Cost of living in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Dirham 46
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Dirham 24
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Dirham 17
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Dirham 5.97
12 eggs, large Dirham 12
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Dirham 5.22
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Dirham 19
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Dirham 8
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Dirham 3.86
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Dirham 10
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Dirham 48
2 liters of Coca-Cola Dirham 4.60
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Dirham 2.89
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Dirham 4,735
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Dirham 3,368
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Dirham 452
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Dirham 2,882
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Dirham 2,009
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Dirham 319
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Dirham 272
40” flat screen TV Dirham 1,606
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Dirham 352
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Dirham 33
Hourly rate for cleaning help Dirham 34
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Dirham 185
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Dirham 198
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Dirham 308
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Dirham 295
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Dirham 74,897
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Dirham 1.71
Monthly ticket public transport Dirham 248
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Dirham 28
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) Dirham 25
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Dirham 62
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) Dirham 127
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) Dirham 28
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Dirham 13
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Dirham 16
4 rolls of toilet paper Dirham 8
Tube of toothpaste Dirham 9
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Dirham 19
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Dirham 88
2 tickets to the movies Dirham 72
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Dirham 151
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Dirham 309
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Dirham 73
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Dirham 22
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Dirham 27
iPod nano 16GB Dirham 1,149
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Dirham 0.60
1 month of gym membership in business district Dirham 304
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Dirham 10
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 426 prices entered by 34 different people.
Latest price update: June 24, 2017.

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