham 27
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Dirham 21
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 10
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Dirham 5.08
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Dirham 14
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Dirham 112
2 liters of Coca-Cola Dirham 7
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Dirham 4.51
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Dirham 7,971
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Dirham 6,105
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Dirham 735
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Dirham 6,106
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Dirham 4,379
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Dirham 527
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Dirham 302
40” flat screen TV Dirham 1,496
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Dirham 460
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Dirham 39
Hourly rate for cleaning help Dirham 39
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Dirham 269
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Dirham 213
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Dirham 412
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Dirham 475
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Dirham 78,944
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Dirham 2.30
Monthly ticket public transport Dirham 251
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Dirham 24
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Dirham 69
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Dirham 284
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Dirham 27
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Dirham 16
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 62
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Dirham 196
2 tickets to the movies Dirham 79
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Dirham 344
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Dirham 361
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Dirham 67
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Dirham 22
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Dirham 43
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB Dirham 2,057
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Dirham 0.89
1 month of gym membership in business district Dirham 463
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.

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 185
2nd Abu Dhabi 176
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

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

Prices recently added

  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in normal area in Dubai costs Dirham 1,800 (3 days ago)
  • Weekly rent - 2 bedroom (85m2) furnished accommodation in expensive area in Dubai costs Dirham 2,150 (5 days ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Dubai costs Dirham 350 (5 days ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Dubai costs Dirham 250 (5 days ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Dubai costs Dirham 72 (6 days ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Dubai costs Dirham 10 (6 days ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Dubai costs Dirham 15 (6 days ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Dubai costs Dirham 12 (6 days ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Dubai costs Dirham 8 (6 days ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Dubai costs Dirham 21 (6 days ago)