Prices in Abu Dhabi vs Shanghai - Cost of Living Comparison

Abu DhabiShanghai
🚶 Cost of living One person
$1741
$1263
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$3996
$3603
🏠 One person rent
$1092
$689
🏘️ Family rent
$1964
$1495
🍽️ Food Expenses
$421
$318
🚐 Transport Expenses
$57.9
$96.2
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$2713
$1439
🏙️ Population
1M
23.4M

The cost of living in Abu Dhabi is 38% more expensive than in Shanghai. Cities ranked 1730th and 3343rd ($1741 vs $1263) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 2nd and 4th in the United Arab Emirates and China, respectively. Check the United Arab Emirates vs China comparison.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 1.6 months in Abu Dhabi compared to 1.1 months in Shanghai. Abu Dhabi ranked 3rd best city to live in the United Arab Emirates vs Shanghai ranked 4th in China, while ranked 257th and 472nd among best cities to live in the world.

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Prices in Abu Dhabi vs Shanghai

Abu DhabiShanghai
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$9.03
$6.4
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$54.2
$33.9
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$7.06
$5.52
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$11.4
$3.69
☕ Cappuccino
$6.61
$4.59
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.9
$0.69
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1151
$993
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$844
$554
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$2246
$2249
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1599
$1224
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$90.9
$33.9
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$140
$52.7
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$95
$14
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
4.03%
5.12%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$3523
$13914
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2760
$6863
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.54
$0.57
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$24.7
$28
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$7.29
$5.44
⛽ Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$0.58
$0.99
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.65
$2.8
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.12
$2.07
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.61
$1.71
🥚 Eggs, x12
$3.7
$2.56
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$11.7
$16.3
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.6
$5.06
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$10.4
$12.7
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.35
$2.55
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.97
$1.72
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.94
$2.41
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.27
$1.46
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.29
$0.99
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.08
$1.11
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.43
$0.46
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.19
$1.06
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$22.7
$18.2
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.49
$0.73
🚬 Cigarette pack
$5.9
$2.91
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$5.21
$3.82
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$6.99
$4.72
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$2.76
$1.36
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$3.77
$2.76
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$95.8
$62.3
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$11.6
$7.83
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$104
$133
💇 Haircut, simple
$17.5
$12
👖 Brand Jeans
$82.5
$76.5
👟 Brand Sneakers
$114
$99.5
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$587
$928
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$10770
$26170

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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
9.4 km or 5.8 miPudong
$692
47 km or 29 miTaicang
$605
53 km or 33 miKunshan
$629
74 km or 46 miQidong
$610
82 km or 51 miSuzhou
$890
82 km or 51 miJiaxing
$575
85 km or 53 miHaimen
$605
88 km or 55 miChangshu
$622
106 km or 66 miNantong
$611
117 km or 73 miZhangjiagang
$602
121 km or 75 miWuxi
$771
135 km or 84 miHuzhou
$578
141 km or 87 miJiangyin
$618
142 km or 88 miZhoushan
$614
144 km or 89 miNingbo
$683
148 km or 92 miJingjiang
$598
155 km or 96 miShaoxing
$756
158 km or 98 miYixing
$612
159 km or 99 miChangzhou
$731
160 km or 100 miRugao
$617
161 km or 100 miHangzhou
$770
177 km or 110 miTaixing
$612
179 km or 111 miHai'an
$604
191 km or 119 miLiyang
$599
197 km or 122 miYangzhong
$583
198 km or 123 miGuangde
$592
201 km or 125 miDanyang
$611
208 km or 129 miTaizhou
$765
217 km or 135 miDongtai
$610
223 km or 139 miZhenjiang
$528
235 km or 146 miYangzhou
$602
236 km or 146 miJurong
$596
244 km or 152 miNingguo
$586
246 km or 153 miYiwu
$629
250 km or 155 miXinghua
$617
250 km or 156 miYizheng
$595
259 km or 161 miLinhai
$612
260 km or 161 miXuancheng
$722
262 km or 163 miGaoyou
$602
274 km or 170 miNanjing
$778