Cost of Living in Dubai

Summary of cost of living in Dubai, United Arab Emirates:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 43.87 AED 20.00-80.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 300.00 AED 170.00-500.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 35.00 AED 28.00-40.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 45.00 AED 20.00-61.98
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 45.00 AED 30.00-73.46
Cappuccino (regular) 22.38 AED 10.00-30.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 4.80 AED 3.00-15.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 3.75 AED 2.00-10.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 27.74 AED 18.93-47.32
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 5.23 AED 2.72-12.15
Rice (white), (1 lb) 4.13 AED 2.04-6.80
Eggs (regular) (12) 12.14 AED 6.00-18.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 15.90 AED 6.80-45.36
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 14.10 AED 6.80-25.40
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 16.29 AED 9.07-27.22
Apples (1 lb) 3.91 AED 1.81-5.44
Banana (1 lb) 3.21 AED 2.04-5.44
Oranges (1 lb) 3.09 AED 1.81-6.80
Tomato (1 lb) 2.82 AED 1.36-5.59
Potato (1 lb) 1.82 AED 0.91-3.63
Onion (1 lb) 2.29 AED 0.91-3.63
Lettuce (1 head) 6.15 AED 3.00-12.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.32 AED 1.50-5.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 50.00 AED 25.00-100.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 11.49 AED 5.00-20.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 18.25 AED 9.00-50.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 23.00 AED 20.00-30.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 7.00 AED 5.00-8.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 300.00 AED 200.00-350.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 12.00 AED 7.50-15.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 4.83 AED 3.22-8.05
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 AED 30.00-60.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 11.63 AED 10.41-13.25
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 121,500.00 AED 95,000.00-163,937.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 82,903.42 AED 80,000.00-90,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 721.60 AED 450.00-1,062.50
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 208.93 AED 100.00-340.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 352.14 AED 250.00-500.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 326.16 AED 100.00-600.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 166.55 AED 60.00-250.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 50.00 AED 45.00-75.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,821.88 AED 1,500.00-5,050.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 52,706.14 AED 27,000.00-80,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 205.75 AED 75.00-450.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 199.03 AED 100.00-390.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 362.93 AED 210.00-550.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 367.31 AED 200.00-600.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 7,927.36 AED 5,000.00-12,500.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 4,858.72 AED 3,000.00-7,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 14,937.02 AED 10,000.00-21,303.40
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 10,375.00 AED 6,000.00-18,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,659.17 AED 761.80-2,999.98
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 985.93 AED 566.70-1,486.44
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 12,996.15 AED
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.83 3.00-6.50

Prices in Dubai

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emaratya on Jul 09, 2024:
Discover the UAE Real Estate Market
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) real estate market is known for its dynamic and diverse offerings, catering to a wide range of preferences and lifestyles. From luxurious high-rise apartments in Dubai's bustling city center to serene waterfront villas in Abu Dhabi's exclusive communities, the UAE has something for everyone.

Dubai: A Global Metropolis
Iconic Skyline and Luxurious Living
Dubai, often called the "City of Gold," is a global hub with an iconic skyline, world-class amenities, and a vibrant lifestyle.

Prestigious Residential Areas
Key neighborhoods in Dubai include:

Downtown Dubai: Famous for its sleek high-rise apartments and proximity to landmarks like the Burj Khalifa.
Dubai Marina: Offers waterfront living with a range of apartments and lifestyle amenities.
Palm Jumeirah: A man-made island featuring luxury villas and apartments.
Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT): Ideal for those seeking a mix of residential and commercial spaces.
Flexible Rental Solutions
For those seeking flexible living arrangements, Dubai offers:

Monthly Rentals: Perfect for temporary stays.
Co-Living Options: Tailored to modern lifestyles, providing shared amenities and a sense of community.
Abu Dhabi: Elegance and Serenity
Capital City's Sophisticated Living
As the capital of the UAE, Abu Dhabi is known for its elegance and sophistication, characterized by spacious villas, lush greenery, and pristine beaches.

Prime Residential Locations
Notable areas in Abu Dhabi include:

Saadiyat Island: Home to cultural landmarks and upscale living.
Yas Island: Offers a mix of residential and entertainment options.
Al Raha Beach: Known for its luxury waterfront properties.
Long-Term Rental Options
Abu Dhabi provides various long-term rental solutions to suit different preferences, ensuring a comfortable and sophisticated living experience.

Sharjah: The Cultural Heart
Rich Heritage and Artistic Flair
Sharjah, the cultural capital of the UAE, offers a more relaxed lifestyle amidst its rich heritage and artistic scene.

Family-Friendly Neighborhoods
Residential areas in Sharjah include:

Al Zahia: A family-friendly community with townhouses and apartments.
Aljada: Features modern residential options with a focus on community living.
Versatile Rental Arrangements
Sharjah offers:

Yearly Rentals: Ideal for those seeking stability.
Co-Living Arrangements: Providing a blend of cultural experiences and modern amenities.
Ras Al Khaimah: A Peaceful Retreat
Natural Beauty and Tranquil Living
For those seeking a peaceful retreat, Ras Al Khaimah is the perfect destination, known for its natural beauty, including mountain landscapes, pristine beaches, and desert dunes.

Waterfront Communities
Key developments in Ras Al Khaimah include:

Mina Al Arab: A waterfront community with villas and apartments.
Al Hamra Village: Known for its golf course, marina, and luxury residences.
Yearly Rental Options
Ras Al Khaimah offers yearly rental options, allowing residents to enjoy a relaxed coastal lifestyle.

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Belgrave on Jul 06, 2024:
With careful financial planning, life in Dubai can be very manageable, takes time to understand the dynamics and the potentials of the city and how generate extra income that can compliment the existing income, specially the growing property market,
Teteh on Jun 28, 2024:
Is there any tax needed to pay for foreigner residents?
Does the salary AED 4000 is sufficient for single person living cost without rent?
Olha on Jun 17, 2024:
The cost of living in Dubai can be quite high, especially when it comes to rent and dining out. However, the city's investment opportunities are abundant and promising. Considering the vibrant real estate market and upcoming developments, Dubai investing is an attractive option for those looking to capitalize on a growing economy and a cosmopolitan lifestyle.
Jin Park on May 18, 2024:
It is more helpful if there is the information about healthcare insurance, what is the premium roughly.
Anonymous on May 17, 2024:
Hi let me know salary of testing & commissioning engineer electrcal in dubae
avinash on Mar 13, 2024:
Hi, Wanted to check for cost of living for a couple with 2 kids both in schools.
Rakesh on Mar 07, 2024:
PJ International is a leading Real Estate Company in Dubai.
Gichuru on Mar 05, 2024:
What is the average rent for a 2 bedroomed house outside of city. What is the average house and rent paid by most people working in Dubai
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@vasilica soulea on Feb 25, 2024:
salaries in the 30k-50k range + benefits in Dubai/AD are very normal for experienced people in Software Engineering and Finance working either for prominent semi-gvmt, MNCs or fast rising startups. Many C-level salaries are on 6 figures.
Vivek on Feb 22, 2024:
What it legality of Euro Telecom FZE ?
Is this valid company. As I have received an offer from them for 11K AED.
is it ok ?
takmechanic on Feb 16, 2024:
What would be the monthly grocery expenditure for an indian couple in dubai
vasilica soulea on Jan 17, 2024:
@ George

A 35k AED wage is enormous for Dubai so we doubt you're being honest with us :)
Anonymous on Dec 24, 2023:
@george 10k if you live relatively modest, bcoz 2br close to media city is 7-10k, good car relatively new probably 3k, 2k bills that’s already 15k and another 10k for everything else food, cloth, going out, occasional travel , leaving you with about 10k in saving - you down size in accommodation and car then probably that will free a max of 5k, brining the total to 15k
George on Dec 22, 2023:
I have one offer to make 35000 AED per month in Dubai. How much will I be able to save living with reasonable comfort?
(married couple, no kids)
Maybe go out to eat 1 or 2 times a week, have a basic car
Rent in the surroundings of Dubai media city
Anonymous on Dec 20, 2023:
@Adwds - minimum 35K (10K - 2BD/3BD APT), (10K Schooling if not provided), (5K bills + Car expense), (5K food), (5k buffer for other stuff) at 40K you should be okay, 50K comfortable, 60K the good life starts
Adwds on Dec 15, 2023:
What would you suggest a Reasonable and Good amount that one can comfortably live in Dubai with a Family of 4, where the 2 Kids would need schooling?
Ai on Oct 26, 2023:
What is the fair ammount to comfortably live in Dubai as a single person?
Anonymous on Oct 03, 2023:
25k is great if you're single or a couple without kids - if the 5k is guaranteed then you are making 30k (not sure how it's monthly since you are in IT and not sales) at 30k you can afford a preschool kid also. hope this helps good luck
Ibrahim on Sep 26, 2023:

I got an offer of 25k AED basic salary + 5K AED monthly bonus, to move from Germany to UAE. I have more than 8 years of experience as a Senior software engineer, Speaking Arabic English and German. What would be a fair salary for an IT architect in the UAE?
Thanks in advance
Anonymous on Sep 18, 2023:
TO Ian,

it's okay till your kid needs to go to school basic math is as follows, rent is between 7 - 10k for mid range 2 bedroom, healthcare insurance is relatively cheap (I am surprised you company doesn't cover it), Schooling is the issue, brit schools are about 5 - 6K a month. so good for you to come save like about 2K pounds a month till your kid is of schooling age then go back
ian on Sep 15, 2023:
Hi, I have an offer of AED 30000 per month (which is 6500 pounds) to move from the UK but no extra allowance for schooling, healthcare or housing. I have a wife and a 2yr old kid so I am not sure this offer is good enough for a decent quality of life. I currently make 3000 pounds per month and have a decent life but something tells me the expenses are much larger in Dubai so it is more or less the same with no great improvement. Am I wrong?
Rk on Aug 31, 2023:
What would be cost of living for a single parent with child in dubai?monthly cost of living including rent and schooling
adn on Aug 10, 2023:
What would be the monthly grocery expenditure for an indian couple in dubai
Nicky on Jun 15, 2023:
Hi we are s family if 3-a young couple and a teenager-wanting to relocate to Dubai- kindly advise how much will be needed monthly basis cost of living - and what will be the best job to help relocate and to live comfortably
Anonymous on Jun 07, 2023:
To DubaiResident
With regards to the comments re LGBT , you should remember 1- LGBT ‘rights’ are not universal values and 2- the UAE is a Muslim country . If you are so concerned about LGBT rights then you should leave the UAE and live in France or another European country
Dr Vipul on May 23, 2023:
Send me details about living expenses in Dubai and Sharjah. Iam planning to relocate in Dubai with family.
DubaiResident on Mar 17, 2023:
To Laura.

Dubai is one of the safest places to live in the world. It's multicultural with all different races living and working together with no issue. From Dubai, you can travel to almost anyone on earth with one to two flights max. There is food from around the world too. We also have religious freedom here and English is widely spoken. Whilst yes, Dubai has some LGBT+ issues, and press freedom to an extent and it gets very hot during the summer. I cannot imagine living anywhere else but Dubai.

Do not judge a place based on what others tell you. It is a desert utopia and like I mentioned LGBT+ issues, there are plenty of LGBT+ here that are loved and not punished.

Please kindly, not talk bad about Dubai.
Laura on Mar 04, 2023:
Why, in the worlk, would anybody want to move to Dubai?
Anonymous on Feb 17, 2023:
45K is pretty good, it should cover all that you have stated and a bit more - for nicish areas that are close to the airport you can look at festival city and mirdif
MsAnna on Feb 17, 2023:
Dear all,

My partner and I (unmarried) along with our kids (15yo and 1yo) and a cat are considering to move to Dubai.

My partner got a job offer from one of the airline with a salary of 45,000 aed basic + extra duty pay + educational cover + health care cover + travel allowance.

Will 35~40,000 aed be enough to cover to the usual monthly running cost of rent (3bedroom apartment, internet tv, electricity and other utilities, grocery etc)

Which area is family friendly that would not take more than 30mins tops driving to the airport?


Any insight would be helpful.
A on Dec 22, 2022:
Hey there, I was offered a senior IT job in Dubai for 15000 AED, will this be enough for a single 25yo guy?
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M on Sep 12, 2022:
As a single person moving to Dubai, is a salary of 20 000aed enough to live comfortably and save?
Charles on Sep 05, 2022:
Hiru Shah if you are a CFO and cannnot figure out that yourself then for the sake of your family do not make the move!
@Zakaria on Sep 02, 2022:
True, indeed in your case you should move to Dubai only if you land a package that includes education allowance for the children, otherwise no point compared to Europe. Also the cash salary should be x2 minimum the net in Europe
Zakaria on Jul 30, 2022:
I want to move to Dubai, I have 2 childeren and I assume I have to pay for the school fees myself since I will have my own business, that means 90k aed anually.

Now it states that the livingcost in Dubai is on an avg 14% cheaper than Amsterdam... Thats totally wrong when you have 1 or more childeren. Just the school fees are around 7000 aed a month. In amsterdam schooling is free and after they turn 18 it will cost roughly 1200-2000 eur annualy.

Correct me if I am wrong
Teresa rRios on Jun 01, 2022:
moving to Dubai need to know cost of living and rentals and buying homes
@Shagira on May 29, 2022:
No chance in healthcare, it’s one of the worst industries to work for in UAE , it’s unethical and monopolized by big local-based companies like Aster, VPS, NMC.
Best is to run your own business or to work here for few years, get certifications and then move to western countries
Mariam on May 16, 2022:
Congratulations to all who secured a job in UAE especially those from India Pakistan ....there are thousands still searching job with a deadline for visa.
Shagira on May 16, 2022:
Hey do you guys get such good jobs...I am a Physiotherapist with 18 yrs experience and expertise in manual therapy dry needling kinesiotaping pelvic rehab but am paid as little as 6000 aed including travel industry is very unfair.
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Hiru Shah on May 02, 2022:
I am CA and working as a CFO for a company having an office space in India. I have been offered to relocate in Dubai. We are a family of 5 including me, my wife, my two children (aged 12 years and 16 years respectively) and father (aged 75 years). Children study in the IGCSE board. What should be an ideal annual package in either dollar terms or AED to justify the relocation to Dubai and also to justify a decent savings of appx. $40,000 annually, which increases year on year. Also please do factor the accommodation, education and medical expenses (insurance).

Looking forward for a quick response.
MrT on Apr 28, 2022:
Currently, we are in New Zealand, a family of three

My job offer is:

Title: Senior Robotics Engineer
Salary: 35,000 AED/Month
Travel: 27,400 AED/Annually
Leave: 22 days of annual leave
Education allowance: 30,000 AED/year/child up to 3 kids
Visa and medical insurance for self + spouse + 3 children

How is this on the salary spectrum in Dubai? Would there be an opportunity to enjoy living, going out in weekends, while making some savings?
Nava Ratna Maharjan on Apr 26, 2022:
I am planning to visit Dubai in near future with my family for one week. What is the price for normal lunch and dinner in Dubai as well as the normal cost of garments ?
Akshay on Apr 18, 2022:
Hi, I am working in Indian Banking industry for 10years and making Rs 250k in Mumbai currently.

I have interviewed with Mashreq Bank for Dubai location. What should be acceptable salary so as to maintain similar lifestyle in Dubai and save about AED 10K per month.
Inno on Feb 13, 2022:

I’ve been offered a job at 25 000 AED per month. Family of 4 ( kids are 1 and 6). I’ll be moving from Johannesburg. Is that enough to sustain us?
My husband is a Land Surveyor, we hoping he will get something once we move and the total household income income will increase. How’s the construction industry in Dubai? He has over 10 years experience.
Will the move be with it or I should stay here and accept the counter offer from my employer in South Africa.
carlo abbiati on Feb 01, 2022:
Hello, I m living in Dubai UAE since 2006, actually the prices of the apartments are completely different.
I may give you support in case you need to understand the average updated prices of the rent per month and price per square meter.
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@Ash on Jan 03, 2022:
If your total household income is 32k Aed with a family of 4 you’re not gonna save 5k$ a month (which is pretty much half the salary), someone else has to get a job and based on her/his skills can be easy or hard. Your husband cannot work for long under your sponsorship but the company hiring him should provide him a visa, so no issue. If any of your kids are still in education and your company doesn’t provide schooling allowance gonna be tough to save anything with a mid class lifestyle
Ash on Jan 03, 2022:
I have been offered a job at 32000 AED per month as a starting job in IT field. Is that a good salary for a family of 4 to move from Canada to Dubai ? Can my husband and children who have completed their education find jobs there easily to get their work visas ? I have been told being a woman main visa holder my husband can not find work under my sponsor visa which is so unfair.

Your feedback will be appreciated. I don't want to live extravagantly but decently. I want to save at least $5000 Canadian a month while living in Dubai. Would it be possible to manage that?
@Joshua on Jan 01, 2022:
Salaries in Dubai are all over the place in every job. International and prominent companies can pay 25k+ for a Senior profile, SMEs just pay bad salaries in general and they exploit employees. Also if you come from developing countries they’ll try to lowball you, just think about a good threshold and don’t accept nothing below it. If you already have a decent mid class life in your country 25k AED a month should be the minimum to accept
Joshua on Dec 29, 2021:
How much a IT Senior Business Analyst earn in Dubai?
Mahdiar on Nov 15, 2021:
How do you really find these jobs with great salaries?
I've been searching for at least a month and they're mostly around 4000 aed. As an architect and filmmaker with more than 7 years experience
Dumisani on Nov 08, 2021:
Good day, I have been offered a position in Dubai-Abu dhabi. The package is around 180,000 AED annually. Which is 15000 AED/per month plus other benefit. I’m moving from South Africa. How’s the cost of living there ?. Is it best to move with said AED/per month? Kindly suggest. Thank you.
Roland Hill on Oct 31, 2021:
Like I have high interest in coming to Dubai, what is the process though. Is there any means like someone looking for in Africa to come and work for them monthly like, companies, individuals or...
@Fatima on Oct 29, 2021:
It’s average for a junior developer. Top companies pay senior software engineers in the 25-40k range
Fatima Zahra on Oct 12, 2021:
I got an offer of 8000 AED as a Developer, I am from Pakistan.
Is this a good salary? Should I consider this proposal?
Anonymous on Sep 19, 2021:

I have been offered a job from Dubai with a monthly salary of 19K AED. I have 7 years of experience and my current salary in India is 23 Lakhs fix. Is it a good move to move to Dubai?

Please advise
Beer Baron on Aug 31, 2021:
0.33L imported beer in the marts (alcohol shops) it’s 200-250 Aed for 24 bottles box in Dubai, 100-150 Aed in the other Emirates
Tyrone on Aug 10, 2021:
Well as a black American we’re still treated like that in USA
Joan on Aug 05, 2021:
I am Canadian and i know Dubai is not democracy for all Indian and phillippian people in Dubai are treated like the black peopele were tretaed in americian a aentury ago
Lahore Darbar on Jun 22, 2021:
I'm a Pakistani passport holder and as a Software Engineer in Dubai I earn north of 40k.
My advice:
- get experience first in Western countries, especially working in prominent companies, and then as a Senior specialist move to Dubai
- set a threshold that you think is good for a lavish life in Dubai and don't accept nothing below it, otherwise is not worth ... I would say if you come from a Western country (no matter your passport/background) don't accept nothing less than what you're already making GROSS before taxes in your current western country
Melbographer on Jun 19, 2021:
I see many people ask whether XX,0000 per month is a good salary

There is no straight forward answer to this.

The main thing to calculate is :

Where are you from?

I am an indian origin guy in Melbourne.

Home is 14 to 20 hours for me, so benefit of dubai is that i can go home in just 4 hours and go once in a few months.

My friend gets 15k tax free which is similar to what i get after tax here.

If i were to move,

I gotta pay 5k to 6k for an apartment in dubai near my potential employers.

Whereas my 3 bhk house with 2 bathrooms here only cost 4200 aed.

Going to city centre is 35mins in train, which is just 600m away.

My kids can go public school here, but Australian school costs 7 to 8k aed per month.

I can't send them to other schools if certificate is not valid here in case i have to return. Second kid will have another 7k.

So this alone is 21k.

Add living expense then it would be 5k

26k is purely needed to live.

I am still an indian so my skin color and passport will never fetch that salary so i cant move to gcc.

Meanwhile i can make more here with my skills.
Anonymous on Apr 29, 2021:
There is no concept of monthly rent as well in Dubai. The rent is always yearly and advance payment for every quarter. Plus 10% extra for Brokerage and Security deposit which never refund.
Anonymous on Apr 28, 2021:
Hello everybody. I am 43 years and one employer contacted me for a job in Dubai. How much min salary can I expect? I have done few research regarding that, but I couldn't guess how much they will pay me. So please anyone, if you any knowledge do let me know.
Anonymous on Mar 30, 2021:
I'm going to Dubai under a monthly 25k AED, as extra I will have daillyallowance when traveling and overtime paied half in cash and half in leave. 5 weeks vacation and a yearlly round trip to the family to our country. In the 25k includes salary, house and transport allowances. Me and my wife calculated our monthly cost with supermarket/power/water/phone/ internet/propane based in our currently expenses and converted to the Dubai's value and with that money we can leave nicelly. We can rent a villa around 75k/year in JVC (under our house allowance) and even save part of the allowance. Company will also give school allowance for my daughter until she is 18yo (the allowance can ully pay a good international school without harming my salary).
What you need to be carefull, as everywhere else in the world, is how you spend the money! There are lots of places to spend money in and how you manage that will interfere in your budget.
Mat on Mar 19, 2021:
This is the important question.

I'm a single man in the mid 30s.

Is it possible to find a girlfriend in Dubai on AED 15000 a month?

Should I go there as a single or find someone before moving? I have 30 days left
Anonymous on Mar 04, 2021:
So I've been offered £3500 per month in Dubai
The first month would be paid for in a hotel to give me time to find a place etc
Would I be saving money each month on this salary?
Dzhemile on Mar 02, 2021:
I am starting an internship in Dubai. They are paying my accommodation, food and the salary is 1200 AED per month. Would that be appropriate amount of money for a single person?
Princedike on Feb 17, 2021:
I'm interested to move to Dubai,but I don't have anyone there not even a friend,I m an experience driver with diplomal in management..
Mary22 on Feb 15, 2021:
I wanna pose a question. Whoever knows please answer to me. When someone works in. A nail salon they pay your rent for your House? How much does a manicure cost? And is it legal to have your nail salon in your house?
Indie on Jan 26, 2021:
@Lone_stranger. Join the FB group Expats in Dubai. You will get some good information in the replies from group members.
Anonymous on Jan 25, 2021:
Dubai has the most unorthodox economy depending upon oil.However put a large group of Muslims together and they burn all the same flickering lights of nothingness into the night.
Dubaitian on Jan 12, 2021:
Average salary could be 11k but means nothing when you have such a huge disparity in wealth.
Median is more like 5k.
Mid class starts from 20-25k
John on Jan 11, 2021:
I insist on what I wrote John on Jan 10, 2021
on property prices that are the same as another Muslim country like Kuala Lumpur. Fuel prices are the same and it is not such a rich country with a wealth of citizens. I estimate that the prices are a bubble due to the mediation of banks or entrepreneurs who lend naively expecting a high interest rate.
It is no coincidence that people from countries that are bankrupt are looking for work and are looking for the land of promise.
I estimate that money has gone to the Balkans and Asia is more reasonable in cost of living and real estate purchases.
No one answers who knows and everyone writes for a job search.
Lone_stranger on Jan 11, 2021:
Hi Guys,

I have been offered a job in Dubai. The package is around 96000 AED annually. Which is 8000 AED/month plus incentives. I’m single moving from India. How’s the cost of living there ? I need to save atleast 30% for my debts in India. Is it advisable to move ? Kindly suggest. Looking for the best suggestion from you guys.

Thanks a ton
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John on Jan 10, 2021:
ΝEW I wonder while Dubai is about 8% more expensive than Athens and in Athens you need 850 euros to live in Dubai you need about 2500 euros. I estimate that they have entered the Dubai market, whether businessmen or banks, and have created a bubble market.
The same has been done in Thailand Bangkok where the cost of living is about 550 euros with the cost of buying an apartment in the center is 3500-4000 euros.
In Bangkok is the German bank Deutsch Bang with Chinese banks and Russian manufacturers who have even created real estate bubbles. Many Germans, Norwegians marry Thai fakes who transfer all their rights because the law forbids
They are crazy about what they buy or want to launder money from smuggling or drug trafficking. Thailand will lose the quality buyer. The same will happen in Dubai.
While the cost of living buying products is almost the same with differences of about 5% -9% in both Bulgaria, Serbia, Thailand the money you need to live has a huge difference.
If you want send me where you owe the price difference. I am not referring to very expensive areas of Dubai but to popular neighborhoods within the city center.
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Stephen Roe on Jan 01, 2021:
@Sanka you only need to click on things you know the price of and type what price is. No need to type price of things you do not know they do not care if there are blanks.
A on Oct 22, 2020:
Hey, 15K AED is good to move to Dubai? with 2 kids and a wife? is it enough to make standard living and some savings?
Ashish Enakhiya on Oct 20, 2020:
I am offered a job of 14000 AED per month for Dubai location. It's jus me and my wife as a family. Is it a decent salary to move to Dubai for us? Approx. how much will I be able to save?
@Ohi on Oct 10, 2020:
30k in Dubai as a single will give you a good mid class life.
There’s no city centre in Dubai, just get a good modern Studio or 1bhk in area nearby work office.
Now you can rent a 1bhk for even less than 40k AED a year.
A good midclass life on a whole will set you back 16k a month all inclusive with rent, groceries, lavish lifestyle and traveling
Ohi on Sep 29, 2020:
Is an average monthly salary of 30,000 AED sufficient to live in the city centre and still have enough savings. Anyone with details of what the standard expenses would be for a single working in Dubai?
Gues on Sep 23, 2020:
None here has given what would be a great salary for a family of 4. 40000AED per month with two school going kids with 3 or 4 bed room house/flat and a car with comfortable lifestyle. I might be getting almost similar salary in London but tax gain should not be wasted in spending more. I'd expect to save more or double if possible.
Okunola on Sep 08, 2020:
Hi, am a driver here in Nigeria, am planning to move to Dubai 4 greener pastures, please can I get any offers as a cab driver, am coming alone.pls advise, thanks.
Rock on Aug 30, 2020:
Hi, I’am offered a job for a salary of 60000AED, while moving to Dubai with my family , we are 6 persons as a family. Is it affordable?!?
Kavitha Kathiravan on Aug 29, 2020:
Hi there. I am working as senior analyst in india for past 1year. Totally I own 1.11 years of experience in supply chain. Also I have completed by MBA part time. Please tell me how much monthly pay should I expect when I go to dubai to seek job in early 2021. Please response.
Thanks in advance
@Jai on Aug 24, 2020:
Depends on your current lifestyle and qualification in India.
With 10k to save a chunk out of it you should probably live in a shared flat and use public transportation: is that good for you?
It can be also a stepping stone to get into UAE market and then search for a better opportunity, but don’t expect big chances while the economy is in the current state, due to Covid salaries are depressed
Jai Nalwa on Aug 24, 2020:
Hi, i am a category manager for an e-commerce market place in India. I am being offered 10k AED a month for a similar role in Dubai, should i take it?
Anonymous on Aug 07, 2020:
As a westerner wiith good experience try to not accept nothing below 25k AED a month + benefits, otherwise is not worth moving from USA.
Mind that as an American you’ve to file for tax return to FATCA.
Now due to Covid and layoffs salaries are low due to oversupply of talents.
If possible try to apply for American companies that have offices in Dubai, otherwise the other international or local big players like Emirates, Noon, Careem, TikTok, Oracle, Emaar, ...
Mae on Aug 05, 2020:
Hello there! Mae from Chicago! I will be moving to Dubai in the beginning of September 2020. Born and raised in the Philippines but has a US passport and a US degree holder. I have a friend there where I can stay temporarily.
I have 3 years experience working in US Human Resources as a generalist.

Any tips you can provide in finding a job there?
I heard if you have a US passport, they can pay you a bit more.

Thanks in advance!