Abu Dhabi vs Riyadh - Cost of Living Comparison

Abu Dhabi Riyadh
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1963
$1132
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$4184
$2687
🏠 One person rent
$1371
$535
🏘️ Family rent
$2329
$893
🍽️ Food expenses
$386
$336
🚐 Transport expenses
$71.5
$134
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$3074
$2200
😷 Air quality
Moderate
Moderate
✈️ Airport proximity
11 km
7 km
🎓 Higher education
52
68
😀 Quality of life
81
76
🏙️ Population
1.48M
8M

The cost of living in Abu Dhabi is 73% more expensive than in Riyadh. Cities ranked 608th and 4218th ($1963 vs $1132) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 1st and 1st in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, respectively. Check the United Arab Emirates vs Saudi Arabia comparison.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 1.6 months in Abu Dhabi compared to 1.9 months in Riyadh. Abu Dhabi ranked 4th best city to live in the United Arab Emirates vs Riyadh ranked 1st in Saudi Arabia, while ranked 318th and 642nd among best cities to live in the world.

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Prices in Abu Dhabi vs Riyadh

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Abu Dhabi Riyadh
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$8
$6.65
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$54
$53.5
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$8.1
$6.98
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$10.9
$1.59
 Cappuccino
$4.76
$3.87
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.88
$0.79
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1833
$581
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1008
$365
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$2557
$913
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1962
$690
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$93.3
$56.1
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$144
$87.3
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$104
$71
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
4.3%
3.9%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$3249
$1700
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2572
$1113
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.54
$1.32
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$21.7
$35.9
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$7.65
$10.2
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.11
$0.6
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.63
$1.8
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.27
$0.8
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.72
$2.2
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.76
$2.86
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.74
$6.1
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$7.49
$7.58
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$11
$12.3
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.09
$2.3
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.68
$1.69
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.58
$1.79
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.34
$2.08
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.94
$1.19
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.86
$1.1
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.38
$0.41
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.13
$2.27
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$17.6
$6.65
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.15
$1.96
🚬 Cigarette pack
$5.97
$7.42
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$5.29
$3.17
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$5.99
$4.69
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$4.2
$1.81
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$3.23
$3.82
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$69.8
$96.8
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$12.2
$17.2
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$81.6
$39
💇 Haircut, simple
$13.5
$6.38
👖 Brand Jeans
$51.1
$46.7
👟 Brand Sneakers
$89.3
$113
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$555
$408
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$9372
$6882

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$1899
142 km or 88 mi Sharjah
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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
310 km or 193 mi Al-Mubarraz
$699
316 km or 196 mi Unaizah
$847
350 km or 217 mi Ar Rass
$752
389 km or 242 mi Dhahran
$969
394 km or 245 mi Dammam
$1004
395 km or 245 mi Jubail
$861
417 km or 259 mi Qatif
$889
420 km or 261 mi Riffa
$1002
421 km or 262 mi Isa Town
$1152
426 km or 265 mi Manama
$1307
460 km or 286 mi Al Wafrah
$954
480 km or 298 mi As Sulayyil
$834
491 km or 305 mi Doha
$1894
496 km or 308 mi Al Khor
$1755
540 km or 336 mi Kuwait City
$1313
595 km or 369 mi Ha'il
$877
611 km or 379 mi Umm Qasr
$588
618 km or 384 mi Al-Faw
$588
631 km or 392 mi Bushehr
$694
646 km or 401 mi Az Zubayr
$601
652 km or 405 mi Abadan
$630
658 km or 409 mi Basra
$823
659 km or 410 mi Khorramshahr
$657
668 km or 415 mi Bisha
$821
680 km or 423 mi Borazjan
$657
701 km or 436 mi Bandar-e Mahshahr
$661
713 km or 443 mi Madinat Zayed
$1297
714 km or 443 mi Nasiriyah
$638
719 km or 447 mi Medina
$892
737 km or 458 mi Kazerun
$656
747 km or 464 mi Behbahan
$660
754 km or 469 mi Samawah
$612
766 km or 476 mi Ahvaz
$490
775 km or 481 mi Abu Dhabi
$1963
790 km or 491 mi Mecca
$926
798 km or 496 mi Shiraz
$724
800 km or 497 mi Amarah
$638
804 km or 499 mi Bareq
$820
804 km or 500 mi Jahrom
$660
823 km or 511 mi Yasuj
$611