Cost of living Dubai 2023 " Rent, household and co.

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Cost of living Dubai 2023 - This is how much rent, household, leisure and co. costs.

3 July 2023
Nina Noel
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Dubai has been one of the most popular destinations in the world for years and attracts thousands of expats every year. Among them about 1500 Germans in 2021 alone. But what does that cost Life in Dubai? In this article, you'll find out all the details about the cost of living in Dubai. We take a look at the average rental, household and leisure costs you can expect in Dubai.

The most important facts in a nutshell:

  • 🏢 Average rental prices in Dubai for 2023 vary and are highly dependent on flat type and location. The average annual rental price range: studio (AED 50,000 - 60,000), 1-bedroom (AED 70,000 - 90,000), 2-bedroom (AED 90,000 - 120,000), 3-bedroom (AED 120,000 - 200,000). 📈

  • 💼 Dubai is an important business location worldwide with many career opportunities, excellent infrastructure and high security standards. 🌐

  • 🥘 Food prices in Dubai are stable. Average prices for some basic food items: milk (1 litre): AED 5, bread (500 g): AED 5, rice (1 kg): AED 10, chicken (1 kg): AED 25. 🍞

  • 💻 Internet and telecommunication costs are comparatively high with monthly costs between AED 300-500, depending on the provider. 🌐

  • 🚌 Public transport is safe, punctual and affordable, with single journeys between AED 2-5 and monthly subscriptions from AED 150. 🚆

  • 🍽️ The price level for restaurant and café visits varies greatly. A good meal costs around AED 100 to 200, but a luxurious meal can easily cost over AED 1000. ☕

  • 🏠 An example for a family of four + nanny: the monthly fixed costs are around €12,000 in Dubai. 💰

Dubai is a major business hub and a popular location for international companies. There are many career opportunities in various industries, including finance, technology and aviation. The city has excellent infrastructure, including a modern public transport system that makes it easy to get around the city. Medical care in Dubai is also of high quality and there are many first-class hospitals and clinics.

In addition to all these benefits, Dubai is also a very safe city. The city has a low crime rate and there are many security measures taken by the authorities to ensure the safety of residents and visitors.

How expensive is rent in Dubai?

Rental costs in Dubai vary greatly depending on the size of the flat and the location. In 2023, one should expect rental prices to increase by about 3 to 5 per cent compared to 2022.

Average rental prices in Dubai for different flat sizes

Here is an average overview of rents in 2023: 

  • Studio flat: AED 50,000 - 60,000 per year

  • 1-bedroom flat: AED 70,000 - 90,000 per year 

  • 2-room flat: AED 90,000 - 120,000 per year

  • 3-room flat: AED 120,000 - 200,000 per year

Rental prices in Dubai vary depending on the district and size. Of course, there is no upper limit to rental prices in Dubai. There are also many other districts in Dubai that offer affordable rental options. For example, the Al Quoz district is known for its affordable rents. Here you will find mainly smaller flats and studios for artists and craftsmen. The Al Barsha district and Jumeirah Village Circle also offer a variety of affordable rental options.

Rental price development in recent years

In the last few years, the Rental prices in Dubai stabilised, after there had been strong fluctuations in the years before. The government has taken several measures to balance supply and demand. The introduction of new housing projects and the arrival of new workers in the city have also helped to keep prices at a reasonable level.

Another factor influencing the rental price development is the tourism industry. Dubai is a popular tourist destination and many tourists choose to rent a flat rather than staying in a hotel. This leads to a higher demand for flats and thus to higher rental prices.

However, it is to be expected that rental prices will rise in the future.

Household costs in Dubai 2023

Household costs in Dubai include various expenses, including food, electricity, water, gas, internet and transport. 

Food prices and supermarkets

Food prices in Dubai have remained stable in recent years. There are several supermarkets in Dubai where you can buy your daily needs. The average prices for some basic food items are: 

  • Milk (1 litre): 5 AED = 1,25 €

  • Bread (500 g): 5 AED = 1,25 €

  • Rice (1 kg): 10 AED = 2,50 €

  • Chicken (1 kg): AED 25 = € 6.52

Other animal products and vegetables are also available in Dubai at an affordable price. The best deals can be found in the two chains that are very similar to LIDL and ALDI in Dubai. The Dubai discounters are called GALA and VIVA. In addition to supermarkets, Dubai also has traditional food markets that offer unique local products. For example, there is the Deira Fish Market where you can buy fresh fish and seafood. It is an experience for the senses to watch the fishmongers selling their wares and haggling with the customers. In general, however, the prices for food are somewhat higher than in Germany.

Cost of electricity, water and gas in Dubai

Most flats in Dubai have central heating and air conditioning, so heating costs are in the low range. However, it is important to note that the cost of electricity, water and gas in Dubai can be higher than in other countries. This is because temperatures in Dubai can be very hot and air conditioners, for example, consume a lot of energy. In some flats, the costs for the air conditioning are included. Look out for the term "Chiller-Free" in flat advertisements. The authority responsible for energy in Dubai is called DEWA. The monthly utility bills are easily billed via app.

Internet and telecommunication costs

Internet and telecommunication costs are comparatively high in Dubai. Depending on the provider (etisalatDU or Virgin) and contract, you can expect monthly costs of AED 300-500.

However, there are many cafés and public places in Dubai that offer free Wi-Fi.

Public transport and mobility

Public transport in Dubai is safe and punctual. The tram, bus and metro network is very well developed and affordable. Prices for a single journey range from AED 2-5, while monthly subscriptions start from AED 150. There is also a well-developed metro and taxi system that makes travelling around the city easy and convenient.

However, if you want to explore the city on your own, there are many ways to get around. For example, one can rent a bicycle and explore the city on two wheels. There are also many walking trails and parks in Dubai that allow visitors to enjoy nature and stay fit at the same time.

Leisure costs in Dubai 2023

Dubai is a city full of life and offers a wealth of leisure options to suit all tastes and budgets. Here is some more information on the different leisure activities and the costs involved:

Restaurant and café visits

The restaurant and café culture in Dubai is very diverse and offers a wide range of culinary experiences. There are many international cuisines to choose from, including many local specialities. Some of the most popular restaurants in Dubai are the "At.mosphere" in the Burj Khalifa, the "Pierchic" on Jumeirah Beach and the "Nobu" in the Atlantis Hotel. The prices for a meal with drinks can vary greatly and depend on the location and the restaurant. However, it is possible to get a good meal for around AED 100 to 200. For a luxurious meal in one of the more expensive restaurants, however, you can easily spend 1000 AED or more.

Dubai is also known for its café culture. There are many cosy cafés in the city, which are a perfect way to take a break from sightseeing and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea. Prices for a cup of coffee vary depending on the café, but you can expect to pay around AED 18-30.

Cultural activities and sights

Dubai has a rich history and culture that is worth exploring. There are many museums and galleries in the city that you can visit for free or for a small fee. The Dubai Museum is a must for anyone who wants to learn more about the city's history. It is located in an old fort and gives an insight into life in Dubai before it became a modern metropolis. The Dubai Opera House is another highlight for culture enthusiasts. Concerts, operas and ballet performances are held here regularly. Tickets for a performance cost between AED 200 and AED 1000, depending on the seating category.

Sports and fitness offers

Fitness and sports are very popular in Dubai and there are many ways to stay active. There are many gyms in the city, ranging from budget facilities to luxury fitness clubs. Prices vary depending on location and facilities, but you can expect to pay around AED 250 to AED 1000 per month. If you are interested in water sports, there are many options for diving, snorkelling and surfing. Prices vary depending on the activity and provider, but you can expect to pay around AED 200 to 500 for a dive or surf lesson. Activities such as tennis or the popular sport of padel are available indoors and outdoors. You can also expect to pay around AED 200-500 for these. In Dubai, there are also free sporting activities, such as at the beach section "Kite-Beach", where there is a jogging track with a length of 8.2 km.

Shopping and entertainment

Dubai is a paradise for shopping enthusiasts. There are many shopping malls in the city, including the largest mall in the world, the Dubai Mall. Here you can find all the big brands and designers as well as many local shops. Prices vary depending on the shop and the product. The prices for European brands, such as H&M, Zara & Co. are about 30% higher than in Germany. Besides shopping, there are also many entertainment options in Dubai. There are many theme parks, including the famous "Dubai Parks and Resorts", which consists of four different theme parks. Entrance prices vary depending on the park and the type of ticket, but you can expect to pay around AED 300-500 per person.

It is important to note that Dubai is a city where you can spend a lot of money quickly. There are many temptations and offers that can lead to spending more than you had planned. It is therefore advisable to set a budget and stick to it.

How expensive is it to live in Dubai?

If you live in Dubai or are planning to move there, it is important to keep track of your monthly expenses. The cost of living in Dubai varies greatly depending on location and personal lifestyle. Planning your costs wisely can help you minimise your monthly expenses and make the most of your stay in Dubai.

How much money do you need per month to live in Dubai?

Example: Cost breakdown of monthly expenses for a family of four in Dubai:

  • Rent: (3BR Villa in Arabian Ranches) = 4000 €

  • Kita/ School: 1200-2000€ per child = 3000 €

  • private health insurance per family = 1000 €

  • additional insurances = 100 €

  • DEWA (additional costs) € 500

  • Car insurance = €30

  • Refuel = 100 €

  • Food = 1200 €

  • Leisure activities = € 400

  • Nanny = 1000 €

  • Mobile phone contracts = €70 per contract = €140

  • Internet = 100 €

  • Company licence pro rata per month = € 400

  • Visa costs pro rata per month = 200€

  • Account management fees Company account = 50 €

  • additional variable costs including shopping, restaurant visits, gym, cleaner, pocket money, leasing rate, holidays, pets, leisure activities, other memberships, etc.

One month in Dubai costs about €12,000 for a family of four + nanny.

Summary: Dubai Cost of Living

Dubai is one of the most expensive cities in the world and the cost of living can vary greatly depending on location and personal lifestyle. Rental prices for flats and houses have risen sharply in recent years, especially in popular districts such as Downtown Dubai and Dubai Marina. The cost of food and leisure activities can also be expensive.

Cost planning helps further

Sensible budgeting is the key to minimising your monthly expenses in Dubai. Start by writing down your monthly income and expenses and check where you can possibly save money. For example, you can live in cheaper neighbourhoods, use public transport or visit local grocery shops to save money.

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Frequently asked questions about the cost of living in Dubai

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