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Cost of Living in Dubai

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Cost of Living Index (Excl.Rent): 70.17
Rent Index: 73.16
Groceries Index: 57.68
Restaurants Index: 65.50
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index: 71.61
Local Purchasing Power: 116.62
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 30.00 AED 20.00-50.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 160.00 AED 100.00-250.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 25.00 AED 20.00-30.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 40.00 AED 30.00-45.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 40.00 AED 30.00-45.00
Cappuccino (regular) 16.46 AED 12.00-20.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.81 AED 1.50-3.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.29 AED 1.00-2.50
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 21.35 AED 16.09-34.07
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 4.40 AED 2.72-6.35
Rice (white), (1 lb) 4.04 AED 2.27-7.26
Eggs (12) 11.02 AED 7.20-16.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 12.72 AED 6.80-22.68
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 10.91 AED 6.80-16.33
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 16.66 AED 11.34-27.22
Apples (1 lb) 3.97 AED 3.15-6.35
Banana (1 lb) 3.30 AED 2.27-5.00
Oranges (1 lb) 3.48 AED 2.04-6.35
Tomato (1 lb) 2.97 AED 1.81-4.99
Potato (1 lb) 1.88 AED 1.36-3.18
Onion (1 lb) 1.72 AED 0.91-3.18
Lettuce (1 head) 7.01 AED 4.00-12.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.25 AED 1.50-3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 70.00 AED 50.00-100.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 35.53 AED 20.00-43.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 37.62 AED 25.00-50.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 10.00 AED 10.00-11.00
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 5.00 AED 4.00-7.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 250.00 AED 180.00-350.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 12.00 AED 5.00-12.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.22 AED 2.41-4.83
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 40.00 AED 30.00-60.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 6.57 AED 5.68-7.38
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 73,456.54 AED 55,000.00-90,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 65,960.08 AED 58,000.00-75,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 602.13 AED 400.00-900.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.51 AED 0.30-1.00
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 321.96 AED 250.00-380.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 345.63 AED 200.00-500.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 109.64 AED 50.00-200.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 35.00 AED 35.00-45.00
Childcare [ Edit ] Avg.
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,597.22 AED 1,200.00-3,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 37,800.00 AED 31,200.00-45,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 288.07 AED 150.00-450.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 199.42 AED 100.00-300.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 344.96 AED 250.00-500.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 354.47 AED 200.00-500.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 7,389.07 AED 5,000.00-10,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 5,095.39 AED 3,500.00-6,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 14,852.48 AED 12,000.00-20,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 10,281.64 AED 8,000.00-13,750.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,630.46 AED 1,114.83-1,999.98
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 941.54 AED 749.99-1,199.99
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (Net After Tax) 12,367.68 AED
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 4.17 3.20-5.00

Prices in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Last update: February, 2017
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#cath on Feb 13, 2017 :
additional information:

if you check different job posting on the internet for a job, there are 2 types of scheme, the first scheme is for Asians and the second is for European and Arabs.

Tip : don't look at the offered position, look at the JOB RESPONSIBILITY.

Scheme 1 for Asians

Looking for : waitress (preferably Asian)
Salary : 2500
Job Description
1. you will serve food
2. you will have to clean the dishes
3. you will have to cook the food
4. you will have to guide the other staff
5. you will open & close the shop
6: you must know how to do balance sheet.
7. you must know how to deal with suppliers
8. you must train other employees.
9. you must be willing to share your experience with others.
10. you must manage day to day operations.
11. you must deal with irritated customer.

Scheme 2 for Europeans & Arabs

Looking for : Manager (preferably European or Arab)
Salary : 25,000 + accommodation + free ticket + free transportation
Job Description
1. you will serve food
2. you will have to clean the dishes
3. you will have to cook the food
4. you will have to guide the other staff
5. you will open & close the shop
6: you must know how to do balance sheet.
7. you must know how to deal with suppliers
8. you must train other employees.
9. you must be willing to share your experience with others.
10. you must manage day to day operations.
11. you must deal with irritated customer.

Tip : always look at the job description, then negotiate for the CORRECT salary.

hope this helps.
#cath on Feb 09, 2017 :
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.
#cath on Feb 08, 2017 :
I 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.
#cath on Feb 08, 2017 :
I 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.
#therapist on Feb 06, 2017 :
Hello, I am a medical and sports massage therapist from Budapest, Hungary looking for international contracts. My massage modalities include classical Swedish massage, PNF stretching, myofascial release (MFR), deep tissue, European connective tissue and segment reflex massages, face and scalp massage, spinal decompression techniques, sports massage, kinesio taping, reiki based holistic massage as well as spa therapy treatments. I have also experience with treating handicaped and disable people. Do you think Dubai would be a great place to work for a skilled medical and sports massage therapist?
#Ravan on Feb 05, 2017 :
Hi all. I want to get ticket and fly to Dubai and stay 2 weeks in order to find job. Please advise me, if it is possible to get job during 2 weeks? how should i apply? which emirate is easy to find job? Sharjah or Dubai?
#effiong innocent on Feb 04, 2017 :
I love the historical city of Dubai,I would love to visit if possible work over there,since they are so many hospitality centres what I mean is hotels n shopping malls.I have hotelling n administrative knowledge wit some working experience, I will love to be directed on how to secure my future resident n working life in the city of Dubai thanks i love Dubai.
#Nida on Feb 01, 2017 :
I am a nurse so is there a way that I can work as a nurse in Dubai? What do I have to do and where do I apply?
#maydabeck on Jan 29, 2017 :
Do not pay any agency to find you a job in Dubai. It's a scam. You will do fine applying through job boards (free) and through sites like Linkedin (also free). Companies who are looking to hire are the ones who are paying these job boards. Not you. Good luck!
#Michael on Jan 13, 2017 :
Hi
Is there any job for class 10th pass and I did computer hardware and networking course...

Please reply ..
#vib on Dec 16, 2016 :
Dubaijob.net is not reliable. It is a scam. Countless people have lost their money to that website.
##svet on Dec 09, 2016 :
You can check first how much it will be your flat. And then start making calculation how much you can safe.Good source is dubizzle.com.
##svet on Dec 09, 2016 :
There is a big difference in the salaries. And the are specifically rated. With 5000 aed per month you can hire alone studio flat in Dubai and to live. You find room for sharing and with the rest of the money you can survive.
##svet on Dec 09, 2016 :
opps I click post by mistake :) so lets continue... the nursary depends from what kind of class you are looking for. My boss paid 35000 for his 4 years old kid in elite nursery.But you can find for half of that price even less.
##svet on Dec 09, 2016 :
I live in Dubai and I can say that the information is overall corect.
With main salary of 18000 aed for a single person you will be fine.
For Family with kids it will be difficult.Sinse the rent for 2 br apartm is 90000 aed per year now.
I've heard from my friends that. the nursery it depends from
#NIKHIL VACHHANI on Dec 06, 2016 :
Hello Everyone,

I have been offered 7500AED Basic, 2500AED for family 3 , daughter is 2.5. is it enough for Dubai city?

Please guide me, I haven't went Dubai
##mat on Dec 05, 2016 :
There is an online job website "Dubaijob.net" that provides help to find job for 85 USD. It states that in case you do not find job, it would refund the money. Is it reliable?
#doc on Nov 30, 2016 :
if I am paid around 18000 AED per month, AND i have family with two kids that is total 4 persons , one kid is school going, how much will be my monthly expenditure
#L JA on Nov 28, 2016 :
Hi everyone. I actually do some consulting in the Dubai market. If you want I can advise you on the areas. A more specific enquiry if need. If you need more help or faster service I will have to charge because of time. I will answer some of these on here but they are my opinion and I take no responsibility here for the advice!
@Hatii It depends cause most people hire from a firm to get a live in maid! You have to speak with them for that. The cost vary for that.
@ Grace It Depends on what your life style is. I don't know your living standards. They say its in a recession but the areas you might want to be in the rent is high so you wont see it.
@Percious I don't thank you should move all the way. The UAE is really funny about you moving in an not having work. It deals with the Visas. Also if you find work you have to flyout to your country of orgin and return on the workers visa, out of your pockect!
#Hatii on Nov 18, 2016 :
How much is for nursery?? Please. No body is talking about it.
#grace on Nov 10, 2016 :
Is it okay to move in DUBAi next year since it is recession? How much is the average cost of living for a single person per month? and to have savings how much should I receive as my salary?

I want to solicit ideas so that I have know how when I get there.
#precious on Nov 10, 2016 :
hello,

We are planning with our friends to move in dubai by january. We dont have yet any employer there thus we still search. Will you advice us if how much should our minimum salary to survive in our day to day activities. By the way we are a CPA, so how much should our income be?

Thank you.
#Sardar Usman Ali Zafar on Nov 06, 2016 :
The figures which you mention in your average salary in Dubai is 12332.87AED these can't right the average salary there for international worker or employs is average about 3000-4000 AED..Get it right.
#Taajeddine on Nov 04, 2016 :
@EMarie
DON'T trust those companies that ask for deposits or money in general.
Better for you to search headhunters on LinkedIn or other sources and to contact them.

@Marica
With that you barely make ends meet, 11k AED is pretty much what you SPEND in a month for a ok mid class life with your own flat in a good area; if you share a flat you can save up to 3-4k out of those 11k, still imho isn't worth to move to Dubai for those conditions.

Depends on your jobs, of course, but actually Dubai is an already explored economic reality where the prices stay high but the salaries are for the most (not all) low due to a terrible competition in a city where the citizens are for the most 3rdworlders used to low standards of living.
maybe saving 6k AED a month looks great to you, but mind that in Dubai you don't have pension fund, free education for the kids, or any welfare/benefit from the government; with 11k AED /month you would live way better in most of the cities in EU or NAm
#EMarie on Nov 03, 2016 :
Hello guys,

I have tried applying on line for work in Dubai & came across two Agencies who are requiring REFUNDABLE deposits. Is this legit? Please any ideas/feedback? Any other agencies without deposit requirements?

Many thanks.
#Marica on Oct 31, 2016 :
Hey guys!

I have an offer for 3000$ thats about 11.000AED a month,starting March next year but I am not offered anything else. Can you tell me if it's enough money to have a decent life, with rent,food etc?
I don't mind sharing accomodation but I would like to live in a nice area.

Thanks!!:*
#Radu on Oct 16, 2016 :
Guys, anything above 20k AED / monthly with rent paid by the employer is heaven for anyone. Rent is costing a LOT in Dubai. For example, 3 BR in Shoreline Apts (Palm Jumeirah) 190000AED / year.

DEWA (water and electricity) has a 5% flat tax from the annual rent price divided by 12 months and included every month in your bill. As long as you pay more for the house rent, the more you pay for the utilities

Giving you an example, i stay in a 1BR apartment, 1100sq ft, paying 58000 AED / year, and my DEWA comes 600+ monthly from which 240 AED is only the "housing fee". Internet (48mbps down, 8 upload) + TV 460 AED /month
##jay on Oct 16, 2016 :
Does 100,000 aed per month is enough to live in dubai and if so plz give me the details if u earn 100,000 aed per month
#Yogi on Oct 15, 2016 :
Hey guys... I have an offer for Dubai with company accommodation +folding (1time)+traveling (office to home). My current salary is Rs 40k and I am single. I also want to save around 3000 AED per month. So how much salary will be comfortable for me.
Plz help me out.
#Yani on Oct 14, 2016 :
Hey...All your salary is enough if you don't mention your previous job. How can anyone help to answer your question? Whatever the salary i think is enough for a jobless person...

If you don't know how to ask a question..i think you better forget the offer.
#Anonymous on Oct 12, 2016 :
i need suggestion, i m going to dubai . plz let me know , what is the average cost of meal and accomodation on sharing basis per month..,my salary is AED 2800 excluding food and accomodation allownce ,, how much money wud i have after using food and accomodation..? shoud i go or not..? ur opinion..? waseemak33@yahoo.com
#Anonymous on Oct 11, 2016 :
I am living in Dubai. The cost of living is quite high. An average studio will cost 6000 AED per month in a decent location. Monthly utilities which include chilling, elec, water and wifi will cost between 1500-2000. A car will take in another 2500-3000 including petrol, parking and tolls (referring to EMI and running costs for cars like Honda Accord, Civic, CRV etc). Monthly groceries for two people shall cost around 1500. Phones basic plans shall cost AED 150 per month. Overall the cost of living for two people will be around 12000-13000 excluding leisure and shopping. Cost of living for family of four will be around 16000-20000 per month (depends if your kid goes to school or not). Maid and cleaning services if required will cost around 1500 per month. These cost estimates are based on a decent upper middle class living style. If you go to high end places in palm, marina and all, the cost of living for two people will land at 16000-18000 per month. Just for info, that since there is no MRP regulation in UAE,the same product is priced at different prices at different places depending on the income group of the people in catchments.
#SK on Oct 07, 2016 :
Hi,
Could you help out me, how I can find out my current average worth of salary for dubai, as I am planning to shift there, thats why I am wondering what could be my salary there if my Indian salary is 84k
#Luca on Oct 01, 2016 :
Hi All, moving to Dubai with family (two kids) in January. This is our second time to Dubai but I fell pricese really went up compared to 6-7 years back. Got a package of 12k AED month with rent, utilities, schooling and medical fully covered. Wondering if 12K month is a proper amount to keep a similar quality of life as we have in Italy (Varese) to cover monthely grocery (C4), eating out (JBR area) and a minimum of entertainment for kids. Thanks for your advice.
#Mr New Comer on Oct 01, 2016 :
Hi,

I am bachelor planning to relocate Dubai next month for office job at AED 2000 will be finalised after my arrival. If you know a place to stay/accommodation at lowest rate please share with me. Sharing basis is also ok.

Thanks
+94716267777
pradeep_c@live.com
#Anonymous on Sep 28, 2016 :
Hi All. I am currently drawing around USD57,000.00 annually for my current job and there are medical insurance coverage as well. I am a certified specialist in my finance field with 10 years of working experience.

I got offered a job in Dubai with AED20,000 monthly and housing paid for. The office is in jumeirah lake towers area and i am single bachelor.

Assuming just AED 20,000.00 monthly salary and housing paid by employer, is this a good package? Please advise me. Thanks.
#thaqiyudeen M on Sep 19, 2016 :
Guys a friend of mine has got the below offer please give in your inputs. She is offered 5k AED p.m + transportation. Company located at Al Nahda. She has to look after her stay and food... Would it be enough?
#Taajeddine on Sep 15, 2016 :
@mav
np, glad to know I can help you. I'll PM you soon.

@Vaibhav
please, no!
I think everybody should stick around the minimum I pointed out, so 25k without accommodation or 20k with it, something lower would be bad for an experienced specialist and it would badly contribute to lower down the average salaries of the city and by consequence ruin the market.
I know, probably you heard of people being fine with 15k since they live like rats saving everything and in their home countries probably houses are still way cheap (but it'll not last long at this rate), but at that point better explore the opportunities in Europe NAm and Australia where you can count on a social welfare (great when you've family and kids) and there's a different quality of life involving difference in social classes and possible discrimination
#Anonymous on Sep 12, 2016 :
@Taaj

Thank you for your inputs. It is indeed helpful. I drink occasionally, and don't go clubbing.

Hope even if I able to save 7K after taking all expenses out in 8K, then its fine. Alternatively, I look for better opportunity to switch over. I know I can bring more value to the Industry I am in, even for companies in Dubai. Since, I don't have a better option to fall back on, therefore, I have to take this one in hand. Once again, Thank you for your guidance that has really helped us a lot. Initially, I would come alone for a couple of months or may be 4 months then will see what work best for us. May I ask for your emaild ID. please write to me at maverick_78_2000@yahoo.com
Thanks
Kind Regards,
Maverick
#Vaibhav on Sep 10, 2016 :
Hi,
Can I accept this offer?
A)5000AED in p.m. including rent.

Please, suggest me?
#Diego on Sep 07, 2016 :
Guys!!
I have been offered a full time position 25k/month. We have a small kid (not yet an year old) which we plan to send to a good school for education.
The job is located in JLT area, so I might plan living nearby.

Do you guys think this is a good salary for this conditions?
Thanks!!
#Taajeddine on Sep 06, 2016 :
Ur welcome Mav.

You can always come here with the family and later harvest for a better opportunity since then the other companies will not have the burden of the relocation expenses for you.

In Dubai really it depends a lot on how you wanna live ... for a midclass life I always count a cost of 11k AED a month rent included for a single person, that means 5/6k a month for you, I think you can live in 2 with 8k but really you and your wife will have to count the fils.

The biggest expenses are education for kids, telecoms (mobile, home TV and internet), post services, and entertainment (especially if you like drinking and clubbing)
#Maverick_78 on Sep 06, 2016 :
@Taajedine

Thanks for your valuable inputs. I am grateful to you for give me insights. Right now, The current situation is my current employer is shutting down its operation. I have to look for a job in next two months, and the Dubai offer is just that has come along. Though, the offer is not tempting but to keep myself going, I may have to take this one. My wife is a fine arts graduate she is house wife and though she can teach art, craft, and drawings in Dubai. Hope her skills set may help her find a job. But, In the beginning wife all be dependent on me. Since, the cant stay away from me I shall have to bring them with me. You are absolutely right 15K +1BHK+ Medical Ins are just good enough for a Single Man but not for family. What would be; an avg school fees for a kind of 4+, cost of Groceries/per month, Avg cost for Light Water Bill, Avg Phone and Internet Bill, going to restaurant with family. Some body told me with Family your living expenses shall be close to 8K is it true. Shall I still be able to save at least 6.5K-7K.
Thanks.
Regards
Rahul
#Taajeddine on Sep 02, 2016 :
Hi Maverick!

15k + BHK + benefits would be good FOR A SINGLE MAN; the BHK as benefits is like saving 6k to 8k /month.

Your wife if skilled can even find a job and it wouldn't be paid less than 8k/10k.

The big problem is the kid once in school age, education fees are crazy expensive and it would be great to have them paid by the company as a benefit.

It depends a lot also on your standards of life, how you live, and what's your current situation: if you're banking like 3500 EUR net in Berlin or 4000+ GBP in UK I wouldn't be really tempted to move.
#Maverick_78 on Sep 02, 2016 :
Could you please guide me 15K + 1BHK+ Medical Ins+ Paid one Month Holiday enough move to Dubai with my daughter and wife. My daughter is 4.

will I still be able to save money about 8K after taking all out, my living expense. Please guide me through this query.
#Taajeddine on Aug 20, 2016 :
@Flame_Emperor

60k a month is a super salary, you'll never find something similar in Europe

take it, then you'll c if you fit into Dubai life
##Flame_Emperor on Aug 18, 2016 :
Hello

I have an MBA from an English university and i have a job offer to work in Dubai for 60 000 AED a month. Do you think this is enough to live a good lifestyle with lots of travel?

Kind Regards
#Taajeddine on Aug 13, 2016 :
Dubai is a city with everything for every price, but as the difference between social classes is huge even the prices differ a lot between areas of the same city.

mid-classer here (or at least I suppose to be), I bank 25k / month + benefits.
A breakdown:

- Flat 75sqm in The Greens area: 6500 AED (78k /year, you've to pay all the year of contract)
- Food for one: 1000 AED (actually I eat often delivered food, but difference between groceries and delivered food isn't that huge)
- Transportation: 500 AED (taxi, metro, bus and tram ... automotive anyway is very cheap and is worth having a car)
- Bills of home, TV, internet postpaid mobile contract take at least other 1000 AED (telecoms are expensive in the GCC)
- Leisure can be quite expensive too, depends on standards, if you go out a lot eating and drinking alcoholics, etc...

one-time goods like electronics and clothing are cheap.

I think a mid-class guy can live well spending approx. 11k AED a month
#Taajeddine on Aug 13, 2016 :
Caste system here actually is inherited from the Indian community.

This is a multicultural society with no integration in Arabic culture, so everyone does like he used to do at home.

In some countries people are used to be slaves, and so they find the same situation here but just with higher salaries, and they come for their choice.
#ahmad on Jul 29, 2016 :
can tell me how about rent one bed room apartment in Dubai lowest rate
#REDKAH on Jul 27, 2016 :
Dubai, land of human trafficking, Golden cage full of shite. Caste system that makes India look commie.
#Liam on Jul 19, 2016 :
Been offered a job in Dubai accommodation paid and a salery of 8500 a month what's everyone's thoughts on this
#darko on Jul 11, 2016 :
Hi,Iam working as Radiology technologist with 15 years of experience and thinking of coming to Dubai.CAn someone tell me how much my salary would be the first years or is different for everyone?????
#NoamanSHAH on Jul 10, 2016 :
Hi,
Can any one guide me regarding the average salary package in AED {am a fresh PhD and have to respond to expected salary for Faculty position in a university in Dubai} feasible for a couple with one child?
Thanks.
#Surendra on Jul 07, 2016 :
Can anyone please tell me the salary of CPC-A Coding salary I have knowledge of for last 2 years I want job in Dubai
#faiz on Jul 04, 2016 :
I am civil engineer with salary of 4000 can I bring my wife to Dubai...how can I sponser her ...will company give her visa in which I am working or I have to do some thing else ..and where will I find accommodation which I can afford
#Taajeddine on Jun 18, 2016 :
@Anthony

sorry about TV + phone + internet there's a typo
are 350 AED a month, not 350k :)
#Taajeddine on Jun 18, 2016 :
@Anthony

- School fees depends on the school and the age of the son, but can be easily around 20k AED a year for each kid
- Medicals generally are covered by the company, should be mandatory for most of the companies that relocate expats; if not in the package, I guess they're quite expensive
- Car insurance is trivial like the other car expenses, it should be 5% of the car value every year
- TV comes with a package that include landline phone and home internet, depends on the package and the company but generally is around 300-350k AED a month
#Anthonywork247 on Jun 16, 2016 :
I am about to start work in Dubai, compared to South Africa I will earn 4 times more.

I still want to find out how much are:
school fees
Medical
Car insurance
Satellite TV
#Tariq on May 17, 2016 :
Hi, I'm working in Riyadh as Sales Manager in a 4-star hotel for one year now, I want to move to Dubai for job. What are the chances to get a job for me.
#Ernesto Gil on Apr 18, 2016 :
Hi,
How is the following for a job in Dubai, near the airport?
48,000 AED monthly.
Benefits include Visa, medical, Insurance, flight, holiday pay.
Curious to find out how does that compare to a job in the north east coast (Canada or USA)
#Taajeddine on Apr 11, 2016 :
@Raj

are you a very experienced specialist?
If so, I would prefer something like 13k + flat and car, it would be closer to the 25k with no benefits (if not health insurance and annual trip) that is the minimum I think people should consider
#raj on Apr 06, 2016 :
can I accept the below offer,
a) free accommodation for bachelor
b) free transportation
c) salary 6500QAR in Dubai

Please help me to take decision
#Taajeddine on Apr 05, 2016 :
Also how's 19k the max of the salary range?

Many Europeans I know moved there for 25-30k or more and sometimes even with accommodation benefit
#Taajeddine on Mar 04, 2016 :
for western standards Dubai is very very expensive, especially if compared with European countries that have a very generous welfare.
Mind that healthcare, school for the kids, ... nothing is for free and all very costly.

If e.g. I've to choose between getting 3000 EUR in Berlin and 20000 AED in Dubai I would choose the first with no doubts
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#Mohammad on Feb 23, 2016 :
Hi every 1 Here
i stay in Dubai from last 1 year a normal person can survive in 1500 AED
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#Simone on Feb 07, 2016 :
Hi everyone, what is your opinion on leaving Jamaica to teach in Dubai?
#Anil on Feb 04, 2016 :
HI,

Dubai is very very costly, there is no point of coming to to foreign country and living surviving on peanuts. Anything less than 10k is not that great. Rents in Dubai is rocket high but in sharjah its little better. 30% of your salary will go in rent ( With Family )
#Aravinth on Jan 29, 2016 :
Hi everyone,

I have been offered 5250aed in dubai,is this salary ok for starting my career in dubai, pls do help me with this asap.
#huzaifa on Jan 28, 2016 :
Hey Guys
I spend a large period of my life in Dubai
It's depend on ur living criteria and budget
All Option Available
Low Salary People
Can take a Sharing bedspace
In 300 t01000aed

Seprate room start from 2000aed
Food out side mess 3time 300aed

McDonald 7 aed to 25aed
Kfc 7aed to 25 aed
Tea 1aed
Coldrink 1aed
Fuel 1:96
Shesha 30aed
Meat Per Kg 30aed
Milk per kg 5aed
Chiken 15aed
Oil 10aed
Rice 10aed

Car start from 4000aed minimum old model

Independent Flat 1bed
1bed Hall
Dubai 40000aed yearly
Sharjah 20to 30000yearly
Ajman 16 to 30000yearly

My experience is people are wasting there life and become presner in Dubai if ur salary is very low u il live like a dog
If ur salary is high and I don't hve any habits so h can save
Minimum avegare life start from 6000aed
But couldn't save any thing in the end empyy hand

Dubai market is down and jobs are very difficult to find
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#AK on Jan 16, 2016 :
Hello All,

Please advice me to take offer of 10,000 AED in Dubai and then how much I can save after living in good accommodation and food here? Please respond ASAP.

Regards

AK
#SaladineA1 on Jan 16, 2016 :
Education costs should be included in your cost of living metrics. it is as crucial as food and transportation and should be calculated for anyone that has a family and plans to work and live there.
#Jobhunt on Jan 13, 2016 :
Hello everyone,

I am a mechanical engineer working on ship (merchant navy) and dealing with different machinery on the vessels. I will complete 8 years of sailing in 2016. Since I am married now, I am considering moving to a land-based job so that I can spend time with my wife and start a family.

(1) What is the scope for Mechanical Engineers in Gulf, and which country offers maximum scope?
(2) Is it the right decision to visit the Gulf countries and seek a job or is it helpful/mandatory that I apply online and do a basic study of the overall picture of the companies.
(3) Since I will be the only one working (until my wife gets a job), what salary should I expect keeping in mind the expenses.

Thank you. Your opinion would help a great deal.
Regards
#Fazal Faruque on Jan 08, 2016 :
hi guys,

I have just been offered a job in Dubai, location hasn't been set yet. I will be moving from the UK is this a smart move to make?

They have offered me

10740 AED per month fixed and commission on top subject to my performance, but just on the standard AED per month it this enough for me to live in Dubai, I will also be newly married by the time I move over to my wife will come and join. is this realistic for us to both move over and start something over in Dubai.

we are looking for a 1 bedroom apartment or even a studio, I have just done comparison and im looking at accommodation around 6500 AED for her and me which is not too bad. please can someone either comment back on the post for me or email me directly just to help me out.

accommodation for me will only be supported for the first 3 months.
#Marius on Jan 06, 2016 :
Hy,

I am in the proces of optaining a job that pays like this:
-basic salary will be AED 8,000/- per month.
In addition to the basic salary, the following allowance(s):
Type of Allowance(s) Amount per month AED:
House Rent Allowance AED 7,000/-
Transport Allowance AED 650/-
Special Allowance AED 2,350/-

Please give me advice if it is OK or not?
#Anonymous on Jan 03, 2016 :
Hello. I am from Canada. I got a job offer as a mechanical engineer for 15000 and per month. Will it be enough to cover all expenses. I am single with no kids, I don't dine out often and I have my own car. Thanks.

P.S. For people who think it's crazy to move from Canada to Dubai, I am of mid eastern ancestry and you will be discriminated because of that in Canada.
#Firoz on Dec 28, 2015 :
Hi , I have an offer of 10000 AED with our Accommodation ,food and travel . Can I save 5000-6000 AED after acco, food and travel .
please advice I have to reply in 2 days .
#chandan mishra on Dec 14, 2015 :
would 23000 aed is ok to live in dubai as single basis
#chandan mishra on Dec 14, 2015 :
WOULD 2300AED will be ok to live in dubai as a single person
#keep smiling on Dec 01, 2015 :
Hello everyone
i have qualification of masters and i am working on a salary of 2000 AED.i accept this salary just because of adjusting my self here. onwards i am trying for good jobs , if u need success u have to take start from zero coz a winning runner car starts from 0 km/hour speed.
expensis in UAE for bachelors:
shared rent per person is 550 AED
food is 300 aed
and res of 100 aed .. if compnay accomodation u can save 1000 aed in salary of 2000 aed
expensis for married
house rent as common is 2500 aed.......
so if a person having 10000 aed salary he can set his faimly here.....
there having alot of peoples who came here on a saalry of 700 aed and now they set their own buisness and earning 40000 to 50000 aed per month.............

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#Charly on Nov 24, 2015 :
Hi All. I have an offer for a job in Dubai for 5000 USD/month. Employer says I can live with less than half of that and save the rest. It is OK?. I'll appreciate a lot anybody's comments. Thanks!.
#Trunal Mahaldar on Nov 15, 2015 :
hi , I got a job offer in Dubai with 3000 aed, Please advice is the salary OK or too less.
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#massa kiazolu on Nov 03, 2015 :
Sallam,am a Liberian in Ghana want to work in Dubai, I did cosmetology experience 8years and very commented to my work ,Allah bless you.
#segun on Nov 01, 2015 :
i want to secure a job in dubai, i needs someone to put me through on get d job and as well want to the cost of accormodation per month in dollar
#Michael on Oct 26, 2015 :
Am Michael from Nigeria am a graduate of Architecture I need a job in dubai as a site supervisor/site engineer/project manager.i have over 10 years experience in building construction. my mail is myketona15@yahoo.com. Thanks.
#Chinyere udeme on Sep 24, 2015 :
Hi Every one my husband is actually working i dubai and i am thinking of coming over after my service, so we can start a family,,,,,just want 2 knw if i will get a beta job, i have a bsc in accounting in Nigeria.
#Mohamed Shafee on Sep 16, 2015 :
I'm planning to move to Dubai/ UAE next November from Egypt,I'm Quality safety and environment management system consultant and Auditor/engineer with more than 7 years of experience , I'm originally a communication engineer, could you please advice me is it OK to start work and life there I'm married and have 2 years old daughter, and what is the most suitable place or way to search and find a job, email: mohamedshafee1413@gmail.com.
Thank you.
#mohamed shafee on Sep 16, 2015 :
I'm planning to move to Dubai/UAE next November I'm Quality safety and environment management system consultant and auditor and engineer , I'm originally a communication engineer, could you please advice me is it OK to start work and life there i'm married and have 2 years old daughter.
email: mohamedshafee1413@gmail.com
#Ayo on Sep 14, 2015 :
I received a job offer letter from tesco technical service Dubai. I was offer indoor cleaner job with 1200dh basic salary, 300dh allowances altogether 1500dh, free accommodation, free health insurance, free transportation and returning ticket (Dubai-home country- Dubai) after 24 month of service. free zone visa with contract period of 3years.
please can an experienced person to advice me. can accept this offer because I don't to travel and suffer.
#amodh on Sep 12, 2015 :
Can I anybody tell me if there is any restriction for size of room taken for rent on the basis of no. of member in family in Dubai. I have a family of 4, Myself, my wife and 2 new born child(less than 6 months).

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

I have got an offer of 9000 AED. They are not offering any accomadation nor Family Visa. Can I know what will the expense for Accomdation If i stay with Sharing and Food expense ? If i want to get my Family, How much expense it be.
#deepak parashar on Sep 03, 2015 :
I am an indian architect with interior design experience of about 2.5 years.I have got a job in dubai in an interior design firm and they are offering me 5000DH and accommodation and travel to-n-fro to office.
Please please let me know if i need to ask for more salary?I have my skype interview tomorrow i still have a chance to ask for more.Is 5k DH ok?
Also they have asked me for a 2year contract that i cant leave office for atleast 2 years from joining.
#Prince Uzoh on Sep 02, 2015 :
I am interested in working in Dubai & am actively looking for job in Dubai. I have Master Degree in Business Administration and am very good professional worker - creative, resilient, result oriented. Please can anybody assist me get a job?. my contact uzomma@gmail.com
#Chintan Bhagora on Sep 02, 2015 :
I completed BE mechanical.I want job and settlement in dubai.please help me.
#mohit gupta on Aug 27, 2015 :
#di_25
15000dhs is really handsome amount
if u r normal girl who dont party alot then u can actually save lots of money..
fooding expenses come to 1500-2000dhs per month
if u staying on sharing sharing basis then u have to pay another 1500-2000dhs depends on localities
as u mentioned your employer is offering u accomodation please see if he dont want to get physical pleasure too..
No doubt dubai is totally safe for girls..nobody will dare to touch u also even at mid night..
so if u r getting 15000dhs u can save 10000dhs easily
Take care