Cost of living in Nouakchott, Mauritania

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 670 UM
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) 208 UM
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 125 UM
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 45 UM
12 eggs, large 65 UM
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 93 UM
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 350 UM
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 197 UM
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 88 UM
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 225 UM
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 400 UM
2 liters of Coca-Cola 67 UM
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 60 UM
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area 21,564 UM
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area 23,421 UM
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat 3,944 UM
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area 18,000 UM
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area 10,000 UM
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio 3,501 UM
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) 4,979 UM
40” flat screen TV 18,318 UM
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) 5,803 UM
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) 100 UM
Hourly rate for cleaning help 188 UM
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) 1,057 UM
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 749 UM
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 1,151 UM
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes 2,545 UM
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new 120,000 UM
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 43 UM
Monthly ticket public transport 400 UM
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 122 UM
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) 201 UM
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) -
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) 2,147 UM
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) 340 UM
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 120 UM
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 101 UM
4 rolls of toilet paper 72 UM
Tube of toothpaste 76 UM
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 435 UM
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 554 UM
2 tickets to the movies 306 UM
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) -
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 1,900 UM
1 cocktail drink in downtown club 139 UM
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 69 UM
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 200 UM
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) 8 UM
1 month of gym membership in business district 811 UM
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes 56 UM
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 29 prices entered by less than 5 different people.
Latest price update: October 20, 2018.

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