Cost of living in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Summary of cost of living in Abu Dhabi

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Dirham 16,931
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Dirham 9,743
  • 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 Jul 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Dirham 48
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Dirham 31
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Dirham 20
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Dirham 5.67
12 eggs, large Dirham 12
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Dirham 4.71
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Dirham 33
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Dirham 7
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Dirham 3.96
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Dirham 13
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Dirham 58
2 liters of coca-cola Dirham 8
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Dirham 5.16
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Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Dirham 8,654
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Dirham 5,852
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Dirham 664
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Dirham 4,756
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Dirham 2,760
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Dirham 374
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Dirham 308
40” flat screen tv Dirham 1,361
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Dirham 345
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Dirham 46
Hourly rate for cleaning help Dirham 35
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Dirham 265
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Dirham 262
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Dirham 424
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Dirham 433
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Dirham 87,598
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Dirham 3.27
Monthly ticket public transport Dirham 85
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 17
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Dirham 56
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Dirham 297
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Dirham 22
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Dirham 20
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Dirham 23
4 rolls of toilet paper Dirham 15
Tube of toothpaste Dirham 12
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Dirham 62
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Dirham 238
2 tickets to the movies Dirham 96
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 398
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Dirham 72
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Dirham 25
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Dirham 42
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Dirham 2,128
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Dirham 0.75
1 month of gym membership in business district Dirham 330
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Dirham 22
These prices are lacking data. It provides a decent estimate, but they are not yet reliable. They are based on 244 prices entered by 39 different people.
Latest price update: July 02, 2022

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