Cost of living in Karbala, Iraq

List of prices in Karbala
Current as of Jun 2023.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district 22,230 Dinar
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) 2,108 Dinar
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast 3,206 Dinar
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk 1,026 Dinar
12 eggs, large 6,602 Dinar
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes 1,000 Dinar
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese 2,500 Dinar
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 1,112 Dinar
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 500 Dinar
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket 5,000 Dinar
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 9,357 Dinar
2 liters of coca-cola 1,346 Dinar
Bread for 2 people for 1 day 1,000 Dinar
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Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area 400,000 Dinar
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area 200,000 Dinar
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat -
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area -
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area -
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio -
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) 30,000 Dinar
40” flat screen tv -
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) -
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) -
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) 29,548 Dinar
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) 20,000 Dinar
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) 40,484 Dinar
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes -
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new 5,000,000 Dinar
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas 656 Dinar
Monthly ticket public transport 52,247 Dinar
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) 26,613 Dinar
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Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) -
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) -
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) 15,000 Dinar
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) -
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) 3,125 Dinar
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) 1,968 Dinar
4 rolls of toilet paper 1,000 Dinar
Tube of toothpaste 828 Dinar
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city 6,560 Dinar
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub 10,000 Dinar
2 tickets to the movies 10,000 Dinar
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) 30,000 Dinar
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert 60,000 Dinar
1 cocktail drink in downtown club -
Cappuccino in expat area of the city 1,000 Dinar
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) 1,000 Dinar
Ipad wi-fi 128gb -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district 60,000 Dinar
1 package of marlboro cigarettes 3,752 Dinar
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on less than 10 prices entered by less than 5 different people.
Latest price update: June 03, 2023

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