Prices in Abu Dhabi vs Dubai - Cost of Living Comparison

Abu DhabiDubai
🚶 Cost of living One person
$1741
$1836
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$3996
$4258
🏠 One person rent
$1092
$1108
🏘️ Family rent
$1964
$2059
🍽️ Food Expenses
$421
$433
🚐 Transport Expenses
$57.9
$150
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$2713
$2891
🏙️ Population
1M
2.5M

The cost of living in Abu Dhabi is 5% less expensive than in Dubai. Cities ranked 1730th and 488th ($1741 vs $1836) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 2nd and 1st 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 1.6 months in Dubai. Ranked 3rd vs 1st best cities to live in the United Arab Emirates, and 257th vs 186th among the best cities to live in the world.

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Prices in Abu Dhabi vs Dubai

Abu DhabiDubai
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$9.03
$10.5
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$54.2
$52.8
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$7.06
$8.14
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$11.4
$12.2
☕ Cappuccino
$6.61
$5.58
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.9
$1.03
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1151
$1240
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$844
$817
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$2246
$2375
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1599
$1642
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$90.9
$116
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$140
$180
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$95
$90.8
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
4.03%
4.47%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$3523
$3524
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2760
$2300
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.54
$1.64
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$24.7
$77.1
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$7.29
$8.77
⛽ Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$0.58
$0.62
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.65
$1.77
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.12
$1.26
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.61
$1.5
🥚 Eggs, x12
$3.7
$3.64
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$11.7
$14.2
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.6
$9.13
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$10.4
$11.5
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.35
$2.45
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.97
$1.74
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.94
$1.86
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.27
$1.58
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.29
$1.22
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.08
$1.02
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.43
$0.45
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.19
$2.08
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$22.7
$18.2
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.49
$3.62
🚬 Cigarette pack
$5.9
$5.75
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$5.21
$6.66
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$6.99
$5.86
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$2.76
$3.23
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$3.77
$3.92
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$95.8
$82.3
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$11.6
$11.7
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$104
$79.6
💇 Haircut, simple
$17.5
$19.1
👖 Brand Jeans
$82.5
$58.5
👟 Brand Sneakers
$114
$96.7
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$587
$570
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$10770
$11052

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Cities near Abu Dhabi

DistanceCityCost of living
117 km or 73 miMadinat Zayed
$1381
129 km or 80 miDubai
$1836
142 km or 88 miSharjah
$1224
143 km or 89 miAl Ain
$1450
152 km or 94 miAjman
$1537
170 km or 105 miUmm al-Quwain
$1162
211 km or 131 miFujairah
$1299
237 km or 147 miRas al-Khaimah
$1419
300 km or 187 miDoha
$1804
318 km or 198 miAl Khor
$1668
356 km or 221 miBandar Abbas
$453
365 km or 227 miNizwa
$787
395 km or 246 miSeeb
$1106
425 km or 264 miRiffa
$1077
427 km or 265 miManama
$1284
428 km or 266 miIsa Town
$1141
439 km or 273 miMuscat
$1034
454 km or 282 miJahrom
$442
468 km or 291 miDhahran
$840
481 km or 299 miDammam
$955
486 km or 302 miAl-Mubarraz
$901
501 km or 311 miFasa
$441
514 km or 320 miQatif
$651
548 km or 341 miJubail
$888
568 km or 353 miSirjan
$445
575 km or 357 miJiroft
$440
599 km or 372 miShiraz
$420
610 km or 379 miBushehr
$412
617 km or 384 miBorazjan
$441
620 km or 385 miMarvdasht
$443
632 km or 392 miKazerun
$441
637 km or 396 miChabahar
$440
649 km or 404 miBam
$442
678 km or 421 miRafsanjan
$441
698 km or 434 miKerman
$429
701 km or 435 miIranshahr
$374
741 km or 460 miYasuj
$569
775 km or 481 miRiyadh
$942
790 km or 491 miAl Wafrah
$1074
792 km or 492 miBehbahan
$442

Cities near Dubai

DistanceCityCost of living
13 km or 8 miSharjah
$1224
22 km or 14 miAjman
$1537
41 km or 25 miUmm al-Quwain
$1162
104 km or 65 miFujairah
$1299
108 km or 67 miRas al-Khaimah
$1419
126 km or 78 miAl Ain
$1450
129 km or 80 miAbu Dhabi
$1741
234 km or 146 miBandar Abbas
$453
246 km or 153 miMadinat Zayed
$1381
339 km or 211 miSeeb
$1106
344 km or 214 miNizwa
$787
380 km or 236 miDoha
$1804
380 km or 236 miMuscat
$1034
385 km or 239 miAl Khor
$1668
399 km or 248 miJahrom
$442
440 km or 273 miFasa
$441
449 km or 279 miJiroft
$440
466 km or 290 miSirjan
$445
485 km or 301 miManama
$1284
486 km or 302 miRiffa
$1077
487 km or 303 miIsa Town
$1141
523 km or 325 miBam
$442
528 km or 328 miDhahran
$840
534 km or 332 miChabahar
$440
537 km or 334 miDammam
$955
554 km or 345 miShiraz
$420
560 km or 348 miQatif
$651
568 km or 353 miAl-Mubarraz
$901
568 km or 353 miMarvdasht
$443
574 km or 357 miRafsanjan
$441
578 km or 359 miIranshahr
$374
584 km or 363 miKerman
$429
595 km or 370 miJubail
$888
601 km or 373 miBorazjan
$441
603 km or 375 miKazerun
$441
604 km or 375 miBushehr
$412
703 km or 437 miYasuj
$569
721 km or 448 miZahedan
$399
743 km or 461 miYazd
$477
773 km or 481 miBehbahan
$442