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Housing & Living Expenses

Rent and bills vary greatly in the UAE with a 1 Bedroom Apartment in the city centre going for AED 6000 ($1600 or £1000) a month, whilst outside of the city center it’ll cost you substantially less at AED 3600 ($1000 or £600). A three bedroom apartment will cost considerable more than this too, with the city centre’s prices at around AED 12,000 ($3,300 or £2000) while outside the city center it’ll set you back AED 8500 ($2300 or £1400). The yearly mortgage interest rate is typically at 5.9%.

Food costs depend on your tastes and requirements, for instance, eating in restaurants can range from AED 20 ($5.45 or £3.30) for a low-priced cafe to AED 75 ($20.42 or £12.37) to a mid-range restaurant. Market prices are fairly low however, with a litre of Milk costing about AED 5.50 ($1.50 or £0.90), 500g of Bread costing about AED 4.50 ($1.23 or £0.74) and 12 eggs costing AED 9.15 ($2.49 or £1.51).

Half a litre of Beer costs around AED 25.50 ($6.94 or £4.21), A pack of Cigarettes go for AED 9 ($2.45 or £1.49) and a mid-range bottle of Wine is typically priced at AED 75m ($20.42 or £12.37). Meanwhile, the average monthly Salary after tax is around AED 12,300 ($3300 or £2000).