Dubai

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Life quality score

City ranking

Housing

1
254/263
Details
Large apartment$2763.06
Medium apartment$2191.26
Rent index [score]0.10
Small apartment$1619.46

Cost of Living

5
128/261
Details
5km taxi ride$4.50
A Cappuccino$5.30
A beer$2.50
A kilogram of Apples$2.30
Bread$0.56
Inflation [score]0.54
Lunch$12.00
Monthly fitness club membership$110.00
Monthly public transport$73.00
Movie ticket$10.00
Price of a meal at a restaurant$64.61

Startups

7
40/260
Details
Average monthly increase in number of startups24
Average monthly increase in number of startups [score]0.62
Coworking spaces [score]0.32
Coworking spaces on WorkFrom.co6
Meetups [score]0.45
Meetups groups113
Meetups members49162
Number of investors203
Number of startup events in the last 12 months500
Number of upcoming meetup events15
Startup climate scene [score]0.65
Startup events53
Startup events100
Startup events [score]0.66
Startups [score]0.81
Total number of startups420

Venture Capital

6
59/228
Details
Funding accelerator namesSeedStartup, i360accelerator
Number of funding accelerators2
Venture capital [score]0.55

Travel Connectivity

5
76/260
Details
Airport hub215
Airport hub [score]0.91

Commute

4
192/260
Details
Traffic handling [score]0.57

Business Freedom

8
153/259
Details
Business freedom79.60
Business freedom [score]0.76
Freedom from corruption70.00
Freedom from corruption [score]0.73
Lack of labor restrictions80.70
Lack of labor restrictions [score]0.81
Time to open a business8.00
Time to open a business [score]0.92

Safety

9
25/264
Details
Crime rate [score]0.92
Gun-related deaths per 100,000 residents per year2
Guns per 100 residents22
Lack of gun related deaths [score]0.96
Lack of guns [score]0.90
Lack of guns and gun-related deaths [score]0.93

Healthcare

6
173/260
Details
Healthcare expenditure [score]0.63
Healthcare quality [score]0.66
Life expectancy (years)77.07
Life expectancy [score]0.62

Education

4
184/230
Details
Best university in rankingAmerican University of Sharjah
Best university ranking700
Country mean scores in PISA math test431.29
Country mean scores in PISA reading test441.70
Country mean scores in PISA science test448.37
PISA math ranking (high school)44
PISA ranking42
PISA ranking (high school) [score]0.64
PISA reading (high school)42
PISA science (high school)41
Percent of happy students0.79
University quality [score]0.10

Environmental Quality

6
160/264
Details
Air quality [score]0.44
Cleanliness [score]0.80
Drinking water quality [score]0.51
Urban greenery [score]0.48

Economy

8
2/258
Details
Currency for urban areaAED
GDP growth rate0.04
GDP growth rate [score]0.58
GDP per capita$64478.67
GDP per capita [score]1.00

Taxation

10
1/260
Details
Effective company profit tax rate on payouts as dividends [score]1.00
Income tax level [score]1.00
Profit tax (% of profit)0.16
Time overhead to file company taxes12

Internet Access

3
217/263
Details
Download speed (Mbps)13.26
Internet access (download) [score]0.33
Internet access (upload) [score]0.27
Upload speed (Mbps)5.71

Leisure & Culture

5
187/263
Details
Art galleries116
Art galleries [score]0.73
Cinemas110
Cinemas [score]0.75
Comedy clubs28
Comedy clubs [score]0.87
Concert venues88
Concerts [score]0.46
Historical sites46
Historical sites [score]0.41
Museums46
Museums [score]0.54
Performing art venues102
Performing arts [score]0.48
Sport venues44
Sports [score]0.55
Zoos14
Zoos [score]0.87

Tolerance

2
258/264
Details
LGBT Equality Index15.97
LGBT Equality Index [score]0.14
LGBT adoption rights✖ Illegal
LGBT age of consentN/A
LGBT blood donation regulations✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
LGBT conversion therapy regulations✖ Not banned
LGBT discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT employment discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT gender changing rights✖ Illegal
LGBT homosexuality rightsMale illegal, female uncertain
LGBT housing discrimination legality✖ No protections
LGBT marriage rights✖ Not legal
Tolerance towards minorities [score]0.35

Outdoors

7
21/260
Details
Elevation (hills or mountains) [score]0.35
Median peak in meters850.00
Presence of hills in city1.00
Presence of mountains in city1.00
Seaside access1.00
Urban area elevation (meters)8.00
Water access [score]0.98
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Costs of living

Costs of living in Dubai are in the 128th place of all 261 Teleport cities. Average living expenses are significantly higher compared to other cities, especially in the housing market. Sign up for free to get access to our cost of living index and use our international  cost of living calculator to do cost comparison by city.

Housing costs (USD)

$1,289$1,950
$1619
Median rent for
apartments in city center

Daily living costs (USD)

Monthly fitness club membership$110
Movie ticket$10
Broadband internet connection$79
Monthly public transport$73
Lunch$12
-31%
compared to
San Francisco
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Software Engineer salaries in Dubai are above average. For this job type, Dubai ranks 120th for salaries among 264 cities. Get access to our salary comparison calculator by signing up. Compare salaries city by city with our free salary wizard and convert your own salary to a local salary in Dubai.

Estimated annual salary (in USD)

$46,441
Median salary
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Safety

Gun crimes & Ownership

22.10
Guns per 100 people
1.55
Gun deaths per 100k people / year
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Overall crime rate city ranking

The overall crime rate puts Dubai in position 27 of 264 Teleport Cities in a ranking for the safest cities.

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Embassies

Consulate General of Afghanistan in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

P.O.Box 113233, Dubai , United Arab Emirates

Phone: +971-4-398-8229,+971-4-398-8229

Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Afghanistan

Anqaraa Street , Zanq Talayi Square, Kabul, Afghanistan

Phone: (+93) 78 686 8687,(+93) 20 210 2389

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Climate

Average number of days per year without rain

337

Climate type

Tropical and Subtropical Desert

Average daily maximum temperature

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Impressions from Dubai

5:58 What to Do in Dubai | 36 Hours Travel Videos | The New York Times

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On living in Dubai


Dubai is a cosmopolitan metropolis and global city on the Arabian Peninsula. One of the ten most popular tourist destinations in the world, it is developing rapidly in tourism and trade. It calls itself one of the more modern and progressive cities in the Middle East, but it has been severely criticized for the mistreatment of workers, especially those whose home countries are on the Subcontinent. Critics investigating the labor situation, including professor Andrew Ross, of New York University, which opened a campus in the UAE in 2014, have been barred from entry by the local authorities. Dubai is sometimes mistakenly thought of as a country, though it is part of the United Arab Emirates.

Dubai is a commercial and cultural hub of the Middle East, it's a global transport hub, and has attracted world attention through many large innovative construction projects and sports events. The city is symbolised by its skyscrapers, including the world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa, in addition to ambitious development projects including man-made islands, world class luxury hotels, and some of the largest and extraordinarily modern shopping malls in the world.

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