Cost of living in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Summary of cost of living in Dubai

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: Dirham 16,304
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: Dirham 8,881
  • Dubai is the 4th most expensive city in Middle East (4 out of 15)
  • Cost of living in Dubai is more expensive than in 80% of cities in the World (48 out of 239)

List of prices in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Current as of Jul 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 29
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast Dirham 19
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk Dirham 7
12 eggs, large Dirham 16
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes Dirham 6
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese Dirham 29
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples Dirham 10
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes Dirham 4.79
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket Dirham 11
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality Dirham 73
2 liters of coca-cola Dirham 8
Bread for 2 people for 1 day Dirham 4.48
Housing [Edit]
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 5,044
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat Dirham 754
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area Dirham 5,040
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area Dirham 3,400
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio Dirham 389
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) Dirham 309
40” flat screen tv Dirham 999
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) Dirham 292
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) Dirham 44
Hourly rate for cleaning help Dirham 32
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) Dirham 203
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 360
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 89,332
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas Dirham 2.30
Monthly ticket public transport Dirham 267
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) Dirham 36
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) Dirham 21
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) Dirham 55
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) Dirham 292
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) Dirham 25
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) Dirham 16
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) Dirham 21
4 rolls of toilet paper Dirham 12
Tube of toothpaste Dirham 15
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city Dirham 90
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub Dirham 179
2 tickets to the movies Dirham 80
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) Dirham 383
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert Dirham 322
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 1,596
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) Dirham 0.76
1 month of gym membership in business district Dirham 388
1 package of marlboro cigarettes Dirham 20
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,664 prices entered by 359 different people.
Latest price update: July 08, 2020

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Dubai position in our World Ranking

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48th
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4th
out of 15

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