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Cost of Living

While Dubai has developed a reputation for the luxury lifestyle, it is possible to live economically if you shop wisely and budget accordingly. Basic products are services are reasonably priced and there are regular sales and promotions on consumer goods. The average cost of some everyday items and services is provided below.


Loaf of bread     AED 5
Water (1.5 litre) AED 1.50
Can of soft drink AED 1.50
Dozen eggs AED 10
Milk (1 litre) AED 7
Rice (1 kg) AED 10
Breakfast cereal (750g) AED 15
Takeaway burger AED 15


Taxi (5km trip) AED 10.50
Metro trip (1 zone, standard fare) AED 2.50
Car Hire (per week) AED 600
Petrol (per litre)       AED 1.72


Cinema Ticket  AED 35
New release DVD AED 65
International newspaper AED 10
House wine (per glass) AED 35
Pint of beer AED 35


Dry cleaning (1 shirt/blouse) AED 8
Domestic cleaner (per hour) AED 35
Mobile to mobile call (1 minute local) AED 0.60
Text message (local) AED 0.18


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