Cost of living in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Dirham 53
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Dirham 25
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Dirham 16
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Dirham 6
12 eggs, large Dirham 13
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Dirham 7
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Dirham 28
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Dirham 8
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Dirham 4.39
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Dirham 9
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Dirham 88
2 liters of Coca-Cola Dirham 4.82
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Dirham 4.42
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Dirham 7,790
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Dirham 6,846
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Dirham 767
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Dirham 6,411
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Dirham 4,387
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Dirham 497
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Dirham 312
40” flat screen TV Dirham 1,730
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Dirham 450
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Dirham 31
Hourly rate for cleaning help Dirham 35
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Dirham 312
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 350
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Dirham 353
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Dirham 79,015
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Dirham 1.71
Monthly ticket public transport Dirham 269
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Dirham 40
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Dirham 17
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Dirham 70
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Dirham 258
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 17
4 rolls of toilet paper Dirham 9
Tube of toothpaste Dirham 12
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Dirham 63
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Dirham 167
2 tickets to the movies Dirham 73
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Dirham 304
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Dirham 387
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Dirham 59
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Dirham 21
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Dirham 40
iPod nano 16GB Dirham 725
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Dirham 0.73
1 month of gym membership in business district Dirham 418
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Dirham 10
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 3,794 prices entered by 663 different people.
Latest price update: January 21, 2017.

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