Cost of living in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Dirham 49
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 14
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Dirham 8
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Dirham 27
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Dirham 8
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Dirham 4.33
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Dirham 10
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Dirham 90
2 liters of Coca-Cola Dirham 4.77
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Dirham 4.46
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Dirham 7,983
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Dirham 6,650
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Dirham 733
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 4,415
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Dirham 479
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Dirham 309
40” flat screen TV Dirham 1,728
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Dirham 454
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Dirham 33
Hourly rate for cleaning help Dirham 35
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Dirham 299
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Dirham 218
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Dirham 361
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Dirham 352
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Dirham 78,881
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Dirham 1.75
Monthly ticket public transport Dirham 257
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Dirham 39
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Dirham 18
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Dirham 82
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Dirham 278
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Dirham 22
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Dirham 17
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Dirham 17
4 rolls of toilet paper Dirham 9
Tube of toothpaste Dirham 12
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Dirham 67
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Dirham 174
2 tickets to the movies Dirham 73
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Dirham 319
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Dirham 359
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Dirham 60
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Dirham 21
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Dirham 41
iPod nano 16GB Dirham 755
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Dirham 0.75
1 month of gym membership in business district Dirham 434
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Dirham 10
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 3,919 prices entered by 689 different people.
Latest price update: February 20, 2017.

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