Cost of Living Comparison Between Dubai and Abu Dhabi 

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Consumer Prices in Abu Dhabi are 13.1% lower than in Dubai (without rent)
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Abu Dhabi are 10.9% lower than in Dubai
Rent Prices in Abu Dhabi are 7.8% lower than in Dubai
Restaurant Prices in Abu Dhabi are 18.7% lower than in Dubai
Groceries Prices in Abu Dhabi are 9.9% lower than in Dubai
Local Purchasing Power in Abu Dhabi is 12.0% lower than in Dubai
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Restaurants
Dubai Edit Abu Dhabi Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 40.00 AED 30.00 AED      -25.0 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 300.00 AED 232.50 AED      -22.5 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 31.00 AED 30.00 AED      -3.2 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 48.50 AED 40.00 AED      -17.5 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 49.00 AED 40.00 AED      -18.4 %
Cappuccino (regular) 19.56 AED 19.17 AED      -2.0 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 4.11 AED 3.49 AED      -15.0 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 2.23 AED 1.26 AED      -43.5 %
Markets
Dubai Edit Abu Dhabi Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 25.84 AED 24.44 AED      -5.4 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 4.96 AED 4.32 AED      -12.9 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 3.39 AED 2.94 AED      -13.3 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 11.94 AED 10.12 AED      -15.2 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 17.14 AED 13.09 AED      -23.6 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 14.04 AED 12.44 AED      -11.4 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 17.84 AED 18.53 AED      +3.9 %
Apples (1 lb) 3.80 AED 3.63 AED      -4.5 %
Banana (1 lb) 3.05 AED 2.78 AED      -8.8 %
Oranges (1 lb) 3.03 AED 2.85 AED      -6.0 %
Tomato (1 lb) 2.75 AED 2.30 AED      -16.6 %
Potato (1 lb) 1.86 AED 1.71 AED      -8.3 %
Onion (1 lb) 1.64 AED 1.59 AED      -2.7 %
Lettuce (1 head) 5.86 AED 4.61 AED      -21.3 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.20 AED 2.07 AED      -5.9 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 60.00 AED 60.00 AED      0.0 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 12.28 AED 9.77 AED      -20.4 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 23.74 AED 12.20 AED      -48.6 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 22.00 AED 22.00 AED      0.0 %
Transportation
Dubai Edit Abu Dhabi Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 5.50 AED 2.00 AED      -63.6 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 340.00 AED 80.00 AED      -76.5 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 12.00 AED 12.00 AED      0.0 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 4.83 AED 3.22 AED      -33.3 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 AED 30.00 AED      -0.0 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 14.52 AED 14.50 AED      -0.2 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 99,000.00 AED 89,500.00 AED      -9.6 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 76,841.45 AED 75,800.00 AED      -1.4 %
Utilities (Monthly)
Dubai Edit Abu Dhabi Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 698.63 AED 625.15 AED      -10.5 %
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.59 AED 0.67 AED      +13.2 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 356.16 AED 377.26 AED      +5.9 %
Sports And Leisure
Dubai Edit Abu Dhabi Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 269.07 AED 258.52 AED      -3.9 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 134.47 AED 149.21 AED      +11.0 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 47.00 AED 45.00 AED      -4.3 %
Childcare
Dubai Edit Abu Dhabi Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,783.10 AED 2,301.33 AED      -17.3 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 42,255.26 AED 34,686.32 AED      -17.9 %
Clothing And Shoes
Dubai Edit Abu Dhabi Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 230.21 AED 195.73 AED      -15.0 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 197.37 AED 181.50 AED      -8.0 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 327.89 AED 338.70 AED      +3.3 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 341.17 AED 348.12 AED      +2.0 %
Rent Per Month
Dubai Edit Abu Dhabi Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 6,908.74 AED 6,032.88 AED      -12.7 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 3,909.74 AED 4,305.01 AED      +10.1 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 12,306.14 AED 10,311.62 AED      -16.2 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 7,713.02 AED 7,796.22 AED      +1.1 %
Buy Apartment Price
Dubai Edit Abu Dhabi Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,342.84 AED 1,274.66 AED      -5.1 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 818.00 AED 1,172.57 AED      +43.3 %
Salaries And Financing
Dubai Edit Abu Dhabi Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 16,048.52 AED 12,576.87 AED      -21.6 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.93 4.67      +18.7 %
Last update: February 2023February 2023
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