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 7
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 4.78
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Dirham 9
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Dirham 72
2 liters of Coca-Cola Dirham 4.76
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Dirham 4.23
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Dirham 8,256
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Dirham 6,447
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Dirham 700
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Dirham 6,376
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Dirham 4,281
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Dirham 407
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Dirham 313
40” flat screen TV Dirham 1,669
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Dirham 396
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Dirham 33
Hourly rate for cleaning help Dirham 38
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 229
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Dirham 366
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Dirham 420
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Dirham 84,644
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Dirham 1.83
Monthly ticket public transport Dirham 217
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Dirham 21
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Dirham 82
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Dirham 252
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Dirham 24
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 67
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Dirham 196
2 tickets to the movies Dirham 75
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Dirham 427
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Dirham 363
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Dirham 72
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Dirham 21
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Dirham 41
iPad Air 2, 64GB Dirham 1,830
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Dirham 0.78
1 month of gym membership in business district Dirham 425
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Dirham 10

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 170
3rd Sharjah 125

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

  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Dubai costs Dirham 800 (about 16 hours ago)
  • Hourly rate for domestic cleaning help in Dubai costs Dirham 40 (about 20 hours ago)
  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Dubai costs Dirham 85,000 (about 20 hours ago)
  • Bread for 2 people for 1 day (250 g) in Dubai costs Dirham 10 (about 20 hours ago)
  • 10 eggs, large in Dubai costs Dirham 14 (about 20 hours ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Dubai costs Dirham 7 (about 20 hours ago)
  • 500 g of boneless chicken breast in Dubai costs Dirham 25 (about 20 hours ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Dubai costs Dirham 30 (about 20 hours ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Dubai costs Dirham 65 (about 20 hours ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Dubai costs Dirham 320 (about 20 hours ago)