Abu Dhabi vs Muscat - Cost of Living Comparison

Abu Dhabi Muscat
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1963
$1145
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$4184
$2684
🏠 One person rent
$1371
$568
🏘️ Family rent
$2329
$975
🍽️ Food expenses
$386
$378
🚐 Transport expenses
$71.5
$107
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$3074
$1768
😷 Air quality
Moderate
Moderate
✈️ Airport proximity
11 km
31 km
🎓 Higher education
52
43
😀 Quality of life
81
73
🏙️ Population
1.48M
1.42M

The cost of living in Abu Dhabi is 71% more expensive than in Muscat. Cities ranked 608th and 4181st ($1963 vs $1145) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 1st and 2nd in the United Arab Emirates and Oman, respectively. Check the United Arab Emirates vs Oman comparison.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 1.6 months in Abu Dhabi compared to 1.5 months in Muscat. Abu Dhabi ranked 4th best city to live in the United Arab Emirates vs Muscat ranked 1st in Oman, while ranked 318th and 1426th among best cities to live in the world.

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Abu Dhabi Muscat
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$8
$5.49
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$54
$30.3
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$8.1
$6.7
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$10.9
$10.6
 Cappuccino
$4.76
$4.85
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.88
$0.92
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1833
$563
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1008
$377
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$2557
$1062
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1962
$711
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$93.3
$74.8
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$144
$115
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$104
$78.8
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
4.3%
5.1%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$3249
$1946
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2572
$1414
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.54
$1.3
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$21.7
$34
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$7.65
$14.4
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.11
$0.6
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.63
$1.96
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.27
$1.23
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.72
$1.75
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.76
$3.45
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.74
$7.51
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$7.49
$7.03
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$11
$9.14
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.09
$2.33
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.68
$1.83
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.58
$1.78
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.34
$2.12
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.94
$1.62
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.86
$0.96
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.38
$0.41
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.13
$3.09
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$17.6
$20.7
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.15
$4.14
🚬 Cigarette pack
$5.97
$5.38
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$5.29
$12.8
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$5.99
$4.91
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$4.2
$2.88
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$3.23
$3.85
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$69.8
$54.2
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$12.2
$9.63
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$81.6
$28
💇 Haircut, simple
$13.5
$9.52
👖 Brand Jeans
$51.1
$47.2
👟 Brand Sneakers
$89.3
$81
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$555
$221
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$9372
$8187

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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 Muscat

Distance City Cost of living
44 km or 27 mi Seeb
$1236
132 km or 82 mi Nizwa
$824
277 km or 172 mi Chabahar
$659
284 km or 177 mi Fujairah
$1095
297 km or 184 mi Al Ain
$1448
356 km or 221 mi Ras al-Khaimah
$1376
372 km or 231 mi Ajman
$871
375 km or 233 mi Umm al-Quwain
$1053
377 km or 235 mi Sharjah
$1360
380 km or 236 mi Dubai
$1899
439 km or 273 mi Abu Dhabi
$1963
451 km or 280 mi Iranshahr
$657
463 km or 288 mi Bandar Abbas
$675
503 km or 313 mi Madinat Zayed
$1297
569 km or 354 mi Jiroft
$659
611 km or 380 mi Bam
$659
691 km or 429 mi Zahedan
$828
711 km or 442 mi Sirjan
$663
739 km or 459 mi Doha
$1894
740 km or 460 mi Jahrom
$660
752 km or 467 mi Al Khor
$1755
757 km or 470 mi Kerman
$680
770 km or 479 mi Fasa
$939
797 km or 495 mi Rafsanjan
$663
858 km or 533 mi Riffa
$1002
858 km or 533 mi Manama
$1307
860 km or 534 mi Isa Town
$1152
865 km or 537 mi Karachi
$307
870 km or 541 mi Salalah
$801
873 km or 543 mi Zabol
$659
898 km or 558 mi Shiraz
$724
901 km or 560 mi Dhahran
$969
902 km or 561 mi Marvdasht
$659
911 km or 566 mi Dammam
$1004
926 km or 575 mi Al-Mubarraz
$699
938 km or 583 mi Qatif
$889
960 km or 596 mi Kazerun
$656
966 km or 600 mi Borazjan
$657
973 km or 604 mi Jubail
$861
976 km or 606 mi Bushehr
$694