Cost of living in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Summary of cost of living in Dubai

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Dirham 16,545
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Dirham 8,722
  • Dubai is the 2nd most expensive city in Middle East (2 out of 10)
  • Cost of living in Dubai is more expensive than in 80% of cities in the World (35 out of 168)
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List of prices in Dubai
Current as of Jan 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Dirham 74
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Dirham 27
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Dirham 19
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Dirham 7
12 eggs, large Dirham 15
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Dirham 6
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Dirham 29
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Dirham 10
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Dirham 4.51
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Dirham 14
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Dirham 110
2 liters of coca-cola Dirham 8
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Dirham 5.00
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Dirham 7,138
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Dirham 4,957
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Dirham 788
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Dirham 4,911
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Dirham 3,095
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Dirham 382
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Dirham 278
40” flat screen tv Dirham 1,194
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Dirham 445
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Dirham 32
Hourly rate for cleaning help Dirham 31
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Dirham 228
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Dirham 174
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Dirham 364
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Dirham 431
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Dirham 90,126
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Dirham 2.10
Monthly ticket public transport Dirham 346
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Dirham 62
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Dirham 22
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Dirham 45
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Dirham 261
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Dirham 20
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Dirham 19
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Dirham 22
4 rolls of toilet paper Dirham 12
Tube of toothpaste Dirham 12
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Dirham 59
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Dirham 170
2 tickets to the movies Dirham 85
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Dirham 544
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Dirham 324
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Dirham 80
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Dirham 24
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Dirham 50
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Dirham 1,829
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Dirham 0.61
1 month of gym membership in business district Dirham 290
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Dirham 18
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 599 prices entered by 212 different people.
Latest price update: January 27, 2022

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Dubai position in our World Ranking

the world
35th
out of 168
middle east
2nd
out of 10

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