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Petrol Index 2021: who can fill up the most amount of petrol for the average wage?

PicodiJuly 15, 2021 analysis team examined the change in petrol prices in the first half of 2021 compared to the previous year and counted how many litres of petrol Emiratis can buy for the average wage.

Increase of prices on petrol stations

The first half of 2021 was characterised by the gradual defrosting of the economy and an increase in petrol prices compared to the first half of 2020. In MENA countries, the highest price spikes were noted in Saudi Arabia (+63.2%), Turkey (+19.4%), and Qatar (+14.7%).

The UAE noted a 4.8% increase in prices, ranking 8th among MENA countries. Petrol prices also increased in countries like Algeria (+7.7%), Israel (+7.2%), and Jordan (+7.1%).

The opposite trend was noted only in Egypt and Tunisia, where the average year to year petrol prices slightly decreased.

Petrol Index 2021

In MENA countries, Algerians fill up petrol the cheapest – in this country, 1 litre of petrol costs $0.34. Israel has the highest prices at $1.88 per 1 litre. In the UAE, the average petrol price in the first half of 2021 was 2.04 AED or $0.56, which means it placed 8th out of 13 considered countries.

This year, we checked again how many litres of petrol can be bought for the average wage in various MENA countries.

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The undefeated leader of the ranking is Qatar with 6,532 litres of petrol. Saudi Arabia and Kuwait complete the podium with 5,170 and 5,158 litres respectively.

In the UAE, according to the Numbeo data, the average monthly salary amounts to 10,235.89 AED. It means that an average Emirati can buy 5,010 litres of petrol for the average monthly wage (4th place). In the previous year, Emiratis could buy 5,439 litres of petrol for the average wage.

Lower in the ranking were countries such as Oman (2,997 litres and 5th place), or Israel (1,711 litres and 6th place).

Jordan, Tunisia and Egypt took the last three places with 428, 414, and 401 litres respectively.

The world leaders

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Among 104 researched countries, the lowest petrol price was noted in Algeria ($0.34 per litre), and the highest price – in Hong Kong ($2.44 per litre).

In the global purchasing power ranking, the Gulf countries are consistently on the podium:

  • Qatar – 6,532 litres;
  • Saudi Arabia – 5,170 litres;
  • Kuwait – 5,158 litres.

Americans can buy 4,723 litres of petrol for the average wage, Australians – 4,128 litres, Canadians – 2,616 litres, and Russians – 938 litres.

The worst situation was noted in Cuba. In this country, 26 litres of petrol can be bought for the average wage (2 litres less than in the previous year). Only a little better were Tajikistan and Zambia, with 188 and 214 litres.

It is also worth looking at Venezuela. This country struggles with an unstable economic situation, yet maintained last year’s limits on petrol purchases. Each citizen can buy 120 litres of petrol for about $0.002 per litre. Once the limit is exceeded, the price of petrol increases to $0.50 per litre. According to our calculations, the average wage in this country allows you to buy 230 litres of petrol (120 litres of subsidised and 110 litres in full price) which is 82 litres more than last year.


Petrol Index is an annual ranking of petrol prices to wages ratio, conducted by Picodi since 2019.

This report uses the average net monthly wages according to the latest available data provided by offices for national statistics or relevant ministries. In some countries, where official wage statistics are not available, we used information from Numbeo.

The average prices for the first half of 2021 in 104 countries are based on data from and other local sources. In order to obtain the number of litres, we divided the average wage by the average price of 1 litre of petrol. For currency conversion, we used the Google Finance average exchange rate for the last 90 days.

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