Cost of living in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Summary of cost of living in Dubai

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Dirham 16,221
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Dirham 8,745
  • Dubai is the 4th most expensive city in Middle East (4 out of 14)
  • Cost of living in Dubai is more expensive than in 73% of cities in the World (56 out of 200)

List of prices in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Current as of Jan 2021.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Dirham 60
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Dirham 28
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Dirham 21
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Dirham 8
12 eggs, large Dirham 17
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Dirham 8
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Dirham 30
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Dirham 10
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Dirham 5.05
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Dirham 12
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Dirham 97
2 liters of coca-cola Dirham 8
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Dirham 4.78
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Dirham 7,516
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Dirham 4,763
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Dirham 681
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Dirham 5,235
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Dirham 3,214
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Dirham 350
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Dirham 255
40” flat screen tv Dirham 941
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Dirham 401
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Dirham 38
Hourly rate for cleaning help Dirham 32
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Dirham 224
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Dirham 205
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Dirham 330
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Dirham 397
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Dirham 89,775
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Dirham 2.17
Monthly ticket public transport Dirham 257
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Dirham 56
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Dirham 21
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Dirham 51
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Dirham 266
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Dirham 23
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Dirham 18
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Dirham 21
4 rolls of toilet paper Dirham 12
Tube of toothpaste Dirham 13
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Dirham 81
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Dirham 176
2 tickets to the movies Dirham 76
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Dirham 444
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Dirham 358
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Dirham 70
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Dirham 23
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Dirham 52
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Dirham 1,817
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Dirham 0.71
1 month of gym membership in business district Dirham 355
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Dirham 19
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,317 prices entered by 328 different people.
Latest price update: January 28, 2021

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