Cost of living in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Summary of cost of living in Dubai

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Dirham 18,219
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Dirham 10,742
  • Dubai is the most expensive city in Middle East (1 out of 7)
  • Cost of living in Dubai is more expensive than in 89% of cities in the World (27 out of 234)
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List of prices in Dubai
Current as of Sep 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Dirham 45
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Dirham 30
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Dirham 14
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Dirham 7
12 eggs, large Dirham 14
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Dirham 5.21
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Dirham 20
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Dirham 8
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Dirham 4.04
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Dirham 13
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Dirham 54
2 liters of coca-cola Dirham 8
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Dirham 4.33
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Dirham 9,499
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Dirham 6,616
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Dirham 693
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Dirham 5,579
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Dirham 3,275
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Dirham 515
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Dirham 358
40” flat screen tv Dirham 1,231
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Dirham 346
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Dirham 50
Hourly rate for cleaning help Dirham 48
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Dirham 235
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Dirham 211
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Dirham 329
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Dirham 325
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Dirham 91,798
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Dirham 3.18
Monthly ticket public transport Dirham 309
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Dirham 37
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Dirham 29
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Dirham 47
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Dirham 271
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Dirham 20
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Dirham 23
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Dirham 20
4 rolls of toilet paper Dirham 12
Tube of toothpaste Dirham 15
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Dirham 53
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Dirham 220
2 tickets to the movies Dirham 95
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Dirham 412
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Dirham 261
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Dirham 92
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Dirham 20
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Dirham 45
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Dirham 1,798
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Dirham 0.46
1 month of gym membership in business district Dirham 320
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Dirham 18
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 694 prices entered by 190 different people.
Latest price update: September 25, 2022

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Dubai position in our World Ranking

the world
27th
out of 234
middle east
1st
out of 7

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