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Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 62.26
Rent Index: 76.94
Groceries Index: 53.66
Restaurants Index: 63.79
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 69.37
Local Purchasing Power: 108.16

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 30.00 AED
20.00
40.00
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 150.00 AED
100.00
200.00
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar 22.00 AED
20.00
25.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 28.00 AED
20.00
30.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 23.00 AED
18.00
30.00
Cappuccino (regular) 14.97 AED
12.00
18.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 1.59 AED
1.50
2.00
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1.18 AED
1.00
2.00
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 5.16 AED
5.00
5.50
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 4.21 AED
3.00
5.00
Rice (white), (1kg) 6.86 AED
4.00
10.00
Eggs (12) 9.81 AED
8.00
12.00
Local Cheese (1kg) 22.50 AED
14.00
36.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 22.67 AED
18.00
31.00
Apples (1kg) 8.05 AED
6.56
9.00
Oranges (1kg) 5.73 AED
5.00
7.00
Tomato (1kg) 5.69 AED
4.00
7.00
Potato (1kg) 4.69 AED
3.00
6.00
Lettuce (1 head) 5.38 AED
4.00
7.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.00 AED
1.50
3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 47.50 AED
40.00
60.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 8.80 AED
5.00
12.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 8.00 AED
7.00
10.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 9.00 AED
8.00
10.00
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.00 AED
2.00
4.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 80.00 AED
80.00
120.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.50 AED
3.00
3.60
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 1.69 AED
1.50
1.85
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 22.50 AED
20.00
30.00
Gasoline (1 liter) 1.73 AED
1.70
1.80
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 74,000.00 AED
60,000.00
80,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 289.29 AED
200.00
369.57
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.37 AED
0.30
0.60
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 295.92 AED
250.00
300.00
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 391.67 AED
250.00
500.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 90.00 AED
50.00
120.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 35.00 AED
35.00
40.00
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 260.00 AED
200.00
350.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 197.86 AED
120.00
250.00
1 Pair of Nike Shoes 309.09 AED
200.00
450.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 331.82 AED
200.00
450.00
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 6,762.26 AED
5,000.00
8,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 4,762.50 AED
3,500.00
6,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 14,239.56 AED
10,000.00
17,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 10,732.14 AED
8,000.00
13,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 15,254.64 AED
10,000.00
25,000.00
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 8,819.45 AED
6,000.00
14,000.00
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 11,857.51 AED
9,000.00
16,000.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 5.86
4.99
8.00

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Last update: September, 2014

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39 Comments so far

#Anonymous on Jul 19, 2014 :
I'm traveling to UAE for 1 month from Feb-March 2015. Where can I rent a furnished apt/studio/etc. for 1,000-2,000US for a month? Abu Dahabi is perfered but will also consider Dubai. Gym, washer/dryer, kitchen, free wi-fi are desirable amenities. Thanks :
#Mudassar on Jul 13, 2014 :
I got offer from a international hospital located on airport road abu dhabi so from 5000AED how much I can save if I expense ratio is normal thanks
#Guru on Jul 12, 2014 :
Hello all,

I need ur help in understanding how much package is required minimum for a couple and a kid to live comfortable including savings.

I dnt smoke and boose, but will plan for outing once in a week. Please include this cost also.

Please advise how much is required for housing rent, food cost per month, other additional cost for survival for individual or a family of 3 heads.

Thanks in advance.
#Arijit Dutta on Jun 30, 2014 :
Is 6,000/- AED is enough in Abu Dhabi for an individual?
#William Tell on Jun 19, 2014 :
While the salary looks good, the package is questionable. Good salary sometimes 'hide' your real compensation needs, because that's what a normal working person always think of first , that is "salary" only. As an expat your real needs is different, you need a "compensation" first and then benefits.The employer will always leave out something. Don't ever think they list down all your needs. They basically use a "generic" expat package for you. Do you think they will offer an "ideal" expat package for you.

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#Abderrahmen on Jun 06, 2014 :
Hi, I am considering a finance manager position for a monthly salary package of 35,000 AED plus education allowance of 22,000 AED per child. We are a family of 4 with 2 kids in kindergarden. Would it be a good offer and can we have a good life style and saving. Thank you.
#Shailesh on May 31, 2014 :
This site is very useful to me when I was planning to shift Abu Dhabi for my new job

I am M.E. in Electrical Engineering, with 6yr Experience in EPC of Industrial plants / Oil&Gas offered salary is 18500AED per month.

I am living as a bachelor, living in a shared accommodation (1 single room which is 2500 AED very close to Cornish beach at world trade center)I don't drink & smoke

I am able to save minimum 13500 AED considering a normal living style.

Abu dhabi is best when security is concerned, people are very good.. worth living here... but yes once has to be prepared for adverse climate during June, July &august
#loban on May 07, 2014 :
I am working in GEM Winchester school as a teacher and I am happy with a salary of 19000 AED with provided accommodation. my monthly savings are AED 10000..
#collins kacha on Apr 23, 2014 :
What is the cost living of a family of two and the salary of the auto mechanic diploma holder.
#Nijokenya on Mar 30, 2014 :
my salary is 1500 AED help me
#Waly on Mar 26, 2014 :
I got an offer in Abu dhabi for 11000 AED salary plus 13000 for housind and up to 30000 for kids school. I will be moving with my family of 4. Is this a good offer?would be able to save some money?
#sulistyo on Mar 06, 2014 :
I got an offering job in Fujairah for a trainer. he offers 13000 AED/month. I want to live with my family (1 child). is it possible to live in Fujairah with salary AED 13000?
please give me suggestions
thank you
#H on Jan 31, 2014 :
20000-30000 DH FOR FAMILY WITH 3 YOUNG KIDS ARE ENOOUGH TO LIVE GOOD IN ABUDHABI.YOU MUST HAVE FREE HOUSING - FREE KIDS -EDUCATION AND FREE FAMILY HEALTH INSU.
#vinu on Jan 16, 2014 :
Dubai rates first for living, Abu Dhbai is nice more expensive less fun.
#Chris on Jan 10, 2014 :
Which city is best for living?
#ammy on Jan 10, 2014 :
As nurse manager from UK is 30,000AED per month enough to live in Abu dhabi with my family ( husband and son). This includes salary, housing and bills. Please can you advice
#shenker on Jan 07, 2014 :
my salary 5000 AED is it ok for me
#Anonymous on Dec 24, 2013 :
Whether 60000 AED is a good salary for a couple to lead a happy life?
#Zahir on Dec 16, 2013 :
I need following items prices in detail IN AED:
Furniture items
General construction material items
hardware items
Electrical items
Home appliances

Thank you
#Raja on Dec 04, 2013 :
hi my self raja please advise me.I have 13000 AED per month offer for abu dhabi.Is this sefficent for me.If i will shift in abu dhabi with my wife.
#rahul on Nov 22, 2013 :
please advise me.I have 15000 AED per month offer for abu dhabi.Is this sefficent for me.If i will shift in abu dhabi with my wife.
#Anonymous on Nov 21, 2013 :
How good is the standard of education in abu dhabi? Does it match with international standards?
#sq on Nov 21, 2013 :
how much would it cost for health insurance for kids and adults above 35 years of age.
#shabeer on Nov 17, 2013 :
assalamu alaikkum,
i'm an indian. i'm a software engineer. only 6 month exp. I have only 3000 dirhans only
#ahmad on Nov 12, 2013 :
I have been offered a job with 25k aed package (including housing & children's education) for a managerial position in abu dhabi.Appreciate if anybody can advise whether it is a good package to manage a family of five (3young children of age 6-9)
#Asif on Nov 09, 2013 :
I am travelling via Abu Dhabi and my hault at the airport is of 8hours i.e the waiting hours. So i looking how much would be the expenses inside the airport like meals, shopping etc. ?
#acel on Nov 03, 2013 :
I shifted Abu Dhabi but my salary only 15300 AED but i am indian so if possible I can save 8000 AE
#MJS on Oct 14, 2013 :
A nice two bedroom flat in AD on the Cornitch runs 140,000 to 160,000 AED. Price drop some on Reem island or if you can live without a view of the Arabian Sea. High school tuition for an international school for first year ranged from 50,000 to 90,000 AED. I read a comment that booze is cheap. If you buy from African and Eastern store the prices are not too bad. 120 AED for a case of beer. Prices jump if your prefer your pint from a Pub. Happy hour prices are 20ish AED, non happy hour 40 ish . Rough conversion rate is 27 cents U.S. To one Dirham.
#Hisyam on Oct 07, 2013 :
Salam to muslims and hello to non, well I was offered for some section head post frm O&G co. And the salary range between 20k - 28k AED, with 200k housing allowance yearly, 1.5k remote allow, 1.5 shift allow both paid monthly, 35k-40k per child education per year, 35k-50k furniture exp (1 time off), plan to shift there with my family of 2 child, both schooling, do you think is it okay to survive with those package?
#Neil on Aug 29, 2013 :
I have been offered 9750 salary and 11000 for housing as a teacher. How does this sound?
#Mary on Aug 22, 2013 :
Hi.

I'm a single mum looking to move to Abu Dhabi to teach in an international school. Lots of people here in England say go for it but what do those of you say who have lived in Abu Dhabi?

M
#ABS on Aug 19, 2013 :
Hello Folks, I need to be there in Abu dhabi / Dubai.Please mention me avg per rent of 2 rooms apartment I have to bear. pls respond!!!
#dave on Aug 05, 2013 :
i agree with RSD a bout salary , for locals and Europeans, as it start from 40000 AED and up ,other nationalities received less(in range 20000 AED and less),most of the laborers, welders, hotel workers, department store workers & others received as low as 2000 AED or less. the life expense is very high especially for renting a house inside the city a room apartment cost in rage of 50000 AED (in ABU Dhabi),most of your income goes for renting and private school(in range 40000 AED)(no governmental school for foreign), the quality of life is excellent there are a lot of entertainment place ,luxury product in mall (original not china made as James said)the cars are not very expensive a good car in range of 60000AED , the good thing is the govt have good control over prices but not every thing ,if you had a small family you will not save any thing also you need to be a ware about every 1AED you spend ,
#RSD on Jul 04, 2013 :
I think the median monthly salary in Abu Dhabi is not that high. I worked there for almost 2 years. Maybe it's correct if you only consider the salary of locals and europeans. UAE is a country with double standards or maybe more. Asian engineers mostly received less 10K AED/month while European engineers received as much as 40K in a month with free accomodation and transpo. Most of the laborers, welders, hotel workers, department store workers & others received as low as 1000 AED. So, the input here is very inaccurate.
#SG on Apr 03, 2013 :
James seems to be 1 of those shitheads who got beaten up and abused by his alcoholic parents all the time, otherwise there is no other explanation to his comment! As if Levis, shoes, sportswear, briefcases in US are sold only if made in US!! everything is from China / Taiwan / Thailand / India, almost in this order everywhere in the world dude! 3rd world country neighbours?? :p Lol... u SOB, because of u shitty scumbags and your grandfathers who came to these countries and looted them like u never saw booty in ur life, is the reason y "these" countries are now striving to get all that wealth stolen by dacoits like u... Grow a Brain in the emptiness above ur eyes before using ur computer to type something
#Adam on Mar 20, 2013 :
Please ignore the comment from James, it is absolute rubbish. Cars are very cheap to maintain in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, everyone knows that. Even low income people have reasonably good cars, the roads are fairly safe if you are a careful driver. In regards to women and alcohol its the same all over the world. Most areas are liveable, Dubai is better than Abu Dhabi in terms of housing, the housing situation in Abu Dhabi is bad but it is liveable. Most people live in split villas. The cost of living numbers on Numbeo for Abu Dhabi are fairly accurate
#James on Oct 20, 2012 :
I lived and worked in Abu Dhabi for many years. Remember, clothes are usually knock offs. So your Levis are made in some basement in India or China, same with shoes etc, sports wear, briefcases, shoes all more or less the same. The original stuff costs a lot more. You can get cheap housing, but it is slum like with third world neighbours. It isnt worth driving a car as taxis are cheap and with insurance, the cost of car ownership isnt as cheap as it looks, also you are almost certainly to be run into, and if it a local, it is your fault. The cheapest things were whores and booze. Not your NYC looking whore, more 5 possibly 6 out of 10, bur seriously cheap. Booze, despite being a Muslim country is readily available and the law is window dressing. Hypocritical really given that the locals chase women and drink with the best. Not a bad place to live if you are single and a man. Otherwise, forget it. I have read somewhere that Dubai and AD are now on the sex tourist trail, along with Amsterdam and Bangkok.
#marilyn on Feb 28, 2012 :
Coming on holiday and wanting to know how much eating out, taxis etc will cost
#Imran on Jul 12, 2011 :
with regard cast of living in UAE, my advice is, these are daily routeen goods, which have little difference from Market to market, and shop to shop, so be wise while purchasing, mostly a 1.5 Litter Bottle of Water is available in 1.5 AED, (1 AED = 3.66) it can be 2 AED sometimes if you buy it from a bus stand or airport.
in Dubai in Daira area the prices for these can be bit high but not too much, the govt have good control over prices.

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