Cost of Living in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 59.81
Rent Index: 74.51
Groceries Index: 51.37
Restaurants Index: 63.87
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 66.97
Local Purchasing Power: 150.03

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 25.00 AED
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 158.46 AED
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 23.00 AED
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 30.00 AED
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 30.00 AED
Cappuccino (regular) 15.54 AED
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 1.54 AED
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1.19 AED
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 5.39 AED
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 4.72 AED
Rice (white), (1kg) 8.56 AED
Eggs (12) 10.50 AED
Local Cheese (1kg) 29.17 AED
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 24.29 AED
Apples (1kg) 8.22 AED
Oranges (1kg) 6.00 AED
Tomato (1kg) 6.67 AED
Potato (1kg) 4.89 AED
Lettuce (1 head) 6.71 AED
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.06 AED
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 50.00 AED
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 8.00 AED
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 7.67 AED
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 10.00 AED
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.00 AED
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 80.00 AED
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.50 AED
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 1.69 AED
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 25.00 AED
Gasoline (1 liter) 1.76 AED
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 76,866.00 AED
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 261.34 AED
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.35 AED
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 299.67 AED
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 378.57 AED
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 55.00 AED
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 35.00 AED
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 250.00 AED
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 203.57 AED
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes 328.57 AED
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 360.00 AED
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 7,200.00 AED
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 5,510.00 AED
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 13,583.33 AED
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 10,916.67 AED
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 16,913.24 AED
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 10,560.46 AED
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 12,138.56 AED
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 5.53

These data are based on 793 entries in the past 18 months from 137 different contributors.

Last update: March, 2015

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49 Comments so far

#Anuj on Mar 20, 2015 :
Hi All does 10000 AED monthly is enough for moderate life style in abu dabi and how much i can save from them
#Nik on Mar 05, 2015 :
I have contract to work in Abu Dhabi for Exxon mobil. Monthly salary $20.000. tell me if is the trap.
#Megan on Feb 27, 2015 :
I've been offered a position with minimum 12100 monthly tax free salary. Accommodation & utilities are paid for. We will be paying food & phone/possibly Internet. Will a family of two adults & a toddler be able to live comfortably on this? Medical/dental also included
#boam on Feb 17, 2015 :
just got an offer 15000 AED as geophysicist. I have bachelor degree and 4 year experience. how does this sound?
#AHMAD on Jan 22, 2015 :
15000 aed salary is reasonable enough but depends on the family size and way of living.
For an independent 1 bedroom flat in city center will cost you around 65000-70000 aed + commission + security deposit, however you can get any shared accommodation for around 2500-3000 aed / month

Plus also confirm that either you will get annual paid leaves because some of the companies are now dodging with the word all inclusive in offer letter.
Children education is also an expensive part here that will cost you around 1000-1500 aed / month for each child in a decent international school
Medical insurance for each person will cost you around 2500-3000 AED /year
So in short for AED 15000 with a family of 2 adults and 2 children is reasonable enough for a good and healthy survival but not exceptional.
#M. S. on Jan 21, 2015 :
Hi, i just had an offer of 15,000 ued in abu dhabi, all package included, which means i have to rent the apartment and get the transportation. do i take the offer?
#pramod on Dec 13, 2014 :
Hi i got a job as an sr sales executive in bank. Can you let me know how much salary I should have & what is the cost for flat in per month...
#Peter on Nov 08, 2014 :
I need a shared accommodation in Abu Dhabi for 3 weeks starting from 10th Nov. Could anyone help me at earliest?
#Bilal on Nov 06, 2014 :
can you tell me that 3000AED per month is good salary for one person.. and i got an accomodation from company.. so i can save some money.. pls rply me..
#electrician workers comp on Sep 30, 2014 :
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#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 :
#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 :

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?

#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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