Cost of living in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Summary of cost of living in Dubai

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Dirham 18,044
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Dirham 10,516
  • Dubai is the 2nd most expensive city in Middle East (2 out of 9)
  • Cost of living in Dubai is more expensive than in 82% of cities in the World (39 out of 210)
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List of prices in Dubai
Current as of Jan 2023.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Dirham 50
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Dirham 29
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Dirham 15
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Dirham 7
12 eggs, large Dirham 16
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Dirham 5.27
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Dirham 23
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Dirham 7
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Dirham 4.04
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Dirham 14
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Dirham 58
2 liters of coca-cola Dirham 9
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Dirham 4.02
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Dirham 9,334
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Dirham 6,323
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Dirham 730
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Dirham 5,583
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Dirham 3,165
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Dirham 515
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Dirham 358
40” flat screen tv Dirham 1,231
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Dirham 339
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Dirham 42
Hourly rate for cleaning help Dirham 45
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Dirham 231
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Dirham 208
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Dirham 343
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Dirham 328
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Dirham 94,044
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Dirham 3.36
Monthly ticket public transport Dirham 295
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Dirham 38
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Dirham 25
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Dirham 41
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Dirham 274
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Dirham 20
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Dirham 18
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Dirham 20
4 rolls of toilet paper Dirham 12
Tube of toothpaste Dirham 16
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Dirham 43
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Dirham 185
2 tickets to the movies Dirham 99
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Dirham 412
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Dirham 293
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Dirham 94
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Dirham 20
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Dirham 46
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Dirham 2,058
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Dirham 0.49
1 month of gym membership in business district Dirham 331
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Dirham 19
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 778 prices entered by 211 different people.
Latest price update: January 27, 2023

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