Cost of living in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Dirham 55
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Dirham 25
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Dirham 18
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 29
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Dirham 9
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Dirham 5.34
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Dirham 9
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Dirham 87
2 liters of Coca-Cola Dirham 4.89
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Dirham 4.52
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Dirham 8,391
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Dirham 6,782
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Dirham 695
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Dirham 6,460
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Dirham 4,530
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Dirham 500
Internet 8MB (1 month) Dirham 309
40” flat screen TV Dirham 1,608
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Dirham 452
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Dirham 33
Hourly rate for cleaning help Dirham 34
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Dirham 337
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Dirham 223
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Dirham 355
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Dirham 413
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Dirham 81,712
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Dirham 1.90
Monthly ticket public transport Dirham 281
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Dirham 36
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Dirham 19
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Dirham 60
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Dirham 282
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Dirham 21
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 10
Tube of toothpaste Dirham 14
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Dirham 58
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Dirham 163
2 tickets to the movies Dirham 73
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Dirham 274
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Dirham 475
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Dirham 55
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Dirham 20
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Dirham 40
iPod nano 16GB Dirham 677
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Dirham 0.82
1 month of gym membership in business district Dirham 415
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Dirham 11
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 3,662 prices entered by 637 different people.
Latest price update: July 30, 2016.

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