The Cost of Living in Dubai

  • Publish date: Thursday، 12 October 2023 Last update: Friday، 13 October 2023
The Cost of Living in Dubai

Dubai, one of the sparkling jewels of the United Arab Emirates, is not just known for its dazzling skyscrapers and luxurious lifestyle. Beneath its glittering front, Dubai offers a blend of cultures, traditions, and modernity. However, the cost of enjoying such a lifestyle can be a mystery to many.

In this guide, we will provide a straightforward look into what it really costs to live in this desert metropolis.


Rent: Living in the city center is more expensive than the outskirts. A one-bedroom apartment in the city can cost anywhere from AED 4,000 to AED 7,000 per month. On the outskirts, you might pay between AED 2,500 to AED 4,500.

Buying Property: The price varies by area, but expect to pay AED 1,000 to AED 2,000 per square foot in popular locations.


Public Transport: A monthly pass for public transport like metro, bus, and tram costs around AED 250.

Taxis: A normal taxi trip starts at AED 12 and goes up based on distance.

Cars: Petrol costs about AED 2.20 per liter. If you decide to buy a car, keep in mind both its price and the yearly insurance.


Eating Out: A meal at a standard restaurant can cost AED 40 to AED 70. Fancy dining places will, of course, be pricier.

Groceries: Basic items like bread cost around AED 5, while a liter of milk is about AED 6. Cooking at home can save money, but international foods might cost a bit more.

Leisure and Entertainment

Movies: A cinema ticket is around AED 40.

Gym: A monthly gym membership is approximately AED 250 to AED 500, depending on the facilities.

Tours and Attractions: Activities like desert safaris can start from AED 100 and go up based on the package.


Monthly bills, including electricity, water, and cooling, can be between AED 400 to AED 1,000, depending on the size of your home and usage.


If you have kids, schools in Dubai can range from AED 20,000 to AED 100,000 annually, depending on the institution's reputation and curriculum.


While healthcare facilities are top-notch, they can be expensive. A simple doctor's visit might cost AED 200 to AED 500. However, many employers provide health insurance as part of their package.

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