Cost of Living Comparison Between Abu Dhabi and Dubai 

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Consumer Prices in Dubai are 7.78% higher than in Abu Dhabi (without rent)
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Dubai are 8.48% higher than in Abu Dhabi
Rent Prices in Dubai are 9.54% higher than in Abu Dhabi
Restaurant Prices in Dubai are 15.49% higher than in Abu Dhabi
Groceries Prices in Dubai are 0.09% higher than in Abu Dhabi
Local Purchasing Power in Dubai is 4.86% lower than in Abu Dhabi
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Restaurants
Abu Dhabi Edit Dubai Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 30.00 AED 35.00 AED      +16.67 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 200.00 AED 250.00 AED      +25.00 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 30.00 AED 28.00 AED      -6.67 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 40.00 AED 45.00 AED      +12.50 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 40.00 AED 45.00 AED      +12.50 %
Cappuccino (regular) 17.79 AED 18.74 AED      +5.35 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 3.16 AED 4.53 AED      +43.40 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.35 AED 1.79 AED      +33.11 %
Markets
Abu Dhabi Edit Dubai Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 22.43 AED 22.42 AED      -0.02 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 4.37 AED 4.49 AED      +2.68 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 3.45 AED 3.17 AED      -8.00 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 9.93 AED 9.27 AED      -6.68 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 15.53 AED 15.89 AED      +2.35 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 11.69 AED 11.59 AED      -0.86 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 17.25 AED 17.58 AED      +1.92 %
Apples (1 lb) 3.54 AED 3.27 AED      -7.48 %
Banana (1 lb) 2.87 AED 2.64 AED      -8.16 %
Oranges (1 lb) 3.17 AED 2.88 AED      -9.31 %
Tomato (1 lb) 2.46 AED 2.35 AED      -4.47 %
Potato (1 lb) 1.57 AED 1.59 AED      +1.31 %
Onion (1 lb) 1.43 AED 1.44 AED      +0.41 %
Lettuce (1 head) 7.10 AED 6.16 AED      -13.32 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.17 AED 2.26 AED      +4.15 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 60.00 AED 65.00 AED      +8.33 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 12.91 AED 15.07 AED      +16.73 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 15.62 AED 22.30 AED      +42.72 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 22.00 AED 22.00 AED      0.00 %
Transportation
Abu Dhabi Edit Dubai Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.00 AED 5.00 AED      +150.00 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 80.00 AED 300.00 AED      +275.00 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 12.00 AED 12.00 AED      0.00 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.22 AED 3.94 AED      +22.50 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 AED 30.00 AED      0.00 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 7.70 AED 7.67 AED      -0.37 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 82,500.00 AED 84,500.00 AED      +2.42 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 72,880.00 AED 70,685.71 AED      -3.01 %
Utilities (Monthly)
Abu Dhabi Edit Dubai Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 525.28 AED 664.03 AED      +26.42 %
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.55 AED 0.46 AED      -17.36 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 380.63 AED 356.28 AED      -6.40 %
Sports And Leisure
Abu Dhabi Edit Dubai Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 267.01 AED 248.54 AED      -6.92 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 124.78 AED 120.50 AED      -3.43 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 45.00 AED 40.00 AED      -11.11 %
Childcare
Abu Dhabi Edit Dubai Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,979.58 AED 2,330.00 AED      +17.70 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 34,260.71 AED 43,419.64 AED      +26.73 %
Clothing And Shoes
Abu Dhabi Edit Dubai Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 238.06 AED 208.15 AED      -12.56 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 173.38 AED 197.69 AED      +14.02 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 319.17 AED 313.11 AED      -1.90 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 303.57 AED 323.31 AED      +6.50 %
Rent Per Month
Abu Dhabi Edit Dubai Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 4,549.23 AED 5,573.71 AED      +22.52 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 3,645.44 AED 3,709.89 AED      +1.77 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 9,628.45 AED 10,817.04 AED      +12.34 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 7,283.30 AED 7,401.94 AED      +1.63 %
Buy Apartment Price
Abu Dhabi Edit Dubai Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,060.80 AED 1,209.79 AED      +14.04 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 884.27 AED 831.05 AED      -6.02 %
Salaries And Financing
Abu Dhabi Edit Dubai Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 11,707.04 AED 12,083.12 AED      +3.21 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.87 4.05      +4.73 %
Last update: June 2021June 2021
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