Food Prices in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Recommended Minimum Amount of Money for food (2400 calories, Western food types)

Milk (regular), (0.25 liter) 1.39 AED
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (125.00 g) 1.19 AED
Rice (white), (0.10 kg) 0.91 AED
Eggs (regular) (2.40) 2.01 AED
Local Cheese (0.10 kg) 2.87 AED
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (0.15 kg) 3.70 AED
Beef Round (0.15 kg) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 6.78 AED
Apples (0.30 kg) 2.47 AED
Banana (0.25 kg) 1.69 AED
Oranges (0.30 kg) 2.28 AED
Tomato (0.20 kg) 1.49 AED
Potato (0.20 kg) 0.90 AED
Onion (0.10 kg) 0.33 AED
Lettuce (0.20 head) 1.42 AED
Daily recommended minimum amount of money for food per person29.44 AED
Monthly recommended minimum amount of money for food per person
(assuming 31 days per month)
912.59 AED

Recommended Minimum Amount of Money for food (2400 calories, Asian food types)

Loaf of Fresh White Bread (50.00 g) 0.47 AED
Rice (white), (0.25 kg) 2.28 AED
Eggs (regular) (2.40) 2.01 AED
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (0.20 kg) 4.94 AED
Beef Round (0.10 kg) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 4.52 AED
Apples (0.25 kg) 2.06 AED
Banana (0.25 kg) 1.69 AED
Oranges (0.15 kg) 1.14 AED
Tomato (0.20 kg) 1.49 AED
Potato (0.20 kg) 0.90 AED
Onion (0.10 kg) 0.33 AED
Lettuce (0.10 head) 0.71 AED
Daily recommended minimum amount of money for food per person22.55 AED
Monthly recommended minimum amount of money for food per person
(assuming 31 days per month)
699.16 AED

Food prices from our Cost of Living Section

[ Edit ] Range
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 20.98 AED 15.14-37.85
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 4.31 AED 2.72-6.35
Rice (white), (1 lb) 4.14 AED 2.27-6.80
Eggs (regular) (12) 10.06 AED 7.00-16.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 13.00 AED 6.80-22.68
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 11.20 AED 6.80-18.14
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 20.52 AED 13.61-31.75
Apples (1 lb) 3.74 AED 2.72-5.44
Banana (1 lb) 3.07 AED 2.27-5.44
Oranges (1 lb) 3.44 AED 1.81-6.35
Tomato (1 lb) 3.38 AED 1.81-6.80
Potato (1 lb) 2.05 AED 1.36-3.63
Onion (1 lb) 1.49 AED 0.91-2.72
Lettuce (1 head) 7.12 AED 5.00-11.00

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80 Comments so far

#Shahid syed on Nov 17, 2017 :
I want vegetables rates in al aweer on daily basis.
#Jana on Nov 15, 2017 :
May I know the price of wheat flour per kg in uae,also about electric bill ,gas bill, water bill etc
#Erfan on Jun 07, 2017 :
Dear Mr. Mahboob, I would suggest, you first decide how long you plan to stay in UAE. If you plan to live here itself, then you can do any business in a freezone based on what kind of work interests you.

its your money, you dont have to ask in a public forum what to do with it.

All the best!
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#Arul on Apr 07, 2017 :
What'll be the room rent in Dubai? For a single room.
#mahboob on Apr 05, 2017 :
dear brothers ,
pl advise I m old person of 64 years retired from lesco ,
shall I start some job or business I have aed 3,00,000, with me
shall I start business like ,,contractor of new connections in DEWA OR ANY OTHER ONE

#Helen on Mar 14, 2017 :
Food in UAE: max 400dhs per person per month for groceries (please cook yourself its much cheaper). For lunch or dinner in a simple restaurant is 10-20dhs.

Rent in UAE: Dubai super expensive, sharjah is 25000 per year for 1 bedroom very simple appartment up to 40 000 for a better home.

Transportation from Sharjah to Dubai and back can be 25dhs per day, but this is just an estimation. Check google maps for accurate prices.

Check flight costs in case you want to see your family sometimes

Don't let companies hold your passport because they can make you stuck in the country

Petrol is about 80dhs for full tank in a Toyota Corolla.
Toyota corolla is one of the most popular cars here in terms of money. 2009 model costs 17 000

Dont get loans in UAE because if you cannot pay back debt, you can end up in prison.

Calculate how mch dirham you have left after all costs and see how much that is in the money of your coutry.
#Luzaan on Feb 06, 2017 :
My son is going on a rugby tour in Dubai. What is the average price of lunch they can budget for.
#Anonymous on Dec 22, 2016 :
#TROY on Feb 25, 2016 :
Can anybody give me an address of a normal Restaurant near Khalid Bin Waleed Road, Dubai. It will be very helpful for me. I really need help.

Taste of the Town
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#Navid Khan on Sep 29, 2016 :
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#Louis on Sep 11, 2016 :
I have been offer a gardening job in Dubai with salary 900Dirham ,free accommodation ,transport and medicine,,will I be able to save some money
#Louis on Sep 11, 2016 :
I have been offer a gardening job in Dubai with salary of 900(Dubai currency),_will I be able to save money
#peter mwita on Jun 07, 2016 :
Let the world come together and help in food production to tame this raising food prices.
#TROY on Feb 25, 2016 :
Can anybody give me an address of a normal Restaurant near Khalid Bin Waleed Road, Dubai. It will be very helpful for me. I really need help.
#TROY on Feb 25, 2016 :
Dear Friends help me,...... i came to Dubai for 10 days for some meeting, can any body suggest where i can get good foods at affordable prices. Now it is getting very tough for me to take such a costly food. Please give me with location and details.
#anu on Oct 12, 2015 :
hi i have 1 year of exp in india i have completed my masters in commerce i am looking for a job in dubai can anyone help me what might be the salary package.
#Anonymous on Sep 16, 2015 :
Is there anybody to reply to all these posts???

It would be good if all these concerns are addressed.
Thank You
#Anonymous on Sep 12, 2015 :
Hi, can u tell me how much the average sale of normal restaurent in uae? And how much cost to open a restaurent in uae?
#deepak pandey on Sep 04, 2015 :
i am looking IT hardware and networking and desktop engineer jobs in dubai and kuwait .
so can u give me some detail like that

how mach monthly salary get in hardware and networking ya desktop engineer IT

what is starting salary in IT
#williampremkumar on Aug 12, 2015 :
I like to work in UAE. Right now iam working in a shipping company as forwarding Manager. Can any one inform me any offers availed. My No is 9566644266
#Sourjeet on Aug 12, 2015 :
Hello sir I have got a job in Dubai. The salary is 1800 Aed with accomdation + medical . My question is there is no food for me how much can I save???
#Ramesh on Jul 28, 2015 :
Hi Everyone,

Its really urgent.

I am getting salary of Rs.53000 in hand in India and I have 3 years of experience.

I have been offered a job at UAE for a software company for 6000 AED per month + Free accommodation + VISA + Flight ticket + 30 days paid leave + travelling.

So looking into all the comments can I say 1000 AED will cost for Food on a higher end which means I can save 5000 AED per month?

Also Is it 6000AED worth considering the salary that I am getting in India and also my experience.

Please respond as soon as possible.
#Kamil on Jul 25, 2015 :
Please anyone can say about accommodation price in UAE For job Searcher because I do not have knowledge about UAE accommodation system.
#mukesh on Jul 16, 2015 :
Hello friends

working in uae can be good or bad as per your comfort.
1. if a person earns 1500 AED + accommodation + medical. then its upto him how much he can save because food will cost you 500AED to 800AED if company is not providing, if company providing then its saving.
2. if a person gets 2000AED to 3000AED with accommodation + medical then you can calculate about food as per point 1 or depend on your diet chart.
3. if salary is above 3000AED then you can save a little.
4. else depend on you salary / country/ currency. because you have to save for your home also. so better get more then 3000AED with food + accommodation+ medical +insurance as per country law.
#ahmad on Jun 29, 2015 :
Dear friend,

I am trying to seek a job in UAE (ICS Computer Science and autocad with expir... 2 years) my contact number 03054170826
#Anonymous on Jun 17, 2015 :
I am offered 1200aed + food + accomodation. But my sister stays there. Please advice
#olamide on Jun 03, 2015 :
my brother invites me to dubai...i want to work an electrical engineerin,if there is any vacant space you should inform me on my contact either sms or call...+2348096652759.....olamide ...thanks
#Anonymous on Jun 03, 2015 :
Just don't take any job offer with salary below 4000 AED..
#chiru on May 10, 2015 :
hi,i got a job in Sharjha (Dubai) & the company give me a Salary of 3000AED and they give only accommodation not a food,so please tell me approximately how much cost for food per month. in that Lunch & Dinner & Breakfast.
#Anonymous on Apr 30, 2015 :
How much cash to carry for 7th visit to dubai the cost of flight and accommodation not inclusive
#Raheel on Apr 28, 2015 :
Hello, my name is Raheel, i get the offer AED 28000/- + medical + yearly ticket + 30 leaves in Dubai. Can anyone suggest the cost of monthly grocery for 02 persons (we are non-vegetarian)? Also provide provide information regarding the good accommodation?

#strella on Apr 12, 2015 :
Hello can anybody please help my brother. He is currently in dubai and his getting very sad of not being familiar to the place and not being able to apply as much as he can. His a RN from the phils. His contact number is +971527268836....mga kababayan tulong naman please in case mey alam kayong job vacancy for him any work will do help...thank you very much...
#kris on Apr 08, 2015 :
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#DUMEBI on Mar 30, 2015 :
Please can any body help me find a good job in Abu Dhabi? My number +2348174086885, I will b moving to Abu Dhabi April.
#sean on Mar 22, 2015 :
I like beef ribs and beef steak. how much does it cost per kg in Dubai?
#jawad khan on Mar 01, 2015 :
Hello, I got an offer of 12000 Aed from a company in dubai, my concern is how to find a good place for living :-)
#Shahid on Feb 27, 2015 :
i would like to to visit dubai in March / april, please suggest that is it s fair months to find job in dubai or else?
#r. dayrit on Feb 24, 2015 :
hi @G Raghunath, can I know what company and how to apply in your present job?
#Lanry on Feb 23, 2015 :
Plz,I want know the mininum wages in dubai.thanks
#Maxican on Feb 19, 2015 :
I have just got job how will be rent in normal
#G Raghunath on Feb 08, 2015 :
Hi i got job in Dubai (jebel ali free zone) they provide 4000 AED whether this salary is enough for batchelour they provide accomodation they cut 10% for accomodation in the salary. And food expenses is my cost. So please advice Totally how much expenses are there & how much amount i can able to save.
#Greese on Feb 07, 2015 :
I got job in dubai salary is 11000 aed +accomidation+transportation,medical,30days paid leave but i need to take care of food exp.At present i am job less in india since 4 months and i was earning Rs.25 lacs per annum .

Can any body suggest me anout the exp.and savings.?
#sumanta dey on Feb 04, 2015 :
Hi, this is sumanta .. I got a job in dubai . 1600 AED salary. Accommodation free from company, Any one please suggest me can I save 1100 AED, After cutting the food expenses. ..
##Veenoth on Jan 27, 2015 :
So if you are a bachelor and earning AED 4000 in SHARJAH it's better you can save around 2000-2500 per month.
##Veenoth on Jan 27, 2015 :
Dear All,

This is the rough calculation if you planning for Sharjah, UAE.
For Accomodation:
If Sharing like bed space it will cost around AED600-1000 per head.
If its Studio flat for couple it will cost around 1500-2500 per month.
If its 1/2 BHK flat it will cost 2500+++ per month.

Utilities: In sharing it will be bit cheaper per head will cost around AED 200
For individual flat it depends.

For Food:
If having in normal restaurant(also not worst)
For break fast: AED 6-10
For Lunch: AED 8-14
For Dinner: AED 6-12
Totally in a day AED 30 will be more enough to have sufficient food.
For cooking in home AED 200-350 per month per head(Will not exceed)
For transportation:
Taxi min fare is AED 10 which is very costlier comparing to the price of fuel over here.
Local Bus AED 5 min and Bus to Dubai from Sharjah AED 10 which is also very costlier comparing to the price of fuel over here.
Mobile bill: If you are using calling card to call international it depends. May be about AED 50-75
#Ashraf on Jan 24, 2015 :

I got an offer in Dubai from Synergy Software , the offer is about 5000 basic + 5000 Accommodation in addtion to about 1000 other Benefits (Medical , Air ticket , Certificate gained etc..).

Is it good or bad???
Plz Advice.

Kind regards,
#Piyush Aggarwal on Jan 16, 2015 :
Hi... I got a job in dubai in accounts and my monthly pkg will be 4250 Aed which is include 1750 aed for accommodation and transportation so i want to know is this is good pkg for survive over there
#Farhan on Jan 16, 2015 :
hi am going home on vacations and gonna stay in dubai for a couple of days should i do shopping in sydney here or dubai is cheaper??
#Christine on Jan 08, 2015 :
Hi there! I apply as a saled lady for dubai from agency here in Philippines, the salary offer was 1200 Aed and the company provide the accomodation and tranportation. but the food is not provided of the company. will I accept the offer? how can I survive? please.. Thank you! :)
#sujith on Jan 03, 2015 :
#sujith hey i got in dubai of 4000 AED so can i survive their with out anything free
#Mazen on Dec 29, 2014 :
#AUbrey Serranicle Jones i i cannot believe you 10 USD/1 Egg and 33 USD/1 Liter of Milk what the fuck!!!! are you living on the moon, please i can export to you from here, please email me and i will make you rich in your strange city withj their strange prices!!!!
#sudhir on Dec 28, 2014 :
I got a job in Dubai and my monthly salary is 2000AED, can I survive with this Salary in Dubai
#bharat on Dec 19, 2014 :
HI my name bharat i am indian i need a job dubai i am rf cabel cabel tacnician 15 year experince
#dammy on Nov 30, 2014 :
plz can some1 help me.?i realy want 2 work in dubia, i'm currently in nigeria. If anyone can help.plz kindly contact my phone numba.+2348167256153
#Advise on Nov 13, 2014 :
People can manage even AED 200.00 for them food
#Sivasubramanian on Nov 05, 2014 :
I got a job in life insurance company in dubai as an sales consultant with the salary of 1400 us dollars every month.. which equal to 5100 dhs.

Also first 3 months they are giving additional of dhs.1500 for first 3 months..

That's for first 3 months dhs.6600/-.. After 3 months only dhs.5100/-.

Whether I can able to manage.. How much I can able to send to India for home after spending my expenses.. .
#Aditya on Sep 29, 2014 :
I have been offered a job in Dubai for a salary of 4000 AED. the profile is of retail store manager. they are providing individual accommodation, medical, food, insurance etc. please suggest me if this is the manageable salary in dubai for a single person. or should i ask for a raise in monthly salary if possible?
#james bond on Aug 14, 2014 :
You should check a few websites before accepting a job. 800 aed for a taxi driver is nothing in my view.
I have not accepted a job where i got the offer for 18000 aed which is just acceptable but not the best in my view.
#Shrawan on Aug 05, 2014 :
i've got job in dubai company pay me AED2500/- with bachelor accomodation n Transport n no food no insurance, will i b able to survive with des salary?i will eat only out side bcoz i cannot cook.Its urgent

Please suggest
#Sudharson on Jul 28, 2014 :
Could anyöne tell me minimum how much money is needed for food in dubai.. I hav got job..
#Abubakar Abdulateef on Jul 10, 2014 :
pls for Almighty Allah anyone who know garlic&ginger geniune importers in U.A.E should help&contact me staybless
#Ramadan on Jul 01, 2014 :
Nice to see that every on getting job in Dubai
#Rossi on Jun 03, 2014 :
Why are every body asking questions here?? i do not see any answers from anyone then why ask questions??
#shankar on May 23, 2014 :
I purchased a good quality of dates from a shop by paying 120 AED . I have a doubt whether I have been overcharged . Can some boca clarify.
#bimi on May 10, 2014 :
hello im seeking a job in dubai in position store manager or cashier,can anybodynhere help me to get a job there.
#kalumyana on Apr 25, 2014 :
I hav seen a job offer for foreiners to work at emirates taxis as drivers getting 800AED as basic salary. Is it enough?
#nadaraj on Apr 24, 2014 :
I got a safety Engineer job in sharjah 4000AED Salary with accomondation Room Only how much food cost in monthly expense please give me the idea
#Tanya on Feb 19, 2014 :
I see a lot of people got jobs in Dubai. How did you guys get it? please help
#Junaid Shaikh on Feb 17, 2014 :
Dear friend,

I am trying to seek a job in UAE, that's why i need to know some information by you, what should i required Dhirams to surviving there, it will be quite nice and feasible between in my Interview for demanding. basically i am an Accountant and wishing to search job in dubai, including with it, let me know what is the economically and average expenses of a common man in UAE.

Thanking you
#gabriel on Feb 12, 2014 :
hi i got a job in dubai for 800 riyal with free accomodation and food

will i survive with this?
#chandan kumar on Feb 05, 2014 :
i got a job in dubai with salary 2500 aed including accomodation & food, hw to suvive there tell me p/z
#pravin on Feb 01, 2014 :
I got a job in Dubai and the salary is about 4000AED per month. accomodation & transportation is provided by company, So Can I survive with this salary? Please suggest me.
#Faizal Mohamad on Jan 20, 2014 :
i am going dubai for 2000 AED allowance only.. is it a suitable one for a electronic engineering fresher
#kamal acharya on Jan 10, 2014 :
* i got a job in dubai and i want to know about salary is 2000aed
2.can i survive with this salay in dubai much money spend for food & rent
#Sharon hague on Jan 08, 2014 :
I'm currently earning $34 per hour as a registered nurse as a charge nurse in the aged care sector in Australia , will I earn more in dubia
#Sharon hague on Jan 08, 2014 :
I'm currently earning $34 hrly rate as a charge nurse in Australia, in Aged Care Sector .Will I earn more money in Dubia
#R.KARTHIK KUMAR on Dec 30, 2013 :
Hi ,
I got offer in Dubai , My package is total 5222 AED including accommodation . Pls advice i can survive with this salary ,
#bhuvana on Dec 23, 2013 :
i got a job in dubai with 3500 dirham + free accomodation.
is it enough to survive and wat is the cost of food in a decent hotel per day?
how much to spent for a normal fever to a doctor?
#Inês on Dec 12, 2013 :
I got a job in Dubai and the salary is about 5000AED per month (accomodation is free).
Can I survive with this salary?