Cost of Living in Dubai

Summary about cost of living in Dubai:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 20.00 AED 9.99-40.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 120.00 AED 75.00-250.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 21.00 AED 12.99-26.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 30.00 AED 18.00-50.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 35.00 AED 20.00-47.00
Cappuccino (regular) 14.26 AED 10.00-20.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2.56 AED 1.25-5.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.18 AED 1.00-2.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 18.58 AED 15.00-26.50
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3.03 AED 2.00-5.44
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.42 AED 2.00-4.54
Eggs (regular) (12) 6.90 AED 5.00-15.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 16.65 AED 9.07-31.75
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 8.61 AED 5.00-19.05
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 13.37 AED 10.00-24.95
Apples (1 lb) 2.91 AED 2.00-4.54
Banana (1 lb) 2.39 AED 2.00-3.63
Oranges (1 lb) 2.30 AED 1.80-4.54
Tomato (1 lb) 1.76 AED 1.25-3.63
Potato (1 lb) 1.27 AED 1.00-2.27
Onion (1 lb) 0.87 AED 0.50-2.27
Lettuce (1 head) 3.81 AED 3.00-8.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.49 AED 1.00-3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 30.00 AED 25.00-60.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 15.80 AED 15.00-30.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 15.62 AED 15.00-30.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 10.00 AED 10.00-21.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 5.00 AED 2.80-7.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 180.00 AED 170.00-350.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 12.00 AED 5.00-12.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.50 AED 2.00-3.22
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 15.00 AED 15.00-30.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 8.88 AED 5.00-9.84
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 56,000.00 AED 40,000.00-92,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 55,516.79 AED 35,000.00-75,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 647.58 AED 300.00-1,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.26 AED 0.09-0.75
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 333.71 AED 240.00-500.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 261.43 AED 120.00-500.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 65.54 AED 35.00-150.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 45.00 AED 35.00-50.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 1,508.67 AED 700.00-3,333.33
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 28,544.95 AED 14,000.00-55,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 177.38 AED 70.00-400.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 144.88 AED 70.00-300.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 274.36 AED 130.00-450.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 260.90 AED 130.00-500.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 5,089.47 AED 2,550.00-8,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 3,043.72 AED 1,600.00-5,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 7,975.16 AED 6,000.00-13,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 6,043.60 AED 4,800.00-10,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 911.75 AED 557.41-1,799.99
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 667.08 AED 464.51-999.99
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 11,064.00 AED
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.81 2.25-5.00

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Last update: December 2018
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100 Comments so far

#NADEEM Khan on Dec 09, 2018 :
Hey Guys

I am going to visit Dubai for 5 days, can anyone guide me how much money should i keep with me for shopping,entertainment etc. Any rough idea

Nadeem khan
#@Harish on Nov 19, 2018 :
Groceries in ok supermarkets like Carrefour could cost you 1000 AED a month. Dubai is a society that push you to eat out quite a lot, an inexpensive meal can cost you more than 25 AED.

For rents in the various areas you can check Dubizzle or Property Finder, they’re quite accurate despite often those properties are “fake” and are needed just to get in touch with the agency. Discovery Gardens is ofc cheaper than the DIC area but is badly connected with the public transportation, you need the car or you’ll have to wait for a bus.

In a month for entertainment that meets the arab standards (cinema, restaurants, shisha lounges, no pubs) you can get by with 1000 AED depends where you eat; cinema is fairly cheap and there are always offers buy-one-get-one.

Dunno about kids expenses, but good education is very expensive.
Also mind that you’ve no government pension fund, you’ve to save money anyway.

With 25k you can get by for the years to come until your kid will be in school; also if your wife is not specialized don’t expect she could find a job that pay more than 4K AED
#Haryish on Nov 19, 2018 :
Thanks , But if i consider discovery gardens near to my company as per google map and 1 BHK what would be the rent and also please mention me about the groceries charges etc. Also is 1K sufficient for twice movie/ outing and dinner at decent resturant, Please help me with this as this will help me to negogiate the salary. Also what is the typical permonth expenses for a child.
#@Harish on Nov 12, 2018 :
My breakdown:

- nice 1bhk in good area in Barsha Heights, unfurnished, cooler free: 5300 AED a month.
Mind that rents here are paid by year. Now rents are low. With a kid when it grows you could need a 2bhk.
- bills(water, electricity): 500 AED
- home internet: 320 AED
- mobile postpaid plan: 160 AED
- public transportation: 110 AED each for 1 zone

Mind if your kid will reach school age it could be not worth anymore been in Dubai
#Haryish on Nov 12, 2018 :
Hi , I am offered a job of around 25000AED , insurance for family and one time to and fro tickets for family etc. the job is contractual in the same company which I am working here in india . I have a 10 month kid . So we are three . I wanted to know what is the maximum expenses I have per month . Considering an average middle class life style .etc.
#Rashad on Nov 10, 2018 :
With 1500 aed you’re a slave, with 15000 you can have a low-tier life with ok-ish savings.

Mid class in Dubai starts from 20-25k
##RR on Nov 10, 2018 :

I have responded below, but not sure you missed a zero in 1500 AED instead of 15000 AED :).
Even then my response in the same.
Good luck!
#RR on Nov 10, 2018 :

How about the other things like Utilities (Electricity, Gas, Heating, Cooling, Water...), Mobile Tariff, Internet, etc? You can go through the above list on this page and see what all is required for a living.

Not sure you may go for some casual outing or sightseeing, dinner, etc. Remains with hardly any saving for yourself.
1500 aed per month seems to be very low.
You can gauge what your current situation is - are you in a position to get another job if you don't take this one, is your current job (if any) unbearable and hence want to quit, are you in another place and have aims to work in Dubai, and many more things that you want to consider.
#JOHN on Nov 08, 2018 :
Is salary of 1500aed per month with food accomodation(shared basis) and transport (all provided by company) good ??....should i accept the job offer ....accounts n finance profile....
#Jadav on Oct 29, 2018 :
Even as a junior specialist don’t accept nothing below 20-25k, it wouldn’t make sense
#Sovona on Oct 25, 2018 :
Is 17500 AED Monthly sufficient for a reasonable life in Dubai for 2 (a couple) without children ?. Currently I am having a job of 1,05000 INR Monthly in hand( exclusive all taxes)

Advises are appreciated. Thanks in advance
#PW on Oct 04, 2018 :
Is AED17000 enough to live at Dubai with private studio (No sharing) and save AED6000 at least
#Anonymous on Sep 29, 2018 :
Can a profit (6600 AED) to a not UAE citizen will be enough for him?
#@MB on Sep 28, 2018 :
To survive with a 30% of saves, yes... but what’s the point of changing country/city for such standards? If not that you’re escaping war...
#MB on Sep 27, 2018 :
Is 16.500 AED sufficient to survive there with 2 (a couple) without children ?
#ROCKY ROBINSON on Sep 20, 2018 :
#Reply to Anonymous on Sep 10, 2018 :
DEWA Rent: will vary from 700 at peak summer to 350-400 at winter. including water & electricity
#RV on Sep 19, 2018 :
Hi #Ravi,

Can you provide more information on your situation like are you going to live in Dubai alone or with partner/kids, does kid(s) have schooling, if alone are you preferring "bed space" or studio or what kind of accommodation, which area are you looking to stay - if you do not know the area of living you can post the area of work, and how much is the potential saving you are looking at.
#Ravi on Sep 17, 2018 :
Is 35k AED per month salary good enough to lead an average life WID saving potential in dubai
#Anonymous on Sep 10, 2018 :

Could anyone provide information on how much does the below cost monthly in Dubai.

DEWA for Studio in city center -
DEWA for Studio outside city center -

AC bills for Studio Summer -
AC bills for Studio Winter -
#PR on Sep 10, 2018 :
what people never talk about Dubai is its demographic evolution post-2008, as the previous crisis rang a bell and it made the city shift to different options in terms of expat hiring, so a picture of the city 15 yars ago would be very different from a current one; especially, the salary dump is huge along the years but prices didn't drop everywhere.
Nowadays 96% of the expats are from developing/3rd-world countries; americans are almost not coming anymore, also because their govt try to tax them even when they live abroad; after the Brexit referendum there has been a huge influx of Eastern Europeans at any level, even in menial jobs, and is not rare to see slavic women working as clerks for shops or bars; at the very top of the employees chain in roles like CEO CTO are coming a lot of South Africans that accept salaries for which a brit with the same role wouldn't wake up in the morning; not a news, countries like India are more and more producing and exporting educated engineers, and since visa restrictions got stricter in the West (except Canada) their most realistic target is Dubai.
#permenant resident on Sep 09, 2018 :
this a comment from someone who is living in Dubai since 1990 and my father and grandfather were here before union:

rent is very high

business is going down daily due to fact they're rising expense , by adding new laws for making money and you are forced to pay , now this 5% tax also increased the problem.

majority of work force here considered as a slave so you would be substituted with cheaper staff

westerns are prioritized over other nationalities even if you have same or even more experience,skills, education or etc.

if you've family with 4 kids , well you need at least 5000 Aed/Monthly just for schools ,since schools are so expensive and in same time low quality , they may show you that your child is learning so many things but at the end s/he would have problem in basic (math,science)

universities also considered to be a business center except five
#Kev on Sep 08, 2018 :
Monthly groceries in Dubai for family of 4 = AED 3,000 to AED 3,500 from modern supermarkets.
Water and electricity bill for a villa (house - not apartment) will be about AED 1,500 minimum in summer, going to 2,000 and AED 800 in winter for expats.
School fees for year 6 at an international school (I.B.) with English speaking medium of instruction, or a UK curriculum school and with teachers from England, Ireland, South Africa and Australia is about AED 50,000 per child per year.
To fill an average SUV with petrol is about AED 150 per tank. Car wash is AED 35 to 40.
Housemaid salaries vary, but experienced, literate maids who speak English well, such as someone from Philippines, will ask for about AED 2,000 monthly minimum, going up to about 2,500 (if you give them a visa, but if they are on their own visa, then you will be asked for more).
#@VJ on Sep 07, 2018 :
DIC residential area is Barsha Heights/Tecom, there now with 65k a year you can rent a 1bhk no bills included; in the same building a room in a shared flat with furnitures bills internet includes will cost you approx 4K a month; a studio between 4k and 5k a month; if you move not far to Al Barsha flats are older and cheaper, and you would still be near the metro.

Food depends what you eat and if you prefer to order or to cook at home; meals in restaurants can easily cost you more than 25 aed, groceries for 1 week for 2 are approx 200 aed, but a lot depends on your lifestyle.

Bills: DEWA for 1bhk with already a/c included costs approx 500 aed a month, Internet + landline for home approx 320 aed a month, mobile postpaid 160 aed a month.

Public transportation monthly pass for 1 zone are 110 aed
#VJ on Sep 06, 2018 :
Hello guys,

This is a great website with information from many.
I am from India and still in the interviewing stages with a company for a job in Dubai.
I want to be prepared with the information on all the expenses in Dubai so as to discuss the salary if things progress well.

Could you please let me know the approximate monthly AED information on the below items.

Work location: Dubai Internet City
No. Of persons: 1 (Self)
Looking for a single private accommodation. A small room would also be fine.
Rent at Internet City:
Rent other than Internet City but not too far:
Food (ready tiffin services), not a heavy eater:
Utilities (Water, gas, electricity):
Transport (bus, metro):

#@Francisco on Aug 06, 2018 :
If those benefits go as cash into your pocket is a pretty good wage for Dubai, anything more than 25k + insurance + flights sets you in the middle class.

Then it depends on your job, maybe you’re doing a job that is stronger in the West than in the Gulf (IT for example).

A 1bhk in good area in the south can cost you in the range of 60-90k a year. More you go North and cheaper rents are
#Francisco on Aug 03, 2018 :
I got a position at Emirates ( Ek09) with an offer of 19500 Aed per month, monthly accommodation of 16500, tramsport of 1500, plus the usual private insurance, etc.
Is that an resonable ( above thd average salary) for Dubai?
How much does cost a one bed furniture flat of 800 sf in a good environment?
#@Vivek on Aug 01, 2018 :
I advise you to come here (and in general to go abroad) only if you’re a very experienced engineer in one of the main fields of the country: real estate/constructions, finance, energy; IT comes as a far runner-up.

In any case, avoid companies owned or managed by an Indian staff, as most probably they’ll try to exploit you for peanuts.

Try applying for more international companies.
#Vivek on Jul 31, 2018 :
I am in India and I am quite interested to move to Dubai.
Can anyone help me how can I start or anybody knows any genuine consultant.

Please help me...

Thanks in Advance.
#shraz on Jul 28, 2018 :
I wud recommend Al nahda , dubai . very pleast place for family , lot of schools ,supermarkets, parks around and 1bhk cost you about 42k aed , 2bhk about 50k aed . weather can be triccky to handle in summer which is from the month of may to sep and winter months are quite pleasent october to april.
#Marin on Jul 27, 2018 :
Hey guys, My husband and I are moving to dubai next month (we’re Egyptians) he is an industrial engineer. I’m a pharmacist and I work as a medical representative. We both work in multinational companies. What are our chances in Dubai and what salaries do we expect? I would appreciate your fast response.
Thanks in advance.
#mohammad on Jul 23, 2018 :
hi can some one tell me witch place is beetter to live withe faimly in uae dubai r sharja rasulkhima abudabi alain and how much money needed for a good lifeand how is the waither in uae
#Hoppp on Jul 20, 2018 :
Rents are going down heavily in the south of the city, in Barsha Heights u can now rent a 1bhk for 60k aed a year or less. In the north like Deira is way cheaper.
With less than 10 years of rent you can buy an house.
After Expo 2020 probably prices will go down even more
#Antony Owens on Jul 16, 2018 :
prices are approximate for the rental of apartments, it is better to ask the people who are engaged in it -
#dennis on Jul 09, 2018 :
I was sleeping in a Hostel, that was a nightmerry! Low budget, 15 dollars a night, in a room of eight people, most Indian workers in Dubai, but what a noise of that people, snorking, talking, no, don't do it, but the hotels are to expencive for me!
#Zahid on Jul 07, 2018 :
I am moving over shortly and on a salary of 42K USD. I am single and have no dependants. Would this be enough for me to maintain a reasonable standard of life and save money.

Kind regards
#Lowl on Jul 02, 2018 :
“Being a Muslim country, UAE doesn't have the concept of local alcohol” Turkey is a Muslim country too but it produces alcoholics (Efes), just UAE doesn’t have a lot of manufacturing in general.

Alcoholics are heavily taxed in Dubai but not so much in other Emirates like Ajman. There are online shops based in Ajman like Centaurus where you can by for good price and deliver to Dubai
#Karthik Mohan on Jun 29, 2018 :
i got offer of 17000 AED. will it be ok to live in Dubai.. i mean whether will i get good savings or not?

And also can i get family of 2 kids also?
#maher on Jun 22, 2018 :
I was approached for a position that pays 40000 aed. they also said I get an additional allowances of 15000. so total monthly is 55000 aed. we are a family of 4. is this a good offer to save money. I'm from Amerixa

other benefits include:

Tuition for 2 kids
airline tickets
health insurance
#ron on Jun 03, 2018 :
I just got a offer for salary of Rs. 1700 WAD per month for 1 year and after that 3500 UAD per month. the are providing food accommodation and traveling. I am 27 and unmarried. Should I take offer?
#@Ben on Jun 01, 2018 :
I think 20k is the bare minimum to live an ok life in Dubai renting your own studio/1bhk in the southern part of the city, using the public transportation and saving at least 1k USD 25k would give you a very good standard btw
#Ben on May 31, 2018 :
Hi everyone.

I've had a full time Job offer for salary of 15-20,000UAD per month. it also includes the following:

Flight allowance once a year paid on work anniversary
Private medical insurance
Employment visa
Accommodation for one month
Rental car for one month

I am a single man and for it to be worth it I would be wanting a comfortable lifestyle, with the ability to save at the end of the month say around £1000 GBP. I hear Dubai is expensive to live. Please let me know. Thanks

Is this possible and worth it?
#Patrick on May 28, 2018 :
What's a nice salary to live on per month?
#NoBody on May 18, 2018 :

900K is serious cash my friend congrats accept it and don't look back, the only thing you need to consider is schooling because it's quite expensive other than that if you don't live luxury, will save quite a substantial amount.

if you need accurate housing cost visit dubizzle . com, just to get a feel for how much you will spend.

Best of luck
#Anonymous on May 16, 2018 :
I just got an offer to bring my family as well for 900,000 AED. I do have a good job at home making 70K USD a year, but I am wondering should I take the job and will I save money. I heard Dubai is very expensive and I wasn't sure if that was a good deal. The offer is good for two weeks. It will be a 2 year contract.
#jimbob on May 14, 2018 :
When looking for a place to rent never let it cost more than 40% of salary and make sure you are able to save at least 10% of income.. This goes for living in any country. And, of course, if you plan on taking a more realistic estimate of the cost of living, I'd recommend using the upper 5% - 15% of the range. Also, don't forget about all the other fees!
#tigre on Apr 05, 2018 :
For #Andy - I recently moved and earnign 30k dirham. You'll be fine, you'll be able to save plenty of money and live well on a comfortable lifestyle.
#Andy on Apr 04, 2018 :
Hello, I got offered a job position for 25-30K dirham/month to work in Dubai. Anyone can tell me which kind of life style could I afford in a place like, let's say, Dubai Marina? I plan to move alone, without my family.
#Al on Mar 27, 2018 :
Why is this salary discrimination with regards to nationality in whole UAE??

Asian/Indian/Pakistan - Paid less compare to the West??
#Anonymous on Mar 26, 2018 :
# Ahmed

It depends on the accommodation that the company will provide. If it is your own room with furnished then its good to be in company accommodation than renting out. The salary depends on where you are coming from, if you are from India or Pakistan you will be paid peanuts.

car is important in UAE so you will be ok provided you follow the regulations because police have fines as if they want to get rich on you and you will regretting driving in UAE.
#Charmi Rupera on Mar 26, 2018 :
Hey there! Planning to shift to Dubai, would like to know 1 room with kitchen apartment rent per month for center of city, terms of standard running terms of Landlords for advance & agreements. if that is too high, what is cheapest way in initial 6 months, like sharing apartments with families, PGs & food services. I am marketing professional with 5 years experience in Machinery field, what should i expect as start offer in Dubai as how many AED per month?
Please revert.
#Ahmed on Mar 21, 2018 :
Hello guys , I had a Job offer with 15000 AED as a net salary , Company will support me with an accommodation and a car .
I am a cost controller with CMA certificate and MBA in finance , I am feeling that this Salary offered is not enough for the related experience I have , but others told me that it will be better than If i got more salary but without accommodation and car
please advice
#RajivGupta on Mar 21, 2018 :
Hi, I've been offered a job for a Software Engineer, in Dubai (near Dubai Outsource Zone, as per the location shared). The company is offering AED 11K - 12K per month, and no accomodation, food and travel. All will be on me. Please suggest whether this is a sufficient with a little amount of savings involved, or not. Nationality wise, I'm an Indian.

Thanks in advance!!

#NIS on Mar 21, 2018 :
Hi All,

I am an Asian. Gotta job offer from in Dubai. Terms are as under:
- Salary: AED 7000 pm
- Fooding: to be provided by the employer
- Lodging: Shared studio apartment provided by employer. Single accomodation
- Conveyance: Pooled vehicle by employer
- 3 years bond

Please guide me
#Also on Mar 20, 2018 :
What’s about the concept of city centre in Dubai for cost of apartments?
There’s no city center in Arabic cities as it is intended in Europe, even Downtown is just a neighborhood.

I could interpretate it as city centre the most expensive part of the city so the south, but right now many 1 bedroom are even below 60k aed a year
#@cheah on Mar 20, 2018 :
A single bedroom in a shared flat can vary from 2.5k to 4K in the southern part of Dubai, if instead you’ve in Deira it’ll be cheaper.

Food if you cook at home you can get by even with 600aed, if you order instead account for 1k.
Transportation is 110aed a month for 1 area.

A single with a mid-class western life renting a whole flat would spend approx 11k a month
#cheah kok hau on Mar 19, 2018 :
If offered AED15k without any accommodation and transportation allowance, how much net income normally will be save after minus out rental of bedspace, transportation, meals and other miscellaneous e.g. mobile phone line..
#JIGAR on Mar 03, 2018 :
Hello Sir, one of your company offered me 4000 dirham per month in accounting field excluding all expenses. and i am basically from an india. so i want to know that how much normal cost of living and transportation and accommodation cost of proper dubai. so i can take a proper judgement.
#Veronica Tan on Feb 20, 2018 :
@anon, thanks very much for your kind advice. Really appreciate it.
#anon on Feb 19, 2018 :

Salaries are based on nationality sadly. If you are European working in legal, 20 K is the bare minimum you should accept. I would even ask for 25 K.

hopes that helps
#Veronica Tan on Feb 19, 2018 :
@anon, many thanks for your sharing. The position is legal counsel with 5 years experience. Does it match with 20k to 25k offer?

Hope to hear from you soon. Thanks once again.
#anon on Feb 17, 2018 :

20k is good, but if you could negotiate 25k, you will live in a better location.
Also depends what will be your job title be, cause 30 k is a stretch and might let me retract the offer.

all the best
#Veronica Tan on Feb 14, 2018 :
Hi there, I've been offered a job with AED 20,000 per month. This includes basic salary and allowances such as housing, transportation, food and return tickets. May I know is AED 20,000 sufficient for a single person like me? Or should I ask for more say AED 25,000 to AED 30,000?

Really appreciate if someone can answer my queries at earliest possible. Many thanks.
#Abdulla Bin F on Feb 13, 2018 :
As a person born and raised and from Dubai, I will say the following about ALL the comments below: (Prices in AED) (Comparing mainly to EU)

Nationality-based salaries: are TRUE, Asians/Africans get less (1k-20k), NON GCC Arabs a bit more (4k-40k), EU and Westerners the most (12k-50k). That being said people from all walks of life live here, and they are all getting by, whether happily or miserably, and each community/salary base has a market to service their needs, you just need to explore to find the best deals for yourself.

Cost of Housing: Depends how you think, if you want to save then don't throw money at fancy homes or food etc.. If u have the money then all the luxuries in Dubai are available, if not than there are networks of cost effective shopping centers too. This is not a Dubai thing, yet it is global common sense.

Transport is the same as the EU in purchase cost, and maintenance is more expensive than the west. Gas prices are cheaper, and public transport is not as good as EU infrastructure/network but is growing very fast (With Dubai Metro expansion and Etihad rail project). Roads have been voted best in the world 2017.

Schooling costs range from 30-75k per year

Food costs are same or cheaper than in the west (other than 100% health tax on tobacco, soft drinks and energy drinks)

Note that there are other benefits and disadvantages like any other country. Research what you want to do, and explore the opportunity each city in the world will offer you. Simple =)

There are other benefits not mentioned in here such as no income tax, and incentives for electric vehicles
#Kumar on Feb 13, 2018 :

I am new to dubai and let me suggest me that if i want to spend 10,000 AED per month with family to travel Dubai Investment park 1 buildings which place do i need to take? Let us know minimum Andhra vegiterian people living cost.
#@Mohsen on Feb 12, 2018 :
I don’t know but you can check on Dubizzle and Property Finder
#Mohsen on Feb 11, 2018 :
Thank you for the informations below , on the other dide you have any informations about the prices for rent in DIP for a small studio or a room with bathroom attached?
#@Mohsen on Feb 10, 2018 :
DIP is an isolated area, you would need the car if not that you’re fine living like a rat between 4 walls (seems that many people in DXB do like that btw).
I think there costs are cheaper than in JVC/JVT ... in the last mentioned areas you can get a studio for 5k, a room between 2.5k and 4K, transportation pass is 110 a month but is useless in DIP you need a car, food you can buy weekly good quality food from supermarket for less than 200 aed.
Home Internet/tv contract is like 350 a month
#Mohsen on Feb 10, 2018 :
Hi ,
I have received an offer with 12000 AED package (no allowance) , i am planning to come alone without my family the Job site in dip1 , my query is : how much it’s going to cost me to have a single small room ( or a small partition) in dip , and what about the other costs for the transportation, food , etc , please help me since i need to take the decision within two days, thank in advance
#Kurlier on Feb 10, 2018 :

It all depends on your standards, In Dubai you can find options for all the wallets in almost everything.

That said, that salary set you below mid-class range and I wouldn’t consider it if you’re an experienced specialist and you can have a chance elsewhere in a MCN or in western countries
#Richa S on Feb 09, 2018 :

I have been offered a job with 14000 AED, I will be coming with my wife from India. Will this be sufficient for both of us?
#Anonymous on Jan 30, 2018 :
This comment Courtsey #cath have lived and worked in Dubai for 4 years, (for Asians) please AVOID going to Dubai or any place in the middle east, avoid them at all cost, salary discrimination is very intense, and the government is turning a blind eye to it.

salary in Dubai is based on your passport/nationality, your years of experience and educational attainment is worth nothing.

here is a salary benchmark.

1. Asian countries get an average of 4000-6000 dirhams per month (you are a very lucky person if you get a 10k dirham salary, that's very rare), it doesn't matter even if you have 15 years of experience. salary always depends on NATIONALITY.

2. European and Arabs get an an average of 15,000 - 100,000 dirhams per month. as I've said before, salary depends on nationality it's not based on years of experience or educational attainment so even if you are just a high school graduate you can still get a minimum of 15,000 dirhams per month.

Here is a bench mark for cost of living,

1. one room will cost you 3000-3500 dirhams
2. bed space will cost you 800-1000 drihams
3. Electricity and water will cost you 200-300 dirhams
4. food depends, if you cook, that will cost you around 800-1000 dirhams per month (single person), if you always eat outside it will cost you 3x more.
5. transportation are very expensive specially taxi's, try to take the METRO TRAIN and bus, as much as you can, it's not cheap but if you compare everything it's the cheapest.

don't believe the news that you see about Dubai that they have increased the salary.

salary increase is only applicable as per nationality, Asians are not included in the salary increase, in my company 90% of the staff are Asians, yet only the Arabs and Europeans got the salary increase. It's a fake news to attack talented Asians to work as slaves, and you will be locked by contract for 2 years. If you got fooled by this news and already locked in contract, my advice is to take an emergency leave and don't comeback.

hope this helps.

#Srik on Jan 30, 2018 :
Average Salary depends on Your Qualification and Past experience in UAE.If you are fresher as an MBA/Or Other Finance Streams your starting salary would be Somewhere between 3500-4000AED.If you are experienced MBA/Other Finance between 3-5 Years you can expect a Salary Between 5k-6k AED.Do Not get excited with the average salary figures.The salary will be entirely different if you are and Arab or European National.If you are an asian expat with basic masters expect a salary of 3k-4k and for doing the same job an Arab or European would be paid between AED 13k-14K.
#Ahmed on Jan 30, 2018 :
Guys , I received an offer of 12000k as a lump sum , i dont mind to share accommodation with 1 person max , i am married but i will come to dubai alone , my question is how much i am going to spend to have agood life in dubai ?
#Dev on Jan 15, 2018 :
mind also that if not for Managers they're not throwing money like in the past.

An IT Engineer with 8+ years of experience would earn max 90k$ a year, in US, Australia and some European countries you would earn 120k$+ for the same job.
#Badr on Jan 10, 2018 :
I write mine so it could be useful for the other users:

Mid-class (western/Arabic standards), couple, both working in skilled jobs:
- rent of an unfurnished 80sqm flat in nice area near Jumeirah: approx 6500 aed monthly
- utilities: approx 500 aed monthly for DEWA, 350 aed for tv/Internet/landline at home, 150 aed for a single postpaid for mobile (this last can be easily lowered)
- transportation: 220 aed a month for 2 metro/bus passes, taxi when needed
- food: at least 1000 aed a month for both together

With leisure and other expenses I would say that we spend approx 12000 aed a month.

We’ve a private pension fund where we store 4000 aed a month.

Electronics we buy in UAE in the stores or online, but clothing we prefer to buy online from foreign websites or when we travel to Europe since there are cheaper and with more variety.
#Mani on Jan 10, 2018 :
I have been offered a job with 27000 AED, I will be coming with my wife only. Will this be sufficient for both of them?
#Anonymous on Jan 08, 2018 :
Hey guys, a very interesting site indeed and thanks for all the comments. Gives me a good indication. Family of 4 with 2 kids in their secondary schol. I live comfortably and based on that i am estimating the expenses below:

Per month expenses
Housing: 20k (for a decent 3 bedroom)
Education: 10k (Both in private school - estimating at 60k per annum fees)
Utilities: 1.5k (broadband, gas, water, electricity, etc)
Car & Maintenance / Transport: 1.5k
Groceries & Eating out: 2k

So, a comfortable lifestyle is around 35kAED. Is this a fair estimation?
#Anonymous on Jan 07, 2018 :

I have been offered a job with the following salary structure

Salary AED 6300
House allowance AED 5400
Transport allowance AED 1300

Total AED 13000

I have a family of three thus my wife and 2 kids (1-3years old).

Will this be enough to pay my expenses and save some money. Is this a good offer for me to relocate to UAE.

You assistance will be highly appreciated.

Thank you.
#Anonymous on Jan 06, 2018 :
Hello I have an offer in Dubai with salary 4000 AED to 4500 AED... if I get this salary can I save money .? Pls suggest me
#Kiko on Jan 01, 2018 :
I add to the comment of the previous guy that if Bob you’re moving to Dubai with the Asian passport you claim most probably the companies will try to downball you. Don’t move for less than 25k aed for sure
#Anonymous on Dec 17, 2017 :
Bob people here have MBA and 8 years experience and get a range of 5000 or 7000 dollars. So one year experience is nothing.
#Bob on Dec 11, 2017 :
Hi guys, from comments below I concluded that most of the discussed salaries are for simple jobs.
But I'd like to get info about salaries for MBA(from USA) graduates with more than 1 year experience.
And also I am from Asian muslim countries. Thanks in advance!
#Anonymous on Nov 12, 2017 :
You need at least 15000 aed to live a normal life plus to save some money. If you get paid less than that, that means you need to bury yourself alive, because you won't be able to save anything or even go out at least one or two times per week. No one can handle that life, livings between 4 walls. (work, home, sleep).

So basically if you get paid 4000$ or 5000$ you will be fine, 1000$ - 1200$ for rent, 150$ - 200$ utilities and internet. Plus you need to calculate your transport fees, plus eating at work, plus buying food for your house, plus hanging out one or two times per week.
#Anonymous on Nov 10, 2017 :
Hi, I am looking for an ESL teaching job and am having a difficult time find websites with job postings where I can submit my CV.
I would appreciate suggestions and links.
#Mahmoud on Nov 10, 2017 :
Hi can i ask if I have an offer job in dubai with from 3500 to 4500 aed can I handle my life in dubai and can I save anything from this salary ... thanks and plz answer me.
#Philip on Nov 05, 2017 :

Hi I have read a few comments but please advise if your salary is 13000 AED per month will this be enough for living expenses ie: rent and daily expenses can you save some money
#Anonymous on Oct 18, 2017 :
Great information. It helped me a lot to estimate my expenses.
#Carlitos on Oct 06, 2017 :
25k isn’t enough if you have at least one kid in school age and the company doesn’t provide school benefits.

Is already active a tax on soft drinks, energy drinks and tobacco and e.g. the cheapest energy drink is Gold Power it used to cost 2.5 aed but now is 4 aed.

From January they’ll introduce VAT of 5%
#Anonymous on Oct 02, 2017 :
Can I survive with a family of 3 kids and wife with a salary of AED 25k. Standard life.
#Anonymous on Oct 01, 2017 :
Very good estimation but who will put in the biggest cost which is rent if any one plans to live in dubai itself with family u need min of 25000 and u wont save a penny
#Smolders on Sep 27, 2017 :
What about african nationalities for salaries ? somebody can help to understand ?
#Mohamed on Sep 26, 2017 :
I am getting a salary of 9,800 and living allowance of 4,200. Is it possible to live comfortably and save money?
#Dani on Sep 24, 2017 :
I have been offered a position @42K per month plus car plus health insurance.
I am single, no children. Based on the comments I would think it's not unrealistic to save half of the income, i would appreciate your comments / confirmation.
#maxi on Sep 22, 2017 :
I am looking for a job in Dubai. I have my BA in Management, some engineering credits and over 13 years working experience in electric and gas utility. I also have supervisory skills. I am single with no children. What type of offers I would qualify for in Dubai with an USA passport and what I have mentioned. I really need to elope and have been watching Dubai for years.
#Niraj Pokalwar on Sep 19, 2017 :
Can anyone tell how much amount of AED required to live in dubai for a month for bachelor approximately?
#Anonymous on Sep 13, 2017 :

i have offered 12000 AED as monthly salary in Dubai international business park, i am PhD candidate with 4 years of experience.
is it good salary for living with wife and infant?
#Youcef on Sep 05, 2017 :
i am going to dubai the next month, i have an MBA form London, i dont have enough experience in any field, what kind of job you can advice me to look for as an MBA holder ??.

do you think i can find an interesting job in my first month there !!

thanks in advance
#Che on Sep 05, 2017 :
Prices are mostly correct. There have been some recent increases in prices of food.
##Sanjay2406 on Aug 27, 2017 :
I am getting an offer of 15,000aed. As per below comments it's not advisable to shift with family.
My wife will also work and salary will be around 8000aed.
Is it worth shifting with 23000aed? Have got a kid of 1half year.

We are vegetarians and not much into alcohol. Simple life. Plan to buy a second hand car on emi basis post 3-4 months , once have setteld

Plz share ur views.
#Barbara on Aug 27, 2017 :
You would be better placed to arrive at a location where you would like to stay and then look at costs accordingly as prices can vary drastically from one area to the next.

For example, a high target for expats is the Motor City area in Dubai. this is served by many schools with british curriculum education and a living community that is close-knit and active
Search for nurseries and schools on google using "nurseries in motor city" or "schools in motor city"
A lot of expats arrive on contracts where their companies pay for Children's schooling and this is a substantial saving.