Cost of living in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Dirham 61
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 6.00
12 eggs, large Dirham 13
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Dirham 9
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Dirham 28
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Dirham 10
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Dirham 5.52
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Dirham 9
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Dirham 95
2 liters of Coca-Cola Dirham 4.93
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Dirham 4.55
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Dirham 8,959
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Dirham 6,897
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Dirham 677
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Dirham 6,917
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Dirham 4,815
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Dirham 489
Internet 8MB (1 month) Dirham 306
40” flat screen TV Dirham 1,691
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Dirham 469
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Dirham 33
Hourly rate for cleaning help Dirham 35
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Dirham 367
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Dirham 234
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Dirham 359
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Dirham 431
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Dirham 85,760
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Dirham 1.93
Monthly ticket public transport Dirham 261
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Dirham 35
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Dirham 21
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Dirham 56
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Dirham 290
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Dirham 26
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Dirham 16
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Dirham 18
4 rolls of toilet paper Dirham 10
Tube of toothpaste Dirham 13
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Dirham 60
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Dirham 164
2 tickets to the movies Dirham 73
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Dirham 353
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Dirham 515
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Dirham 58
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Dirham 22
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Dirham 38
iPod nano 16GB Dirham 613
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Dirham 0.84
1 month of gym membership in business district Dirham 420
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Dirham 11
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 3,761 prices entered by 652 different people.
Latest price update: May 03, 2016.

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