Cost of living in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Summary of cost of living in Abu Dhabi

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Dirham 17,614
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Dirham 10,102
  • Abu Dhabi is the 3rd most expensive city in Middle East (3 out of 18)
  • Cost of living in Abu Dhabi is more expensive than in 84% of cities in the World (43 out of 259)

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

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Dirham 58
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Dirham 26
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Dirham 19
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Dirham 5.84
12 eggs, large Dirham 16
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Dirham 8
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Dirham 27
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Dirham 9
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Dirham 5.40
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Dirham 14
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Dirham 106
2 liters of coca-cola Dirham 9
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Dirham 3.50
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Dirham 8,062
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Dirham 6,815
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Dirham 610
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Dirham 5,551
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Dirham 3,793
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Dirham 328
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Dirham 324
40” flat screen tv Dirham 1,598
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Dirham 501
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Dirham 44
Hourly rate for cleaning help Dirham 42
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Dirham 310
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Dirham 250
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Dirham 512
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Dirham 687
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Dirham 92,006
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Dirham 2.31
Monthly ticket public transport Dirham 107
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Dirham 24
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Dirham 17
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Dirham 64
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 14
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Dirham 23
4 rolls of toilet paper Dirham 10
Tube of toothpaste Dirham 14
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Dirham 78
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Dirham 207
2 tickets to the movies Dirham 86
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Dirham 410
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Dirham 386
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Dirham 60
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Dirham 27
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Dirham 45
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Dirham 2,632
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Dirham 0.78
1 month of gym membership in business district Dirham 506
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Dirham 22
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 334 prices entered by 67 different people.
Latest price update: March 31, 2020

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3rd
out of 18

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