Cost of Living in Abu Dhabi

Cost of Living Index (Excl.Rent): 61.06
Rent Index: 68.21
Groceries Index: 52.80
Restaurants Index: 58.16
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index: 64.45
Local Purchasing Power: 153.69
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 25.00 AED 20.00-40.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 150.00 AED 100.00-250.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 25.00 AED 20.00-27.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 30.00 AED 25.00-37.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 30.00 AED 25.00-40.00
Cappuccino (regular) 16.71 AED 15.00-20.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.62 AED 1.50-2.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.12 AED 1.00-1.50
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 25.51 AED 18.93-37.85
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3.80 AED 2.27-5.44
Rice (white), (1 lb) 3.93 AED 2.72-6.80
Eggs (12) 10.09 AED 8.00-12.86
Local Cheese (1 lb) 13.20 AED 9.07-20.41
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 12.21 AED 9.07-18.14
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 19.81 AED 15.88-23.59
Apples (1 lb) 4.05 AED 3.18-5.44
Banana (1 lb) 2.87 AED 2.27-3.63
Oranges (1 lb) 3.06 AED 2.27-3.63
Tomato (1 lb) 2.83 AED 2.27-3.63
Potato (1 lb) 2.12 AED 1.81-3.18
Onion (1 lb) 1.90 AED 1.81-2.27
Lettuce (1 head) 6.50 AED 4.00-9.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.12 AED 1.50-3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 50.00 AED 45.00-70.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 8.50 AED 7.00-12.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 9.39 AED 7.50-14.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 10.00 AED 9.00-12.00
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.00 AED 2.00-4.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 80.00 AED 60.00-90.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.50 AED 3.50-4.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.77 AED 2.57-3.78
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 AED 26.00-42.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 6.71 AED 5.68-8.10
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 90,000.00 AED 75,000.00-100,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 277.06 AED 170.00-450.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.44 AED 0.30-1.00
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 318.21 AED 299.00-367.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 351.96 AED 250.00-500.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 91.11 AED 60.00-150.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 35.00 AED 35.00-45.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 236.06 AED 125.00-350.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 179.31 AED 100.00-250.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 326.50 AED 200.00-400.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 369.19 AED 300.00-500.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 6,867.70 AED 5,800.00-8,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 5,107.14 AED 4,200.00-6,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 12,718.75 AED 10,000.00-16,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 9,942.86 AED 8,000.00-15,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,407.41 AED 1,199.99-1,579.34
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 1,001.95 AED 929.02-1,099.99
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (Net After Tax) 13,272.83 AED 9,000.00-20,000.00
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 4.60 3.50-5.50

Prices in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

These data are based on 2130 entries in the past 18 months from 224 different contributors.
Last update: May, 2016
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Cost of living in Abu Dhabi is 38.94% lower than in New York (Info)Our estimator (with default settings) estimate monthly expenses for a single person at 748.15$ (2,747.86AED) and for four person family at 2,693.13$ (9,891.59AED) (without rent).
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70 Comments so far
#JD on May 10, 2016 :
I am offered 20000 AED plus monthly house rent allowance of 8600 AED per month. I am a vegetarian teetotaler and conservative in spending, what could be my savings monthly ? My kids are studying 8th & 4th std respectively. Please provide the info in order enable me to take the decision on the offer.
#Kalyan on Mar 03, 2016 :
Hi Guys,
I have got a offer of 9500 AED in Abu Dhabi with free accomodation.Can someone provide me information on how much can I save.I am a bachelor.
Also let me know what is the processing fee for sending mooney to India through Exchanges?
##Kathryn on Jan 25, 2016 :

I was wondering if someone could tell me what the healthcare price in Abu Dhabi is because I live in Germany and it free there.
#karthik Babla on Jan 20, 2016 :
I got an offer for Project Manager for 20000 AED in Abu Dhabi, where as I have to manage my Accomodation, Food & transport. Company will provide only Visa & basic medical rest I have to manage. Does this offer is good to accept in Abu Dhabi as its so expensive. Later I had plan bring my wife & 2 children. Please suggest me waiting for expert opinion.
##servet on Dec 04, 2015 :

I would like to ask about tourism industry . How much do they usually pay for their employees if you work in the hotel. Could be position a manager or supervisor at the front desk. Is it very difficult find roommate or rent apartment individually ?
#Julia on Dec 03, 2015 :
Hi, I get an offer with 8000 basic salary and % from sells. Do you think it is possible to live with that salary? Thanks.
#naren on Nov 23, 2015 :
Hi I am a doctor and I got an offer of 22ooo AED pm, I have 6 years of experience. They are not giving residence ;( Can anyone pls tell me that is this a good offer?
##MS on Nov 11, 2015 :
Hi there,

Can someone advise me how much one has to spend on housing and schooling of two kids of grade one and grade three in an average school?

Is there any public transport in Abu Dhabi? Can you commute from one corner to the other corner of Abu Dhabi in it?
#Sona on Nov 10, 2015 :
Hi MM,

18000 AED in Abu Dhabi is good offer.
#MM on Oct 17, 2015 :
I have been offered a job for 18000 AED in Abu Dhabi, would you please advise me whether it's enough for savings and for good life style. This is my first assignment in abroad.
#User1001 on Sep 20, 2015 :
Hi guys I was offered a salary of 12000 UAE I am a single guy, would I be able to live well? P.s I like traveling
#Tom on Sep 18, 2015 :
How would you assess an all inclusive package of 40000AED in Abu Dhabi; can it support a family of 6(parents & 4 kids below 9yrs of age).
Quick advice from someone there, please.

#Jolo on Aug 31, 2015 :
I am about relocating to Abu Dhabi. I got a job for a IT technical role to be paid 10,000AED monthly. I am really not sure of cost of living and rent in Abu Dhabi. Is this offer worht taking considering that i will be relocating with my wife?
#AD on Aug 05, 2015 :
Hi everyone...I need a little bit of help here. I am offered a technical position for about 24000 AED/month. I would be living with my mom. I am looking forward to save something for the rainy days. Is the amount decent enough? They would offer an extra accommodation allowance and medical.
#abhishek on Jun 15, 2015 :
Hi i have an offer of 1500 usd with family accomodation. Is it enought for simple living Indian family?
#Anonymous on Jun 11, 2015 :
i got 3800 AED offer with accomadation. exculsive food.?
what should i do.?
#Marcus on May 22, 2015 :
hi i got the offer from abu dhabi around 6500 aed..just want to ask if that is enough for the couple..i want to apply for my wife a family visa..we can survive on that salary..please i need some idea..thanks
#jorge jerez on May 20, 2015 :
how much would it cost for health insurance for kids and adults above 50 years of age
#Doc on May 09, 2015 :
Hi. I am a single mother. Want to move to UAE with my kid and my old parents. Salary expected 35,000 AED plus accommodation. Will have to sponsor my parents after the probation. Main purpose of going to UAE- need to save for the future. Now if i get a 2 BHK by employer, will I be able to save for the future? I am not very extravagant. My dad has monthly income equivalent of 3000 AED. So should I take this offer?
#Jane Foster on May 05, 2015 :
Living in Abu Dhabi now should be thought of a lot if times now as everything is getting extortionated. A lot of multinationals will soon be groaned with the highly expenses or overpricing in accommodation, transportation etc. which yearly implemented by the government of Abu Dhabi. People live in Abu Dhabi to earn not only for themselves as well for their family back home and not to spend their small earnings to the highly cost of living in Abu Dhabi.
#Valmiki on Apr 20, 2015 :
Thank you for a very informative site with details.

You are doing a great job in providing the information that helps to make decisions for job offers.

Keep it up and may you be rewarded in life.
#ankit on Apr 18, 2015 :
Urgent reply, I am civil er. Having 3yrs india exp. I got an offer 5000 aed inclusive all facilities, what should I do? Please need advise irgent
#Denson on Apr 13, 2015 :
Hi, i'm a Mechanical engineer with 6 years of work experience & have been here for almost two years now. Me and my wife both started with a 10,000 AED salary package each & we could manage to save around 8000-9000 aed every month.
House rent: 6000 AED
Food/restaurant/Grocery: 3000 AED
Local Travel/Others: 2500 AED
We are an Indian couple & lived a simple life with outings atleast 3-4 times a month (Booze/restaurant/picnic/movies/etc)

So as per what I've experienced here, people get salaries from 4000 AED to 15000 AED for an experience of 4-6 years.

Your expense to stay here completely depends on your life style.
And i would say for a simple lifestyle the salary required to survive here is
Bachelor: 6000 - 8000 AED
Married couple: 10000 - 18000 AED (Total income)
Not sure the expense on kids.

You can survive for lower than the above said salaries but you will have to take an apartment on sharing basis & cut down on lifestyle mainly the outings.

Hope this helps some of you.

#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.

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