Salaries and Cost of Living in GCC Capital Cities

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In which GCC country/city you would work when it comes to salaries and cost of living?

As part of our research and analysis of employment market at we present the latest statistics of salaries and cost of living across the GCC countries.  The study focuses on cost of the living within the six GCC capitals; Muscat, Manama, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi, Doha and Kuwait City.

  MuscatManamaRiyadhAbu DhabiDohaKuwait City
Meal, Inexpensive RestaurantRO2.6022524.8124.522.05
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course10.9516110104.47103.288.64
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal)2.32.42421.9421.691.82
Cappuccino (regular)1.811.7811.6717.3117.121.43
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle)
Water (0.33 liter bottle)
Milk (regular), (1 liter)0.590.665.215.685.610.47
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g)0.410.382.493.873.83 0.32
Rice (white), (1kg)0.780.90 7.517.497.40.62
Eggs (regular) (12)0.990.968.559.489.370.78
Local Cheese (1kg)2.422.3821.6223.1422.871.91
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg)2.262.1918.5221.5221.281.78
Beef Round (1kg) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat)3.23.7540.5230.53302.53
Apples (1kg)0.80.786.857.677.580.63
Banana (1kg)0.610.695.365.785.710.48
Oranges (1kg)0.720.725.446.836.750.57
Tomato (1kg)0.640.655.
Potato (1kg)0.410.434.253.873.830.32
Onion (1kg)0.380.3443.653.610.3
Lettuce (1 head)0.590.93.855.635.570.47
Water (1.5 liter bottle)
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range)6.50 8.00 1262.0261.315.13
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle)1.51.344.6314.3114.151.18
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle)1.38 2.174.0913.1713.021.09
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro)1.2224.511.4511.320.95
One-way Ticket (Local Transport)0.30.332.862.830.24
Monthly Pass (Regular Price)1514150143.12141.4811.84
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff)12109.549.430.79
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)0.20.421.911.890.16
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff)325028.6228.32.37
Gasoline (1 liter)
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car)600080007500057246565934736
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car)709570006428667693669225600
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment22.2151.06283.42211.93209.5117.53
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans)
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)27.9316.25244.09266.49263.4522.04
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult20.3824.72309.66194.46192.2416.09
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend)10.2711.0393.0497.9596.848.1
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat3.537033.3933.012.76
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child9494.681132897.41887.1872.24
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child312722711771830265299202504
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar)19.2517.25199.06183.66181.5715.19
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...)18.9519.61210.38180.8178.7414.96
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range)3227.17320.06305.31301.8325.26
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes26.9127.48248.24256.78253.8521.24
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre270311158025812551213
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre188218105817931772148
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre515676278949144858406
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre343437193032693231270
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre16451090477515703155241299
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre730765316069676888576
Salaries And Financing
Average Net Monthly Net Salary (Local Currency)551479599352615201435
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate0.05220.06330.03850.05220.05220.0469
If you work in Muscat earning RO1,100 monthly salary the table below will show you how much you need to earn in each GCC captital to earn the same standard of living
MuscatManamaRiyadhAbu DhabiDohaKuwait City
Currency Exchange Rate11.0230.1030.1050.1061.266
Salary Required in Local CurrencyRO1,100BHD1,266SR9,321AED16,145QR15,084KD1,035
Required Salary in Rial OmaniRO1,100RO1,295RO960RO1,695RO1599RO1,310

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