Cost of Living Comparison Between Dubai and Riyadh 

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Cost of Living in Riyadh is 16.9% lower than in Dubai (without rent)
Cost of Living Including Rent in Riyadh is 32.2% lower than in Dubai
Rent Prices in Riyadh are 51.6% lower than in Dubai
Restaurant Prices in Riyadh are 38.2% lower than in Dubai
Groceries Prices in Riyadh are 4.0% lower than in Dubai
Local Purchasing Power in Riyadh is 9.8% higher than in Dubai
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Restaurants
Dubai Edit Riyadh Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 40.00 AED
(40.86 ﷼)
29.37 AED
(30.00 ﷼)
     -26.6 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 300.00 AED
(306.42 ﷼)
195.81 AED
(200.00 ﷼)
     -34.7 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 35.00 AED
(35.75 ﷼)
29.37 AED
(30.00 ﷼)
     -16.1 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 45.00 AED
(45.96 ﷼)
6.85 AED
(7.00 ﷼)
     -84.8 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 45.00 AED
(45.96 ﷼)
7.83 AED
(8.00 ﷼)
     -82.6 %
Cappuccino (regular) 21.89 AED
(22.36 ﷼)
16.92 AED
(17.28 ﷼)
     -22.7 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 4.51 AED
(4.61 ﷼)
2.90 AED
(2.97 ﷼)
     -35.6 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 3.39 AED
(3.47 ﷼)
1.28 AED
(1.31 ﷼)
     -62.3 %
Markets
Dubai Edit Riyadh Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 27.80 AED
(28.39 ﷼)
23.69 AED
(24.19 ﷼)
     -14.8 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 5.44 AED
(5.55 ﷼)
3.90 AED
(3.99 ﷼)
     -28.2 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 3.83 AED
(3.91 ﷼)
3.57 AED
(3.65 ﷼)
     -6.7 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 12.11 AED
(12.37 ﷼)
9.39 AED
(9.59 ﷼)
     -22.5 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 16.12 AED
(16.46 ﷼)
13.05 AED
(13.33 ﷼)
     -19.0 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 12.84 AED
(13.12 ﷼)
14.19 AED
(14.49 ﷼)
     +10.5 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 15.52 AED
(15.85 ﷼)
22.31 AED
(22.78 ﷼)
     +43.7 %
Apples (1 lb) 3.91 AED
(3.99 ﷼)
3.67 AED
(3.75 ﷼)
     -6.0 %
Banana (1 lb) 3.29 AED
(3.37 ﷼)
2.82 AED
(2.88 ﷼)
     -14.4 %
Oranges (1 lb) 2.95 AED
(3.01 ﷼)
2.93 AED
(2.99 ﷼)
     -0.7 %
Tomato (1 lb) 2.69 AED
(2.75 ﷼)
2.98 AED
(3.04 ﷼)
     +10.7 %
Potato (1 lb) 1.70 AED
(1.73 ﷼)
2.28 AED
(2.33 ﷼)
     +34.5 %
Onion (1 lb) 2.15 AED
(2.20 ﷼)
2.48 AED
(2.53 ﷼)
     +15.2 %
Lettuce (1 head) 6.24 AED
(6.38 ﷼)
4.13 AED
(4.22 ﷼)
     -33.8 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.29 AED
(2.34 ﷼)
2.34 AED
(2.39 ﷼)
     +2.2 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 50.00 AED
(51.07 ﷼)
14.69 AED
(15.00 ﷼)
     -70.6 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 11.22 AED
(11.46 ﷼)
6.34 AED
(6.48 ﷼)
     -43.5 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 19.33 AED
(19.75 ﷼)
7.67 AED
(7.84 ﷼)
     -60.3 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 23.00 AED
(23.49 ﷼)
27.41 AED
(28.00 ﷼)
     +19.2 %
Transportation
Dubai Edit Riyadh Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 6.50 AED
(6.64 ﷼)
3.92 AED
(4.00 ﷼)
     -39.8 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 300.00 AED
(306.42 ﷼)
121.74 AED
(124.35 ﷼)
     -59.4 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 12.00 AED
(12.26 ﷼)
14.69 AED
(15.00 ﷼)
     +22.4 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 4.83 AED
(4.93 ﷼)
7.88 AED
(8.05 ﷼)
     +63.2 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 35.00 AED
(35.75 ﷼)
48.95 AED
(50.00 ﷼)
     +39.9 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 11.64 AED
(11.89 ﷼)
8.45 AED
(8.63 ﷼)
     -27.4 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 131,500.00 AED
(134,316.29 ﷼)
137,064.54 AED
(140,000.00 ﷼)
     +4.2 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 83,862.26 AED
(85,658.31 ﷼)
84,581.79 AED
(86,393.25 ﷼)
     +0.9 %
Utilities (Monthly)
Dubai Edit Riyadh Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 717.05 AED
(732.41 ﷼)
347.02 AED
(354.45 ﷼)
     -51.6 %
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 214.15 AED
(218.73 ﷼)
126.48 AED
(129.19 ﷼)
     -40.9 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 355.91 AED
(363.54 ﷼)
279.67 AED
(285.66 ﷼)
     -21.4 %
Sports And Leisure
Dubai Edit Riyadh Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 328.33 AED
(335.37 ﷼)
380.90 AED
(389.06 ﷼)
     +16.0 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 177.50 AED
(181.30 ﷼)
181.82 AED
(185.71 ﷼)
     +2.4 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 50.00 AED
(51.07 ﷼)
63.64 AED
(65.00 ﷼)
     +27.3 %
Childcare
Dubai Edit Riyadh Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,815.62 AED
(2,875.93 ﷼)
1,364.10 AED
(1,393.32 ﷼)
     -51.6 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 53,134.71 AED
(54,272.68 ﷼)
39,135.98 AED
(39,974.14 ﷼)
     -26.3 %
Clothing And Shoes
Dubai Edit Riyadh Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 215.80 AED
(220.42 ﷼)
191.05 AED
(195.14 ﷼)
     -11.5 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 206.00 AED
(210.41 ﷼)
207.39 AED
(211.83 ﷼)
     +0.7 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 359.63 AED
(367.34 ﷼)
395.16 AED
(403.62 ﷼)
     +9.9 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 347.97 AED
(355.43 ﷼)
346.19 AED
(353.60 ﷼)
     -0.5 %
Rent Per Month
Dubai Edit Riyadh Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 8,093.59 AED
(8,266.93 ﷼)
4,352.42 AED
(4,445.63 ﷼)
     -46.2 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 4,956.86 AED
(5,063.02 ﷼)
2,972.87 AED
(3,036.54 ﷼)
     -40.0 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 14,958.32 AED
(15,278.68 ﷼)
7,626.66 AED
(7,790.00 ﷼)
     -49.0 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 10,469.23 AED
(10,693.45 ﷼)
3,669.56 AED
(3,748.15 ﷼)
     -64.9 %
Buy Apartment Price
Dubai Edit Riyadh Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,644.40 AED
(1,679.62 ﷼)
711.63 AED
(726.87 ﷼)
     -56.7 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 946.69 AED
(966.97 ﷼)
417.55 AED
(426.50 ﷼)
     -55.9 %
Salaries And Financing
Dubai Edit Riyadh Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 14,573.97 AED
(14,886.10 ﷼)
10,848.47 AED
(11,080.81 ﷼)
     -25.6 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.94 4.71      -4.5 %
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