Abu Dhabi vs Dubai - Cost of Living Comparison

Abu Dhabi Dubai
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1963
$1899
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$4184
$4399
🏠 One person rent
$1371
$1165
🏘️ Family rent
$2329
$2111
🍽️ Food expenses
$386
$433
🚐 Transport expenses
$71.5
$167
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$3074
$4679
😷 Air quality
Moderate
Bad
✈️ Airport proximity
11 km
6 km
🎓 Higher education
52
61
😀 Quality of life
81
89
🏙️ Population
1.48M
2.5M

The cost of living in Abu Dhabi is 3% more expensive than in Dubai. Cities ranked 608th and 1800th ($1963 vs $1899) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 1st and 2nd in the United Arab Emirates.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 1.6 months in Abu Dhabi compared to 2.5 months in Dubai. Ranked 4th vs 1st best cities to live in the United Arab Emirates, and 318th vs 127th among the best cities to live in the world.

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Prices in Abu Dhabi vs Dubai

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Abu Dhabi Dubai
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$8
$10.1
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$54
$67.5
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$8.1
$8.09
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$10.9
$12.6
 Cappuccino
$4.76
$5.24
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.88
$1.11
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1833
$1328
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1008
$865
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$2557
$2486
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1962
$1683
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$93.3
$109
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$144
$169
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$104
$98.6
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
4.3%
3.71%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$3249
$4012
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2572
$2459
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.54
$1.37
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$21.7
$83
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$7.65
$9.99
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.11
$1.01
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.63
$1.87
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.27
$1.29
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.72
$1.77
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.76
$3.43
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.74
$9.93
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$7.49
$7.87
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$11
$11.2
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.09
$2.21
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.68
$1.85
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.58
$1.61
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.34
$1.46
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.94
$1.08
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.86
$0.92
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.38
$0.4
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.13
$2.14
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$17.6
$14.5
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.15
$3.41
🚬 Cigarette pack
$5.97
$5.48
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$5.29
$9.34
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$5.99
$5.36
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$4.2
$3.25
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$3.23
$4.18
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$69.8
$74.5
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$12.2
$12.8
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$81.6
$73.7
💇 Haircut, simple
$13.5
$12.1
👖 Brand Jeans
$51.1
$63.4
👟 Brand Sneakers
$89.3
$85.5
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$555
$733
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$9372
$12709

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Cities near Abu Dhabi

Distance City Cost of living
117 km or 73 mi Madinat Zayed
$1297
129 km or 80 mi Dubai
$1899
142 km or 88 mi Sharjah
$1360
143 km or 89 mi Al Ain
$1448
152 km or 94 mi Ajman
$871
170 km or 105 mi Umm al-Quwain
$1053
211 km or 131 mi Fujairah
$1095
237 km or 147 mi Ras al-Khaimah
$1376
300 km or 187 mi Doha
$1894
318 km or 198 mi Al Khor
$1755
356 km or 221 mi Bandar Abbas
$675
365 km or 227 mi Nizwa
$824
395 km or 246 mi Seeb
$1236
425 km or 264 mi Riffa
$1002
427 km or 265 mi Manama
$1307
428 km or 266 mi Isa Town
$1152
439 km or 273 mi Muscat
$1145
454 km or 282 mi Jahrom
$660
468 km or 291 mi Dhahran
$969
481 km or 299 mi Dammam
$1004
486 km or 302 mi Al-Mubarraz
$699
501 km or 311 mi Fasa
$939
514 km or 320 mi Qatif
$889
548 km or 341 mi Jubail
$861
568 km or 353 mi Sirjan
$663
575 km or 357 mi Jiroft
$659
599 km or 372 mi Shiraz
$724
610 km or 379 mi Bushehr
$694
617 km or 384 mi Borazjan
$657
620 km or 385 mi Marvdasht
$659
632 km or 392 mi Kazerun
$656
637 km or 396 mi Chabahar
$659
649 km or 404 mi Bam
$659
678 km or 421 mi Rafsanjan
$663
698 km or 434 mi Kerman
$680
701 km or 435 mi Iranshahr
$657
741 km or 460 mi Yasuj
$611
775 km or 481 mi Riyadh
$1132
790 km or 491 mi Al Wafrah
$954
792 km or 492 mi Behbahan
$660

Cities near Dubai

Distance City Cost of living
13 km or 8 mi Sharjah
$1360
22 km or 14 mi Ajman
$871
41 km or 25 mi Umm al-Quwain
$1053
104 km or 65 mi Fujairah
$1095
108 km or 67 mi Ras al-Khaimah
$1376
126 km or 78 mi Al Ain
$1448
129 km or 80 mi Abu Dhabi
$1963
234 km or 146 mi Bandar Abbas
$675
246 km or 153 mi Madinat Zayed
$1297
339 km or 211 mi Seeb
$1236
344 km or 214 mi Nizwa
$824
380 km or 236 mi Doha
$1894
380 km or 236 mi Muscat
$1145
385 km or 239 mi Al Khor
$1755
399 km or 248 mi Jahrom
$660
440 km or 273 mi Fasa
$939
449 km or 279 mi Jiroft
$659
466 km or 290 mi Sirjan
$663
485 km or 301 mi Manama
$1307
486 km or 302 mi Riffa
$1002
487 km or 303 mi Isa Town
$1152
523 km or 325 mi Bam
$659
528 km or 328 mi Dhahran
$969
534 km or 332 mi Chabahar
$659
537 km or 334 mi Dammam
$1004
554 km or 345 mi Shiraz
$724
560 km or 348 mi Qatif
$889
568 km or 353 mi Al-Mubarraz
$699
568 km or 353 mi Marvdasht
$659
574 km or 357 mi Rafsanjan
$663
578 km or 359 mi Iranshahr
$657
584 km or 363 mi Kerman
$680
595 km or 370 mi Jubail
$861
601 km or 373 mi Borazjan
$657
603 km or 375 mi Kazerun
$656
604 km or 375 mi Bushehr
$694
703 km or 437 mi Yasuj
$611
721 km or 448 mi Zahedan
$828
743 km or 461 mi Yazd
$809
773 km or 481 mi Behbahan
$660