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Cost of Living in UAE



Cost of living is the amount of money you need for a certain level of living. It includes basic expenses such as housing, food, health care and taxes. The cost of living in UAE would be different from the cost of living in some other country and region. Before you decide to relocate to UAE or get a job here, it is important to keep in mind the UAE cost of living. Nowadays, the salary structure in UAE is not as attractive as it used to be. Moreover, accommodation consumes a big chunk of the salary as rentals are real high. However, the absence of income tax is a plus point for all the expatriates as it allows them to build up a reserve for future.

There is no doubt that in comparison to the United Kingdom and United States of America, UAE is quite far behind. 

A comparative cost of living UAE and United Kingdom is given below:

United Arab Emirates -United Kingdom

UNITED ARAB EMIRATESUNITED KINGDOMDIFFERENCES

Restaurants


Meal, Inexpensive   Restaurant30.00 AED (6.29 £)71.52 AED (15.00 £)138.41%
Meal for 2,   Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course150.00 AED (31.46 £)262.25 AED
(55.00 £)
74.83%




McMeal at   McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal)25.00 AED
(5.24 £)
23.84 AED
(5.00 £)
-4.64%
Domestic Beer (0.5   litre draught)40.00 AED (8.39 £)21.46 AED
(4.50 £)
-47.36%
Imported Beer   (0.33 litre bottle)40.00 AED
(8.39 £)
20.15 AED
(4.22 £)
-49.64%
Cappuccino   (regular)16.62 AED
(3.49 £)
12.51 AED
(2.62 £)
-24.71%
Coke/Pepsi (0.33   litre bottle)1.80 AED
(0.38 £)
5.85 AED
(1.23 £)
224.09%
Water (0.33 litre   bottle)1.26 AED
(0.26 £)
4.62 AED
(0.97 £) 
266.96%
Markets


Milk (regular), (1   litre)5.53 AED
(1.16 £)
4.28 AED
(0.90 £)
-22.59%
Loaf of Fresh   White Bread (500g)4.90 AED
(1.03 £)
4.72 AED
(0.99 £) 
-3.60%
Rice (white),   (1kg)8.64 AED
(1.81 £)
6.37 AED
(1.34 £)
-26.23%
Eggs (12   pieces/Dozen)      10.23 AED
(2.15 £)
10.15 AED
(2.13 £)
-0.77%
Local Cheese (1kg)26.71 AED
(5.60 £)
28.53 AED
(5.98 £)
6.82%
Chicken Breasts   (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg)23.80 AED
(4.99 £)
31.49 AED
(6.60 £)
32.30%
Beef   Round (1kg) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat)38.97 AED
(8.17 £)
39.86 AED
(8.36 £)
2.30%
Apples (1kg) 8.63 AED
(1.81 £)
9.44 AED
(1.98 £)
9.47%
Banana   (1kg)7.30 AED
(1.53 £)
4.81 AED
(1.01 £)
-34.12%
Oranges (1kg)7.72 AED
(1.62 £)
8.97 AED
(1.88 £)
16.10%
Tomato   (1kg)  6.69 AED
(1.40 £)
9.21 AED
(1.93 £) 
37.67%
Potato (1kg)4.17 AED
(0.88 £)
5.85 AED
(1.23 £)
40.11%
Onion   (1kg)3.85 AED
(0.81 £)
5.24 AED
(1.10 £)
36.04%
Lettuce (1 head)7.19 AED
(1.51 £)
3.65 AED
(0.77 £)
-49.25%
Water (1.5 litre   bottle)2.24 AED
(0.47 £)
4.27 AED
(0.90 £)
90.51%
Bottle of Wine   (Mid-Range)70.00 AED
(14.68 £)
36.93 AED
(7.75 £)
-47.24%
Domestic Beer (0.5   litre bottle)37.11 AED
(7.78 £)
8.12 AED
(1.70 £)
-78.12%
Imported Beer   (0.33 litre bottle) 38.61 AED
(8.10 £)
8.28 AED
(1.74 £)
-78.56%
Pack of Cigarettes   (Marlboro)10.00 AED
(2.10 £)
45.30 AED
(9.50 £)
352.98%
Transportation


One-way Ticket   (Local Transport)5.00 AED
(1.05 £)
11.92 AED
(2.50 £)
138.41%



23%
Monthly Pass   (Regular Price)250.00 AED
(52.43 £)
619.86 AED
(130.00 £)
147.95%
Taxi Start (Normal   Tariff)11.50 AED
(2.41 £)
16.69 AED
(3.50 £)
45.12%



%
Taxi 1km (Normal   Tariff)2.00 AED
(0.42 £)
19.07 AED
(4.00 £)
853.64%
Taxi 1hour Waiting40.00 AED
(8.39 £)
181.19 AED
(38.00 £)
352.98%
(Normal   Tariff)


Gasoline (1 litre)1.81 AED
(0.38 £)
5.59 AED
(1.17 £)
209.20%
Volkswagen Golf70,000.00 AED
(14,680.64 £)
85,827.30 AED
(18,000.00 £)
22.61%
1.4 90   KW Trendline


(Or   Equivalent New Car)


Toyota   Corolla65,010.08 AED
(13,634.14 £)
88,697.75 AED
(18,602.00 £)
36.44%
1.6l   97kW Comfort 


(Or   Equivalent New Car)


Utility (Monthly)


Basic   (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m²628.12 AED
(131.73 £)
690.73 AED
(144.86 £)
9.97%
Apartment           


1 minute of   Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts0.49 AED
(0.10 £)
0.69 AED
(0.14 £)
38.57%
or   Plans)   


Internet (6 Mbps,   Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)323.39 AED
(67.82 £)
113.95 AED
(23.90 £)
-64.76%
Sports and Leisure


Fitness Club,   Monthly Fee for 1 Adult     354.39 AED
(74.32 £)
221.36 AED
(46.42 £)
-37.54%
Tennis Court Rent   (1 Hour on Weekend)105.63 AED
(22.15 £)
56.37 AED
(11.82 £)
-46.63%
Cinema,   International Release, 1 Seat35.00 AED
(7.34 £)
57.22 AED
(12.00 £)
63.48%
Childcare


Preschool   (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child2,937.81 AED
(616.13 £)
5,024.08 AED
(1,053.67 £)
71.01%




International   Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child43,299.60 AED
(9,080.94 £)
69,479.24 AED
(14,571.43 £)
60.46%
Clothing and Shoes


1 Pair of Jeans   (Levis 501 Or Similar)286.34 AED
(60.05 £)
293.98   AED
(61.65 £)
2.67%




1 Summer Dress in   a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...)203.82 AED
(42.75 £)
150.56 AED
(31.58 £)
-26.13%
1 Pair of Nike   Running Shoes (Mid-Range)331.82 AED
(69.59 £)
312.22 AED
(65.48 £)
-5.91%
1 Pair of Men   Leather Business Shoes338.97 AED
(71.09 £)
374.26 AED
(78.49 £)
10.41%
Rent per Month


Apartment (1   bedroom) in City Centre7,281.80 AED
(1,527.16 £)
8,008.56 AED
(1,679.58 £)
9.98%
Apartment (1   bedroom) Outside of Centre4,992.78 AED
(1,047.10 £)
5,591.79 AED
(1,172.73 £)
12.00%
Apartment (3   bedrooms) in City Centre14,419.14 AED
(3,024.03 £)
14,546.70 AED
(3,050.78 £)
0.88%
Apartment (3   bedrooms) Outside of Centre10,071.68 AED
(2,112.27 £)
9,361.26 AED
(1,963.28 £)
-7.05%
Buy Apartment Price


Price per Square   Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre17,280.58 AED
(3,624.14 £)
68,003.59 AED
(14,261.95 £)
293.53%
Price per Square   Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of10,275.71 AED
(2,155.06 £)
34,350.09 AED
(7,204.02 £)
234.28%
Centre


Salaries and Financing


Average Monthly   Net Salary (After Tax)12,358.24 AED
(2,591.81 £)
10,472.30 AED
(2,196.29 £)
-15.26%
Mortgage Interest   Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly4.183.24-22.50%

The referral statistical indexes have been taken from Numbeo.