Cost of living in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Summary of cost of living in Dubai

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Dirham 17,768
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Dirham 10,276
  • Dubai is the 2nd most expensive city in Middle East (2 out of 7)
  • Cost of living in Dubai is more expensive than in 76% of cities in the World (48 out of 193)
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List of prices in Dubai
Current as of Feb 2024.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Dirham 42
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Dirham 34
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Dirham 17
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Dirham 7
12 eggs, large Dirham 14
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Dirham 5.05
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Dirham 31
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Dirham 8
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Dirham 3.96
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Dirham 10
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Dirham 65
2 liters of coca-cola Dirham 8
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Dirham 4.40
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Dirham 9,468
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Dirham 5,519
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Dirham 855
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Dirham 6,212
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Dirham 4,555
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Dirham 646
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Dirham 296
40” flat screen tv Dirham 789
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Dirham 341
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Dirham 42
Hourly rate for cleaning help Dirham 37
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Dirham 215
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Dirham 199
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Dirham 298
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Dirham 392
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Dirham 115,445
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Dirham 2.83
Monthly ticket public transport Dirham 345
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Dirham 50
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Dirham 22
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Dirham 37
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Dirham 241
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Dirham 23
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Dirham 16
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Dirham 21
4 rolls of toilet paper Dirham 12
Tube of toothpaste Dirham 17
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Dirham 39
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Dirham 174
2 tickets to the movies Dirham 98
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Dirham 207
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Dirham 310
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Dirham 87
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Dirham 25
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Dirham 41
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Dirham 2,079
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Dirham 0.45
1 month of gym membership in business district Dirham 276
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Dirham 19
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 663 prices entered by 190 different people.
Latest price update: February 29, 2024

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Dubai position in our World Ranking

the world
48th
out of 193
middle east
2nd
out of 7

Cheapest and most expensive products in Dubai compared to other cities:

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3rd
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4th
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4th
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5th
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1st
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