Cost of living in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Summary of cost of living in Abu Dhabi

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Dirham 16,897
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Dirham 10,408
  • Cost of living in Abu Dhabi is more expensive than in 71% of cities in Middle East (5 out of 14)
  • Cost of living in Abu Dhabi is more expensive than in 61% of cities in the World (79 out of 198)

List of prices in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Current as of Mar 2021.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Dirham 32
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 6
12 eggs, large Dirham 14
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Dirham 5.53
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Dirham 25
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Dirham 8
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Dirham 3.59
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Dirham 14
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Dirham 64
2 liters of coca-cola Dirham 8
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Dirham 5.10
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Dirham 9,284
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Dirham 6,902
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Dirham 615
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Dirham 4,750
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Dirham 3,737
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Dirham 334
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Dirham 325
40” flat screen tv Dirham 1,616
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Dirham 408
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 269
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Dirham 191
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Dirham 363
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Dirham 347
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Dirham 80,560
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Dirham 2.07
Monthly ticket public transport Dirham 81
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Dirham 28
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 25
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 193
2 tickets to the movies Dirham 83
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 202
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 40
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Dirham 2,536
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Dirham 0.62
1 month of gym membership in business district Dirham 282
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Dirham 22
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 244 prices entered by 45 different people.
Latest price update: March 03, 2021

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5th
out of 14

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