Abu Dhabi vs Kuala Lumpur - Cost of Living Comparison

Abu Dhabi Kuala Lumpur
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1963
$694
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$4184
$1766
🏠 One person rent
$1371
$320
🏘️ Family rent
$2329
$600
🍽️ Food expenses
$386
$241
🚐 Transport expenses
$71.5
$69.1
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$3074
$1253
😷 Air quality
Moderate
Moderate
✈️ Airport proximity
11 km
16 km
🎓 Higher education
52
92
😀 Quality of life
81
78
🏙️ Population
1.48M
1.98M

The cost of living in Abu Dhabi is 183% more expensive than in Kuala Lumpur. Cities ranked 608th and 6605th ($1963 vs $694) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 1st and 1st in the United Arab Emirates and Malaysia, respectively. Check the United Arab Emirates vs Malaysia comparison.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 1.6 months in Abu Dhabi compared to 1.8 months in Kuala Lumpur. Abu Dhabi ranked 4th best city to live in the United Arab Emirates vs Kuala Lumpur ranked 1st in Malaysia, while ranked 318th and 467th among best cities to live in the world.

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Prices in Abu Dhabi vs Kuala Lumpur

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Abu Dhabi Kuala Lumpur
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$8
$2.65
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$54
$20.9
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$8.1
$4
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$10.9
$3.38
 Cappuccino
$4.76
$2.63
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.88
$0.6
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1833
$370
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1008
$234
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$2557
$746
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1962
$466
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$93.3
$34.3
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$144
$53.4
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$104
$24.4
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
4.3%
3.69%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$3249
$2275
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2572
$1253
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.54
$0.68
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$21.7
$21.6
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$7.65
$7.7
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.11
$0.48
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.63
$1.58
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.27
$0.8
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.72
$1.17
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.76
$2.03
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.74
$9.56
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$7.49
$3.37
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$11
$8.9
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.09
$2.48
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.68
$1.51
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.58
$2.83
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.34
$1.44
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.94
$1.06
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.86
$0.94
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.38
$0.39
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.13
$1.09
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$17.6
$17
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.15
$2.57
🚬 Cigarette pack
$5.97
$4.1
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$5.29
$4.59
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$5.99
$2.98
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$4.2
$1.67
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$3.23
$1.76
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$69.8
$34.2
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$12.2
$4.16
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$81.6
$15.1
💇 Haircut, simple
$13.5
$8.06
👖 Brand Jeans
$51.1
$46.8
👟 Brand Sneakers
$89.3
$62.6
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$555
$261
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$9372
$9595

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$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

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Distance City Cost of living
11 km or 6.7 mi Petaling Jaya
$625
15 km or 9.1 mi Subang Jaya
$642
19 km or 12 mi Shah Alam
$635
24 km or 15 mi Putrajaya
$495
25 km or 16 mi Cyberjaya
$450
30 km or 19 mi Klang
$591
54 km or 33 mi Seremban
$547
123 km or 77 mi Malacca
$530
124 km or 77 mi Teluk Intan
$533
155 km or 97 mi Muar
$552
167 km or 104 mi Dumai
$493
176 km or 109 mi Ipoh
$561
196 km or 122 mi Kuantan
$541
199 km or 124 mi Batu Pahat
$527
211 km or 131 mi Tanjungbalai
$488
217 km or 135 mi Taiping
$552
219 km or 136 mi Kluang
$526
229 km or 142 mi Chukai
$532
282 km or 175 mi Tebing Tinggi
$489
291 km or 181 mi Butterworth
$518
291 km or 181 mi Kuala Terengganu
$416
292 km or 181 mi Pekanbaru
$562
293 km or 182 mi Pematangsiantar
$322
294 km or 183 mi George Town
$510
297 km or 184 mi Johor Bahru
$575
309 km or 192 mi Sungai Petani
$526
311 km or 193 mi Singapore City
$2433
315 km or 195 mi Bukit Merah
$1915
335 km or 208 mi Padangsidempuan
$493
338 km or 210 mi Kota Bharu
$460
341 km or 212 mi Medan
$504
346 km or 215 mi Batam
$613
360 km or 224 mi Binjai
$462
361 km or 225 mi Alor Setar
$508
394 km or 245 mi Tanjung Pinang
$451
402 km or 250 mi Kangar
$486
413 km or 257 mi Langkawi
$498
441 km or 274 mi Langsa
$490
451 km or 280 mi Hat Yai
$548
457 km or 284 mi Ko Lipe
$534