The cost of living in Dubai is comparable to other booming Western cities. Dubai caters to the middle class as much as the new millionaire. Dubai is an expensive city; however, it is still cheaper by 32%, 24% and 19% than London, New York City and Singapore respectively. If you are a graphic designer or a marketer or a property manager who struggles in your native city, a tax-free Dubai might be suitable for you. Let’s break it down:
Cost of accommodation and utilities in Dubai
Renting in downtown Dubai comes with a price.
Monthly rent for a 900-Sqft furnished apartment in Dubai is Dhs 9,127 ($2485). In other areas, such as Deira or Dubai international city, rent is cheaper and ranges from Dhs3,200 ($868) to Dhs4,200 ($1140). Utility bills are usually not included in the rental cost. These variable (extra) costs are used as means to increase rent. For two people in a 900 sqft accommodation (any type), the cost of heating, gas, electricity and water would average Dhs628 ($171). We call that cheap!
- Cleaning services cost Dhs59 ($16) hourly though. Not cheap!
- The average price of a 40 inch flat screen TV is Dhs1836 ($500), a microwave with a well-known brand is Dhs443 ($121)
- A monthly plan for internet is Dhs297 ($81).
Cost of food and household goods in Dubai
Grocery shopping in Dubai depends largely on your preferences. You can choose to purchase local produce (cheaper) over international brands (less cheap) to cut cost. An average expat spend between Dhs221 ($60) and Dhs990 ($270) on grocery shopping on a weekly basis. True story.
- Big mac with the family, you will pay around Dhs22 ($5.95)
- Shawarma (Doner) is $1.40
- A (fancy) meal in a pub will cost around Dhs76.5 ($21)
Cost of Transportation in Dubai
If you have a car, you will be glad to know that the fuel in Dubai is very cheap.
- 1 Liter of gas costs Dhs1.76 ($0.48).
- Normal mid-range car lease costs no more than Dhs1843 ($500) per month
Dubai has a mid-range public transportation system. So if you prefer public transportation, you will have plenty of price effective options available to you.
- Basic tariff of a taxi trip on a business day (8Kms) is Dhs25 ($7)
- A trip from Deira, a popular area in the city of Dubai to the mall of Emirates costs $13.
- A day pass to use the metro, the city bus or the water taxi costs Dhs14.75 ($4).
- Monthly plan costs Dhs236 ($64).
Do not forget to try travelling on board of abras the traditional boats made of wood. These boats have been recently renewed offering comfortable seating and air conditioning. A trip on board of an abra cots Dhs1.74 ($0.4)
Cost of Living in Dubai - An Insider View
Cost of living in Dubai is not apprehensively expensive. Dubai is on par with most industrialized world metropolises, but still cheaper relatively than London and NYC. New immigrants are flocking in every year to work and make business.