Prices in Abu Dhabi vs Sharjah - Cost of Living Comparison

Abu DhabiSharjah
🚶 Cost of living One person
$1741
$1224
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$3996
$2905
🏠 One person rent
$1092
$699
🏘️ Family rent
$1964
$1343
🍽️ Food Expenses
$421
$298
🚐 Transport Expenses
$57.9
$127
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$2713
$1822
🏙️ Population
1M
1.4M

The cost of living in Abu Dhabi is 42% more expensive than in Sharjah. Cities ranked 1730th and 3995th ($1741 vs $1224) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 2nd and 8th in the United Arab Emirates.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 1.6 months in Abu Dhabi compared to 1.5 months in Sharjah. Ranked 3rd vs 2nd best cities to live in the United Arab Emirates, and 257th vs 193rd among the best cities to live in the world.

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Prices in Abu Dhabi vs Sharjah

Abu DhabiSharjah
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$9.03
$4.63
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$54.2
$27.4
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$7.06
$6.76
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$11.4
$8.24
☕ Cappuccino
$6.61
$4.26
🥤 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
$625
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$844
$450
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$2246
$1341
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1599
$1005
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$90.9
$110
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$140
$167
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$95
$104
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
4.03%
4.03%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$3523
$2046
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2760
$1211
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.54
$2.19
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$24.7
$68.1
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$7.29
$10.1
⛽ Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$0.58
$0.62
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.65
$1.73
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.12
$0.92
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.61
$1.69
🥚 Eggs, x12
$3.7
$2.61
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$11.7
$7.61
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.6
$6.3
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$10.4
$8.17
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.35
$1.79
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.97
$1.42
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.94
$1.21
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.27
$1.14
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.29
$0.89
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.08
$0.68
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.43
$0.4
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.19
$2.33
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$22.7
$4.77
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.49
$4.12
🚬 Cigarette pack
$5.9
$5.97
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$5.21
$6.51
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$6.99
$3.97
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$2.76
$1.85
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$3.77
$2.16
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$95.8
$57.1
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$11.6
$11
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$104
$46
💇 Haircut, simple
$17.5
$4.55
👖 Brand Jeans
$82.5
$51.2
👟 Brand Sneakers
$114
$80.4
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$587
$368
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$10770
$5858

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Cities near Abu Dhabi

DistanceCityCost of living
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 Sharjah

DistanceCityCost of living
10 km or 6.2 miAjman
$1537
13 km or 8 miDubai
$1836
28 km or 17 miUmm al-Quwain
$1162
95 km or 59 miRas al-Khaimah
$1419
98 km or 61 miFujairah
$1299
133 km or 82 miAl Ain
$1450
142 km or 88 miAbu Dhabi
$1741
222 km or 138 miBandar Abbas
$453
259 km or 161 miMadinat Zayed
$1381
337 km or 210 miSeeb
$1106
346 km or 215 miNizwa
$787
377 km or 235 miMuscat
$1034
388 km or 241 miDoha
$1804
392 km or 243 miAl Khor
$1668
394 km or 245 miJahrom
$442
434 km or 270 miFasa
$441
436 km or 271 miJiroft
$440
456 km or 283 miSirjan
$445
491 km or 305 miManama
$1284
492 km or 306 miRiffa
$1077
493 km or 307 miIsa Town
$1141
510 km or 317 miBam
$442
526 km or 327 miChabahar
$440
534 km or 332 miDhahran
$840
543 km or 337 miDammam
$955
550 km or 342 miShiraz
$420
563 km or 350 miMarvdasht
$443
564 km or 350 miRafsanjan
$441
564 km or 351 miQatif
$651
566 km or 352 miIranshahr
$374
572 km or 355 miKerman
$429
575 km or 358 miAl-Mubarraz
$901
599 km or 372 miBorazjan
$441
600 km or 373 miJubail
$888
600 km or 373 miKazerun
$441
604 km or 375 miBushehr
$412
699 km or 434 miYasuj
$569
709 km or 440 miZahedan
$399
734 km or 456 miYazd
$477
771 km or 479 miBehbahan
$442