Cost of Living Comparison Between Dubai and Abu Dhabi 

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Cost of Living in Abu Dhabi is 9.6% lower than in Dubai (without rent)
Cost of Living Including Rent in Abu Dhabi is 17.4% lower than in Dubai
Rent Prices in Abu Dhabi are 28.6% lower than in Dubai
Restaurant Prices in Abu Dhabi are 11.6% lower than in Dubai
Groceries Prices in Abu Dhabi are 9.0% lower than in Dubai
Local Purchasing Power in Abu Dhabi is 36.8% higher than in Dubai
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Restaurants
Dubai Edit Abu Dhabi Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 43.87 AED 40.00 AED      -8.8 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 300.00 AED 250.00 AED      -16.7 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 35.00 AED 32.50 AED      -7.1 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 45.00 AED 40.00 AED      -11.1 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 45.00 AED 40.00 AED      -11.1 %
Cappuccino (regular) 22.38 AED 21.11 AED      -5.7 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 4.80 AED 4.00 AED      -16.6 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 3.75 AED 1.63 AED      -56.5 %
Markets
Dubai Edit Abu Dhabi Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 27.74 AED 23.59 AED      -15.0 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 5.23 AED 4.46 AED      -14.9 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 4.13 AED 2.97 AED      -28.1 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 12.14 AED 10.37 AED      -14.5 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 15.90 AED 13.43 AED      -15.5 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 14.10 AED 11.96 AED      -15.2 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 16.29 AED 19.06 AED      +17.0 %
Apples (1 lb) 3.91 AED 3.56 AED      -9.0 %
Banana (1 lb) 3.21 AED 2.98 AED      -7.2 %
Oranges (1 lb) 3.09 AED 2.93 AED      -5.2 %
Tomato (1 lb) 2.82 AED 2.36 AED      -16.1 %
Potato (1 lb) 1.82 AED 1.66 AED      -8.7 %
Onion (1 lb) 2.29 AED 1.70 AED      -25.8 %
Lettuce (1 head) 6.15 AED 5.30 AED      -13.8 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.32 AED 1.94 AED      -16.3 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 50.00 AED 50.00 AED      0.0 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 11.49 AED 8.09 AED      -29.6 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 18.25 AED 9.79 AED      -46.4 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 23.00 AED 23.00 AED      0.0 %
Transportation
Dubai Edit Abu Dhabi Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 7.00 AED 2.00 AED      -71.4 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 300.00 AED 80.00 AED      -73.3 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 12.00 AED 12.00 AED      0.0 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 4.83 AED 3.06 AED      -36.7 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 AED 30.00 AED      0.0 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 11.63 AED 11.16 AED      -4.0 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 121,500.00 AED 163,937.00 AED      +34.9 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 82,903.42 AED 80,066.67 AED      -3.4 %
Utilities (Monthly)
Dubai Edit Abu Dhabi Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 721.60 AED 608.44 AED      -15.7 %
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 208.93 AED 212.00 AED      +1.5 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 352.14 AED 380.00 AED      +7.9 %
Sports And Leisure
Dubai Edit Abu Dhabi Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 326.16 AED 259.71 AED      -20.4 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 166.55 AED 116.88 AED      -29.8 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 50.00 AED 50.00 AED      0.0 %
Childcare
Dubai Edit Abu Dhabi Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,821.88 AED 2,505.33 AED      -11.2 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 52,706.14 AED 45,923.08 AED      -12.9 %
Clothing And Shoes
Dubai Edit Abu Dhabi Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 205.75 AED 261.09 AED      +26.9 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 199.03 AED 205.95 AED      +3.5 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 362.93 AED 376.17 AED      +3.6 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 367.31 AED 371.82 AED      +1.2 %
Rent Per Month
Dubai Edit Abu Dhabi Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 7,927.36 AED 4,907.14 AED      -38.1 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 4,858.72 AED 3,700.00 AED      -23.8 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 14,937.02 AED 10,489.12 AED      -29.8 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 10,375.00 AED 8,093.23 AED      -22.0 %
Buy Apartment Price
Dubai Edit Abu Dhabi Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,659.17 AED 1,753.33 AED      +5.7 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 985.93 AED 1,509.44 AED      +53.1 %
Salaries And Financing
Dubai Edit Abu Dhabi Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 12,996.15 AED 14,683.01 AED      +13.0 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.83 5.38      +11.5 %
Last update: July 2024July 2024
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