Cost of Living in Sharjah

Cost of Living Index (Excl.Rent): 60.34
Rent Index: 30.37
Groceries Index: 51.06
Restaurants Index: 41.72
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index: 45.93
Local Purchasing Power: 114.52
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 20.00 AED 15.00-30.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 80.00 AED 60.00-125.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 25.00 AED 22.00-30.00
Domestic Non-Alcoholic Beer (1 pint draught) 25.00 AED 20.00-40.00
Imported Non-Alcoholic Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 25.00 AED 20.00-35.00
Cappuccino (regular) 11.00 AED 5.00-17.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.79 AED 1.50-2.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.17 AED 1.00-2.00
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 20.48 AED 15.14-26.50
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3.32 AED 1.81-4.54
Rice (white), (1 lb) 3.28 AED 2.27-4.54
Eggs (12) 9.24 AED 7.20-14.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 20.41 AED 13.61-36.29
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 7.08 AED 4.54-9.07
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 14.21 AED 12.25-16.33
Apples (1 lb) 2.87 AED 2.27-4.54
Banana (1 lb) 2.72 AED 1.81-3.63
Oranges (1 lb) 2.04 AED 1.59-2.72
Tomato (1 lb) 1.84 AED 1.36-3.18
Potato (1 lb) 1.59 AED 1.36-2.27
Onion (1 lb) 1.36 AED 0.91-1.81
Lettuce (1 head) 5.60 AED 4.00-7.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.20 AED 1.50-3.00
Bottle of Non-Alcoholic Wine (Mid-Range) 30.00 AED 15.00-50.00
Domestic Non-Alcoholic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 60.00 AED 50.00-70.00
Imported Non-Alcoholic Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 22.00 AED
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 10.00 AED 9.50-10.00
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 8.50 AED 6.00-10.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 300.00 AED 200.00-400.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 11.50 AED 11.00-12.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 4.83 AED 2.57-4.83
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 AED 24.00-30.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 6.54 AED 6.06-7.19
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 80,000.00 AED 45,000.00-85,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 70,125.00 AED 60,000.00-80,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 586.34 AED 400.00-800.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.51 AED 0.30-1.00
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 312.42 AED 299.00-360.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 260.00 AED 200.00-400.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 65.00 AED 50.00-100.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 35.00 AED 35.00-40.00
Childcare [ Edit ] Avg.
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,600.00 AED 2,600.00-2,600.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 38,000.00 AED 36,000.00-38,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 174.50 AED 90.00-350.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 161.50 AED 100.00-400.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 305.91 AED 200.00-450.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 309.09 AED 200.00-400.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 3,222.22 AED 2,600.00-3,800.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 2,522.22 AED 1,800.00-3,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 5,733.33 AED 5,000.00-6,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 4,100.00 AED 3,000.00-5,400.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 593.75 AED 500.00-699.99
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 575.00 AED 300.00-1,114.83
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 8,066.67 AED
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 6.12 4.00-9.50

Prices in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

These data are based on 704 entries in the past 18 months from 74 different contributors.
Last update: March, 2017
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Cost of living in Sharjah is 39.66% lower than in New York (Info)Our estimator (with default settings) estimate monthly expenses for a single person at 721.07$ (2,648.52AED) and for four person family at 2,477.57$ (9,100.16AED) (without rent).
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28 Comments so far

#Omario Jillali on Nov 22, 2016 :

I am a B2B Event Producer and I was offered an opportunity in Sharjah, to join an NGO for their events. Salary package they are offering is around AED 25,000 per month Inclusive of basic, housing and transportation plus yearly return ticket and medical insurance. A relocation package will be provided if selected, as I am based in Casablanca.

Any comments please?Thanks
##avi_doon on Oct 22, 2016 :
Can I survive with monthly salary of 26000 AED at Sharjah. I will bringing my wife with me
#Sunny on Feb 21, 2016 :
hii sir/madam.i am coming to do job in sharjah. My salary for this opportunity is 1600AED. And company also provide free accomadation,free transportation and 150 AED for food allowance. How much can i save ???
##Tendai on Dec 09, 2015 :
Hey guys

Where can i get good cheap accommodation in UAE,i want to move there in January 2016,i am a qualified carpenter,how much does a carpenter earn roughly?
#Anonymous on Oct 17, 2015 :
If you want to rent 1BHK price as follows

Normal rent 30000-35000 year
Security cheque/or cash equal 2000
Commission-1500-2000 aed
First 3 month rent cash to be paid
Electricity /water 1500 deposit
Municipality-2%of yearly rent
Gas connection agency -300
Building watchmen-500 to 1000
If not furnished minimum-5000 aed


#dr yousaf on Oct 11, 2015 :
i am pharmacist and want to come sharjah,how good is it
#bghorks on Aug 25, 2015 :
please I am a graduate of computer science, I want t o come and work in sharjah with salary of 1400AED with no accommodation, food and transport. I want to bring my wife with me. how can I survive this.
#Tanveer on Aug 01, 2015 :
Dear all,
I have got a offer of 3500
AED in sharjah. Which covers transportation only.suggest me for accommodation ( bedspace and food arrangements) if I want to save at least 2500AED.
#Rabia ali on Jun 17, 2015 :
I got teaching job offer in Dubai salary package 5500. I want to settle in Sharjah. Bcz in Dubai accomodation is very expensive. I have a 2 years old daughter. I have 2 problems. First is accomodation n second is to find a good daycare Center for my daughter. Plz tell me where can I get a studio flat starting from 18000 dhms. N what is average daycare Center fee in Dubai? Thanx
#Aniruddha Roy on Jun 17, 2015 :
I am joining a job in Sharjah with à monthly salary of 11000 AED, will stay single for first year. Accomododation I have to provide. I want to know after all basic expenses can I save at least 9000 AED monthly, like sharing accommodation, simple fooding
#Madhukar on May 29, 2015 :
Hello sir I want to serch a job in dubai or in sarja so can you give the guide for me for staying in dubai or sarja for bed space rent contact numbers and for one month common man total expenses food and bed space and transportation for buss pass everything cost can you tell me. better tell me for one month
#Ravi on May 24, 2015 :
Hi Im flying down to Sharjah this 28th May and want to know where can i get the cheaper accommodation (Bedspace) and im coming to search for a job, so is it difficult to find or get a job in Sharjah or Dubai?
I have previous experience of 5 years also i have worked in KSA and have a valid LMV driving license of KSA.

So is it easy to get a job or will it be difficult?
Also in Ramadan do companies hire people or not
#Anonymous on Mar 16, 2015 :
What is the basic salary for a Central Banker working in Research and Statistics Department or Monetary and Reserve department in any of the cities in UEA?
#Anonymous on Mar 15, 2015 :
Please look into the rents section 1BHK is not 3000 AED in city. Its much more. Average salary is not 8k
#Raj on Mar 05, 2015 :
Hai Frnds i have a offer for 2000AED with accommadatio and transport not giving food so plz tell me how musch money require for month only for food as a comman man
#Tamilan on Feb 23, 2015 :
Dear Mr. Ankit,

Since you don't have any host to sponser visa for you, it's better to approach travel agents. They can arrange the same.
And for accommodation - you can find bachelor bed space ranging from 500-1300 AED per month in Sharjah (Dubai, it will be minimum 900 to have OK OK kind of bed space).
For food it will not exceed more than 30 AED per day in normal restaurants.
For transport it depends on your mode selection. For local bus min 5 AED. For inter city min 10 AED.
For Metro train min 3 max 10 AED.
For job search i would suggest to come in visit visa (90 days). Because 30 days visa is always rushing kind of and also to get a job within that time, it depends on the market as well.
Best websites to search job is , , etc etc....

Also make sure to bring your laptop and bulk copy of your resumes since it's toooo costly to take xerox copy over here. And you need to keep applying for all relevant jobs regularly.

Hope these information may help.

Madurai Mainthan
#ankit on Feb 08, 2015 :
I am planning to come in UAE for job this month last.I have some doubts plz just guide me for better understanding of there.
1. Monthy economic bachelor sharing accommodation will cost how much.
2.Monthy food expance normal no luxury involve.
3.How much time will it take to get a job or start job.
4. I don't have any such reference to show as a host for me in UAE in my tourist it mandatory .
how will I get visa normally without any problems.
5.Which one is better for job search purpose. KINDLY suggest me
Tourist visa for 30 days
Tourist visa for 90 days
6. How to start my job search strive in Uae. What are necessary steps or process to follow or how to connect with local consultancy for rerespective job search.
#Yasir Ali on Feb 01, 2015 :
I also want a job in Dubai but I want reasonable salary
#David on Jan 31, 2015 :
Hi we are a family we want to live in sharjah city how much the cost of family and apartements for family
#Tamilan on Jan 29, 2015 :
Dear Guys,

For a bachelor you can find the bed space/ Paying Guest/ Mansion in the range of 500-800 AED per month in Sharjah. Incase if you have a company accomodation, then there is no issue.
For Food Per day 24-30 AED is more enough.
If you cook at home this will be very cheaper like 250 AED per month.
For transporation it depends on your work place. Because most of them are staying in Sharjah and working in Dubai which will cost around 30 AED per day. Within Sharjah min bus charge is 5 AED. And most of the company is providing free transport facility. So this expense depends.
So i feel for a bachelor 1500 AED is sufficient to lead a normal life.


Madurai Mainthan
#waqas on Dec 19, 2014 :
Dear staff,
I have a plan to come in dubai or any city in UAE, i have 3 year experience related to Pharmaceutical co. so please guide me how much salary is suitable to bear my necessary expenses. i want to live in shared accomodation. and eat normal and inexpensive food.. I am so confusing to take decision in UAE.. anyone who sincerely guide me..
#Soumendra on Dec 11, 2014 :
I'm getting offer for Job in sharjah, little bit confused about cost if leaving..
Can anybody help me how much I could asked salary so I can manage all things like food, house rent etc..
#Yogendra on Oct 13, 2014 :
Hello. I have received one offer from sharjah company with package of 6000 AED ,

Can you please confirm me how much is the average flat rent staying with other room made,

can I accept this offer without accommodation.

please confirm
#Kanti Niraula on Sep 10, 2014 :
HLW I have plannig to come UAE to work, my monthly salary will be 3500AED and do not have food and accommodation facilities, need to manage from my side, how will it be to join thre?
#Adil Halabi on Jul 30, 2014 :
Basically,it's better not to come in Sharjah. Every thing there is fishy and no human rights.
#xyz on Jul 20, 2014 :
what are the electricity water expenses for 1 bhk in sharjah ?
#Zell on Apr 30, 2014 :
I'll be working in Lou Lou a' beach how much salary will I expect?
#Ramanathan Palaniappan on Feb 18, 2014 :
I got a new job offer in sharjah with a package of 3000 AED/ Month along with travel expenses, Medical insurance, Accommodation. I am indeed of 1000 AED to save for my family in India. will this money be sufficient for food expenses.