Abu Dhabi vs Sharjah - Cost of Living Comparison

Abu Dhabi Sharjah
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1963
$1360
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$4184
$2700
🏠 One person rent
$1371
$854
🏘️ Family rent
$2329
$1205
🍽️ Food expenses
$386
$284
🚐 Transport expenses
$71.5
$123
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$3074
$1553
😷 Air quality
Moderate
Bad
✈️ Airport proximity
11 km
12 km
🎓 Higher education
52
61
😀 Quality of life
81
82
🏙️ Population
1.48M
1.25M

The cost of living in Abu Dhabi is 44% more expensive than in Sharjah. Cities ranked 608th and 3028th ($1963 vs $1360) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 1st and 5th 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 1.1 months in Sharjah. Ranked 4th vs 3rd best cities to live in the United Arab Emirates, and 318th vs 282nd among the best cities to live in the world.

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Prices in Abu Dhabi vs Sharjah

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Abu Dhabi Sharjah
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$8
$5.43
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$54
$19.2
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$8.1
$6.77
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$10.9
$6.85
 Cappuccino
$4.76
$4.57
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.88
$0.71
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1833
$612
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$1008
$675
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$2557
$1159
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1962
$910
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$93.3
$99
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$144
$153
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$104
$92.5
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
4.3%
4.78%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$3249
$1609
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2572
$1770
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.54
$2.19
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$21.7
$68.3
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$7.65
$9.56
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.11
$0.83
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.63
$1.73
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.27
$1.06
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.72
$1.65
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.76
$2.29
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$8.74
$10.1
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$7.49
$5.52
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$11
$9.48
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.09
$2.02
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.68
$1.51
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.58
$1.52
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.34
$1.15
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.94
$0.87
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.86
$0.77
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.38
$0.33
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$2.13
$2.52
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$17.6
$5.39
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.15
$1.68
🚬 Cigarette pack
$5.97
$6
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$5.29
$6.69
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$5.99
$3.29
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$4.2
$2.18
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$3.23
$2.36
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$69.8
$53.7
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$12.2
$12.3
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$81.6
$46.3
💇 Haircut, simple
$13.5
$5.61
👖 Brand Jeans
$51.1
$47.8
👟 Brand Sneakers
$89.3
$69.4
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$555
$272
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$9372
$5655

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Cities near Abu Dhabi

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 Sharjah

Distance City Cost of living
10 km or 6.2 mi Ajman
$871
13 km or 8 mi Dubai
$1899
28 km or 17 mi Umm al-Quwain
$1053
95 km or 59 mi Ras al-Khaimah
$1376
98 km or 61 mi Fujairah
$1095
133 km or 82 mi Al Ain
$1448
142 km or 88 mi Abu Dhabi
$1963
222 km or 138 mi Bandar Abbas
$675
259 km or 161 mi Madinat Zayed
$1297
337 km or 210 mi Seeb
$1236
346 km or 215 mi Nizwa
$824
377 km or 235 mi Muscat
$1145
388 km or 241 mi Doha
$1894
392 km or 243 mi Al Khor
$1755
394 km or 245 mi Jahrom
$660
434 km or 270 mi Fasa
$939
436 km or 271 mi Jiroft
$659
456 km or 283 mi Sirjan
$663
491 km or 305 mi Manama
$1307
492 km or 306 mi Riffa
$1002
493 km or 307 mi Isa Town
$1152
510 km or 317 mi Bam
$659
526 km or 327 mi Chabahar
$659
534 km or 332 mi Dhahran
$969
543 km or 337 mi Dammam
$1004
550 km or 342 mi Shiraz
$724
563 km or 350 mi Marvdasht
$659
564 km or 350 mi Rafsanjan
$663
564 km or 351 mi Qatif
$889
566 km or 352 mi Iranshahr
$657
572 km or 355 mi Kerman
$680
575 km or 358 mi Al-Mubarraz
$699
599 km or 372 mi Borazjan
$657
600 km or 373 mi Jubail
$861
600 km or 373 mi Kazerun
$656
604 km or 375 mi Bushehr
$694
699 km or 434 mi Yasuj
$611
709 km or 440 mi Zahedan
$828
734 km or 456 mi Yazd
$809
771 km or 479 mi Behbahan
$660