Cost of living in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Summary of cost of living in Dubai

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Dirham 16,221
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Dirham 8,922
  • Dubai is the 4th most expensive city in Middle East (4 out of 17)
  • Cost of living in Dubai is more expensive than in 84% of cities in the World (43 out of 257)

List of prices in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Current as of Apr 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 28
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Dirham 18
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Dirham 6
12 eggs, large Dirham 15
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Dirham 6
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Dirham 23
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Dirham 8
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Dirham 4.31
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Dirham 18
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Dirham 91
2 liters of coca-cola Dirham 8
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Dirham 4.56
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Dirham 7,531
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Dirham 5,194
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Dirham 737
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Dirham 5,020
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Dirham 3,376
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Dirham 416
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Dirham 311
40” flat screen tv Dirham 1,128
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Dirham 317
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Dirham 38
Hourly rate for cleaning help Dirham 33
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Dirham 194
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Dirham 180
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Dirham 396
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Dirham 354
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Dirham 85,924
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Dirham 2.33
Monthly ticket public transport Dirham 258
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Dirham 33
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Dirham 20
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Dirham 62
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Dirham 259
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Dirham 25
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Dirham 14
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Dirham 20
4 rolls of toilet paper Dirham 10
Tube of toothpaste Dirham 13
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Dirham 61
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Dirham 172
2 tickets to the movies Dirham 82
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Dirham 367
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Dirham 320
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 44
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Dirham 1,760
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Dirham 0.75
1 month of gym membership in business district Dirham 375
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Dirham 21
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,793 prices entered by 374 different people.
Latest price update: April 06, 2020

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Dubai position in our World Ranking

the world
43rd
out of 257
middle east
4th
out of 17

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