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 43
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) Dirham 23
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Dirham 17
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Dirham 6
12 eggs, large Dirham 11
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Dirham 5.14
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Dirham 20
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Dirham 8
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Dirham 3.60
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Dirham 9
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Dirham 48
2 liters of Coca-Cola Dirham 4.50
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Dirham 3.22
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area Dirham 3,737
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area Dirham 3,539
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Dirham 445
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area Dirham 3,089
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area Dirham 2,034
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio Dirham 329
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) Dirham 274
40” flat screen TV Dirham 1,502
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) Dirham 351
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Dirham 32
Hourly rate for cleaning help Dirham 34
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) Dirham 206
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) Dirham 210
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) Dirham 277
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Dirham 299
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new Dirham 76,667
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Dirham 1.72
Monthly ticket public transport Dirham 220
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Dirham 32
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 126
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 15
4 rolls of toilet paper Dirham 8
Tube of toothpaste Dirham 8
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Dirham 20
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Dirham 92
2 tickets to the movies Dirham 71
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Dirham 158
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Dirham 308
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 25
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB Dirham 2,017
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Dirham 0.62
1 month of gym membership in business district Dirham 278
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes Dirham 10
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 402 prices entered by 45 different people.
Latest price update: January 19, 2018.

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