Cost of Living in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Prices in Dubai

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Restaurants [Edit]
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 30.00 AED
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 150.00 AED
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 24.65 AED
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 35.00 AED
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 40.00 AED
Cappuccino (regular) 16.28 AED
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 1.70 AED
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1.20 AED
Markets [Edit]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 21.30 AED
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 4.18 AED
Rice (white), (1 lb) 4.22 AED
Eggs (12) 10.19 AED
Local Cheese (1 lb) 14.03 AED
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 12.12 AED
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 19.14 AED
Apples (1 lb) 4.09 AED
Banana (1 lb) 3.14 AED
Oranges (1 lb) 3.97 AED
Tomato (1 lb) 3.00 AED
Potato (1 lb) 2.49 AED
Onion (1 lb) 2.06 AED
Lettuce (1 head) 7.57 AED
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.22 AED
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 75.00 AED
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 26.19 AED
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 31.30 AED
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 10.00 AED
Transportation [Edit]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 5.00 AED
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 230.00 AED
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 10.00 AED
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.22 AED
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 AED
Gasoline (1 gallon) 7.54 AED
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 75,000.00 AED
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 627.83 AED
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.51 AED
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 310.03 AED
Sports And Leisure [Edit]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 319.94 AED
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 122.50 AED
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 35.00 AED
Clothing And Shoes [Edit]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 271.67 AED
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 227.28 AED
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 304.22 AED
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 344.33 AED
Rent Per Month [Edit]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 7,407.86 AED
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 5,338.85 AED
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 15,454.41 AED
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 10,376.19 AED
Buy Apartment Price [Edit]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,587.56 AED
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 1,103.21 AED
Salaries And Financing [Edit]
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 12,080.50 AED
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 4.44

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Last update: October, 2015

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100 Comments so far
#Chinyere udeme on Sep 24, 2015 :
Hi Every one my husband is actually working i dubai and i am thinking of coming over after my service, so we can start a family,,,,,just want 2 knw if i will get a beta job, i have a bsc in accounting in Nigeria.
#Mohamed Shafee on Sep 16, 2015 :
I'm planning to move to Dubai/ UAE next November from Egypt,I'm Quality safety and environment management system consultant and Auditor/engineer with more than 7 years of experience , I'm originally a communication engineer, could you please advice me is it OK to start work and life there I'm married and have 2 years old daughter, and what is the most suitable place or way to search and find a job, email:
Thank you.
#mohamed shafee on Sep 16, 2015 :
I'm planning to move to Dubai/UAE next November I'm Quality safety and environment management system consultant and auditor and engineer , I'm originally a communication engineer, could you please advice me is it OK to start work and life there i'm married and have 2 years old daughter.
#Ayo on Sep 14, 2015 :
I received a job offer letter from tesco technical service Dubai. I was offer indoor cleaner job with 1200dh basic salary, 300dh allowances altogether 1500dh, free accommodation, free health insurance, free transportation and returning ticket (Dubai-home country- Dubai) after 24 month of service. free zone visa with contract period of 3years.
please can an experienced person to advice me. can accept this offer because I don't to travel and suffer.
#amodh on Sep 12, 2015 :
Can I anybody tell me if there is any restriction for size of room taken for rent on the basis of no. of member in family in Dubai. I have a family of 4, Myself, my wife and 2 new born child(less than 6 months).

If I take a flat on rent then do i need to take 1 bhk or 2 bhk
#Rafiq on Sep 10, 2015 :
Hi All,

I have got an offer of 9000 AED. They are not offering any accomadation nor Family Visa. Can I know what will the expense for Accomdation If i stay with Sharing and Food expense ? If i want to get my Family, How much expense it be.
#deepak parashar on Sep 03, 2015 :
I am an indian architect with interior design experience of about 2.5 years.I have got a job in dubai in an interior design firm and they are offering me 5000DH and accommodation and travel to-n-fro to office.
Please please let me know if i need to ask for more salary?I have my skype interview tomorrow i still have a chance to ask for more.Is 5k DH ok?
Also they have asked me for a 2year contract that i cant leave office for atleast 2 years from joining.
#Prince Uzoh on Sep 02, 2015 :
I am interested in working in Dubai & am actively looking for job in Dubai. I have Master Degree in Business Administration and am very good professional worker - creative, resilient, result oriented. Please can anybody assist me get a job?. my contact
#Chintan Bhagora on Sep 02, 2015 :
I completed BE mechanical.I want job and settlement in dubai.please help me.
#mohit gupta on Aug 27, 2015 :
15000dhs is really handsome amount
if u r normal girl who dont party alot then u can actually save lots of money..
fooding expenses come to 1500-2000dhs per month
if u staying on sharing sharing basis then u have to pay another 1500-2000dhs depends on localities
as u mentioned your employer is offering u accomodation please see if he dont want to get physical pleasure too..
No doubt dubai is totally safe for girls..nobody will dare to touch u also even at mid night..
so if u r getting 15000dhs u can save 10000dhs easily
Take care
#Jhan on Aug 26, 2015 :
Hi All,

Hope all is well.
Just wanted to know if there is an opportunity in Dubai of earning 6000 AED and will work 4 to 5 days a week?

Thank you and Best regards,
#Divine on Aug 24, 2015 :
I will never encourage any body to travel to dubai with the aim of looking for a job.the Emiratis are so wicked that they pay foreign workers less than 350$ a month.couple with horrible working conditions and long working hours of above 12hours a day.there is slavery in all the emirates.the Emirates are too dull and uneducated but turned to maltreat Asians and Africans.I hate them.wrong statistics are published over the internet yet they call themselves followers of Allah.
#Ghamed on Aug 23, 2015 :
@ Khan bhai and Kavi

no way!
With 3500 AED or less a month you cannot leave decently even in Prague, I cannot imagine in Dubai!

These south asians have to rethink that it would be much better to find something in Europe or NAm where there are minimum wages than getting paid peanuts in Dubai where you would live like dogs sleeping in 15 in the same room, eating rubbish and getting treated like cattle by the locals.

The average salary is 12k /month and anyway is not that great to have a mid class life in Dubai.
#Khan bhai on Aug 13, 2015 :
Hi.I got job in Dubai which pays me 35oo aed. Will I survive there with this amount. Please advice me .
#Am geraldo from ghana on Aug 13, 2015 :
Pls i want to work in was a monitoring officer with the ghana ports and harbours authority and need a job in dubai..i need your help pls..2 years in the shipping industry..with a bsc in ports and shipping administration..
#Jenni on Aug 13, 2015 :
hi i will be in dubai on aug24. Can somebody help me on how will i negotiate with salary? I am a graduate of bachelor in science major in business management. I worked in a bank for 7yrs as a collections associate and fraud analyst
#Mohd Khalid on Aug 11, 2015 :
Hi all,

Can i go to Dubai and then search for job so can you please let me know the locations where i can get more job option ?

please advise.
#Kavi on Jul 18, 2015 :
I got a job in Ras al khaimah with a salary 2500 AED for a training period and after probation period there will be a increment of 500 AED.Accommodation and Travelling Allowance are provided by the this offer good ??
#idrissu on Jul 11, 2015 :
sallam.please my brothers i need your help as i wish to relocate to dubai and start work as a construction steelfixer.i wish to know how much they pay.please advice a brother.feel free to message me at
#clifford on Jul 11, 2015 :
hie everyone.
l am deciding on moving to the uae and look for a job there...l have a diploma in accounting and also have been working as a restuarant manager for 7years...can anyone help me find a job and l would be very grateful for any help...thank you good people ,,l aslo want to know if l travel to dubai on tourist visa, will l be able to get a job within the one month period...please feel free to help
#Beware on Jul 10, 2015 :
Beware indians!

There's still this scam of painting you Dubai as the land of honey and milk.

Weird, because there are already tons of statements on internet about south-asians being paid shitty salaries and treated like cattle.

They sell you the image of a melting pot city, but in the end you'll stand with your countrymen with the rest of the city making you feeling inferior.

If you're educated and high skilled in some technical job think about North America, EU, Singapore and Australia, imho are better place.

##Dip on Jul 03, 2015 :
Hi all,
My name is dipankar, i am from New Delhi. I am moving to dubai in a search of job.I am a HR professional having 8+ years of experience in this field. I have worked with some of the prestigious organisations of India like HONDA, CLAAS, DENSO SUBROS etc. I am an EMBA(HR) and a PGDHRM graduate. I am also a certified learning and development manager from CAMI-USA and a Certified Train the Trainer from AIMA-New Delhi.I request if any one can guide me to get a job in Dubai/ any place in UAE, i will be very thankful.
My I.D is
#Rajendran on Jun 28, 2015 :
Hi all,

I have got a job offer of 18000aed per month in it a gud salary in Dubai? Hiave a family of 5 . Is it advicalble to stay?

Thanks in advance
#di_25 on Jun 24, 2015 :
Hi...i got an offer in dubai about 15000 dirhams per month with accomodation at employee's place..flight tickets will be paid by it safe for a girl to be working in Dubai? I want also to know the cost of living there? Can anyone help?
#John on Jun 23, 2015 :
How much is the minimum salary of accounting graduate? if I work in dubai?
#md akram on Jun 22, 2015 :
Can anyone please tell me the salary of CCTV technician or computer hardware engineer salary I have knowledge of both fields for last 4 years I want job in Dubai
#Zahoor on Jun 12, 2015 :
Hi I am looking for a job in Dubai ..and I have done MBA international business I have 1yr of experience can anybody help me out to get placed in Dubai . What expected salary I can get there. Another thing should I apply online or should I visit there with my own please reply.
#Koki on Jun 05, 2015 :
Dear all,

Dubai is fine city to live, the problem here is nothing is stable, everything is going high, rent food, fitness clubs, entertainments, transportations, gasoline, and also so many hiden charges everywhere...Becareful
#raja on May 29, 2015 :
Hi ,
I got job offer of 12000 AED Per month.
Is it ok to survive in dubai with soem savings
#syed on May 29, 2015 :
I want to know how much money want to spend to buy own house in dubai. and also want dubai nationality.
#Nait Attia naili on May 14, 2015 :
Hello everyone
I was working in Hong Kong for 5 year in optic company I was general manager I am looking for job offer in Dubai will be nice to try new experience even on something deferent from what I was doing thank you my email address is
#abisola on May 13, 2015 :
i want to study more on Real Estate in dubia and i also need a job that can take care of me and my career.please i need an assistance
#Amol Bagde on May 04, 2015 :
I had been offered Pest Control- Manager job with 8000 AED salary (accommodation & travel by company). How much can I save.
#Amol Singh on May 04, 2015 :
I have been offered a job in Dubai at 8000 AED (accommodation & travel from company)How much can I save.
#Claire Adams on Apr 26, 2015 :
Hi, I'm thinking of becoming an Emirates flight attendant. They give you a house, insurance and a salary of 12000 AED per month. What does a second hand car cost to buy?
#ketz on Apr 21, 2015 :
Hello Friends,
I am in Dubai for some time.
There are some techniques to crack,live and save in United Arab Emirates,one of the finest & safest Gulf Countries,not only for ASIANS but for foreign nationals stepping their feet in UAE.
Try to be on visit visa,rather than applying online and waiting for the Companies to callback...
Unless your profile is in demand and it is accordance to their requirement,its trash and gets deleted immediately by the Human Resource department.
Don't settle for less than 5000 as in future--you can-sponsor your family at Salary 5000 and above according to labour/immigration law.
If you don't have specific qualifications for jobs---crack sales/marketing jobs of Banks/financial institutions but be with confidence that you can do it...Of course its quite pressurized job...but u will learn to networks in the 2 years span and plan your jump....
Mark my words that you will be able to save 2000-3000 AED per month from which you can save 25000 for yourself--incase want to setup company...mail us for further assistance...
Always ready to help I want People not to suffer as others have...
#Aatif Akhter on Apr 14, 2015 :
Dear Friends, Assalam -0- Aliekum.

Em from Karachi, Pakistan but now a days working in Dubai with the salary of 3000 AED.
Its just less than an average salary.

As far as em concerned .. i want to guide Peoples who are willing to come Dubai. @ Bachelors.

1. Living in a bed space with 6-8 persons : AED 500 to AED 700
2. Meal per month : AED 450 to AED 700
3. Transport Expense : AED 180 to AED 400

So, now you can assume how much you have to expense and how much you can save.
em saving only AED 1500 after my all expense .. living alone.

Anyways .. Can anybody help me out to earn extra money ? Any Part time job in Dubai ?
Awaiting for any good person .. who can help me out .. my email add is (

any question .. you may ask me on email ..!
Stay Safe friends ..

Allah Hafiz !
#Ram on Apr 12, 2015 :
Hi,I got offer in dubai the salary will be 3500 aed plus accomadation is it enough to lead life in dubai.

How much I can save in that salary.
#mishra on Apr 10, 2015 :
kanhaiya lal prajapati, Can you send me your mail address?
#Yordan on Apr 10, 2015 :
I am looking for an advice. I 've been offered for a job in Jebel Ali, Dubai. The package is as follow:

Salary - 16000 AED
Tickets and Med. Insurance for me and family
Company car

We are family of 3. Me, my wife and 1 year old baby.

Is it enough to have a decent life?
#Rohan pathre on Apr 04, 2015 :
Hi my name is rohan.I have done electrical diploma engineering. I have 4yrs exp in transformer company as a junior engineer.I have also worked in international call center for 1 yr.I have good command over English and Hindi language.I am 28 yes old.I am looking job in Dubai in aviation,shipping,call centre or engineering excepted salary is 10k aed with accommodation and food from company.if anyone has such offer plz email me at r.pathre@yahoo. Com
My cell no_9822961193
#kanhaiya lal prajapati on Apr 01, 2015 :
Dear all,
have 6+ years of experience in Remote sensing & Gis , can anyone help to find a good job to work in Dubai .
#ravi on Mar 29, 2015 :
Hi I got an offer of 10000AED/month in Dubai without accommodation & food. Please suggest if this is sufficient for one person in Dubai.

#surendra on Mar 06, 2015 :
I got job in dubai.with salary8800. It is sufficient or not for family? Give me adviae
#Guman singh on Mar 04, 2015 :
Hello every one, this is Guman here from Bangalore INDIA, i got offer ERD 2750 from Dubai Excluding Accommodation working hours will be 8 and it is a Retail job so please suggest me should i accept the offer letter with this much salary enough for survival in Dubai or Abu dhabi.
#Subhas Karani on Feb 26, 2015 :
Hi ,

I have job offer for 8500 dhs including basic , hra , transport only.

Is it good offer for dubai. My office is in jebel ali free zone.

Please advise urgently.

#Mohamed on Feb 26, 2015 :
Hello everyone,

I've been offered a salary of 16,000 AED per month plus health insurance at aljumirah university. will i survive in dubai i am married and i have one new born baby???

Your support please.
#G Hruby on Feb 23, 2015 :
I am a government retiree w, approx. 7700 AED per month income, or $2100.00, net. How well can I live in Dubai as a single person?
#shibi on Feb 20, 2015 :
Hi,everyone. I've just been offered a job with salary of 5200 AED, exclusive of bonus inclu. Of accommodation & transportation how much will I able to save
#Shahla on Feb 06, 2015 :
My husband is looking for jobb in Dubai, we live in Norway and thinking to move to Dubai if my husband finds a good jobb. He is constraction engineer. Can you help me how to find a good jobb in Dubai?
#Radek on Feb 04, 2015 :
Hallo everyone

I got an offer for 10000-11000 DHS per month is that enough for decent west european life style?
#JABID on Jan 27, 2015 :
Hi,everyone. I've just been offered a job with salary of 2000 AED,accommodation inclusive. Pls,will this be sufficient to save some money? I'm a Indian. Thanks.
#Anete on Jan 27, 2015 :
Hello! I am from Riga, Latvia (that's in Europe, The Baltics). We have almost the same prices for entertainment, food and clothing here. Transportation in Dubai is lot cheaper than in Riga. Only big difference is renting an apartment - on average it's 500-600 eur per month. Yet still average salary in Dubai is almost 3000, average in Riga - 500. Somebody said that it is impossible to live on 600 eur after all the bills are paid.. In Latvia you are lucky if you have 100 eur left for food after you have paid the bills... And as I said, prices are the same...
#Ali on Jan 22, 2015 :
6500$ per month without etc
Is it enough to live in dubai?
Electrical engineer
#suman on Jan 21, 2015 :
can tell me what is the minimum pay for the post of site engineer as a fresher in Dubai....
my mail id
thanking you.....
#George Killian on Jan 12, 2015 :
Hi all

I want to start a small construction company in dubai, i heard the big companies don't do small jobs. If you have a piece of land and want to build a house/villa. Email me
#Anonymous on Jan 10, 2015 :
hi all

could anyone find a job for me i am banker & currently woring in bank & would like to settle in UAE , my email id is

please do repy

Regards ,

#manpreet on Jan 07, 2015 :
i am from India.
compay from dubai offers me 1200 AED with 10 hours work in 26 days
in carpenter job.
#Gabby08 on Jan 07, 2015 :
Happy New Year!!

I am from the Philippines and am considering a job offer (managerial position) in Meydan, Dubai. Offer is around 40,000 AED monthly + health insurance + car service.

If I accept the offer, I plan to bring my family with me 2 kids aged 4 and 6. With a decent 2 - 3 bedroom villa/flat and education in a good but not too expensive American School, + expenses other daily living expenses within the MEYDAN area, is this enough?

Your help would be much appreciated. Thank you!
#Akshat on Jan 06, 2015 :
Hi All,
I have been offered a job in Dubai with salary of 9200 pm and i requested them to give me a minimum of 11500 salary. I have 2.6yrs of exp in Software and i am single. Can you please let me know if this is sufficent. Will i able to save some money?

#Ahsan on Jan 05, 2015 :
What is a pay scale for a junior functional consultant ax 2012 in Dubai.What is a minimum salary range till maximum salary range
#Krishna k pvs on Jan 04, 2015 :
i want to work in dubai.. could any body help me some options. please
#Raj on Jan 02, 2015 :
Hi i am Raj from delhi,India,i would like to work in Dubai in Banking sector(sales)or in logistic sector(operation and sales).I have done MBA/PGDM(with Marketing and port shipping and logistics specialization) and experience of 3yr. in sales and merchanding and i am not satisfied enough with my salary in India.

Also note (Most probably i am comming to dubai next month for job search)Please help.

Kindly any body who can understand my problem and suggest me a job in above both sector at Dubai.
Please reply to my mail id,(
#pmcghee on Dec 30, 2014 :
I have been offered a teaching job in Dubai. Salary is 10,300 AED per month, fully furnished private accommodation, medical insurance and one return flight home to the UK per year. Does this sound like a good deal and will I be able to live comfortably on this wage? Thanks.
#Aarti on Dec 30, 2014 :

I am Aarti from India.

Wanted to know what is an average salary for a Sr brand manager working in a MNC in Dubai? What should i expect? How is the work culture there? Also how safe is it for a girl to stay there alone?

Many Thanks
#emestlic on Dec 29, 2014 :
Hello everyone,

I'm from the Philippines, I would just like to hear your opinion with regards to the job offer which I have accepted as an associate consultant& cpa reviewer in a filipino owned professional services firm based in dubai located in souk al bahar, burj khalifa district, and here is the breakdown:

- AED 3000 monthly salary (basic)
- AED 500 monthly allowance
- Shared Accomodation

- Medical Insurance
- AED 1000 one time grant, after successful completion of training
- One annual return ticket to the Philippines
- Scholarship grant for the US CMA program of the said firm

your thoughts and response would mean a lot, thank you! :)
#fariha jamal on Dec 26, 2014 :
@manjunath from karnataka: NO NO NO NO NO....i cannot stress enough here dude... NO!!! the salary u r being offered is RIDICULOUSLY LOW, please do not ruin your life by going on such low salary. ur life will be ruined seriously,
on this low amount, u will never be able to call ur wife and kids to live with you
rents are RIDICULOUSLY HIGH, so u'll probably be living with 15 other people in a one bedroom apartment.
ur life will be ruined, ur dreams will be shattered, if u have a suicide wish, then by all means go ahead and accept this ridiculous salary proposal.
NOBODY can survive in dubai in less than 4000 AED. trust me,
#Maryam on Dec 25, 2014 :
hello , I am from Poland seatching for work in Dubai as a babysitter or as a seller in shop. Please let me know if you can help .


my email;
#Norman Dy on Dec 17, 2014 :
My offer and agreed is 120,000 AED. I am looking for a good place to stay.
Norman Dy
#Manjunath on Dec 13, 2014 :
Hi, I am Manjunath from Karnataka. I got a job offer in Dubai. Monthly salary offered 2500AED, company will provide accommodation, transport,airticket(Karnataka to Dubai, Dubai to Karnataka) & medical insurance(exclude food). shall a go to Dubai for above salary, please guide me as soon as possible for my mail Id.
#ronald on Nov 30, 2014 :
Hi am Ronald I have 3yrs in maintenance of industry machine and I work for brewery for 5yrs as a packaging operator and I want to work in dubai can anybody help me out my line is +2348091017097 Thank u
#Muhammad Ksan on Nov 29, 2014 :
I have got a job offer in Abuja Nigeria with salary of 1700 US dollars per month, inclusive of all benifits. Please anyone suggest me should i join or not. I do not have any idea about cost of living in nigeria.
#Bong on Nov 18, 2014 :
Hi Everyone,

I got an offer for AED 9000 per month, my office location is JLT . Company will provide the basic needs like VISA + Airfare + Annual Paid Travel 1 month + Medical Insurance . However accomodation is not provided.

I understand from most of the posts that for a family of husband and wife living in Dubai minimum rent for a 1 BHK could range anywhere between AED 4000 to AED 5000 on an average on top of that putting up the basic expenses of grocery as AED 1200 utility and internet @ AED 1000 per month and Miscellaneous expenses put @ AED 1000 ( entertainment , restaurant and others ) .

The total savings per month comes to nearly AED 2500. Is this enough
#Salman on Nov 17, 2014 :
Hii everyone in the forum..I am Salman from Hyderabad,India.I got a bank job in Dubai for 6500AED.Guys pls suggest will it be a good decision to move on to Dubai.Will i be able to save 3000AED per month.can anyone give the bifurcation of expenses in Dubai..Pls help guys..
#monthoreb on Nov 16, 2014 :
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#Dean on Nov 13, 2014 :
I am 22 years old and I have been offered a job as a sports coach in an international school running curriculum sessions. The salary PCM is 10,000 UAE AED plus additional revenue if I run private classes. I also get medical insurance cover and get paid 50% of my air tickets. Do you think I would be able to live comfortably off this?
#Jack on Nov 04, 2014 :
If you really serious don't want to lose any money working overseas you must negotiate for expat package rather than solely thinking the base salary.

For this you need need to get the expat package self-assesor tool. It basically a self assessment spreadsheet checklist with about 90+ questions that will scrutinize your needs and worth. It takes only 3-5 minutes to assess and diagnosis your self.
#Nikhil on Nov 02, 2014 :
Hi, would it be possible of an international student (Hons Degree holder in Tourism and Hospitality Management with 2+ years working experience) to work and study in Dubai? If so, what would be the expected income?
#Manish Grover on Nov 02, 2014 :
What would be the average salary for Software Engineer with 4.5yrs experience at dubai?
What is the average expense in dubai for a couple ?

I am looking for a job in Dubai, please let me know if anyone can help.
thanks in advance.

Manish Grover
#Joe on Oct 30, 2014 :
I've got a job offer of 90,000aed/month in Dubai. Package also includes on top of the monthly income school for kids, medical coverage and housing allowance.
Looking at the housing market in Dubai, decent size villas are not below $1.5M US, am I wrong?

#Jack on Oct 27, 2014 :
If you really serious don't want to lose any money in the package and maximise your expat package, you need to get the expat self-assesor tool. It basically a self assessment spreadsheet checklist with about 90+ questions that will scrutinize your needs and worth. It takes only 3-5 minutes to assess and diagnosis your self.

Basically in the end, it will pinpoint your "deal breaker". After you knew your "deal breaker", you will enter into "The Game Changer" phase. Meaning that the negotiation will flow to your advantage. In other words, its a matter of asking whatever you want from the company. The company will feel 'guilty' if they cant offer what you ask at this phase.

If you really serious don't want to lose any money in the package and maximise your expat package, you need to get the expat self-assesor tool. It basically a self assessment spreadsheet checklist with about 90+ questions that will scrutinize your needs and worth. It takes only 3-5 minutes to assess and diagnosis your self.
#Basanta on Oct 18, 2014 :
I'm Basanta is a experienced Banker, want to work at Dubai in banking sector, can you help me how to get job over there & what is the cost of leaving as per indian rupeess....

##Mihir Raninga on Oct 12, 2014 :
I got a offer from Dubai of 2000Dhm per month is it enough to accomplish all needs here???
#dc on Oct 02, 2014 :
The one thing this calculator misses out is the cost of education. If you are thinking of brining your family out here for your children to go school then you would definitely want your employer to pay for school fees. Our eldest daughter goes to a middle range school in grade 7 and the annual tuition fees are AED52,000 and school bus costs AED8000 per year. Then you need to add on the cost of materials, uniforms, school trips, afterschool activities etc. It is a big business here and getting more expensive with every year without the Knowledge and human Development Authority (KHDA) reports showing dramatic rises to student performance, so what are you paying for?

Yes, you can get more expensive schools where you pay silly money where you are really paying for the name of the school, not just the quality of the education. And you get schools that are much cheaper and then the quality of your children's education suffers. That is why there are so many children here, mainly girls I might add, who do not go to school because the parents cannot afford to pay for it.

After rent, education will be the second largest bill you will have to pay for, even if it is for your own further education such as degrees or masters. You'd better start saving before you come here otherwise don't expect Dubai to be the land of milk and honey where you can send remittances to your country of origin in order to buy the house of your dreams.

By the way, it is becoming mandatory for employers to provide medical insurance for employees starting this year for larger companies and then in two more phases up to 2016 to include EVERYONE in Dubai. But you know what employers will do? They will just reduce your salary offering to accommodate the cost of the medical insurance so please don't think that you will benefit because they locals will always win and give you the bum deal one way or another.

My wife and I are UK expats and since moving here we are much worse off than we were in the UK, and we are on good Managers salaries (well, compared to some others anyway). As Bell had commented in March, if you can lead a modest lifestyle AND save money where you are now, stay there and avoid Dubai because it is like the Wild Wild West here. Full of cowboys and Indians.
#luis on Sep 24, 2014 :
@riz No 2000 dirhams is not enough to survive in Dubai, it's like your living like a slave, you wont be able to afford anything for your self, get a starting minimum salary of 6000.

Accommodation: bed space 550-650 dirhams monthly
Electricity + water: 200-300 dirhams monthly
Food: 1000 dirhams monthly
Basic Commodities (like shampoo, soap, laundry soap, deodorant, toothpaste, etc..): 500-100 dirhams per month
Transportation: 500-800 dirhams monthly

so your total expenses will be around 2850 - 3000 dirhams a month,
did you came to Dubai to be a slave or did you came to Dubai to work and save money??
#riz on Sep 21, 2014 :
Hi, i got an offer of 2000 dirham in dubai. Accomodation and trans are not included. Is 2000 dirhams enough for me.?
#patric on Sep 18, 2014 :
@Alham from my experience in Dubai, westerners or western passport holders and Emirati locals get huge salaries around 500-1000% larger than most Asians, most companies provide free accommodation + car allowance + health insurance + free air ticket for their western employees or western passport holders. So Dubai will be a perfect place for you. but laws in the middle east is different from the west, so, I think it will take time before you get used to it.
#Anonymous on Sep 17, 2014 :
Hi,I am looking for an opportunity in Dubai. I am IT Sales person having 5 years of experience.Also my expectation is 14000 AED. Can any body tell me which consultant shall i approach for the job?
#Alham on Sep 14, 2014 :
I am a Canadian Project Manager in Civil Engineering / Field Operations, with over 10 years of experience, please let me know if there is any potential for me in Dubai, what is the potential salary I can get? Please advise.

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#Michel on Sep 13, 2014 :
@George you need to be very very Scrooge in your money to live in Dubai with this amount,
with this amount (4000 dirhams) all you can afford is a bed space that will be 550 - 650 per month, then you need to pay DEWA (electricity and water), that will cost you another 350 - 400 per month + you need to pay internet that will cost you 30-50 dirhams per month, so in total that would already be wasting 1,100 dirhams a month, of course you also need to eat, your food will cost you about 1000 - 1200 dirhams monthly, so in total you would waste around 2300 for food and accommodation, but you also need to buy bath soap, shampoo, toothpaste deodorant, detergent, etc.. that will cost you another 1000 dirham, so now you'll be spending around 3,300 monthly, but wait, you also need to commute to work so you will probably need around 500 - 800 dirhams a month, so your going to spend around 4,100 dirhams monthly so in my opinion you will just get your self in a huge debt by the time you finish your contract. get a salary of 6000 dirhams minimum as a starting, so you'll still be able to save around 1000 - 1500 dirhams per month...
#George on Sep 01, 2014 :
Hi All,i got an offer in Dubai for 4000AED plz suggest me is should i take this.
#Tony on Aug 21, 2014 :
Any info about starting up a business as a dental laboratory in dubai !!!!!
#Vincent on Aug 16, 2014 :
Me and my friends came up with a simple way on how to calculate the minimum amount of salary you'll need if you want to live Dubai, it may not apply to everyone specially to westerners and locals, but for other nationalities you can probably use this formula... as you have seen from other people that commented, the amount of the accommodations are already given... if you did not see it yet then ill give them again..

1 flat (2 bedroom) = 5000 - 7000 dirhams monthly
1 room = 3000 dirhams
1/2 room (partition) = 1500
bed space = 500 - 650

base on these amount you can compute the minimum salary you need to live in Dubai, it may not be comfortable but you will probably live until you finish your contract... here is the formula,

accommodation x 60 / 12 months = minimum monthly salary.

here is how it works: lets say ill stay at a bed space accommodation (see formula below)

(650 x 60 / 12 = 3250) - so I'm going to need at least a minimum of 3250 dirhams monthly salary to survive in Dubai, (this is very tough you'll be living life like in the slums for the next couple of 2 years and you wont be able to send money to your wife or family for the next 2 years, trust me I've been there, but you'll survive but you'll be like sh!!t for the next 2 years)

if I'm going to take a partition (1500 x 60 / 12 = 7500) so if I get a salary of 7500 dirhams I can now afford to rent a 1500 dirhams partition accommodation + my daily need to survive like food, water, clothes, commodities etc...)

If I have a family and I want to rent 1 room for my wife and child so 1 room is 3000 dirhams (3000 x 60 / 12months = 15,000) so I'll be needing a minimum of 15,000 monthly salary.

Lets try to compute it backwards.

So lets say they give you a salary of 5500 dirhams monthly (5500 x 12 months / 60 = 1100) so I'll only be able to afford an accommodation of less than 1100 dirhams monthly.. so in our chart, bed space is the lowest accommodation or the only accommodation you can afford.

lets say they gave me 12,000 dirhams monthly (12,000 x 12 months / 60 = 2500, so ill be able to afford an accommodation with in the range of 2500 dirhams or less...

in the "60" multiplier we already considered the basic needs and commodities of a single person. other expenses are not considered like cars, night clubs, gym, sports club membership, etc...
#JP on Aug 14, 2014 :
For those that are asking, Expenses here in Dubai as follows;
Note: all amount are in dirhams.


1 Room = 3000 per month
Partition (half a room) = 1500 per month
Bed Space = 500 = 650 per month
Villa (2 bedrooms) = 3000 - 4000 per month
Villa (1 bedroom) = 2500 - 3000 per month

Utilities (electricity, water, internet)this usually depends on your consumption..
Electricity 100 - 400 or more
Water 100-500 or more
Internet 300 per month with landline(fixed)

Food (lump sum amount) this usually varies depends on your lifestyle.
1000 - 1500 per month (if you cook)
1500 - 2500 if you eat outside (restaurants & fast foods)

Transportation this usually varies, it depends on your location, the further away you are from work the more expenses you'll have.. (Tip: get an accommodation close to your working place so you'll just have to walk everyday)

Basic commodities (E.g. Shampoo, Bath soap, Laundry soap, Toothpaste, Deodorant, Perfume, Clothes, Shoes, Etc...): This expenses varies, depends on your lifestyle. if you buy at branded stores 3000 dirhams is such a small amount. For me I only buy my commodities at groceries, My expenses ranges from 500 - 1000 per month.

If you plan to get a car, I would suggest you to prepare at least 1500 - 2000 for your monthly expenses, that is including the monthly car payment + gasoline, (of course the amount will increase of your planning to buy sports cars or luxury cars)

Note: these expenses are only for a single person if you have a family and you want them to live here in UAE, I suggest to get a salary of not less than 15,000 dirhams a month. if your single, a starting salary of 6000 - 8000 per month is already enough.. if your married and you are working here and your family is at your home country you'll be needing at least a minimum amount of 8,000 - 10,000 per month..

Note 2: amount given above varies, depending on your nationality and lifestyle.. salaries in UAE depends on your passport and your nationality... westerners and locals usually get paid more than Asians.. your salary is not measured based on your knowledge, educational attainment, skills, number of working hours, type and weight of responsibility.. it is ALWAYS measured by your nationality(passport) and how close your relationship are to top bosses inside the company.. you'll always see and notice here that if there is an Asian and a westerner or a local in the same position as a manager, even if the work load and type of work are the same westerners and locals get around 20,000 - 70,000 dirhams monthly salary, while the Asians get only 10,000 - 20,000 dirhams monthly...
#john on Aug 12, 2014 :
Hello everyone im john from the philippines

I currently live in abudhabi but I have lived in Dubai for more than 2 years.. I am married and have 1 kid, 2+ years old, my family resides in the Philippines, so im living alone here in UAE, I can give tips to people going to work in Dubai.

Currently accommodation here is as follows.

1 room = 3000 dirhams
1/2 room (partition)= 1500
bed space = 500 - 650

Transportation depends on where you work and where you live... the further away you are from work the more expensive it is to travel..

Utilities (electricity, internet, gas, etc...) as follows:
Electricity rages from 100 dirhams - 400 dirhams
Water ranges from 50 dirhams - 100 dirhams
internet 300 dirhams 8gb with land line.
gas tank/ LPG tank for cooking = 80 to 120 dirhams..

Food depends on your lifestyle..
if you regularly eat outside (meaning at restaurants or fast foods) you'll probably spend around 1500 - 2000 dirhams a month
if you cook your food you'll only spend around 1000 - 1200 per month..

all in all im spending around 2500 - 3500 monthly these are only regular expenses namely: accommodation, utilities, transportation and food, other expenses like cell phone load, toothpaste, shampoos, soap, laundry soap, clothes, etc... are not included in the 2500 - 3500 monthly expenses.. + im also sending 3500 dirhams monthly to my family in the philippines (remember these expenses are only for me a single person, and I don't own a car)

for those that have family I suggest to get a job with a minimum of 15,000 dirhams monthly salary to afford a descent living. I suggest to get accommodation for your family in sharja just 20-30 mins ride away from Dubai because accommodation there is cheaper, around 40-50% less.. but you'll certainly need a car for this strategy...

I hope this tip helps

#Anonymous on Aug 11, 2014 :
hi my name is pat.....can anybody assist me in getting a job in dubai.....i really want to explore other countries and see the various opportunities therein.....pls get inbox me
#ovkhaos on Aug 11, 2014 :
Why dont you people just make a research instead of asking questions nobody is answering.
#Suraj on Aug 08, 2014 :
Hi, iam suraj i got a offer from dubai
8000 AED (Per Month) + Benefits (Accommodation + Food + Utility Bills + Transportation + Air Tickets + Annual Leaves + Medical Insurance)it is enough for my family (wife and 1 baby girl )
#Magesh Sai on Aug 05, 2014 :
I will get offer in dubai,so in the meantime i have to search details for living in dubai. The salary of 3000 to 4000 Dhr/Month is enough to lead life in dubai like single person. Company have to provide Accommodation & Food,


#Suji on Aug 02, 2014 :
Dear Friends,
I am a graphic designer having 5 years of experience in dubai i am expecting salary of 6000 dhs if any one needs a graphic designer please mail to me: sujicn(at)gmail dot com

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