2006-11-28
Groceries in Dubai
Okay, I got a little crazy with this. At first I thought, "I should save my receipt from grocery shopping and convert the kilograms to pounds and the dirhams to dollars and see how it all ends up." I mean, you're standing there in the produce section, looking at the green peppers scratching your head saying, "is 5.95 dirhams per kilo a good deal or a bad deal?!?"

But then I realized on any given week we're only buying a few cool items.

So I ended up saving the receipts for the last FIVE trips to Géant. That's pretty nuts.

Anyway, finally I present my latest math experiment:

    Six pack Diet Pepsi
    330 ml cans = 11.16 oz can
    AED 5.25
    $1.43
    $0.24 each

    Roast Turkey Breast, from deli counter
    0.210 kilograms = 0.46 lbs
    AED 11.30
    $3.08
    $6.70 per pound

    Anchor (English Brand) Cheddar Cheese, from deli counter
    0.120 kilograms = 0.26 lbs
    AED 3.35
    $0.91
    $3.50 per pound

    Shredded Mozarella, local
    0.500 kilograms = 1.10 lbs
    AED 11.5
    $3.13
    $2.84 per pound

    Minced Beef (ground), imported from New Zealand
    0.615 kilograms = 1.36 lbs
    AED 14.75
    $4.01
    $2.95 per pound

    Minced Chicken (ground chicken), local
    0.500 kilograms = 1.10 lbs
    AED 9.50
    $2.58
    $2.35 per pound

    Chicken Breast Boneless, local
    0.500 kilograms = 1.10 lbs
    AED 14.95
    $4.07
    $3.70 per pound

    Hilshire Farms Chicken Kielbasa (imported from USA)
    1 lb
    AED 25.25
    $6.87

    Potatoes, from Lebanon
    0.665 kilograms = 1.47 lbs
    AED 2.65
    $0.72
    $0.49 per pound

    Green Peppers, ugly locally grown
    0.415 kilograms = 0.91 lbs
    AED 2.45
    $0.72
    $0.79 per pound

    Tomatoes, ugly, locally grown
    1.3 kilograms = 2.87 lbs
    AED 5.65
    $1.54
    $0.54 per pound

    Potatoes, imported from Saudi Arabia
    5.675 kiloograms = 12.5 lbs (for Thanksgiving)
    AED 8.70
    $2.3664
    $0.19 per pound

    Chiquita Bananas
    1.935 kilograms = 4.27 lbs
    AED 6.20
    $1.69
    $0.40 per pound

    Tortilla Chips, no-name brand
    250 gram = 8.8 oz bag
    AED 5.75
    $1.56

    Tostitos Tortilla Chips, with lime (imported from USA)
    10 oz bag
    AED 13.50
    $3.67

    Gringo Pete's Flour Tortillas (imported from USA)
    bag of 8 = 1 lb
    AED 15.40
    $4.19

    Loaf of bread, local
    AED 5.35
    $1.46

    Dried Pineapple Cubes, local
    250 grams = 0.55 lbs
    AED 4.75
    $1.29
    $2.35 per pound

    Strawberry Juice, local
    2 liters
    AED 5.75
    $1.56

    Whole Pineapple, cored for you right there in the store
    AED 5.95
    $1.62

    Marsh Brand BBQ Sauce (imported from USA)*
    18 oz bottle
    AED 7.35
    $2.00

    Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing (imported from USA)
    8 oz bottle - which is very very small
    AED 14.25
    $3.88

    Old El Paso Refried Beans (imported from USA)
    16 oz can
    AED 7.35
    $2.00

    Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce (imported from USA)
    16 oz can
    AED 16.70
    $4.54

    Crisco Shortening (imported from USA)
    16 oz can
    AED 7.00
    $1.90

    Jumbo Eggs, local
    6 eggs
    AED 3.75
    $1.02

    Frozen Pizza, not imported, some local brand
    750 grams = 1.65 pounds
    AED 19.75
    $5.37

    Bag of Frozen Green Peas
    450 grams = 1 pound
    AED 3.75
    $1.02

    Bag of Frozen Brocolli Florets
    450 grams = 1 pound
    AED 9.95
    $2.71

    Bag of Frozen Blueberries
    500 grams = 1.1 lbs
    AED 18.25
    $4.96

    Frozen Sara Lee Bagels, 5 pack (imported from USA)
    AED 11.25
    $3.06

    Tide detergent powder, locally produced
    2.5 kg = 5.5 lbs
    AED 12.95
    $3.52


*Sadly not Bath, Maine's Marsh family Tallywagger BBQ, this is Marsh Supermarkets and convenience stores from Indiana and Ohio.

It seems to me that the food here is very reasonablly priced. Some things, like soda, are almost insanely cheap. Anything imported from the US is going to be more pricey than the local stuff. At first I was buying the Kraft shredded cheese, which was like three times as expensive as the local cheese. But the local stuff is fine!

The frozen pizzas is another place they hose you. The same el cheapo frozen pizzas that sell for a dollar at home are at least three or four dollars here. This one we bought looks pretty good, but it's local so it's cheaper.

Which makes sense, and if the quality is about the same, it's a deal!
posted by Josh @ 2:30 PM  

Josh and Liz are two American kids who got married in August. Liz has lived in Dubai since 2003, Josh since August of 2006.

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