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


Items Cost (in AED) Range (in AED)  
A meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 30 2050
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 180 110270
McMeal at McDonald’s (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 25 2030
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 41 3550
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 40 3555
Cappuccino (regular) 16 1220
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 2.25 1.503.50

Shopping at Supermarket

Items Cost (in AED) Range (in AED) 
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1.31 12
Milk (regular), (1 litre) 5.97 410
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 4.80 37
Rice (white), (1kg) 8.62 515
Eggs (regular) (12) 9.84 715
Local Cheese (1kg) 28.21 1550
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 25.92 1540
Beef Round (1kg) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 43.04 3070
Apples (1kg) 8.14 612
Banana (1kg) 6.77 510
Oranges (1kg) 7.26 4.5012
Tomato (1kg) 7.18 415
Potato (1kg) 4.40 38
Onion (1kg) 3.47 26
Lettuce (1 head) 6.76 511
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.06 1.503
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 70 50100
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 38.75 2545
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 43 2550
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 20 1020

Transportation Costs

Items Cost (in AED) Range (in AED)
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 5.00 3.507.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 250 174350
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 12.00 512
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 2.00 1.503
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 3060
Gasoline (1 liter) 1.94 1.782.18
Volkswagen Golf (Or Equivalent New Car) 75,000 60,00096,000
Toyota Corolla (Or Equivalent New Car) 66,104.45 55,00074,419


Utilities (Monthly) Cost (in AED) Range (in AED)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) 686.50 450.001,000
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.50 0.301
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 354 275500

Sports & Leisure

Items Cost (in AED)  Range (in AED)
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 370 200500
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 10 50200
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 40 3550


Items Cost (in AED)  Range (in AED)
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,586 1,2004,000
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 43,168 25,000.0060,000

Clothing and Shoes

Items Cost (in AED) Range (in AED)
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 243 125400
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, …) 210 120300
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 315 200450
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 325. 200500

Rent Per Month

Items Cost (in AED) Range (in AED)
1 BHK Apartment in City Centre 6,746 5,0009,000
1 BHK Apartment Outside of Centre 4,661 AED 3,5006,000
3 BHK Apartment in City Centre 13,65o AED 10,000-17,000
3 BHK Apartment Outside of Centre 9,648 AED 8,00012,000

Apartment Costs

Items Cost (in AED) Range (in AED) 
Price/Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 14,008.12 AED 11,66819,375
Price/Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 9,414.30 AED 8,00010,7631

Salaries & Financing

Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 13,069
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.04 35

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


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