Cost of Living in Abu Dhabi

Summary about cost of living in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 25.00 AED 14.00-50.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 200.00 AED 120.00-367.29
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 28.50 AED 25.00-30.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 40.00 AED 25.00-50.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 40.00 AED 30.00-59.00
Cappuccino (regular) 17.45 AED 10.00-25.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 3.19 AED 2.50-5.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.25 AED 1.00-3.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 21.95 AED 17.03-39.75
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 4.33 AED 2.72-9.07
Rice (white), (1 lb) 3.13 AED 1.59-6.80
Eggs (regular) (12) 10.40 AED 6.00-20.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 15.09 AED 9.07-27.22
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 11.84 AED 6.80-18.00
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 17.22 AED 11.34-27.22
Apples (1 lb) 3.60 AED 2.27-4.54
Banana (1 lb) 2.92 AED 1.81-5.90
Oranges (1 lb) 3.16 AED 1.59-6.80
Tomato (1 lb) 2.24 AED 1.13-3.63
Potato (1 lb) 1.58 AED 0.91-2.27
Onion (1 lb) 1.36 AED 0.91-1.81
Lettuce (1 head) 6.23 AED 3.00-11.10
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.14 AED 1.50-4.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 65.00 AED 40.00-100.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 12.56 AED 6.00-21.43
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 14.57 AED 7.00-30.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 22.00 AED 21.00-25.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.00 AED 2.00-4.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 80.00 AED 70.00-120.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 12.00 AED 10.00-15.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.22 AED 2.41-5.63
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 AED 25.00-50.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 8.61 AED 6.81-10.60
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 82,500.00 AED 75,000.00-120,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 74,080.00 AED 70,000.00-80,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 515.36 AED 400.00-739.13
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.49 AED 0.21-1.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 399.65 AED 300.00-550.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 246.32 AED 130.00-700.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 123.20 AED 50.00-200.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 40.00 AED 35.00-55.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,155.43 AED 1,500.00-4,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 34,579.31 AED 20,000.00-50,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 236.47 AED 100.00-400.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 174.77 AED 75.00-300.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 341.83 AED 199.00-500.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 310.31 AED 175.00-595.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 4,602.81 AED 3,750.00-6,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 3,388.45 AED 2,500.00-5,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 9,643.97 AED 7,000.00-12,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 7,230.25 AED 5,000.00-10,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,079.71 AED 929.02-1,393.53
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 868.14 AED 699.99-1,114.83
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 11,455.87 AED
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.00 2.50-6.00

Prices in Abu Dhabi

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Last update: November 2021
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39 Comments so far
Leigh on Oct 11, 2021:
I've got an offer of 500k aed per year for a family of 3. Any good?
Anonymous on Aug 04, 2021:

I got an offer costing 15,000 Emarati Dirham . Can i survive with this salary me and my wife & one school going kid.
John on Jan 10, 2021:
I wonder while Dubai is about 8% more expensive than Athens and in Athens you need 850 euros to live in Dubai you need about 2500 euros. I estimate that they have entered the market of Dubai either businessmen or banks and have created a bubble market. The same has been done in Bulgaria where the cost of living is about 750 euros with the cost of buying an apartment in the center is 1500-2000 euros the same Serbia that costs is about 450 euros. with the cost of buying an apartment 2500-3000 euros.
These prices are unbelievable and you owe it to the Germans to come in and create a bubble in real estate prices.
If you want send me where you owe the price difference. I am not referring to very expensive areas of Dubai but to popular neighborhoods within the city center.
Anna on Dec 25, 2020:
I have lived in abu dhabi for a long time and I feel I can help anyone with making a few pointers
A good studio in abu dhabi is around 3.5k monthly
A good one bedroom is around 4.5k monthly
2 bedroom 7.5k monthly
3 bedroom 9k monthly
For food and groceries I would expect around 1k monthly if you enjoy cooking at home per person
But if you eat out a lot expect more of 1.8/2k monthly per person
If you have kids it really does vary, it can be 2k a month and can go up to 6k depending on the school, some really good schools are 2k a month so I would not stress over very expensive education.
For leisure, if you are not a big spender 600AED a month is good but if you like entertainment and a lot of things then again expect 1.5k or more a month.
For reference a movie ticket is 40AED per person
The biggest controversy here is transpor, public transport is cheap but not good around 60AED, taxis can get pretty expensive averaging 15AED per ride. Buying a car is costly, a brand new bmw youre looking at 200k or a new toyota is 100k but if you decide on a cheaper option and get monthly payments then it is 100% doable as UAE weather definitely needs a car. For example I bought a brand new 2020 CIVIC LX sport for 70k, 20% downpayment of 14k and a monthly 1.1k for 36 months. Another example, a 2016 lancer with low mileage would be around 22k.
If you have any other questions Id love to help with no cost just email me on srh-01@hotmail .com
Jolly cargo on May 20, 2020:
I have a job but my salary is 3000 and I pay my room 850 and about my foods and my utilities and taxi I sent also my family in Philippine also my country is locked down I don’t have enough money...
Anonymous on Apr 18, 2020:
Sorry, my bad I did not read your offer carefully. If it includes accommodation then you can save AED 1000 per month and convert it to your local currency as a saving per month.
Anonymous on Apr 18, 2020:
I doubt that you can save much in AED 3000 per month because a single bed will cost you AED 900-1000 per month (on room sharing basis). You need additional AED 1200 per month for food, AED 150 for mobile & Internet, and on weekends you will go out to Malls or Shopping Centers and you will end up spending AED 150-200 every weekend. If you can curtail any of these expenses then you can save something but it will totally depend on you, as to how you can live on a very tight budget.
Anonymous on Mar 01, 2020:
I got an offer of 3000AED in Abu Dhabi with accommodation & travel free of cost in company's side. Fr food,internet,phone call I want to balance in this 3000 AED... Although I wanna save a huge amount & wanna send to my family(dad,mom,wife & a kid(4yrs old))... those all possible with this salary package?? Pls anyone reply soon.!!
BETSIE BAHRU on Feb 28, 2020:
Hello everyone,
Im looking for a job in Abu Dhabi, How do u think i should apply for one?
Any recommendations?
I have a bachelor's degree!
Please send some tips and hints, Thanks.
Anonymous on Feb 19, 2020:
@Rahamanuddin: 2 bhk will roughly starts from 6k aed per month. For kid education minimum 1500 aed per month. So I see you could live decently in 15 k aed (until you don't plan to buy BMW here). Rest would be your saving.
Md Rahamanuddin on Feb 06, 2020:
I have 8+ experience and planning to move UAE, currently in negotiation with salary with one of the IT company. I am married and have 3 kids(2 school going kids).Company is offering only salary + VISA + yearly travel. What should be expected salary so i can bear 2BHK rent + education for 2 kids with some savings.
Manoj on Nov 06, 2019:
I completed mtech in India ...can I get job in Dubai .....I m expecting 20k AED..
........please refer me
Tridib Kumar halder on Sep 09, 2019:
I got a offer on Abu Dhabi..for job which will pay me 1100 dirhams is it legit.......pls tell so.....all other accomodation are free
AbuDhabi on Aug 30, 2019:

Got an offer for 26100 all in , child education and health insurance are covered by company. Do you think is decent for family of 3 , 2 adults and 1,5 yo baby ? Thanks !
Fed on Jul 29, 2019:

Could you please verify if the offer is legit. Thanks

28,800 AED-Monthly salary
2,000 AED WEekly allowance
3,600 AED monthly car maintenance
170,660 AED Yearly House furnishing
3,203 AED Monthly Entertainment and REcreation
4,489 AED monthly travel allowance
170,660 AED annual House furnishing
Free accommodation
60days paid annual leave
business class free tickets
Medical treatment free
children's education free
provide personal car
provide telephone + covers 100% bill
Joshua Ghosn on Jun 12, 2019:
I have an offer of 24700 plus housing allowance. Pls I need advice on how this is enough for a couple without children. Thanks in advance!!!
sara on May 09, 2019:
Hi, I am a single mom with one child and I want to stay at Abu dhabi for 3 month. I want to know about Kindergarten's fee.
Steven a on Apr 27, 2019:
Hi. I am in the process of applying for a position that would pay £45-50k per year. What quality of Life could I expect for a Family of 4
Anonymous on Mar 14, 2019:
Hi the above information's are completely wrong it is in the higher side seems like a guess work........
prosper on Mar 10, 2019:
I got an offer of 21500 Pls I need advice on how too save.
Priyanka Rana on Feb 26, 2019:
Is 16000 AED per month salary good for a single girl in any Emirate location? How much will I be able to save?
Devendra on Jan 26, 2019:
I Am living in abu dhabhi from more than 2 years and I did not agree that you need 25 K for middle class life. In Abu dhabhi, in around 6 K per month, you could easily get 1 BHK (which are having size around 2bhk of india and apartments are having facility like gym, pool). Apart from that, now public transportation has been vastly improved. I dont think so that any body need more than 4k AED for utilities (around 1k for electricity bill / internet / water bill) and 3 K for food. Apart from this 10K, you could spend on your outings as per your choice.

In my case expense on kid's education, medical insurance and travel for india is funded by company. But still I feel with having in 13-14 k, easily you could live good life here. Rest is your saving.
Spiky on Jan 06, 2019:

I have got an offer in Abu Dhabi for the salary of 24500. Is it a good salary for a family of Four with 2 School going Kids. The company will bear the Insurance, emirati Visa expenses only.

Please help
Anonymous on Dec 01, 2018:

I got an offer costing 15,500 Emarati Dirham with accomodation. Can i survive this salary me and my wife alone.

Please advice.
Ronny on Nov 27, 2018:
Dear sir

Please share details regarding cost of living for 1 vegetarian person in abudhabi and what's salary is enough for single person.
Khan on Sep 21, 2018:
Hello everyone,

how much would DECENT studio in a nice (but not super fancy) area would cost annually?

aside from accommodation, how much is a decent salary for a single person?

Would appreciate your responses..
Selvam Balaiyia Pasupuledi on Aug 06, 2018:
Hi - I got an offer for AED 15K in AUD.
Can I survive with my family with 2 kids?

Currently I am living in Chennai. on Jun 26, 2018:
i have stay in abu dhabi for a while. And i get offer 10k All in. And i think, thats too low.
You can save money with it because abu dabhi have high house / apartment rent
Kay on Jun 24, 2018:
For the teacher on 21K: You may be able to find suitable housing for 75K per year. Luxury housing is above 100K, nice housing is 80-100K, less desirable housing is 60-80K, meaning you may have some plumbing issues, mold and cockroaches. Try negotiating with the landlord. I would not live in Abu Dhabi on 21K with no included housing. You may want to consider rooming with someone.

For the person offered 1800: This is a very low salary, but if they are paying all your food and housing, you may be okay. I assume you are coming from a country with a very low cost of living. Your biggest expense will be phone and data.
Sheik Abdul on May 10, 2018:

I got an offer for 7000AED.I'm muach I can save in abudhabi?
yashpreet on Apr 12, 2018:
Hi m got job here with salary of 3100dhs with accommodation can I survive here well ND save some money....
hhaurellana on Mar 17, 2018:
I applied as public teacher and the offered monthly salary is 21000 AED. How much will it cost me for my rentals and food at in a month?
Anonymous on Mar 09, 2018:
hi I got offer 1800 aed with all expenses included, i can survive in Abudhabi??
Bharath on Feb 26, 2018:
Hi, I got an offer for 5000 AED with accommodation. Am alone in UAE and how much I can able to save for my family(3 members) in India
Bikash on Feb 22, 2018:
Hi - I got an offer for AED 14K in AUD.
Can I survive with my family with 2 kids?

Currently I am living in bahrain.
nel on Jan 16, 2018:
Hi i would like to know what will be an ideal salary for a radiographer in abu dhabi considering accomodation, medical,food, groceries,pension,education for a special needs child and sponsor of a helper. 2 adults 1 child
Bomber on Dec 16, 2017:
Guys for a good mid class life in AD as a single don’t go below 25k AED a month, the city is even more expensive than Dubai.

To answer the anonymous: figures are real, people in menial jobs earn those low salaries but they get free accommodation in a shared room, free food and public transportation pass, they just live between 4 walls and they’re able to save the whole salary and send it back to their home country
Cherri on Nov 07, 2017:
Can i survive with 6K and family of 4 members in Abu Dhabi? wife and two kids including me.
Flz on Nov 01, 2017:

Minimum taxi fare in Abu Dhabi is 12 AED.

The meter starts at 5 aed during the day and 5.50 aed at night.

The charge is Dh1.80 for one kilometre when the car is moving and 50 fils per minute when the car is not moving.