How much does it cost to live in Dubai? – Prices Updated Jul 2016


daily-menuBasic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district  Dirham 58

big-macCombo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar)  Dirham 25

chicken500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast  Dirham 18

milk1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk  Dirham 5.95

eggs12 eggs, large  Dirham 13

tomatoes1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes  Dirham 8

cheese500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese  Dirham 28

apples1 kg (2 lb.) of apples  Dirham 9

potatoes1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes  Dirham 5.34

supermarket-beer0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket  Dirham 9

wine1 bottle of red table wine, good quality  Dirham 87

coke2 liters of Coca-Cola  Dirham 4.79

breadBread for 2 people for 1 day  Dirham 4.50


rentMonthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area  Dirham 8,427

rent-normal-areaMonthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area  Dirham 6,697

utilitiesUtilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas …) for 2 people in 85m2 flat  Dirham 695

studio-rentMonthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area  Dirham 6,562

studio-rent-normal-areaMonthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area  Dirham 4,685

utilities-studioUtilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas …) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio  Dirham 508

internetInternet 8MB (1 month)  Dirham 315

tv40” flat screen TV  Dirham 1,659

microwaveMicrowave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands)  Dirham 438

detergentLaundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.)  Dirham 33

cleaning-helpHourly rate for cleaning help  Dirham 34


jeans1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar)  Dirham 352

dress1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers)  Dirham 232

adidas1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands)  Dirham 362

shoes1 pair of men’s leather business shoes  Dirham 419


carVolkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new  Dirham 84,794

gas1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas  Dirham 1.90

public-transportMonthly ticket public transport  Dirham 288

taxi-tripTaxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles)  Dirham 35

Personal Care

frenadolCold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands)  Dirham 19

antibiotics1 box of antibiotics (12 doses)  Dirham 60

doctorShort visit to private Doctor (15 minutes)  Dirham 283

tampax1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, …)  Dirham 21

deodorantDeodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.)  Dirham 17

shampooHair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.)  Dirham 19

toilet-paper4 rolls of toilet paper  Dirham 10

toothpasteTube of toothpaste  Dirham 13

men-haircutStandard men’s haircut in expat area of the city  Dirham 59


pubBasic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub  Dirham 161

movies2 tickets to the movies  Dirham 74

theater2 tickets to the theater (best available seats)  Dirham 353

dinnerDinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert  Dirham 471

cocktail1 cocktail drink in downtown club  Dirham 55

capuccinoCappuccino in expat area of the city  Dirham 21

beer1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.)  Dirham 39

ipodiPod nano 16GB  Dirham 670

mobile1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans)  Dirham 0.82

gym1 month of gym membership in business district  Dirham 416

cigarettes1 package of Marlboro cigarettes  Dirham 11


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