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Cost Of Living In Ras Al Khaimah

Ras Al Khaimah – the most popular emirate of UAE is known for its natural beauty & mountains, this mesmerizing city is now becoming the favourite destination for expats. As the city holds endless opportunities in its heart, loaded with modern amenities, culture and investment options Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) is the most preferred destination. If you are considering relocating to RAK then you must understand the cost of living of the city so you can plan accordingly. 

The entire article is about this, here we will understand the various aspects of living expenses in RAK, providing detailed insights supported by some relevant data. 


Housing is the primary cost of living and when you are in RAK, you will get different types of property in different locations with different prices. RAK is quite affordable as compared to other UAE cities and here you would get budget-friendly rental properties. The table below is the average rental costs of different property types in Ras Al Khaimah.

Property Types Average Monthly Rent 
Studio Apartment (City Center)AED 1,333
Studio Apartment (Island Area)AED 2,083
1 bed ApartmentAED 2,500-4,000
3 bed Villa (Al Dhait )AED 4,666
3 bed Villa (Mina Al Arab)AED 8,916

But if you are planning to purchase a property in in Ras Al Khaimah then it will cost you:

  • Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Center – AED 17,263.91
  • Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of City Center – AED 10,000.00

Food & Groceries

Groceries or food items are entirely based on every individual’s preference and in Ras Al Khaimah you will find many grocery stores and supermarkets which offer a diverse range of food options like vegetables, fruits, and meat. The table below is indicating the food costs.

Food Items Price (AED)
Milk -1 liter AED 5.81
Loaf of Fresh White Bread – 500gAED 4.12
Rice – 1 KgAED 6.50
Eggs – 12 unitAED 9.08
Local Cheese – 1 KgAED52.75
Chicken Fillets – 1 KgAED 30.57
Beef Round -1 KgAED 44.17
Apples – 1 KgAED 8.16
Banana – 1 dozen AED 6.45
Oranges – 1 KgAED 5.81
Tomato – 1 KgAED 4.44
Potato – 1  Kg AED 3.77
Onion – 1 Kg AED 3.06
Lettuce – 1 head AED 4.62 
Water – 1.5 litre bottle AED 1.77


The cost of living also includes utilities such as electricity and water. Here is the monthly estimated cost given below in the Table.

Utility Estimated Monthly Cost (In AED)
Electricity, Water, Cooling, Heating, Garbage (For a 85 sqm2 apartment)AED 455.89
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ DataAED 175.00
Internet (60Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ ADSL)AED 358.62

Clothing & Shoes

Apparel or clothing are not so necessary but it totally depends on you and here let’s take a look below in the table, the pairs and their charges.

Clothing & Shoes Cost 
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 or Similar)AED 280.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M)AED 167.50
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid – Range)AED 366.67
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes AED 500.00

Sports & Leisure

In Ras Al Khaimah, there are more options available to make fun times more special. You can spend time doing adventure activities, can go for a movie and if you love sports then also you can make your weekend plan for playing your favourite sports. Check out the table below and the charges.

Leisure OptionsCost 
Fitness Club, Monthly Fees for 1 adult AED 185.000
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend)AED 60.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat AED 40.000


For families, this is an essential step where they must bear the cost for their kid. Ras Al Khaimah has many reputed schools that provide outstanding curriculum. Get an idea from the given table below before taking admission of your little one.

Childcare Cost 
Preschool (Or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child AED 887.50
International Primary School, yearly for 1 Child AED 28,500.00


Healthcare insurance is essential in RAK and a common practice, employers provide health insurance to their employees. The basic cost of health insurance in RAK for a single person starts from AED 500, whereas a premium provider such as AXA starts from AED 2,250 for a single person and can reach up to AED 13,000.


There are lots of fine-dine restaurants available in RAK. Whether you are a single person then dine in a restaurant would cost you quite lower and it depends on your monthly salary. But if you are a family person and on week off days you plan to dine out with your family then just go through the table below and get a quick idea.

Meal/ Combo/Coffee/ Water/ BeerCost 
Meal, inexpensive Restaurant AED 35.00
Meal for 2 people, Mild -Range Restaurant, Three -Course AED 155.00
MCMeal at McDonalds (Or Equivalent Combo Meal)AED 25.50
Domestic Beer (05. liter draught)AED 40.00
Imported Beer (0.33 litre Bottle)AED 30.00
Cappuccino (Regular)AED 19.00
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter Bottle)AED 4.36


Ras Al Khaimah has limited transportation services, mostly you have to rely on your own vehicle or if you don’t have then just grab a rental taxi for further commute. The table shows you the prices of a rental taxi and fuel prices.

Mode of transportation / Fuel Cost 
One -way Ticket (Local Transport)AED 10.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price)AED 225.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff)AED 5.50
Taxi 1 km (Normal Tarriff)AED 2.00
Taxi 1 hour Waiting (Normal Tariff)AED 37.50
Gasoline (1 liter)AED 2.96
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car)AED 165,382,00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6I 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car)AED 89,083.33

With the above-mentioned information, now let’s take a look at the average monthly cost of living in Ras Al Khaimah for Singles, couples and families.

Average Monthly Cost of Living in Ras Al Khaimah for Singles

If you are single and your average monthly salary is between AED 10,000 – 15,000 then you can easily live in Ras Al Khaimah by renting in an accommodation and here is the cost of living given in the table below.

Expenses TypeSingle 
Housing Studio AED 1,333 – AED 2,083
Groceries AED 450
Utilities AED 400 -700
TotalAED 2.1K – 3.2K

Average Monthly Cost of Living in Ras Al Khaimah for Couples

If you are a couple and planning to relocate to Ras Al Khaimah then you must know the monthly cost of living in Ras Al Khaimah for couples. Here is the table below,

Expenses TypeFor Couple
Housing 1 bed apartment 1,833 – AED 3,083 
Groceries AED 900
Utilities AED 650-950
TotalAED 3.3K-4.9K

Average Monthly Cost of Living in Ras Al Khaimah for Families

For families Ras Al Khaimah is an ideal place and here you can easily get more things just at your doorstep. Also you can enjoy the best side of living. If you are a family of four and want to know what is the average cost of living in Ras Al Khaimah then follow the table below and get a quick idea.

Expenses Type For Families 
Housing 3 bed villa AED 4,666 – AED 8,916
Groceries AED 1,800 
UtilitiesAED 1,500 – AED 3,000
Total7.9K – 13.7K


Undoubtedly, Ras Al Khaimah is the best city in UAE for singles, couples and Families and holds endless opportunities and here you can easily make a lifestyle once you know the cost of living in RAS Al Khaimah. I hope the above mentioned information will give you a clear idea about it.

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