Prices in Abu Dhabi vs Kuala Lumpur - Cost of Living Comparison

Abu DhabiKuala Lumpur
🚶 Cost of living One person
$1741
$735
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$3996
$1761
🏠 One person rent
$1092
$341
🏘️ Family rent
$1964
$577
🍽️ Food Expenses
$421
$236
🚐 Transport Expenses
$57.9
$91.5
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$2713
$973
🏙️ Population
1M
7.59M

The cost of living in Abu Dhabi is 137% more expensive than in Kuala Lumpur. Cities ranked 1730th and 6121st ($1741 vs $735) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 2nd 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 1.3 months in Kuala Lumpur. Abu Dhabi ranked 3rd best city to live in the United Arab Emirates vs Kuala Lumpur ranked 4th in Malaysia, while ranked 257th and 652nd among best cities to live in the world.

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Prices in Abu Dhabi vs Kuala Lumpur

Abu DhabiKuala Lumpur
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$9.03
$3.06
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$54.2
$18.9
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$7.06
$3.59
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$11.4
$4.57
☕ Cappuccino
$6.61
$2.98
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.9
$0.64
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1151
$427
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$844
$244
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$2246
$794
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1599
$423
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$90.9
$33.9
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$140
$52.8
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$95
$26.6
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
4.03%
4.39%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$3523
$2840
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2760
$1421
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.54
$0.69
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$24.7
$22.6
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$7.29
$7.31
⛽ Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$0.58
$0.52
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.65
$1.56
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.12
$0.8
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.61
$0.87
🥚 Eggs, x12
$3.7
$1.64
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$11.7
$10.3
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.6
$3.45
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$10.4
$8.52
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.35
$2.38
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.97
$1.46
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.94
$2.15
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.27
$1.14
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.29
$1.03
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.08
$0.92
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.43
$0.36
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.19
$0.93
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$22.7
$16.2
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.49
$2.51
🚬 Cigarette pack
$5.9
$4.13
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$5.21
$4.99
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$6.99
$3.93
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$2.76
$1.45
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$3.77
$2.02
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$95.8
$37.2
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$11.6
$4.37
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$104
$15
💇 Haircut, simple
$17.5
$5.64
👖 Brand Jeans
$82.5
$56
👟 Brand Sneakers
$114
$67.3
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$587
$184
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$10770
$7951

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$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

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DistanceCityCost of living
11 km or 6.7 miPetaling Jaya
$687
15 km or 9.1 miSubang Jaya
$557
19 km or 12 miShah Alam
$640
24 km or 15 miPutrajaya
$539
25 km or 16 miCyberjaya
$321
30 km or 19 miKlang
$629
54 km or 33 miSeremban
$459
123 km or 77 miMalacca
$479
124 km or 77 miTeluk Intan
$494
155 km or 97 miMuar
$414
167 km or 104 miDumai
$475
176 km or 109 miIpoh
$565
196 km or 122 miKuantan
$597
199 km or 124 miBatu Pahat
$445
211 km or 131 miTanjungbalai
$470
217 km or 135 miTaiping
$401
219 km or 136 miKluang
$505
229 km or 142 miChukai
$507
282 km or 175 miTebing Tinggi
$470
291 km or 181 miButterworth
$432
291 km or 181 miKuala Terengganu
$477
292 km or 181 miPekanbaru
$489
293 km or 182 miPematangsiantar
$309
294 km or 183 miGeorge Town
$595
297 km or 184 miJohor Bahru
$606
309 km or 192 miSungai Petani
$483
311 km or 193 miSingapore
$2134
315 km or 195 miBukit Merah
$1737
335 km or 208 miPadangsidempuan
$472
338 km or 210 miKota Bharu
$434
341 km or 212 miMedan
$413
346 km or 215 miBatam
$622
360 km or 224 miBinjai
$463
361 km or 225 miAlor Setar
$400
394 km or 245 miTanjung Pinang
$418
402 km or 250 miKangar
$400
413 km or 257 miLangkawi
$459
441 km or 274 miLangsa
$470
451 km or 280 miHat Yai
$572
457 km or 284 miKo Lipe
$665