Is it expensive to live in Abu Dhabi?

Is it expensive to live in Abu Dhabi?

April 25, 2018 0 By admin

Abu Dhabi is the capital of the United Arab Emirates and, actually, compared to Dubai it is considerably cheaper to live in.

Living in Abu Dhabi will give you some great access to all of the amazing golf courses in the UAE and, of course, the best golf course in Dubai.

General Living Expenses

Luckily for us, there is lots of information online about the average prices needed for general living in Abu Dhabi.  We’ve put together this helpful table to give you a good idea of what you’d need for your demographic.  Please do note, however, that these numbers do not include rent or accommodation costs.

Demographic Average cost
Single person (monthly) 3,000 AED (£600)
Family of four (monthly) 10,500 AED (£2,100)


As you can see, excluding rental costs and accommodation costs, for a single person you would need around about 3,000 AED (£600) a month and for a family of four, you would require 10,500 AED (£2,100) per month.

Compared to Dubai’s 3,200 AED (£650) per month for a single person and 11,200 AED (£ 2,275) for a family of four, you can see that Abu Dhabi lends itself to a cheaper style of living.


In Abu Dhabi you have a wide range of culinary choices.  You can stick to a strict budget by visiting the fast food restaurants where you can get a meal for 25 AED (£5) or you can go to some of the luxury restaurants dotted around the place and spend over 600 AED (£120) per person.  There are, of course, some mid-range restaurants mixed in too where two can dine for anywhere between 120-250 AED (£24-£50).


You should certainly shop around, mind the pun, for the cost of your local supermarket shop.  Try to keep it as close to these averages as you can, there are some supermarkets that will charge considerably more for the same item.

Item Price
1 Litre of Cow’s Milk 5.50 AED (£1.12)
500g loaf of fresh white bread 4 AED (81p)
12 regular eggs 9 AED (£1.83)
1kg Boneless and skinless chicken breast 28 AED (£5.70)
1kg of apples 8.50 AED (£1.75)
1kg of bananas 6.50 AED (£1.25)
1kg of potatoes 4.50 AED (91p)
1.5 litre bottle of water 2 AED (41p)


Property – Rental and Buying

Unfortunately, one of your biggest costs while living in Abu Dhabi or anywhere in the United Arab Emirates will be renting and accommodation.  Rent can be very high and purchase prices can also be extremely high.

You should compare the prices of apartments and villas within and outside of the city centre in order to get the best value.

  • Within the city centre, your rental prices for a 1 bedroom apartment are going to be around 6,800 AED (£1,400) a month.
  • Within the city centre, your rental prices for a 3 bedroom apartment are going to look closer to 13,100 AED (£2,600) per month.
  • If you decide to live outside of the city centre, you can probably get a 1 bedroom apartment for around 5,200 AED (£1,050) per month.
  • If you’re looking for something a little bit bigger, a 3 bedroom apartment outside of the city centre can be found for around 10,000 AED (£2,000).