Cost of living in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Summary of cost of living in Dubai

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Dirham 16,274
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Dirham 9,028
  • Cost of living in Dubai is more expensive than in 81% of cities in Middle East (5 out of 21)
  • Cost of living in Dubai is more expensive than in 83% of cities in the World (49 out of 282)

List of prices in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Current as of Jan 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Dirham 58
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Dirham 28
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Dirham 18
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Dirham 5.92
12 eggs, large Dirham 15
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Dirham 5.66
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Dirham 22
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Dirham 8
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Dirham 4.19
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Dirham 15
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Dirham 86
2 liters of coca-cola Dirham 8
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Dirham 4.76
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Dirham 7,747
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Dirham 5,183
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Dirham 754
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 3,442
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Dirham 443
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Dirham 311
40” flat screen tv Dirham 1,129
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Dirham 350
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Dirham 37
Hourly rate for cleaning help Dirham 33
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Dirham 229
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Dirham 182
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Dirham 386
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Dirham 361
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Dirham 87,606
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Dirham 2.14
Monthly ticket public transport Dirham 256
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Dirham 36
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Dirham 22
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Dirham 76
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Dirham 234
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Dirham 22
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Dirham 14
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Dirham 20
4 rolls of toilet paper Dirham 9
Tube of toothpaste Dirham 12
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Dirham 45
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Dirham 167
2 tickets to the movies Dirham 81
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Dirham 339
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Dirham 342
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Dirham 68
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Dirham 23
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Dirham 42
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Dirham 1,743
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Dirham 0.86
1 month of gym membership in business district Dirham 357
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Dirham 21
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,871 prices entered by 392 different people.
Latest price update: January 29, 2020

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Dubai position in our World Ranking

the world
49th
out of 282
middle east
5th
out of 21

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