Prices in Abu Dhabi vs Riyadh - Cost of Living Comparison

Abu DhabiRiyadh
🚶 Cost of living One person
$1741
$942
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$3996
$2284
🏠 One person rent
$1092
$433
🏘️ Family rent
$1964
$781
🍽️ Food Expenses
$421
$272
🚐 Transport Expenses
$57.9
$121
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$2713
$1615
🏙️ Population
1M
8M

The cost of living in Abu Dhabi is 85% more expensive than in Riyadh. Cities ranked 1730th and 5529th ($1741 vs $942) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 2nd and 4th 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 1.7 months in Riyadh. Abu Dhabi ranked 3rd best city to live in the United Arab Emirates vs Riyadh ranked 2nd in Saudi Arabia, while ranked 257th and 555th among best cities to live in the world.

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Prices in Abu Dhabi vs Riyadh

Abu DhabiRiyadh
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$9.03
$5.81
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$54.2
$32.2
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$7.06
$6.12
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$11.4
$1.33
☕ Cappuccino
$6.61
$3.59
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.9
$0.75
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1151
$427
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$844
$287
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$2246
$846
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1599
$580
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$90.9
$55.3
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$140
$84.8
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$95
$62.6
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
4.03%
4.38%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$3523
$1296
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2760
$892
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.54
$0.83
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$24.7
$46.4
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$7.29
$6.86
⛽ Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$0.58
$0.42
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.65
$1.35
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.12
$0.8
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.61
$1.74
🥚 Eggs, x12
$3.7
$1.96
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$11.7
$6.12
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.6
$6.28
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$10.4
$10.2
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.35
$1.85
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.97
$1.41
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.94
$1.39
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.27
$1.48
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.29
$0.96
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.08
$1
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.43
$0.38
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.19
$2.13
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$22.7
$3.58
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.49
$1.63
🚬 Cigarette pack
$5.9
$6.7
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$5.21
$3.73
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$6.99
$4.14
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$2.76
$1.37
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$3.77
$3.19
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$95.8
$89.5
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$11.6
$17.2
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$104
$29
💇 Haircut, simple
$17.5
$4.38
👖 Brand Jeans
$82.5
$56.5
👟 Brand Sneakers
$114
$94.4
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$587
$303
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$10770
$5853

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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 Riyadh

DistanceCityCost of living
310 km or 193 miAl-Mubarraz
$901
316 km or 196 miUnaizah
$751
350 km or 217 miAr Rass
$742
389 km or 242 miDhahran
$840
394 km or 245 miDammam
$955
395 km or 245 miJubail
$888
417 km or 259 miQatif
$651
420 km or 261 miRiffa
$1077
421 km or 262 miIsa Town
$1141
426 km or 265 miManama
$1284
460 km or 286 miAl Wafrah
$1074
480 km or 298 miAs Sulayyil
$739
491 km or 305 miDoha
$1804
496 km or 308 miAl Khor
$1668
540 km or 336 miKuwait
$1240
595 km or 369 miHa'il
$770
611 km or 379 miUmm Qasr
$635
618 km or 384 miAl-Faw
$636
631 km or 392 miBushehr
$412
646 km or 401 miAz Zubayr
$695
652 km or 405 miAbadan
$338
658 km or 409 miBasra
$961
659 km or 410 miKhorramshahr
$441
668 km or 415 miBisha
$742
680 km or 423 miBorazjan
$441
701 km or 436 miBandar-e Mahshahr
$443
713 km or 443 miMadinat Zayed
$1381
714 km or 443 miNasiriyah
$689
719 km or 447 miMedina
$1089
737 km or 458 miKazerun
$441
747 km or 464 miBehbahan
$442
754 km or 469 miSamawah
$661
766 km or 476 miAhvaz
$282
775 km or 481 miAbu Dhabi
$1741
790 km or 491 miMecca
$797
798 km or 496 miShiraz
$420
800 km or 497 miAmarah
$692
804 km or 499 miBareq
$740
804 km or 500 miJahrom
$442
823 km or 511 miYasuj
$569