Cost of living in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Summary of cost of living in Abu Dhabi

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Dirham 22,111
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Dirham 14,348
  • WARNING!  These estimates are currently based on just a small amount of data. They provide a decent starting assumption, but they are not yet completely reliable.

List of prices in Abu Dhabi
Current as of Jun 2024.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Dirham 55
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Dirham 34
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Dirham 22
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Dirham 7
12 eggs, large Dirham 13
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Dirham 5.40
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Dirham 25
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Dirham 10
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Dirham 4.42
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Dirham 11
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Dirham 84
2 liters of coca-cola Dirham 10
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Dirham 6
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Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Dirham 14,175
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Dirham 9,124
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Dirham 795
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Dirham 4,984
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Dirham 3,511
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Dirham 445
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Dirham 237
40” flat screen tv Dirham 1,293
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Dirham 332
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Dirham 47
Hourly rate for cleaning help Dirham 36
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Dirham 198
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Dirham 238
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Dirham 551
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Dirham 547
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Dirham 125,266
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Dirham 2.99
Monthly ticket public transport Dirham 78
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Dirham 24
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Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Dirham 18
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Dirham 45
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Dirham 329
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Dirham 27
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Dirham 19
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Dirham 18
4 rolls of toilet paper Dirham 18
Tube of toothpaste Dirham 18
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Dirham 62
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Dirham 227
2 tickets to the movies Dirham 96
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Dirham 843
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Dirham 523
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Dirham 77
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Dirham 26
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Dirham 38
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Dirham 1,834
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Dirham 1.09
1 month of gym membership in business district Dirham 408
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Dirham 18
These prices are lacking data. It provides a decent estimate, but they are not yet reliable. They are based on 212 prices entered by 36 different people.
Latest price update: June 17, 2024

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