Accommodation (3-bedroom central apartment): AED 120,000 – AED 200,000 per annum

Utility bills for a family of four (water, gas, electricity): AED 500 (winter) – 1,500 (summer)

Food:

  • milk (1 liter): AED 4
  • butter (200 g): AED 12.50
  • eggs (per dozen): AED 10 – 15
  • bread: AED 5
  • rice (5 kg): AED 40
  • potatoes (1 kg): AED 2 – 5
  • apples (1 kg): AED 6 – 10
  • tomatoes (1 kg): AED 4 – 20
  • instant coffee (100 g): AED 20 – 25
  • can of soft drink: AED 1
  • cornflakes (375 g): AED 10.50
  • baked beans (200 g): AED 3.50
  • luncheon meat (200 g): AED 6
  • sugar (1 kg): AED 4.50
  • minced beef (1 kg): AED 30

Transport:

  • average taxi ride (short and long trip in Dubai): AED 10 – 80
  • bus trip: AED 1 – 4
  • metro trip: AED 2 – 6.50
  • petrol pump price (per gallon): AED 6.40
  • car rental: from AED 1,500 per month

Leisure:

  • cinema ticket: AED 30 – 50
  • opera/ballet ticket: AED 200 – 1000
  • gym membership (per annum): AED 4,000 – 12,000
  • meal for 2 in an upmarket restaurant (with alcohol): AED 400 – 800
  • meal for 4 in a family restaurant: AED 100 – 250

Miscellaneous:

  • cable TV: AED 88 – 313
  • home internet: AED 149 – 749 per month
  • mobile phone charge for national calls (per minute): 30 fils
  • landline: local calls are free and international calls are subsidized
  • 1 hour of housekeeping: AED 25 – 35
  • 1 hour of babysitting: AED 45 – 55
  • shirt dry cleaning: AED 16

School fees:

  • primary school: AED 20,000 – 55,000
  • high school: AED 40,000 – 85,000
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