One of the most common questions we get involve what basic things cost — clothes, your daily caffeine fix, etc. In September/October 2012, we went to Abu Dhabi, UAE, and we went shopping and checked out prices in the following categories — keep in mind, this is not an exhaustive list, but a sampling:
Note: The exchange rate between the American dollar (US$) and the UAE Dirham (dh or AED) is US$1=AED3.67.
We all know one needs their fast food fix, especially when overseas. Here are the costs at some familiar American chains, although there are many more chains not listed below (e.g., Pizza Hut, TGI Friday's, Applebee's, KFC, etc.):
The monolithic Starbucks, of course, stands on its own. But if Starbucks isn't your thing, there are also numerous other coffee shops, including Costa Coffee, Caribou Coffee, and — good news for Canadians: Tim Horton's! etc.:
Plain Latte or Cappuccino
Caramel Macchiato, Caffe Mocha, White Chocolate Mocha or Hot Chocolate
Caffe Americano or Brewed Coffee
Mocha, White Chocolate Mocha, Chocolate Cream, Caramel or Vanilla Cream
Mocha Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip Cream or Caramel Mocha
For this search, we went to a Carrefours, which is an international supermarket chain based in France. It is somewhat like a Wal-Mart, selling groceries, electronics, and, in some outlets, lower-end clothing.
We looked at sellers in the mid-range in this category, but one can also find very inexpensive clothes (e.g., at Carrefours, noted above) or very high-end stores (e.g., Prada, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, Dior, Burberry, Armani, etc.). For mid-range, there are also other American chains available (e.g., GAP) and European chains (e.g., Zara, Mango). And for the athlete, there are plenty of brand shops, e.g., Nike, Adidas, etc.
We spread out across the mall to find the costs of cosmetics. Some salespersons refused to divulge information, thinking perhaps that we were spies for a rival. Supermarkets also have typical brands sold in North American pharmacies (e.g., L'Oreal, Nivea, etc.).
Note: People with very fair complexions sometimes have difficulty
finding make-up to match their skin tones, except among the rather
Also, somewhat strangely, our Western contacts also report that it
is difficult to find the "long-wearing" variety of make-up (which is often preferred
in the heat/humidity), except among the rather expensive varieties.
The Body Shop
Yves Saint Laurent
Want to see a film? Perhaps listen to music?
Ice Skating (MarinaMall)
Relocating with a little one? Here are some costs to consider:
Pampers Active Baby
Sanita Bambi (foreign brand)
Nestle Nan 2
Prices were checked in September/October 2012; prices are subject to change.
Furnishing a place? See our article: Furnishing Your New Abode in Abu Dhabi.
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