Cost of living in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Dirham 54
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Dirham 25
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Dirham 17
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Dirham 6
12 eggs, large Dirham 13
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Dirham 8
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Dirham 27
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Dirham 9
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Dirham 4.99
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Dirham 8
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Dirham 79
2 liters of Coca-Cola Dirham 4.99
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Dirham 4.46
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Dirham 8,455
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Dirham 6,995
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Dirham 741
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Dirham 6,390
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Dirham 4,460
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Dirham 492
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Dirham 307
40” flat screen TV Dirham 1,612
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Dirham 480
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Dirham 34
Hourly rate for cleaning help Dirham 35
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Dirham 320
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Dirham 223
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Dirham 347
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Dirham 397
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Dirham 80,018
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Dirham 1.80
Monthly ticket public transport Dirham 277
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 19
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Dirham 79
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Dirham 270
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Dirham 23
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Dirham 17
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Dirham 18
4 rolls of toilet paper Dirham 9
Tube of toothpaste Dirham 13
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Dirham 57
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Dirham 154
2 tickets to the movies Dirham 72
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Dirham 253
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Dirham 427
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Dirham 56
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Dirham 20
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Dirham 40
iPod nano 16GB Dirham 677
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Dirham 0.88
1 month of gym membership in business district Dirham 416
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Dirham 10
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 3,607 prices entered by 644 different people.
Latest price update: September 27, 2016.

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