Cost of living in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Summary of cost of living in Abu Dhabi

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Dirham 18,600
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Dirham 11,739
  • Cost of living in Abu Dhabi is more expensive than in 70% of cities in Middle East (4 out of 10)
  • Cost of living in Abu Dhabi is more expensive than in 63% of cities in the World (85 out of 228)
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List of prices in Abu Dhabi
Current as of Jun 2023.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Dirham 33
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Dirham 31
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Dirham 15
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Dirham 6
12 eggs, large Dirham 14
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Dirham 5.31
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Dirham 15
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Dirham 8
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Dirham 3.77
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Dirham 10
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Dirham 60
2 liters of coca-cola Dirham 8
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Dirham 4.72
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Dirham 10,437
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Dirham 7,961
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Dirham 870
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Dirham 6,069
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Dirham 4,310
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Dirham 558
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Dirham 360
40” flat screen tv Dirham 1,533
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Dirham 338
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Dirham 50
Hourly rate for cleaning help Dirham 33
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Dirham 197
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Dirham 194
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Dirham 343
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Dirham 348
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Dirham 89,840
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Dirham 3.82
Monthly ticket public transport Dirham 80
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Dirham 29
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Dirham 14
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Dirham 56
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Dirham 382
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Dirham 26
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Dirham 20
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Dirham 27
4 rolls of toilet paper Dirham 20
Tube of toothpaste Dirham 20
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Dirham 62
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Dirham 214
2 tickets to the movies Dirham 91
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Dirham 783
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Dirham 268
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Dirham 69
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Dirham 19
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Dirham 40
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Dirham 2,128
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Dirham 0.71
1 month of gym membership in business district Dirham 255
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Dirham 22
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 340 prices entered by 32 different people.
Latest price update: June 08, 2023

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