Cost of living in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Summary of cost of living in Dubai

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Dirham 18,272
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Dirham 10,858
  • Dubai is the 2nd most expensive city in Middle East (2 out of 8)
  • Cost of living in Dubai is more expensive than in 87% of cities in the World (37 out of 271)
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List of prices in Dubai
Current as of May 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district Dirham 44
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) Dirham 30
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Dirham 15
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Dirham 7
12 eggs, large Dirham 13
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Dirham 5.24
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Dirham 20
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Dirham 8
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Dirham 4.03
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 4.40
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area Dirham 9,552
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area Dirham 6,835
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Dirham 714
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Dirham 5,720
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Dirham 3,417
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Dirham 488
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Dirham 357
40” flat screen tv Dirham 1,456
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Dirham 347
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Dirham 43
Hourly rate for cleaning help Dirham 39
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Dirham 241
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) Dirham 214
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) Dirham 332
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes Dirham 333
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new Dirham 90,086
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Dirham 2.76
Monthly ticket public transport Dirham 312
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Dirham 34
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Dirham 31
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Dirham 43
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Dirham 272
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Dirham 19
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Dirham 25
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Dirham 22
4 rolls of toilet paper Dirham 12
Tube of toothpaste Dirham 13
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Dirham 58
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Dirham 191
2 tickets to the movies Dirham 92
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Dirham 469
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Dirham 260
1 cocktail drink in downtown club Dirham 87
Cappuccino in expat area of the city Dirham 20
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) Dirham 45
Ipad wi-fi 128gb Dirham 2,102
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Dirham 0.46
1 month of gym membership in business district Dirham 304
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Dirham 19
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 679 prices entered by 192 different people.
Latest price update: May 24, 2022

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