Cost of living in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Summary of cost of living in Dubai

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: €3,787 (Dirham 16,340)
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: €2,054 (Dirham 8,864)
  • Dubai is the 4th most expensive city in Middle East (4 out of 13)
  • Cost of living in Dubai is more expensive than in 78% of cities in the World (52 out of 236)

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

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Food [Edit]
AED EUR
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Dirham 58 (€13)
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Dirham 28 (€7)
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Dirham 19 (€4.41)
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Dirham 7 (€1.71)
12 eggs, large Dirham 16 (€3.79)
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Dirham 7 (€1.67)
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Dirham 29 (€7)
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Dirham 10 (€2.37)
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Dirham 5.23 (€1.21)
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Dirham 12 (€2.83)
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Dirham 73 (€17)
2 liters of coca-cola Dirham 7 (€1.73)
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Dirham 4.52 (€1.05)
Housing [Edit]
AED EUR
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Dirham 7,398 (€1,714)
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Dirham 5,133 (€1,189)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Dirham 734 (€170)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Dirham 5,045 (€1,169)
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Dirham 3,228 (€748)
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Dirham 392 (€91)
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Dirham 302 (€70)
40” flat screen tv Dirham 999 (€231)
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Dirham 292 (€68)
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Dirham 40 (€9)
Hourly rate for cleaning help Dirham 31 (€7)
Clothes [Edit]
AED EUR
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Dirham 214 (€50)
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Dirham 198 (€46)
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Dirham 354 (€82)
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Dirham 354 (€82)
Transportation [Edit]
AED EUR
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Dirham 89,561 (€20,754)
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Dirham 2.28 (€0.53)
Monthly ticket public transport Dirham 267 (€62)
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Dirham 39 (€9)
Personal Care [Edit]
AED EUR
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Dirham 22 (€5.20)
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Dirham 53 (€12)
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Dirham 283 (€65)
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Dirham 23 (€5.37)
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Dirham 17 (€4.05)
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Dirham 21 (€4.95)
4 rolls of toilet paper Dirham 12 (€2.72)
Tube of toothpaste Dirham 13 (€2.96)
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Dirham 97 (€23)
Entertainment [Edit]
AED EUR
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Dirham 183 (€42)
2 tickets to the movies Dirham 80 (€19)
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Dirham 411 (€95)
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Dirham 324 (€75)
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Dirham 75 (€17)
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Dirham 24 (€5.47)
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Dirham 45 (€10)
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Dirham 1,596 (€370)
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Dirham 0.75 (€0.17)
1 month of gym membership in business district Dirham 386 (€89)
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Dirham 20 (€4.68)
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,388 prices entered by 335 different people.
Latest price update: August 11, 2020

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Dubai position in our World Ranking

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52nd
out of 236
middle east
4th
out of 13

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