Electricity/water or DEWA bills are probably around the AED1500 average, for a villa. Increases in Summer and decreases in Winter.
Rental around AED 150000 to 170000 for a villa per annum-based on three bedroom. Four bedroom add another AED30 000 to 50 000. This is just estimated please make sure with estate agent.
Entertainment Audio Video
Cable-full selection of TV stations around the 250 to 300 AED per month. Its include almost all premium channels. Buying TV and Other electrical stuff its cheaper than the rest of world because its duty free country.
If you are interested in the COL here in Dubai here are a few indicators from my shopping list: (these prices are estimated but they are very to the right price)
1 litre milk DH5
1 loaf white bread DH3 to DH7
2 litre juice DH10
24 cheese slice DH10.50
1 litre of cream DH 12
Australian Lamb chops DH 28 per kg
Australia beef mince DH 18 per kg
Chicken breast fillets DH26 to DH30 per kg
Australian Rib eye steak DH 32 per kg
2 litre tub Baskin Robbins icecream DH30
1.2 kg fresh whole chicken around DH15
30 fresh eggs DH12
watermelon Dh2.90 per kg
bananas Dh3 per kg
carrots Dh3 per kg
apples around Dh4
ya/ nashi pears Dh2 to DH3 per kg
Potatoes DH1.75 kg
Eggplant DH2.25 kg
Pasta Sauce Dh10 per 750g jar
Dried pasta DH 2.15 (500g bag)
Tomatoes DH2.25 kg
Strawberries DH 5.50 250g punnet
Bananas DH 2.95
Arabic bread large Dh 2 small Dh 1
Croissants box of 6 Dh8
Cheese DH8 per 250g block
Sausages DH28 per kg
5kg short grain white rice DH11
Fish seems to be cheap and around the DH30 per kg up but Hammour is especially nice and considered to be a “local” fish. Overall fruit and veg varies in price according to the season and also according to it’s origin.
Local bakeries and small restaurants without alcohol are cheap as are fast food places like KFC, Hardees, McDonald’s, Burger King, Pizza Hut which all deliver. If you eat at Hotels some have buffets plus all you can drink ( INCLUDING alcohol) for LESS than DH150 per person and these are really nice places.
MacDonald’s cost of living index
Value meal (drink, chips, burger) DH14
Kid’s meal DH10
Get hold of a Dubai Explorer, The Connector free book and What’s On and Time Out magazines. Most of newspaper cost about Dh5.
Cards that give me something
Wafi City advantage card
Air miles card
Privelege Card (centrepoint etc)
Book stores have an Entertainer books full of coupons for restaurants, entaries and activities ie Ski Dubai, Arabian nights tours in Dubai-they have a 3 book offer out at the moment-I think the last one is for spas and stuff-loads of two for one offers.
Different activities have different prices. I only mention list of activities not the prices:
Hire of small car around DH1300 to DH1800 per month
Petrol around DH6.50 per gallon