Cost of Living in Abu Dhabi

Summary about cost of living in Abu Dhabi:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 30.00 AED 20.00-50.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 180.00 AED 120.00-250.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 25.00 AED 22.00-29.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 35.00 AED 25.00-40.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 35.00 AED 30.00-40.00
Cappuccino (regular) 17.79 AED 13.00-24.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.04 AED 1.50-3.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.20 AED 1.00-2.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 21.08 AED 15.14-37.85
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3.87 AED 2.72-5.44
Rice (white), (1 lb) 3.34 AED 1.81-4.54
Eggs (regular) (12) 9.10 AED 7.00-15.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 13.63 AED 8.00-22.68
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 12.47 AED 7.26-18.14
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 19.05 AED 13.61-27.22
Apples (1 lb) 3.86 AED 3.18-4.54
Banana (1 lb) 2.94 AED 2.27-3.63
Oranges (1 lb) 3.86 AED 2.72-5.44
Tomato (1 lb) 3.37 AED 1.81-7.26
Potato (1 lb) 2.16 AED 1.36-3.18
Onion (1 lb) 1.74 AED 0.91-2.72
Lettuce (1 head) 7.71 AED 5.00-10.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.89 AED 1.50-3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 70.00 AED 50.00-80.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 9.62 AED 8.00-14.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 8.58 AED 6.25-15.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 10.50 AED 10.00-20.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.00 AED 2.00-4.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 80.00 AED 80.00-90.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 5.00 AED 3.50-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.93 AED 2.57-3.22
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 AED 30.00-50.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 7.13 AED 6.78-7.57
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 80,000.00 AED 60,000.00-93,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 65,075.00 AED 55,000.00-73,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 405.80 AED 250.00-550.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.62 AED 0.33-1.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 390.27 AED 299.00-569.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 357.18 AED 200.00-800.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 105.77 AED 50.00-250.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 35.00 AED 35.00-45.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,417.90 AED 1,166.67-4,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 40,393.10 AED 24,000.00-52,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 262.90 AED 150.00-450.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 190.66 AED 100.00-300.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 360.55 AED 280.00-500.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 366.04 AED 200.00-600.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 6,566.13 AED 5,000.00-9,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 5,184.48 AED 3,200.00-7,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 12,562.96 AED 8,500.00-16,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 9,529.89 AED 6,900.00-12,500.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,327.41 AED 929.02-2,322.56
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 1,044.13 AED 799.99-1,486.44
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 12,702.78 AED
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.14 2.99-5.00

Prices in Abu Dhabi

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Last update: January 2018
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77 Comments so far

#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.
#Anonymous on Sep 10, 2017 :
How can your figures be true when the average Vietnamese worker makes about $2,000 per year?
#Luke on Aug 08, 2017 :

In regards to salary and relocation package how much negotiation should you do before accepting?
#Sahil on Jul 31, 2017 :
Hi, i got the offer of 15000 AED without accomodation and transport allowance. Only health insurance is covered. Should i join or not?
#Gopal on Jun 19, 2017 :
I got job offer of 4000 dirham in Abu dhabi.How much will food and accommodation cost. Will I able to save anything? If yes then how much? I belong to middle class family and will be alone there.
#Anonymous on May 26, 2017 :
Hi.. my husband got an offer for 2800 AED pm... Is it possible to lead a simple life as a couple
#Singh on May 20, 2017 :
People don't realize that AD is more expensive even than Dubai.

Personally I wouldn't move there for less than 25-30k, them it depends on you and your standards.
#Gaddam Babitha on May 17, 2017 :
I am software Engineer with 9 years of experience into Testing, I have been offered with 18000AED per month. Can anyone suggest me will it be ok to stay with husband and a school going kid
#Anonymous on May 14, 2017 :
Hi. I'm B.E. Mechanical Engineer in India. have experience of 1 year. What will be the basic salary if i want to relocate to Dubai. and also is that sufficient to have a good life & also the save the money.?
Please let me know.
#Prasad Nair on May 06, 2017 :

I am getting an offer in Abudabhi for AED.15000 including all lumpsum. Planning to go alone without family. What is the minimum cost of living required for a bachelor accommodation along with expense and how much I can save.

Please advise
#Patricio on May 06, 2017 :
If they offer you 6k AED salary with free accomodation for single, Its is likely you will survive here in abu dhabi but dont expect to have good life. Usually work here is 6 days per week with overtime. Everything is expensive. The safest Salary for family of 3-4 is around 20kAED to cover everything.
#Engg on Apr 12, 2017 :
Hi frieds ..can any one tell me ...Is 10000 AED a good salary in Abudhabi for an lead engineer with 9 yrs exp
I got offer of 10000 AED per month + Accommodation + Transportation.
#Devendra on Apr 06, 2017 :
#hemanth - it is definetly a very good salary brother. If you dont have to pay for rent or education, you can not spend more than 5000 AED per month (until you dont have habit to spend and party every night). I think you can easily save rest of money.
#Devendra on Apr 06, 2017 :
well in abuDhabi, you can easily live (specially for indian) in 12 K AED with 1 bhk and family with kid. I think for education, you need to add 3K AED. So you can save minimum 5000 AED. Now it is up to you to decide whether 5000 AED is good saving for you or not...
#debasis on Dec 30, 2016 :

I got offer of 20000 AED per month in abudhabi.. I have 1 child in lkg studying... Company provide only free visa and medical.. Is it good salary stayingwith my wife and daughter in abudhabi.. How much salary will be disposable staying in abudhabi
#Mohd Zaid on Dec 06, 2016 :
#hemanth Salary looks good considering that they are providing free accommodation.
#hemanth on Nov 16, 2016 :
i am doctor, got an offer at a hospital with a salary of 39000AED with free accomodation, all educational expenses, medical insurance it a good package....pls let me know...we are a family of 4
#sri harsha on Sep 26, 2016 :
Hii sir,
I got the job in uae with offering the salary 2500AED and free room,food and transport. Is it OK for living and saving? Plz suggest me sir thank u
#LAHIRU MADUSANKA on Sep 13, 2016 :

if i get AED 300.00 as a food allowance for month, is it fair with the rates mentioned above
#Paul on Aug 30, 2016 :
Hello all,

Please advise whether the below package is a good offer for a family of three in Abu Dhabi:

20,000 AED per month- salary
11,600 AED per month - housing
3,500 AED per month - allowance
30,000 AED relocation allowance
25,000 AED education - toddler
3 airline tickets home per year
Full medical inclusive of family
#SC on Aug 02, 2016 :
Will 21000 AED provide good housing, food, clothing, and school for a mother and two children.
#KN on Jul 25, 2016 :
I got a salary of 1500 AED accommodation & food covered.
Is it ok for living & saving?
#JOHN on Jul 08, 2016 :

Is a salary of 21000AED per month good if living in UAE with a wife and 1 child ? Can anyone please give me realistic monthly figures for the following costs which I would have to pay:

1. Rental- 2 bedroom accommodation
2. Car rental
3. Fuel costs for car
4. Private school fees- international private school (primary)
5. Utilities- gas, water and electricity
6. Foods

Many thanks.
#Raj 16 on Jun 17, 2016 :
Am offered 10000 AED Per month + free family accommodation with free transportation and medical insurance.
i have two kids studying in 3rd and 10th standard.Should I take the offer if so how much can I save per month.
#JD on May 10, 2016 :
I am offered 20000 AED plus monthly house rent allowance of 8600 AED per month. I am a vegetarian teetotaler and conservative in spending, what could be my savings monthly ? My kids are studying 8th & 4th std respectively. Please provide the info in order enable me to take the decision on the offer.
#Kalyan on Mar 03, 2016 :
Hi Guys,
I have got a offer of 9500 AED in Abu Dhabi with free accomodation.Can someone provide me information on how much can I save.I am a bachelor.
Also let me know what is the processing fee for sending mooney to India through Exchanges?
##Kathryn on Jan 25, 2016 :

I was wondering if someone could tell me what the healthcare price in Abu Dhabi is because I live in Germany and it free there.
#karthik Babla on Jan 20, 2016 :
I got an offer for Project Manager for 20000 AED in Abu Dhabi, where as I have to manage my Accomodation, Food & transport. Company will provide only Visa & basic medical rest I have to manage. Does this offer is good to accept in Abu Dhabi as its so expensive. Later I had plan bring my wife & 2 children. Please suggest me waiting for expert opinion.
##servet on Dec 04, 2015 :

I would like to ask about tourism industry . How much do they usually pay for their employees if you work in the hotel. Could be position a manager or supervisor at the front desk. Is it very difficult find roommate or rent apartment individually ?
#Julia on Dec 03, 2015 :
Hi, I get an offer with 8000 basic salary and % from sells. Do you think it is possible to live with that salary? Thanks.
#naren on Nov 23, 2015 :
Hi I am a doctor and I got an offer of 22ooo AED pm, I have 6 years of experience. They are not giving residence ;( Can anyone pls tell me that is this a good offer?
##MS on Nov 11, 2015 :
Hi there,

Can someone advise me how much one has to spend on housing and schooling of two kids of grade one and grade three in an average school?

Is there any public transport in Abu Dhabi? Can you commute from one corner to the other corner of Abu Dhabi in it?
#Sona on Nov 10, 2015 :
Hi MM,

18000 AED in Abu Dhabi is good offer.
#MM on Oct 17, 2015 :
I have been offered a job for 18000 AED in Abu Dhabi, would you please advise me whether it's enough for savings and for good life style. This is my first assignment in abroad.
#User1001 on Sep 20, 2015 :
Hi guys I was offered a salary of 12000 UAE I am a single guy, would I be able to live well? P.s I like traveling
#Tom on Sep 18, 2015 :
How would you assess an all inclusive package of 40000AED in Abu Dhabi; can it support a family of 6(parents & 4 kids below 9yrs of age).
Quick advice from someone there, please.

#Jolo on Aug 31, 2015 :
I am about relocating to Abu Dhabi. I got a job for a IT technical role to be paid 10,000AED monthly. I am really not sure of cost of living and rent in Abu Dhabi. Is this offer worht taking considering that i will be relocating with my wife?
#AD on Aug 05, 2015 :
Hi everyone...I need a little bit of help here. I am offered a technical position for about 24000 AED/month. I would be living with my mom. I am looking forward to save something for the rainy days. Is the amount decent enough? They would offer an extra accommodation allowance and medical.
#abhishek on Jun 15, 2015 :
Hi i have an offer of 1500 usd with family accomodation. Is it enought for simple living Indian family?
#Anonymous on Jun 11, 2015 :
i got 3800 AED offer with accomadation. exculsive food.?
what should i do.?
#Marcus on May 22, 2015 :
hi i got the offer from abu dhabi around 6500 aed..just want to ask if that is enough for the couple..i want to apply for my wife a family visa..we can survive on that salary..please i need some idea..thanks
#jorge jerez on May 20, 2015 :
how much would it cost for health insurance for kids and adults above 50 years of age
#Doc on May 09, 2015 :
Hi. I am a single mother. Want to move to UAE with my kid and my old parents. Salary expected 35,000 AED plus accommodation. Will have to sponsor my parents after the probation. Main purpose of going to UAE- need to save for the future. Now if i get a 2 BHK by employer, will I be able to save for the future? I am not very extravagant. My dad has monthly income equivalent of 3000 AED. So should I take this offer?
#Jane Foster on May 05, 2015 :
Living in Abu Dhabi now should be thought of a lot if times now as everything is getting extortionated. A lot of multinationals will soon be groaned with the highly expenses or overpricing in accommodation, transportation etc. which yearly implemented by the government of Abu Dhabi. People live in Abu Dhabi to earn not only for themselves as well for their family back home and not to spend their small earnings to the highly cost of living in Abu Dhabi.
#Valmiki on Apr 20, 2015 :
Thank you for a very informative site with details.

You are doing a great job in providing the information that helps to make decisions for job offers.

Keep it up and may you be rewarded in life.
#ankit on Apr 18, 2015 :
Urgent reply, I am civil er. Having 3yrs india exp. I got an offer 5000 aed inclusive all facilities, what should I do? Please need advise irgent
#Denson on Apr 13, 2015 :
Hi, i'm a Mechanical engineer with 6 years of work experience & have been here for almost two years now. Me and my wife both started with a 10,000 AED salary package each & we could manage to save around 8000-9000 aed every month.
House rent: 6000 AED
Food/restaurant/Grocery: 3000 AED
Local Travel/Others: 2500 AED
We are an Indian couple & lived a simple life with outings atleast 3-4 times a month (Booze/restaurant/picnic/movies/etc)

So as per what I've experienced here, people get salaries from 4000 AED to 15000 AED for an experience of 4-6 years.

Your expense to stay here completely depends on your life style.
And i would say for a simple lifestyle the salary required to survive here is
Bachelor: 6000 - 8000 AED
Married couple: 10000 - 18000 AED (Total income)
Not sure the expense on kids.

You can survive for lower than the above said salaries but you will have to take an apartment on sharing basis & cut down on lifestyle mainly the outings.

Hope this helps some of you.

#Anuj on Mar 20, 2015 :
Hi All does 10000 AED monthly is enough for moderate life style in abu dabi and how much i can save from them
#Nik on Mar 05, 2015 :
I have contract to work in Abu Dhabi for Exxon mobil. Monthly salary $20.000. tell me if is the trap.
#Megan on Feb 27, 2015 :
I've been offered a position with minimum 12100 monthly tax free salary. Accommodation & utilities are paid for. We will be paying food & phone/possibly Internet. Will a family of two adults & a toddler be able to live comfortably on this? Medical/dental also included
#boam on Feb 17, 2015 :
just got an offer 15000 AED as geophysicist. I have bachelor degree and 4 year experience. how does this sound?
#AHMAD on Jan 22, 2015 :
15000 aed salary is reasonable enough but depends on the family size and way of living.
For an independent 1 bedroom flat in city center will cost you around 65000-70000 aed + commission + security deposit, however you can get any shared accommodation for around 2500-3000 aed / month

Plus also confirm that either you will get annual paid leaves because some of the companies are now dodging with the word all inclusive in offer letter.
Children education is also an expensive part here that will cost you around 1000-1500 aed / month for each child in a decent international school
Medical insurance for each person will cost you around 2500-3000 AED /year
So in short for AED 15000 with a family of 2 adults and 2 children is reasonable enough for a good and healthy survival but not exceptional.
#M. S. on Jan 21, 2015 :
Hi, i just had an offer of 15,000 ued in abu dhabi, all package included, which means i have to rent the apartment and get the transportation. do i take the offer?
#pramod on Dec 13, 2014 :
Hi i got a job as an sr sales executive in bank. Can you let me know how much salary I should have & what is the cost for flat in per month...
#Peter on Nov 08, 2014 :
I need a shared accommodation in Abu Dhabi for 3 weeks starting from 10th Nov. Could anyone help me at earliest?
#Bilal on Nov 06, 2014 :
can you tell me that 3000AED per month is good salary for one person.. and i got an accomodation from company.. so i can save some money.. pls rply me..
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#Anonymous on Jul 19, 2014 :
I'm traveling to UAE for 1 month from Feb-March 2015. Where can I rent a furnished apt/studio/etc. for 1,000-2,000US for a month? Abu Dahabi is perfered but will also consider Dubai. Gym, washer/dryer, kitchen, free wi-fi are desirable amenities. Thanks :
#Mudassar on Jul 13, 2014 :
I got offer from a international hospital located on airport road abu dhabi so from 5000AED how much I can save if I expense ratio is normal thanks
#Guru on Jul 12, 2014 :
Hello all,

I need ur help in understanding how much package is required minimum for a couple and a kid to live comfortable including savings.

I dnt smoke and boose, but will plan for outing once in a week. Please include this cost also.

Please advise how much is required for housing rent, food cost per month, other additional cost for survival for individual or a family of 3 heads.

Thanks in advance.
#Arijit Dutta on Jun 30, 2014 :
Is 6,000/- AED is enough in Abu Dhabi for an individual?
#William Tell on Jun 19, 2014 :
While the salary looks good, the package is questionable. Good salary sometimes 'hide' your real compensation needs, because that's what a normal working person always think of first , that is "salary" only. As an expat your real needs is different, you need a "compensation" first and then benefits.The employer will always leave out something. Don't ever think they list down all your needs. They basically use a "generic" expat package for you. Do you think they will offer an "ideal" expat package for you.

To know how to maximise your salary package go to
#Abderrahmen on Jun 06, 2014 :
Hi, I am considering a finance manager position for a monthly salary package of 35,000 AED plus education allowance of 22,000 AED per child. We are a family of 4 with 2 kids in kindergarden. Would it be a good offer and can we have a good life style and saving. Thank you.
#Shailesh on May 31, 2014 :
This site is very useful to me when I was planning to shift Abu Dhabi for my new job

I am M.E. in Electrical Engineering, with 6yr Experience in EPC of Industrial plants / Oil&Gas offered salary is 18500AED per month.

I am living as a bachelor, living in a shared accommodation (1 single room which is 2500 AED very close to Cornish beach at world trade center)I don't drink & smoke

I am able to save minimum 13500 AED considering a normal living style.

Abu dhabi is best when security is concerned, people are very good.. worth living here... but yes once has to be prepared for adverse climate during June, July &august
#loban on May 07, 2014 :
I am working in GEM Winchester school as a teacher and I am happy with a salary of 19000 AED with provided accommodation. my monthly savings are AED 10000..
#collins kacha on Apr 23, 2014 :
What is the cost living of a family of two and the salary of the auto mechanic diploma holder.
#Nijokenya on Mar 30, 2014 :
my salary is 1500 AED help me
#Waly on Mar 26, 2014 :
I got an offer in Abu dhabi for 11000 AED salary plus 13000 for housind and up to 30000 for kids school. I will be moving with my family of 4. Is this a good offer?would be able to save some money?
#sulistyo on Mar 06, 2014 :
I got an offering job in Fujairah for a trainer. he offers 13000 AED/month. I want to live with my family (1 child). is it possible to live in Fujairah with salary AED 13000?
please give me suggestions
thank you
#H on Jan 31, 2014 :
#vinu on Jan 16, 2014 :
Dubai rates first for living, Abu Dhbai is nice more expensive less fun.
#Chris on Jan 10, 2014 :
Which city is best for living?
#ammy on Jan 10, 2014 :
As nurse manager from UK is 30,000AED per month enough to live in Abu dhabi with my family ( husband and son). This includes salary, housing and bills. Please can you advice
#shenker on Jan 07, 2014 :
my salary 5000 AED is it ok for me