The city and emirate of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates are well-known for its expensive shopping, cutting-edge structures, and exciting nightlife.

Dubai is a well-liked tourist destination with a high cost of living and a reputation for luxury. Therefore, knowing the costs of living in this exciting and active city is crucial. You are aware of the expense of living in Dubai before moving here, whether you’re coming to visit or to start a business. Maybe you are asking yourself, is Dubai expensive, or is it expensive to live in Dubai?

This blog post will give an overview of the cost of living in Dubai, from housing and transportation prices to healthcare and daily expenses, and clarify your understanding of how much does it cost to live in Dubai?

The cost of housing in Dubai

The cost of housing in Dubai

One of the most significant expenses is considered to be housing costs. The cost of housing in Dubai varies depending on where you live, either in the city center or outside. The average rent prices per month in Dubai:

  • Apartment (1 bedroom)in the city centre: 3,500 AED-7,500 AED
  • Apartment (1 bedroom)Outside of center: 2,300 AED-5000 AED
  • Apartment (3 bedrooms) in the city centre: 7,000 AED-15,000 AED
  • Apartment(3 bedrooms)Outside of center: 5,000 AED-11,000 AED
  • Furnished accommodation in an expensive area: 9,499 AED
  • Furnished accommodation in the normal area: 6,616 AED

Medical Expenses in Dubai

Medical Expenses in Dubai

There is a high-quality healthcare system present in Dubai. In Dubai, having health insurance is necessary. Many businesses provide their employees with health insurance. Locals of Dubai are provided with services free of charge, however, visitors can get a 50% discount with a health card.

There is an essential benefits plan for lower-income employees and non-working residents. The EBP (Essential Benefits Plan) provides some benefits at affordable prices. The EBP is given below on gender, age, and job base.

  • Employees: 650–725 AED
  • Dependents (0–65 years old): AED 650
  • Married women who are not employed (ages 18 to 45): AED 1,600
  • Parents in their 80s: 2,500 AED
  • General domestic assistance: 650 AED

Education Expenses in Dubai

Education Expenses in Dubai

In Dubai, primary and secondary school is mandatory for all children. The Dubai government set up all public schools for all UAE nationals free of expense.  There are various education curriculums in Dubai. The most common curriculum for parents to choose from for their children’s schools in Dubai are the IB, British, American, or Indian curricula.

  • Either kindergarten or preschool Private, For a single child each month, 1 to 4000 AED for a whole day.
  • International Primary School: 25,000 to 75,000 AED a year

Costs of gasoline and transportation in Dubai 

Dubai has the world’s best public transportation services. Multiple transportation options are available for people. People can travel by Metro, Bus, Taxi, and Tram.
Let’s examine the expense of transportation:

  • Monthly Pass (Regular Price): 300.00 AED
  • Taxi Start (Normal Tariff): 12.00 AED
  • Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff): 2.48 AED
  • Buses (single ticket): 5 AED
  • Buses (monthly passes): 300 AED
  • Taxi 1-hour Waiting (Normal Tariff): 30.00 AED
  • Gasoline (1 liter): 2.66 AED

Groceries Cost in Dubai

Groceries Cost in Dubai

In Dubai, food or groceries are not expensive compared to other countries. Therefore, being aware of groceries pricing trends is crucial. Here is the list of grocery prices. 

  • Milk (regular) (1 liter): 5.89 AED  
  • Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g): 4.53 AED  
  • Rice (white), (1kg): 6.89 AED  
  • Eggs (regular) (12): 9.53 AED  
  • Local Cheese (1kg): 33.81 AED  
  • Boneless chicken breast: 14 AED
  • Chicken Fillets (1kg): 23.30 AED  
  • Beef Round (1kg) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat): 39.47 AED 
  • Apples (1kg): 8.11 AED  
  • Banana (1kg): 6.09 AED  
  • Oranges (1kg): 5.97 AED  
  • Tomato (1kg): 4.90 AED  
  • Potato (1kg): 3.63 AED  
  • Onion (1kg): 3.04 AED  
  • Lettuce (1 head): 6.43 AED  
  • Water (1.5-liter bottle): 2.02 AED  
  • Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro): 22.00 AED 
  • Domestic beer in the supermarket: 13 AED
  • 2litters of coca cola: 8 AED

Utilities Cost in Dubai

Dubai’s utility price is higher as compared to other countries. Living in Dubai will be expensive due to the internet’s higher prices. Here is the list of utilities, including electricity, water and heating, and more.

  • Basic(Electricity,Heating,Cooling,Water,Garbage) for Apartment: 685 AED\
  • Internet( 60 Mbps or More,unlimited data,cable/ADSL) AED
  • 1 min. Prepaid Mobile Local Tariff (No Plans or Discounts): 0.30 AED – 0.77 AED


What do you think about Dubai’s living expenses? This article is for people who are planning to do business jobs and migrate to Dubai; it covers all the expenses of necessary things that are the necessity of life.