Cost of Living in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Consumer Price Index (Excl.Rent): 69.90
Rent Index: 81.98
Groceries Index: 61.17
Restaurants Index: 65.14
Consumer Price Plus Rent Index: 75.78
Local Purchasing Power: 125.82

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Restaurants [Edit] Avg.
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 25.00 AED
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 155.00 AED
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 22.00 AED
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 35.00 AED
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 35.00 AED
Cappuccino (regular) 15.64 AED
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 1.56 AED
Water (0.33 liter bottle) 1.07 AED
Markets [Edit] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 liter) 5.56 AED
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 4.41 AED
Rice (white), (1kg) 8.54 AED
Eggs (12) 9.73 AED
Local Cheese (1kg) 31.54 AED
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 27.10 AED
Apples (1kg) 10.24 AED
Oranges (1kg) 9.92 AED
Tomato (1kg) 6.72 AED
Potato (1kg) 5.04 AED
Lettuce (1 head) 6.54 AED
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.02 AED
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 75.00 AED
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 22.75 AED
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 27.00 AED
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 10.00 AED
Transportation [Edit] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 5.00 AED
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 220.00 AED
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 5.00 AED
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 2.00 AED
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 29.77 AED
Gasoline (1 liter) 1.75 AED
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 80,000.00 AED
Utilities (Monthly) [Edit] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 552.29 AED
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.51 AED
Internet (6 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 291.48 AED
Sports And Leisure [Edit] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 335.90 AED
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 90.00 AED
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 35.00 AED
Clothing And Shoes [Edit] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 328.18 AED
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 237.44 AED
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes 347.94 AED
1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 397.78 AED
Rent Per Month [Edit] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 7,736.09 AED
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 5,391.81 AED
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 16,554.48 AED
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 11,258.12 AED
Buy Apartment Price [Edit] Avg.
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 18,872.86 AED
Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 11,024.76 AED
Salaries And Financing [Edit] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 11,519.93 AED
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 4.82

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Last update: March, 2015

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100 Comments so far

#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..
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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.

contact me on
#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
#Zhu on Jul 27, 2014 :
I have a company on Dubai and I have some vacancies.
I could offer a Salary from 30,000 to 60,000 AED per month.

Interested people please send me an email:
#ROHIT on Jul 23, 2014 :
I want job in dubai, any idea pls share with me, I hv tried in jobsindubai and Many others wpsite... So plz hel me
#Kamal Goswami on Jul 21, 2014 :
Hi All,

I have got offer from Dubai for 13,500 AED/Month. I am working in india for big brand company and i am getting around 10LACS CTC. I wanted to know whether 13500/Month will be enough for a couple to stay in dubai? How much can be saved? If somebody can give the breakup of expenses per month it would be Great. Thanks In Advance.
#mona on Jul 08, 2014 :
I got Job offer in Dubaifor USD 5,500 + Accomodation + Car
I am married & have 2 girls
Is USD 5,500 enough to live a good life, To put my girls in good school & to save money
#Manila Girl on Jul 02, 2014 :
i'm offered with 5500 AED that includes basic 3300 AED and transportation of 2200 AED with commission in Citibank as a sales representative/relationship officer. I'm already getting that pay to where I'm working now but really want to go abroad to explore more opportunities and options. Is this a good offer? I'm projected to leave in august...badly need advise.thanks!
#Adam Hans on Jun 15, 2014 :
As an expat, "salary" is only part of the deal, of course you should negotiate. Let's say in the range of 20% to 30% above your current salary. That's the international HR consultant recommendation.

What's more important and will affect your overall income is the expat package. This is the focus.
Expat package vary even in the same company between your colleague. What's more you can even ask benefits and compensation if the situation needs.

And expat package nego need a bit of "tips and trick" because the company know that you have no idea what to ask for. And they always wait you to ask. Asking some good people here is only half the battle because your needs and lifestyle are different from their needs. JObs, rank, experience, nationality, family status, etc all are factors.

If you know the "trick", the company will feel "ashamed" not to grant you anything you ask. Some expat secretly lives only with their package without touching their base salary.

You as an expat with a set of foreign skills won't expect a lower local salary right ? It is unlikely an expat works for a lower salary than a local.

While the salary looks good, the package is questionable.

Good salary sometimes 'hide' your real compensation needs, because that's what a normal working person always think of first , that is "salary" only.

As an expat your real needs is different, you need a "compensation" first and then benefits. It is always about your lifestyle when comparing salary.

It's not hard to negotiate if the company wants you in the first place. Then all you have to do proof them what your biggest loss when working overseas, leaving behind your home country. It maybe your morgage leaving house empty, your spouse loss salary etc.

Logically, after they know that you have a strong reason to ask a "compensation" a.k.a higher salary or benefits.

When evaluating working overseas, don't ever ask "based on insight from other people experiences" you sure will lose money. Your lifestyle is difference from others. Remember that.

While the salary looks good, the package is always not maximum. They supposed you to negotiate.

Good salary sometimes 'hide' your real compensation needs, because that's what a normal working person always think of first , that is "salary" only.

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.

This is an insider guide of negotiating an expat package, i must say.

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#Gagan on Jun 14, 2014 :
People in dubai are living in 3000-4000 salary also (for sure sharing apartment with others, eating less expensive food, limiting their entertainment) and still saving around 1000-2000 AED (16000-32000 rupees per month) and people in dubai are living in 12000-15000 salary having their own apartment (if single living in dubai, if family living in sharjah because sharjah is cheaper in rent compare to dubai), going to bars, clubs 3-4 times a month, eating out and saving around 6000-7000 AED (96000 - 112000 rupees per month) and then for sure there are high level managers, directors with salaries more than 20000 AED and no end....

It all depends on the life you live here, ideal salary to live good life is 8000 aed. Petrol is cheaper than water so getting license and buying an old car is a must to save on transportation.
There are restaurants where you can eat ur lunch, dinner (lets say biryani) for 10 aed. Yes you may get attracted to buy luxury things and end up in loans, so you just have to be responsible enough to separate the list between required things and luxurious things.

I am living in dubai for 5 years now, I have lived the life of 6000 aed per month also (sharing apartment with my friend) and now living a moderate life also (if not high) with my own apartment, decent car and still saving decent amount. Above all, not to forget the standard of life you will live here will be 10 times more than what you are living there so no doubt it will come for a little price.

Gagan Grover
#Reggie Thomas on Jun 05, 2014 :
Hi, Im interested in moving to Dubai.Im a Residential Electrician. If anybody no of any jobs or companies that I my call or contact please email me.
#pius on May 16, 2014 :
l need a 2yrs contract job that pays bet ween 3000-6000 dirham. contact me +2349034300351. Thanks
#Lokesh Kumar on May 15, 2014 :
@#Raj12BLR ...

I am lokesh from Delhi, India.

Can u plz share your contact details.

I am searching for accommodation in Dubai, having similar preferences as mentioned by you.

Please feel free to contact me at my email id:

#kishore on May 14, 2014 :
Dear #A, I have already registered myself in & (1 month back): I have applied for few openings too: Still not able to get through anything till now.
#Anonymous on May 12, 2014 :
Hi Kishore.

Go to to register your profile and an agent will call you shortly after registering.
#kishore on May 12, 2014 :
I have 11+ years of experience in Credit & risk (Banks) can anyone assist in placing me job in Dubai.
#Devang on May 11, 2014 :
Hi everyone , I have 6+ years of experience in bank , can anyone help to find a good job to work in Dubai .
#Ajay on Apr 28, 2014 :
I have around 10 year exp in Engineering domain, please provide the details of salry structure in dubai
#ethan on Apr 28, 2014 :
I like eating elephant and crocodile . Do the shekhs of dubai give me those to eat. I earn 9700 $ in usa.
#giri on Apr 26, 2014 :

I got job offer in UAE with 7000 per month, with out accommodation, how much I can save per month.

please clarify
#Hansraj Singh on Apr 10, 2014 :
Also, apart from rent you should also take into account the other fixed expenses like
1. DEWA - Min of AED 150 for water and electricity only
2. Housing Fee - Paid to Municipality (5% of you annual rent but divided over 12 months and included in DEWA. So a minimum of AED200 per month)
3. Internet + TV Cable (AED 325 per month)
4. Chiller (Min charges of AED300 per month. However, in some localities chiller and cooking gas is free).

Apart from this, one needs to pay 5% commission to the agent and 5% security deposit to the landlord. Also rent are paid in advance and generally paid in 2/4 cheques. Some, landlord are even asking to pay the entire annual rent upfront i.e. in 1 cheque. For families with children, the entire annual school fee has to be paid in advance.

Please keep all these things in mind when taking your decision.
#Hansraj Singh on Apr 10, 2014 :
@ Pee Gee. Not sure if you have already made a decision. The compensation offered to you is less in my comparison. Generally, one should look at getting around 3x their Indian salary when coming to Dubai. If you are looking for a one bed accommodation in new dubai area, you will easily end up spending 15,000 per month (10,000 rent + Food (for 3 people) 4,500 + School 1500). Transportation and entertainment expense will be extra. So take your decision accordingly. Cheers
#k.sekar on Apr 08, 2014 :
Hello i am getting offer for AED 7000 in dubai without accomdation ,food only consolidated salary in india iam earning 75,000 per month pl advise me cani accept the offer how much i can save as a batchelar.
#suresh on Apr 05, 2014 :
I got offer in Dubai for 9000 AED/month for 2-3 years(no bond). I am a single but planned marry in a year. I have to spend for accommodation and everything except free of transport available only with in Dubai city limit and medical insurance(inpatient + outpatient). How much will be spending and savings both as single and post marriage?
#Raj12BLR on Apr 02, 2014 :
Hi All,

I have got a job offer for 16000 AED per month in Dubai?. Is it a good salary in Dubai.
I am a single and would like to stay in a single room or in shared flat with single room.
My company provides insurance,Air tickets, leaves etc ( excluding accomodation,transport)
I am single, live simple life, can share the accomodation with others, vagetarian & non-alcoholic.

How much I can save monthly ?
Thanks in advance to all.
#ramesh on Apr 02, 2014 :
fresher mechanical engineer can get job in dubai if get how much salary tel
#PeeGee on Mar 28, 2014 :
I am getting an offer for AED 35000 per month. I am presently staying at New Delhi. A family of three, with six year daughter going to class 1. The mentioned amount is inclusive of Basic, HRA, Travel and 1 child education. Other than these, company would be paying me a lump sum of AED 10000 as settlinbg allownace. Also I will get 1-3 months bonus, Medical for the family and return flight fare to India once in a year.

Is it a good pakcage to move to UAE? I am drawing about INR 42 Lacs per annum ( before tax) in India.

Appreciate your comment and advise.
#Moe on Mar 20, 2014 :
Mo, congratulations for a good deal. An important question is are you moving as a single, couple or family ? Generally the figure is quite good but try to surf the web for rentals and schools.
#Moe on Mar 20, 2014 :
To all the posts asking about making money in Dubai, life in Dubai is generally expensive specially with rentals which if you plan to stay in Sharja which is a bit cheaper than Dubai you will need to take care of transportation.

Generally if you are not going to stay in a shared accommodation monthly rental is never below 5000 AED per month (1360 US$), food expenses per person is around 1200 AED per month (325 US$), utility bills are roughly not less than 300 AED (80 US$), other expenses such as entertainment/clothes/transportation/mobile you can spend as much as you want but I don't think less than 1000 AED per person per month.

To make it simple to have your very minimal basic needs covered:
A single would need a minimum monthly salary of 7,500 AED (2050 US$)
A couple would need a minimum monthly salary of 9,800 AED (2670 US$)

For the high social level expats and people who want to live a decent life, if you are not paid triple the numbers above you are committing your worst mistake in your life.
#mo on Mar 19, 2014 :
I got job in Dubia and there offering me 33,100AED with all accommodations including house rent.
#some guy on Mar 16, 2014 :
To figure out if you can live in Dubai,use the currency converter function. You will be able to see what things cost in your home currency.
#Bell on Mar 14, 2014 :
Think twice before you make a move to Dubai. Its not a bed of roses. You work hard for your money, which is basically little or nothing. If you have a job in your own country and able to feed/clothe/entertainment and save for your family....stay where you are.
#mil on Mar 12, 2014 :
i got a good job in dubai,i want to take 5500$ much i can save? i wanna buy a peant house.i go with my mother in law,
#Anonymous on Mar 07, 2014 :
i got a job in duabi with 7000 aed can i & my wife led a normal life there with some savings.
#manoj kumar on Mar 07, 2014 :
I got the job offer with 5500 AED with no accomedation, I am vegetarian. how much i can save with this?
#Rajbir Singh on Feb 27, 2014 :
ssa, i got a job offer in Dubai at 4000AEd/month with accomodation from company as an executive telecom engineer. can i save 3000AED/month for my family & future?plz give me a fair suggesstion.
#francis on Feb 20, 2014 :
i got job in dubai for 13000 AED without food and accommodation in software company. company located in jumeriah lake tower. where i can take room and how much i can save.
#Anonymous on Feb 18, 2014 :
I got a job offer in sharjah with 3000 AED with accomodation and without food. I am indeed to save 1000 AED for my future.Is it familiar to work woth this much salary.
#DANA on Feb 14, 2014 :
Hi how can I get a job ? I am a hairdresser I wanna move to Dubai some time is year ?
#henry on Feb 05, 2014 :
Dear all,

I am a B tech graduate in electronics and communication & having an mba degree with 5 years experience in india .I have experience in both technical as well as management .i am currently staying in dubai .It would be a great help if you can kindly inform me if you come across any opening anywhere in uae.
#santhosh on Feb 01, 2014 :
I have done graduation for Bcom with the experience of 4 years in retail field..... planning to come down to Dubai in search of job..
what is the salary I can expect?
#Anonymous on Jan 29, 2014 :
Please how can i get a job in dubai?
#NVS Rama Rao on Jan 27, 2014 :
I am having 35 years experience in an English daily News Paper in that more than 20 years in an Executive Position and incharge advertisement department for more than 7 years, I want to work in Dubai prefferbly in any news paper industry or to work in any organisation in administrative manager capacity with suitable remunaration.

Intrested please contact
#Karthi Ram on Jan 27, 2014 :
I got offer in Dubai(Internet city) for 9200 AED/month. How much will be spending and savings if I am staying with my wife(no child). I have to spend for accomadation and everything except free of transport available only with in Dubai city limit and medical insurance(inpatient + outpatient).
#sana khan on Jan 17, 2014 :
can anyone tell me what is the salary of bscs 16 year education salary in dubai.?

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