Cost of living in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Summary of cost of living in Abu Dhabi

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Dirham 17,598
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Dirham 10,091
  • Abu Dhabi is the 3rd most expensive city in Middle East (3 out of 15)
  • Cost of living in Abu Dhabi is more expensive than in 82% of cities in the World (45 out of 239)

List of prices in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Current as of Jul 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Dirham 59
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Dirham 27
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Dirham 18
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Dirham 5.48
12 eggs, large Dirham 17
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Dirham 10
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Dirham 25
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Dirham 9
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Dirham 5.43
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Dirham 15
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Dirham 105
2 liters of coca-cola Dirham 8
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Dirham 3.34
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Dirham 9,041
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Dirham 5,820
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Dirham 605
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Dirham 5,512
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Dirham 3,702
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Dirham 334
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Dirham 326
40” flat screen tv Dirham 1,805
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Dirham 490
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Dirham 46
Hourly rate for cleaning help Dirham 38
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Dirham 336
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Dirham 258
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Dirham 494
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Dirham 698
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Dirham 86,049
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Dirham 2.00
Monthly ticket public transport Dirham 101
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Dirham 25
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Dirham 17
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Dirham 61
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Dirham 380
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Dirham 23
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Dirham 15
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Dirham 24
4 rolls of toilet paper Dirham 10
Tube of toothpaste Dirham 14
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Dirham 79
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Dirham 201
2 tickets to the movies Dirham 87
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Dirham 548
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Dirham 414
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Dirham 62
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Dirham 29
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Dirham 45
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Dirham 2,624
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Dirham 0.78
1 month of gym membership in business district Dirham 499
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Dirham 23
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 406 prices entered by 69 different people.
Latest price update: July 08, 2020

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Abu Dhabi position in our World Ranking

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45th
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3rd
out of 15

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