Cost of living in Dubai
February 12, 2018
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What Is The Cost Of Living In Dubai & Other Questions Answered…

Cost of living in Dubai


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What Is The Cost Of Living In Dubai & Other Questions Answered…

Are you planning to move to Dubai for your career? Or move permanently because of what Dubai offers? Or do you want to travel there to see—perhaps—the most modern city of the world. The neon-lighted streets surrounded by the tallest buildings. The wide roads filled with exquisite vehicles. And all this is surrounded by sand and sea. It is a modern artists dream project. A landscape that people will refer to in future.

Now in this post, You will find the cost of living in Dubai dissected into Rent, living costs and transportation etc.

Note: The actual price may vary depending upon exchange rates, economic conditions and the political situation of UAE. 

Cost of living in Dubai at a Glance:

—Cost of living for a family of 4 people: ₹210,000 or AED 12000.

—The monthly cost of living for 1 person: 60,000 or 3500 AED.

—Living in Dubai is 128% more expensive than living in Delhi.

Cost of Living in Dubai

Food costs:

Cost of living in Dubai

Source: Gulf News


ItemsCost (in AED)Range (in AED)  
A meal, Inexpensive Restaurant302050
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course180110270
McMeal at McDonald’s (or Equivalent Combo Meal)252030
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)413550
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)403555
Cappuccino (regular)161220
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle)2.251.503.50

Shopping at Supermarket

ItemsCost (in AED)Range (in AED) 
Water (0.33 liter bottle)1.3112
Milk (regular), (1 litre)5.97410
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g)4.8037
Rice (white), (1kg)8.62515
Eggs (regular) (12)9.84715
Local Cheese (1kg)28.211550
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg)25.921540
Beef Round (1kg) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat)43.043070
Apples (1kg)8.14612
Banana (1kg)6.77510
Oranges (1kg)7.264.5012
Tomato (1kg)7.18415
Potato (1kg)4.4038
Onion (1kg)3.4726
Lettuce (1 head)6.76511
Water (1.5 liter bottle)2.061.503
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range)7050100
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle)38.752545
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)432550
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro)201020

Transportation Costs

ItemsCost (in AED)Range (in AED)
One-way Ticket (Local Transport)5.003.507.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price)250174350
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff)12.00512
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)2.001.503
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff)30.003060
Gasoline (1 liter)1.941.782.18
Volkswagen Golf (Or Equivalent New Car)75,00060,00096,000
Toyota Corolla (Or Equivalent New Car)66,104.4555,00074,419


Utilities (Monthly)Cost (in AED)Range (in AED)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage)686.50450.001,000
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans)0.500.301
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)354275500

Sports & Leisure

ItemsCost (in AED) Range (in AED)
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult370200500
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend)1050200
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat403550


ItemsCost (in AED) Range (in AED)
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child2,5861,2004,000
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child43,16825,000.0060,000

Clothing and Shoes

ItemsCost (in AED)Range (in AED)
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar)243125400
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, …)210120300
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range)315200450
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes325.200500

Rent Per Month

ItemsCost (in AED)Range (in AED)
1 BHK Apartment in City Centre6,7465,0009,000
1 BHK Apartment Outside of Centre4,661 AED3,5006,000
3 BHK Apartment in City Centre13,65o AED10,000-17,000
3 BHK Apartment Outside of Centre9,648 AED8,00012,000

Apartment Costs

ItemsCost (in AED)Range (in AED) 
Price/Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre14,008.12 AED11,66819,375
Price/Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre9,414.30 AED8,00010,7631

Salaries & Financing

Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax)13,069
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate4.0435

Note: These data are based on 6309 entries in the past 12 months from 744 different contributors…


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