Cost of living in United Arab Emirates

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Dirham 53
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Dirham 26
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Dirham 19
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 25
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Dirham 9
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Dirham 5.20
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Dirham 12
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Dirham 89
2 liters of Coca-Cola Dirham 7
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Dirham 4.31
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Dirham 8,155
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Dirham 6,349
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Dirham 760
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Dirham 6,440
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Dirham 4,234
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Dirham 485
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Dirham 304
40” flat screen TV Dirham 1,541
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Dirham 386
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Dirham 40
Hourly rate for cleaning help Dirham 40
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Dirham 276
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Dirham 219
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Dirham 386
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Dirham 473
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Dirham 79,370
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Dirham 2.08
Monthly ticket public transport Dirham 267
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Dirham 23
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Dirham 74
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Dirham 273
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Dirham 27
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Dirham 17
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Dirham 19
4 rolls of toilet paper Dirham 9
Tube of toothpaste Dirham 13
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Dirham 60
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Dirham 194
2 tickets to the movies Dirham 77
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Dirham 296
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Dirham 377
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Dirham 66
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Dirham 21
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Dirham 43
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB Dirham 2,077
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Dirham 0.72
1 month of gym membership in business district Dirham 441
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Dirham 20

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 179
2nd Abu Dhabi 174
3rd Sharjah 129

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

Recent Prices Added

  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Dubai costs Dirham 20 (about 12 hours ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Dubai costs Dirham 42 (about 12 hours ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Dubai costs Dirham 65 (about 12 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of gasoline in Dubai costs Dirham 2.50 (about 12 hours ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Dubai costs Dirham 500 (about 12 hours ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Dubai costs Dirham 340 (about 12 hours ago)
  • 1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) in Abu Dhabi costs Dirham 1.00 (about 23 hours ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Abu Dhabi costs Dirham 22 (about 23 hours ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Abu Dhabi costs Dirham 150 (about 23 hours ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Abu Dhabi costs Dirham 300 (about 23 hours ago)