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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is that part of the world which not only catches the eyes of many travelers but has to be on their bucket list as well. The country consists of seven city-states among which the most famous or glittery are Dubai and Abu Dhabi. These cities are quite expensive and hence the cost of living in Abu Dhabi is far greater than you can ever imagine. The cities are an apt combination of tradition and westernization which completely exceeds the expectation of the travelers. This high expectation combined with all the needs and requirements of living in Abu Dhabi has now been provided by Etihad UAE Visa for a much clearer view. 

The modernization and intriguing beauty of the country has engrossed everyone by its beauty, its sky-high buildings, its splendor, its lavish outlook, and all the other achievements that make it the prime spot for all the tourist attractions

Talking about Abu Dhabi, this capital city of UAE has always been attracting residents from all across the globe. The cost of living in the Abu Dhabi varies according to the lifestyles of the residents and it includes all basic utilities ranging from housing, groceries, transport, and basic requirements. People enjoy a lavish or basic living depending upon their expenditures on these basic utilities. People who enjoy the pomp and show of the city make them expend their fortunes on this lavish living.

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  • Housing: The most common means of expenditure for residents in Abu Dhabi is the cost of housing. The price and rent majorly depends upon the locality and the type of property. The type of properties range from big spacious villas to big mansions on islands to affordable communities situated in the mainland. The rent of the place is also determined by the presence of other features such as swimming pools, fancy interiors, gardens etc.
  • Groceries: Food is the most basic utility which is unavoidable; it is determined by the taste and preferences of the individuals. The average cost of groceries in Abu Dhabi for an individual spending on a budget is about AED 400 while the cost per month for a family of four ranges up to AED 4,000.
  • Education: Education is an essential part of life but another means of expense for parents. The schools in Abu Dhabi are generally British, American, Indian etc, and providing students with quality education along with extracurricular activities. The tuition fee ranges from AED 4000- AED 7000. There are also some affordable options ranging from AED 2100- AED 3600.
  • Healthcare: The cost of healthcare depends up on the benefits covered by the health insurance. It is compulsory for employers in Abu Dhabi to provide its employees with health insurance and coverage. The health cost for family ranges from AED 5000- AED 6000.
  • Other utilities: The utilities include the electricity connection, water connection and gas connection. Its cost depends upon the size and utility of the apartment. This range from AED 500 – AED 600 for a small house to AED 1500 – AED 2000  for a large villa.
  • Transportation: Abu Dhabi can be quite expensive when it comes to transportation since the private taxis and cabs can cost someone quite much so instead of that one can switch to the use of metro. One the other hand people also enjoy cheap petrol rates averaging AED 2.19 per litre.

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  • Rent: Over the years the rates of rents in Dubai have taken a dip but still it’s a big expense in the city. There are many options available for ones stay depending upon their income; this includes bed space (AED 300-800), studio (AED 1500-4000), flats (AED 3000-6000), or luxurious fortune costing villas. The rents majorly depend upon the location of the place. 
  • Food: Food is the most basic utility which is unavoidable; it is determined by the taste and preferences of the individuals. One can reduce the cost of food by using cheap supermarkets. The cost ranges from about AED 600- 1200.
  • Education: This is a big expense for people with children. Daycare / schools can cost from 1000+ AED per month to 5000+ AED for better schools.
  • Other utilities: The utilities include the electricity connection, water connection, and gas connection. Electricity varies from AED 200-300 per month for a 1 BHK flat.
  • Transportation: The cheapest means of transportation in the metro since the Dubai metro is the cheapest in the entire world. A travel pass costs up to AED 250. Taxis are expensive and a driving license cost up to AED 5000.
  • Healthcare: It is compulsory for employers in Dubai to provide their employees with health insurance and coverage with an additional amount of AED 700 to cover for the family of the individual.

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Hence now that you know about the cost of living in Abu Dhabi and Dubai you can now book your own residential visa and think of how you can stay while also keeping your budget. 

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