Cost of Living Comparison Between Dubai and Abu Dhabi 

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Consumer Prices in Abu Dhabi are 10.84% lower than in Dubai (without rent)
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Abu Dhabi are 11.66% lower than in Dubai
Rent Prices in Abu Dhabi are 12.85% lower than in Dubai
Restaurant Prices in Abu Dhabi are 20.21% lower than in Dubai
Groceries Prices in Abu Dhabi are 3.02% lower than in Dubai
Local Purchasing Power in Abu Dhabi is 9.62% higher than in Dubai
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Restaurants
Dubai Edit Abu Dhabi Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 35.00 AED 25.00 AED      -28.57 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 250.00 AED 170.00 AED      -32.00 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 29.00 AED 30.00 AED      +3.45 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 45.00 AED 40.00 AED      -11.11 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 45.00 AED 45.00 AED      0.00 %
Cappuccino (regular) 18.86 AED 18.03 AED      -4.40 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 4.45 AED 3.23 AED      -27.36 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.66 AED 1.34 AED      -19.06 %
Markets
Dubai Edit Abu Dhabi Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 22.30 AED 22.86 AED      +2.53 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 4.52 AED 4.27 AED      -5.56 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 3.05 AED 3.69 AED      +20.65 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 9.63 AED 9.43 AED      -2.12 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 16.84 AED 15.40 AED      -8.54 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 12.47 AED 11.31 AED      -9.34 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 18.30 AED 16.61 AED      -9.25 %
Apples (1 lb) 3.46 AED 3.45 AED      -0.31 %
Banana (1 lb) 2.71 AED 2.96 AED      +8.90 %
Oranges (1 lb) 3.05 AED 3.24 AED      +6.46 %
Tomato (1 lb) 2.40 AED 2.53 AED      +5.04 %
Potato (1 lb) 1.71 AED 1.58 AED      -7.46 %
Onion (1 lb) 1.50 AED 1.56 AED      +4.08 %
Lettuce (1 head) 6.26 AED 6.96 AED      +11.15 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.22 AED 2.26 AED      +1.86 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 60.00 AED 60.00 AED      0.00 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 15.01 AED 13.18 AED      -12.20 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 19.43 AED 15.62 AED      -19.63 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 22.00 AED 22.00 AED      0.00 %
Transportation
Dubai Edit Abu Dhabi Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 5.00 AED 2.00 AED      -60.00 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 300.00 AED 80.00 AED      -73.33 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 12.00 AED 12.00 AED      0.00 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.22 AED 3.22 AED      0.00 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 AED 30.00 AED      0.00 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 7.58 AED 8.34 AED      +10.11 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 90,000.00 AED 82,500.00 AED      -8.33 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 71,247.76 AED 72,326.67 AED      +1.51 %
Utilities (Monthly)
Dubai Edit Abu Dhabi Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 645.44 AED 480.59 AED      -25.54 %
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.49 AED 0.58 AED      +19.33 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 355.66 AED 368.49 AED      +3.61 %
Sports And Leisure
Dubai Edit Abu Dhabi Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 291.69 AED 286.43 AED      -1.80 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 115.30 AED 124.01 AED      +7.55 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 40.00 AED 40.00 AED      0.00 %
Childcare
Dubai Edit Abu Dhabi Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,193.64 AED 1,961.20 AED      -10.60 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 41,395.77 AED 38,571.43 AED      -6.82 %
Clothing And Shoes
Dubai Edit Abu Dhabi Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 212.15 AED 240.94 AED      +13.57 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 191.65 AED 196.71 AED      +2.64 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 323.96 AED 326.15 AED      +0.68 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 329.62 AED 312.63 AED      -5.15 %
Rent Per Month
Dubai Edit Abu Dhabi Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 5,802.31 AED 4,626.88 AED      -20.26 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 3,831.59 AED 3,661.90 AED      -4.43 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 11,180.00 AED 9,363.46 AED      -16.25 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 7,909.21 AED 7,380.00 AED      -6.69 %
Buy Apartment Price
Dubai Edit Abu Dhabi Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,259.94 AED 1,100.49 AED      -12.66 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 833.33 AED 886.38 AED      +6.37 %
Salaries And Financing
Dubai Edit Abu Dhabi Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 10,894.19 AED 10,549.29 AED      -3.17 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.20 3.98      -5.44 %
Last update: January 2021January 2021
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