Cost of Living Comparison Between Dubai and Abu Dhabi 

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Consumer Prices in Abu Dhabi are 9.85% lower than in Dubai (without rent)
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Abu Dhabi are 34.67% higher than in Dubai
Rent Prices in Abu Dhabi are 109.77% higher than in Dubai
Restaurant Prices in Abu Dhabi are 17.12% lower than in Dubai
Groceries Prices in Abu Dhabi are 3.27% higher than in Dubai
Local Purchasing Power in Abu Dhabi is 28.41% lower 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 200.00 AED      -20.00 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 28.00 AED 30.00 AED      +7.14 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 45.00 AED 38.00 AED      -15.56 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 45.00 AED 40.00 AED      -11.11 %
Cappuccino (regular) 19.00 AED 17.92 AED      -5.68 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 3.94 AED 3.24 AED      -17.80 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.71 AED 1.26 AED      -26.39 %
Markets
Dubai Edit Abu Dhabi Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 22.28 AED 22.12 AED      -0.68 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 4.12 AED 4.43 AED      +7.43 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 3.11 AED 3.12 AED      +0.37 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 9.50 AED 10.90 AED      +14.78 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 15.24 AED 15.15 AED      -0.59 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 10.48 AED 11.84 AED      +12.98 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 17.50 AED 17.45 AED      -0.25 %
Apples (1 lb) 3.69 AED 3.55 AED      -3.85 %
Banana (1 lb) 2.78 AED 2.91 AED      +4.96 %
Oranges (1 lb) 2.71 AED 3.11 AED      +14.57 %
Tomato (1 lb) 2.20 AED 2.24 AED      +1.63 %
Potato (1 lb) 1.63 AED 1.56 AED      -4.02 %
Onion (1 lb) 1.40 AED 1.35 AED      -3.03 %
Lettuce (1 head) 6.37 AED 6.23 AED      -2.12 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.01 AED 2.12 AED      +5.68 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 50.00 AED 70.00 AED      +40.00 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 13.51 AED 12.15 AED      -10.04 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 22.80 AED 13.73 AED      -39.78 %
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) 3.93 AED 3.22 AED      -18.20 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 AED 30.00 AED      0.00 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 9.35 AED 8.85 AED      -5.33 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 89,000.00 AED 80,000.00 AED      -10.11 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 71,499.73 AED 73,730.77 AED      +3.12 %
Utilities (Monthly)
Dubai Edit Abu Dhabi Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 736.23 AED 517.03 AED      -29.77 %
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.46 AED 0.51 AED      +10.87 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 355.60 AED 394.66 AED      +10.98 %
Sports And Leisure
Dubai Edit Abu Dhabi Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 272.96 AED 246.32 AED      -9.76 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 132.17 AED 129.57 AED      -1.97 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 41.00 AED 40.00 AED      -2.44 %
Childcare
Dubai Edit Abu Dhabi Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,685.27 AED 2,040.53 AED      -24.01 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 49,153.85 AED 34,626.67 AED      -29.55 %
Clothing And Shoes
Dubai Edit Abu Dhabi Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 237.20 AED 239.55 AED      +0.99 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 211.04 AED 169.55 AED      -19.66 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 340.30 AED 337.00 AED      -0.97 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 336.34 AED 309.97 AED      -7.84 %
Rent Per Month
Dubai Edit Abu Dhabi Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 5,092.10 AED 20,485.40 AED      +302.30 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 3,226.82 AED 13,953.95 AED      +332.44 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 9,534.65 AED 9,737.20 AED      +2.12 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 6,601.91 AED 7,122.62 AED      +7.89 %
Buy Apartment Price
Dubai Edit Abu Dhabi Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,222.98 AED 1,140.19 AED      -6.77 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 801.67 AED 868.14 AED      +8.29 %
Salaries And Financing
Dubai Edit Abu Dhabi Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 12,422.42 AED 11,976.46 AED      -3.59 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.92 4.09      +4.46 %
Last update: January 2022January 2022
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