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Cost of Living in Dubai

Summary about cost of living in Dubai:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 30.00 AED 20.00-50.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 180.00 AED 110.00-273.46
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 25.00 AED 20.00-30.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 41.00 AED 35.00-50.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 40.00 AED 35.00-50.00
Cappuccino (regular) 16.77 AED 12.00-20.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.27 AED 1.50-3.99
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.32 AED 1.00-2.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 22.63 AED 15.14-37.85
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 4.38 AED 2.72-6.35
Rice (white), (1 lb) 3.97 AED 2.27-6.80
Eggs (regular) (12) 9.95 AED 7.00-16.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 12.72 AED 6.80-20.41
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 11.75 AED 6.80-18.14
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 19.30 AED 13.61-31.75
Apples (1 lb) 3.73 AED 2.72-5.44
Banana (1 lb) 3.06 AED 2.27-4.54
Oranges (1 lb) 3.33 AED 2.04-5.44
Tomato (1 lb) 3.31 AED 2.04-6.80
Potato (1 lb) 2.03 AED 1.36-3.63
Onion (1 lb) 1.59 AED 0.91-2.72
Lettuce (1 head) 6.81 AED 5.00-11.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.08 AED 1.50-3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 70.00 AED 50.00-100.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 38.75 AED 25.00-45.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 42.19 AED 25.00-50.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 20.00 AED 10.00-20.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 5.00 AED 3.50-7.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 250.00 AED 173.91-350.00
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) 30.00 AED 30.00-60.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 7.35 AED 6.74-8.33
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 77,500.00 AED 60,000.00-96,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 65,972.05 AED 55,000.00-74,419.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 677.81 AED 450.00-1,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.49 AED 0.30-1.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 354.44 AED 275.00-500.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 368.56 AED 200.00-500.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 101.51 AED 50.00-200.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 40.00 AED 35.00-49.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,588.10 AED 1,200.00-4,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 43,217.25 AED 25,000.00-60,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 242.81 AED 125.00-400.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 208.94 AED 120.00-300.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 311.55 AED 200.00-450.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 323.97 AED 200.00-500.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 6,764.29 AED 5,000.00-9,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 4,686.85 AED 3,500.00-6,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 13,642.98 AED 10,000.00-17,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 9,699.40 AED 8,000.00-12,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,296.86 AED 1,083.99-1,799.99
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 877.33 AED 749.99-999.99
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 13,091.52 AED
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.05 3.00-5.00

Prices in Dubai

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Last update: February 2018
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100 Comments so far

#anon on Feb 17, 2018 :
@veronia

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 :
Hi

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 :
@Richa

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 :
Hi,

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.

Thanks
#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 :
Hi

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 :
#Philip

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 :
Hello
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 :
Hello,

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 :
Hello,
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 :
Hi
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.
#Albert on Aug 26, 2017 :
35k plus Benefiits is good for living a normal Life with Kids
Savings yes but not big time but okay
30k plus Jobs are very difficult to find and to get as they all require university degrees and are depending on your nationality
Asians, Indians and Eastern Europeans won't get them at all
Westerns maybe
#Albert on Aug 26, 2017 :
To all writing about the dream of Dubai

FORGET any job offers with less than 10k plus housing plus health insurance

U will not be able to save a dime
U will have a loan to start ( will cost u a min of 30% of your salary)

Jobs with 5000aed salary provides u with a company accommodation - this means sharing the apartment - bus transport to and from work on a Bus - no privacy - 12 hour shifts - no paid overtime - max 1 day off - max 2 days leave per month
Go to governments websites and read the employments rules - than forget it because nobody fulfills that and if u open a court case - nobody cares

Feel free to live your dream in Dubai
#Albert on Aug 26, 2017 :
@MRP
Forget your dream with 3500aed
Your housing allowance must be a minimum of 8000aed to get your own apartment
Company provided accom in this case will be a Labour camp where u share the room with 5 others and ride on a bus to work
Think about the fact one beer costs between 40 and 560 Aed
One visit at a supermarket for 1 month grocery will cost u 800 to 1000 Aed if consider at some healthy products
Please take my advice that for a single a minimum of 10000 plus allowance per month is a must otherwise u better get social aid in your home country
#Albert on Aug 26, 2017 :
Don't be blind
Various comments are correct about income according to passport
I lot of prices are not correct
Dubai faces a food price increase in October where except 50 products all will increase by 50% which means a simple orange juice 2 liter pack can reach 15 usd
Housing prices are declining about 2,5 % a year at present still u will face around 150000aed plus a year for a 3 bedroom not even close to Dubai down town where we talk 250000 Aed plus for 2 bedroom
Schools
Depends on what u want for the little ones starts around 30000aed a year but believe this is not what u want for your child
70000aed and for international good quality school
Never forget
If u don't have a allowance for housing still u have to pay a/c power and water which is never less than 1500 to 2000 a year depends on the accommodation
Health insurance is on u
And finally u will have no retirement plan yet
For Europeans, north American or so 25000 plus allowance is the minimum u should get otherwise u will not have money for schools , etc and this is already tight
Saveing won't be any big
Every activity u do will cost money unless u spend our quality time on the free accessible beach using your bike to go there
Consider always how many activities u have for your child in your home country which are for free - they will cost money in Dubai
Be careful make a though calculation of your living costs
Plan for food up to 4 times more than back home especially if u like to live healthy and not only from pita bread
Fuel and cars are 30% cheaper than in Europe
Internet and telephone at least 3 times more or 1/3 of the speed
Recently connectivity to your loved ones back home is limited because of blocking skype WhatsApp and etc.
using a vpn can cost up to 500000aed fine in the worst case scenario
Workmanpower (plumber, carpenter, and so on) are seriously cheap as mostly their quality
Live with the fact craftsmanship is poor as the prices are very low - Moto get it cheap do it twice
##MRP on Aug 21, 2017 :
Hello! I am a european.

I've got a job offer of 3500 AED + housing + transportation + food allowance + 1 flight ticket a year.

Do you think is enough to live a comfortable life in Dubai? I would like to make some step ups in my carreer and Dubai has a free and Young environment which is very interesting and challenging.

Thank you
#@tri on Aug 10, 2017 :
Hi,
Got an offer of 5000 including all. is it comfortable & some Savings for single.
#Hop on Aug 08, 2017 :
@ash

Hi.
What type of accommodation do they provide you?

Anyway you can twist it how much you want but with those conditions you'll live like a dog in a city where the mid-class has x15-x20 that salary and where a few employees bank even x100 your salary.

I can say that for a mid-class life in Dubai people spend 4-5k without accommodation and car.

Working in a coffee shop in Western Europe Canada or Australia would give you a better life, or try to negotiate with other shops based in Dubai
#ash on Jul 31, 2017 :
Good Morning

I have been offered a job at a local coffee shop for 1260 dirhum where as my accomadation is taken care of as well as 1 meal a day will it be enough to make a living ?

Your response will be highly appreciated

Regards
#arpit on Jul 26, 2017 :
Been offered a salary of 13000 aed in dubai.NO benefits. I know its not much but will it suffice for a bachelor?
#chetan on Jul 12, 2017 :
Any job for rolex watch polisher in dubai please tell me on my mail i have 3 year experiance
Thank you.....
#Mikael on Jul 11, 2017 :
@Rence

Absolutely, you can have a good mid-class life in 2 with a 75sqm flat in a nice area spending 12-15k AED a month, the rest are savings.

Of course it depends on you too, if you go to entertainment pubs clubs spending a lot you'll not save much
#Rence on Jul 11, 2017 :
Hi,

Will a combined income of 35000AED per month be enough for my wife and I to live comfortably and also save a large chunk of that (around 10000 per month), without struggling? Thanks.
#Paul on Jul 09, 2017 :
Hi
I been to an interview for a Quality Manager job in Dubai but they don't say how much they will offer until I make a proposal. Currently I live in UK but I have no idea what are the salaries of that type of job in Dubai.
Looking at the monthly or early cost in Dubai it could be tricky to try to come up with a good profit.
Does anyone know what to expect?
Thanks in advance.
#Aboodz on Jul 02, 2017 :
As a person who was born and still living in UAE, this is my opinion on cost of living in Dubai. Here, 4000AED (yes four thousand dirham) might be more than enough while 60,000AED might not be enough. You can get a clean filling meal for 10AED, or spend 200AED in expensive places. My advice is learn how and where to spend your money.
#Johan on Jun 29, 2017 :
Hi All

Got an offer of 9000AED plus accommodation,car and phone. Is it enough to live a comfortable live?
Please advise

Johan
#Mikael on Jun 21, 2017 :
@Hana

Even as a single for a manager the salary is low, especially considering that you've the option to live and work in EU.

Do you've already a comfy life in Europe? ( you can rent your own 1bhk in a ok area , live a mid-class life and save a good chunk of the salary)
If so, I don't think is worth moving for less than 20-25k aed if not that you're moved more by interest of living in a different and multicultural environment
#Baba on Jun 20, 2017 :
does the estimate for family of 4 include schooling cost for children? and if so how many in school and how many in preschool? its a huge impact on the number knowing this info.
#Thampy on Jun 20, 2017 :
I will get a salary of 1 lakh , can I manage to make savings with this amount , please help to make decision . Thank you .
#Padmanabhan on Jun 20, 2017 :
Salary of one lakh per month , is it a good offer and can I save anything from this living in Dubai ?
#Dev on Jun 19, 2017 :
@ Mike
Salary is below average for the position. Housing rent in a good area for a 1 bed is approx 6-8000 aed per month.

Unless you make do with a small abode in a less popular area and can make use of the metro then it will be a struggle at this salary, with little chance of any significant savings
#Anonymous on Jun 10, 2017 :
Yep whatever salary from 25k a month is very good in Dubai if of course the company gives also as benefits health insurance and flights
#Eli on Jun 10, 2017 :
Hi, is AED 33,300 enough for a comfortable living (with savings) for a bachelor?
#Dhiraj on May 31, 2017 :
We are a family of 4, husband, wife and 2 kids aged of 14 and 10. I am earning 25 lakhs in india. I have experience in banking for 16 years. Having good command in credit/finance.

We are inclined to move to dubai. Can you suggest what minimum salary I would be required for a comfortable life.
#Mikael on May 30, 2017 :
@Rahul

Would be probably good to save money to send back to the family if you almost entirely drop the "westernized" kind of entertainment (clubbing, drinking in the night, ...) and you live in a shared flat or even in a studio in areas like Deira or Discovery Garden.

A 1brk in Barsha Heights / Greens / JLT would cost you at least 70k a year.
## abhishek@ on May 29, 2017 :
Hi we are family of three wife is a economics teacher in delhi and i am food and beverage manager in delhi. daughter is 4 years old.

My Question is what should be the cost of living for all three of us.

what salary should be idle if i move alone or with family

current salary in india is 15 lakh
#Rahul on May 28, 2017 :
@Mikael

I am getting 16 Lakh in Bangalore, according to Bangalore and my experience its a good salary.
I am single but I have to support my family in India.
So could you please suggest me whether its a good idea to move Dubai(on the salary 15k AED/month) or not.
#Ivan on May 28, 2017 :
Hi guys, im a civil engineer from the philippines with 3 yrs experience. Im planning to work in dubai because my cousins (not engineers) work there. What is the usual salary for civil engineers in dubai? Any advice in applying for a job?
#Mikael on May 26, 2017 :
@Rahul

I would say is average for your role and a mid-class life in Dubai.

Also do you've a family to support?
And I don't know how's the standard in India (which city?) with 16 Lakh.

Even as a single I wouldn't move to Dubai for less than 20-25k /month
#Rahul on May 26, 2017 :
Hi,

I am a software engineer having 5 years of experience. I got an offer of 180k AED per annum from Dubai. So is it a good amount or its an average. Because in India I have an offer of 16.2 Lakh per annum, what should I do. Please help.
#Mikael on May 18, 2017 :
@Anil
Not at all, you'll live like a dog. Isn't worth

@Ruann
That's actually a good offer to move to Dubai.

About clothing and shopping you can find even very cheap stuff, for instance the Landmark brands (Splash, Max) are as cheap as Primark or Piazza Italia in Europe, just with worse design and quality
#Ruann Van Wyk on May 17, 2017 :
Hi,

I will be graduating university with an BSc construction project management. A company offered my friend 18 000 AED per month salary, incl medical, 5000 AED for accommodation and an allowance for transportation. This is for a graduate program. I am 25 years old and a bachelor. I intend to save some money (around 5-8k AED per month). I am currently a South African citizen.

Any thoughts and inputs?

Regards
#Anil on May 17, 2017 :
Hi I am getting a job offer AED 9100 to teach in a school. We are couple. Is it a good idea to move with this salary from India?
#Mikael on May 16, 2017 :
@Denham

You wouldn't save much at all., but depends if your wife will get a job (or are you alone with 2 kids).

Also if the kids are in school age isn't worth at all, go to EU or Canada if those are the conditions
#Denham on May 15, 2017 :
Hi .. I ve been offered a basic of 8500 AED , family accomodation/ Insurance/ vehicle + fuel from the company. And a veritable incentive . Do I take the offer ( a family of 3 ) thank you
#J on May 15, 2017 :
For bachelors : If you are planning to work in Dubai with a salary of less than 10,000 dirhams per month or less than 2,700 US dollars per month, just forget about working in Dubai.

For family : If you are going to work in Dubai with a salary of less than 20,000 dirhams per month or 5500 US dollars per month just forget about it, better look somewhere else.

Living in Dubai is very expensive. you wont survive if your salary is below 10,000 per month, that's why prostitution is rampant in Dubai, specially now that they are starting to implement VAT, all prices would extremely skyrocket because all investors here always sell their product at a rate of 2x or 3x the original price.

Example, if you are getting an brand-new iPhone in US for 400 US dollars, you'll get it here for 900 to 1000 US dollars. this applies to all products, shoes, bags, clothes, computers, etc...

So when you get a salary in Dubai, it should also be 2x or more than what you're getting in US or Europe.

I've worked there for 6 years I know what I'm talking about.
#Boss Hog on May 14, 2017 :
@ Blondie

Those are peanuts, but also depends on what's your standard of living and which kind of accommodation u get.

Anyway you wouldn't be able to save a penny, dunno your occupation but the offer isn't worth
#blondie on May 13, 2017 :
hello guys i've been offered a job that pays me 4500aed per month accommodation and transport included, is it enough for a single person? Please let me know.
#Boss Hog on May 11, 2017 :
@Manjari

Is very good if your husband has a similar or better higher salary, otherwise don't move to DXB for less than 20k
#Manjari Bhattacharya on May 10, 2017 :
I got a job in Dubai 10000AED is the salary being offered. I will be staying with my husband. Pls suggest if the given salary is sufficient for decent living.
#Vaseem akram on May 04, 2017 :
sir i want do the job in dubai i am graduated sir where i can lived in dubai not much costly area
#Anonymous on Apr 28, 2017 :
hello,

if have chance to work in dubai with dirham 14000/-pm with free family accommodation family members 4 all adult daughters wuld have schooling & boy to have engineering will it be ok to accept such offers

i am not aware about cost of living in dubai
advise pl
#Anonymous on Apr 24, 2017 :
Hello,

I got a offer from dubai with a salary of 8500 aed per month along with the accommodation. Is this enough for a single person. Also i have send money to my parents monthly. What i should do? Please help.
#MANUEL on Apr 18, 2017 :
Hi, I got an offer to teach in Dubai. Starting salary is 4.200$. I have a wife and 2 daughters. Both of my daughters will be given scholarship in the school plus housing. Do anyone think this is a good deal? My wife wont work.

Thanks...if anyone can help me.
#Lyaponov on Apr 13, 2017 :
Gents,
your reply please
I got a Job proposal to work in Dubai as Procurement Sepcialst for big manufacturing company they will not pay anything for my housing and comodities
I have 04 years experience in oil and gas industry in North Africa what's the average salary for this job in Dubai
What would cost me if I moved to Dubai alone or with my wife (doctor)
#Nope on Apr 05, 2017 :
@Rushan

14k is Okay, you will probably need to live in Sharjah and work in Dubai.
if your wife worked then you may consider moving to dubai.

the main issue you will encounter is the 2 hour commute in each direction daily.
and on the long run the school fees for your child.

and again if you are willing to lower your standards furthermore to save money you can live in Ajman
#Rushan on Mar 27, 2017 :
Im offerd 14,000 is it will be good to living in dubai with family and 1 kid 3 yrs please advice if u r an expert in living in dubai and also can i save money from this salary please note salary including every thing
#adez11 on Mar 12, 2017 :
Am offered the job of 6800aed monthly without accommodation, am single nd coming all d way from Africa. Can anyone advice?
#Danny on Mar 12, 2017 :
Hi. How does it soud a salary 8000AED with apartment (4*) transport and medical cover by companhia?
#Rl on Mar 12, 2017 :
Rheeee that is a quite reasonable salary to live comfortable with a 10 years old kid. With a good high quality living standard without any major luxury
#DHEEEE on Mar 11, 2017 :
@Ernesto Gil

If it includes housing it is comparable to a very good salary in North West North America. Something like a Director position in a good company
#Rheeee on Mar 11, 2017 :
Hi,

I got an offer like this:

Basic Salary 42,000 month
School Allowance 47,500 year
Rent allowance 17,500 month
Travel allowance 1,700 month
flights

How does it sound for a family with a 10 yo kid?
#El Sikh on Mar 01, 2017 :
Probably because a European wouldn't accept to move to the Gulf for as little as 2500 AED (although many Eastern Europeans move for less than 20k)

Is all about being able to negotiate a good contract

And is something that you know before coming here, like that is hard to meet single girls that are not filipinas
#Nope on Feb 27, 2017 :
I lived 4 years in dubai.

As everyone is saying if you asian stay away, if you are european .. Welcome to heaven!
Social aspect is the only drawback, but if you are good at it or a female "Dubai is very sexist" then again ... Welcome to heaven.
#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.