Is it expensive to live in Ras Al-Khaimah?

The northernmost Emirate of the United Arab Emirates, one of the richest countries in the world, also known as RAK, was the last of the Emirates to join the UAE, in 1972, and isn’t very well known about to people outside of the UAE or Middle East.

Ras Al-Khaimah can be a considerably cheaper option to live in within the UAE and can present an excellent opportunity to save a bit of extra cash if you’re working in Dubai or Abu Dhabi.

Another great benefit to living in Ras Al-Khaimah is the access to some of the amazing golf course in Dubai.

Restaurants

In Ras Al-Khaimah, you’ll find loads of choices for food and drink.  You can of course go for some of the cheaper options within the emirate, where a meal can be had for 25 AED (£5) or less or you can, of course, go to some of the more luxurious restaurants.

If you keep your eyes open, ask for recommendations and are open to try something a little unique you can find some excellent dining opportunities in Ras Al-Khaimah.  Remember though, you’re not isolated, you can easily drive to and from Dubai where you can enjoy all of the luxury dining options and variety of choice there.

Ras Al-Khaimah’s excellent location means you’ve got great access to all of the other emirates.

Groceries

Once you find your nearest supermarket, don’t forget to look around and see if you can find somewhere a little cheaper.  You should try and make sure that most of the prices for your typical groceries should be around the following:

Item Price
1 Litre of Cow’s Milk 5.50 AED (£1.12)
500g loaf of fresh white bread 4 AED (81p)
12 regular eggs 8.50 AED (£1.73)
1kg Boneless and skinless chicken breast 21.50 AED (£4.30)
1kg of apples 6.50 AED (£1.32)
1kg of bananas 5.50 AED (£1.12)
1kg of potatoes 4.50 AED (91p)
1.5 litre bottle of water 2 AED (41p)

 

I repeat, always make sure you’re looking at other supermarkets.  The supermarket closes to you may not always be the cheapest and certain supermarkets will sell more expensive versions of the same food.  Independent supermarkets can be a great way of bagging some extra bargains.

Transportation

You can find loads of taxis available in RAK, so you won’t be waiting around too long for a pick-up.  The public transportation within Ras Al-Khaimah can be a bit tricky and doesn’t connect you with the other emirates, so your own transportation might be best.

Taxi prices within RAK are known to start at around 3.75 AED (76p) and adding on another 2 AED (41p) per km.

Petrol prices in Ras Al-Khaimah 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.

Property – Rental

Unfortunately, one of your biggest costs while living in RAK, or anywhere within the UAE, is going to be your rent and accommodation costs.  Rent can be very high and purchase prices can also be extremely high.

If you look outside of the city centre you can find some great apartments and villas for a more affordable price.

  • Within the city centre, your rental prices for a 1 bedroom apartment are going to be around 2,125 AED (£430) a month.
  • Within the city centre, your rental prices for a 3 bedroom apartment are going to look closer to 3,500 AED (£710) per month.
  • If you decide to live outside of the city centre, you can probably get a 1 bedroom apartment for around 1,750 AED (£355) per month.
  • If you’re looking for something a little bit bigger, a 3 bedroom apartment outside of the city centre can be found for around 2,500 AED (£500).
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