Cost of living in United Arab Emirates

Summary of cost of living in United Arab Emirates

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Dirham 16,166
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Dirham 8,903
  • United Arab Emirates is the 3rd most expensive country in Middle East (3 out of 10)
  • Cost of living in United Arab Emirates is more expensive than in 81% of countries in the World (17 out of 85)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Dirham 56
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Dirham 28
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Dirham 18
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Dirham 7
12 eggs, large Dirham 15
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Dirham 7
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Dirham 26
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Dirham 9
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Dirham 4.60
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Dirham 12
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Dirham 74
2 liters of coca-cola Dirham 8
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Dirham 3.81
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Dirham 7,551
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Dirham 5,163
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Dirham 739
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Dirham 5,089
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Dirham 3,458
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Dirham 394
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Dirham 309
40” flat screen tv Dirham 1,114
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Dirham 308
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Dirham 43
Hourly rate for cleaning help Dirham 33
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Dirham 216
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Dirham 207
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Dirham 361
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Dirham 381
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Dirham 82,712
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Dirham 2.19
Monthly ticket public transport Dirham 245
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Dirham 17
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Dirham 54
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Dirham 289
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Dirham 22
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Dirham 17
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Dirham 21
4 rolls of toilet paper Dirham 12
Tube of toothpaste Dirham 14
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Dirham 69
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Dirham 179
2 tickets to the movies Dirham 82
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Dirham 482
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Dirham 341
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Dirham 72
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Dirham 23
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Dirham 45
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Dirham 1,607
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Dirham 0.71
1 month of gym membership in business district Dirham 363
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Dirham 21

Map of Cost of Living in United Arab Emirates

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This map shows only the top cities in United Arab Emirates. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan:
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The color of each marker corresponds with the cost of living in the city red markers show more expensive cities green ones show cheaper cities
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

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Prices recently added

  • Internet 8 mbps, 1 month in Dubai costs Dirham 100 (1 day ago)
  • Public transport in Dubai costs Dirham 600 (1 day ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Dubai costs Dirham 8 (2 days ago)
  • 1 kg of apples in Dubai costs Dirham 20 (3 days ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Dubai costs Dirham 20 (4 days ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Dubai costs Dirham 380 (4 days ago)
  • Utilities (studio), monthly for 1 person in 45 m2 in Dubai costs Dirham 130 (5 days ago)
  • Utilities, monthly for 2 people in 85 m2 in Dubai costs Dirham 200 (5 days ago)
  • 1 kg of rice in Dubai costs Dirham 16 (5 days ago)
  • 500 g of bread in Dubai costs Dirham 3.00 (5 days ago)