The United Arab Emirates is made up of seven states, better known as Emirates. Sharjah is one of those Emirates and is the closest Emirate to Dubai and the second closest Emirate to the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi.
Sharjah’s location makes it an excellent place to explore Dubai and the other Northern Emirates and it’s lower cost of living can make it a very attractive place for people working in Dubai.
General Living Expenses
Here are the general living expenses for two demographics, per month. This does not include rent.
|Single person (monthly)||2,600 AED (£530)|
|Family of four (monthly)||9,000 AED (£1,800)|
These prices are just estimates. As with anything, you can always beat your budget by keeping your costs low over the whole month or you can blow your budget in one weekend.
In Sharjah you have a huge range of restaurants to choose from. You can stick to a strict budget by visiting the fast food restaurants where you can get a meal for 25 AED (£5) although you can definitely find some finer dining options where you can spend over 500 AED (£100) per person.. There are, of course, some mid-range restaurants mixed in too where two can dine for anywhere between 80-150 AED (£16-£30).
Your grocery shop will always be a tricky one. These prices are only guidelines as each supermarket will price their own produce differently. Make sure you have a look around, remember, your local supermarket is sometimes not the cheapest. Sometimes, it’s worth it to branch out a bit.
|1 Litre of Cow’s Milk||5.50 AED (£1.12)|
|500g loaf of fresh white bread||4 AED (81p)|
|12 regular eggs||9 AED (£1.83)|
|1kg Boneless and skinless chicken breast||16 AED (£3.25)|
|1kg of apples||6.50 AED (£1.32)|
|1kg of bananas||5.50 AED (£1.12)|
|1kg of potatoes||3.50 AED (71p)|
|1.5 litre bottle of water||2 AED (41p)|
Keep an eye out for deals and sales to reduce your monthly budget, too.
There are plenty of busses in Sharjah and taxis. Taxi prices start at 11.50 AED (£2.34) and then for every 1km it’s an extra 3 AED (61p).
Petrol prices in Sharjah are very, very low, especially if you’re coming from the UK, petrol prices are around 1.8-2.2 AED (37p-45p) per litre.
Your monthly SEWA (Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority) bill depends on your usage. Your electricity, water usage and cooling charges are billed by their use. On average, a 1,000 sq. ft apartment will cost around 450 AED (£91) per month in bills.
Property – Rental and Buying
Rental and purchasing prices are high in Sharjah. A 1 bedroom apartment outside of the city centre will cost around 2,300 AED (£367) per month and in the city centre around 3,100 AED (£630) per month. A 3 bedroom apartment outside of the city centre costs around 4,150 AED (£840) per month and in the city centre about 5,600 AED (£1,140).
To purchase an apartment in the city centre you’ll pay about 625 AED (£120) per square foot and outside of the city centre it’ll be 523 AED (£105) per square foot.
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