Cost of Living in Dubai

Summary about cost of living in Dubai:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 8.17 $ 5.44-12.25
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 54.45 $ 40.84-81.67
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 6.81 $ 5.44-8.71
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 12.25 $ 9.53-13.61
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 12.25 $ 10.89-13.61
Cappuccino (regular) 4.93 $ 4.08-6.53
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 0.93 $ 0.54-2.72
Water (12 oz small bottle) 0.43 $ 0.27-0.82
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 6.02 $ 5.15-8.24
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.28 $ 0.74-1.98
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.97 $ 0.49-1.48
Eggs (regular) (12) 3.08 $ 1.95-4.90
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.07 $ 2.47-11.11
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 3.56 $ 2.10-5.56
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5.77 $ 3.70-8.64
Apples (1 lb) 1.07 $ 0.74-1.48
Banana (1 lb) 0.86 $ 0.62-1.22
Oranges (1 lb) 0.86 $ 0.49-1.48
Tomato (1 lb) 0.83 $ 0.49-1.23
Potato (1 lb) 0.50 $ 0.31-0.74
Onion (1 lb) 0.41 $ 0.25-0.62
Lettuce (1 head) 1.89 $ 1.09-2.72
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.62 $ 0.41-0.82
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 16.33 $ 10.89-21.78
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 4.63 $ 2.18-6.81
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 4.62 $ 2.72-9.53
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 5.72 $ 5.44-5.99
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.36 $ 0.95-2.04
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 68.06 $ 40.84-95.29
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.27 $ 1.50-3.27
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 0.88 $ 0.69-1.31
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 6.81 $ 4.08-8.17
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.24 $ 1.95-2.58
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,685.19 $ 16,334.62-31,308.01
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 19,414.22 $ 16,334.62-22,554.02
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 165.00 $ 108.90-272.24
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.12 $ 0.08-0.27
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 99.05 $ 81.40-136.12
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 79.53 $ 54.45-136.12
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 31.40 $ 16.33-54.45
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 10.89 $ 9.53-13.61
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 577.47 $ 272.24-980.08
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 10,361.59 $ 5,227.08-16,334.62
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 57.90 $ 27.22-95.29
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 49.32 $ 24.50-81.67
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 90.75 $ 54.45-136.12
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 92.03 $ 54.45-136.12
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,616.61 $ 1,088.97-2,177.95
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 1,093.28 $ 816.73-1,361.22
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,072.28 $ 2,314.07-4,083.65
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,131.83 $ 1,497.34-2,994.68
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 341.02 $ 202.34-490.03
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 208.76 $ 106.23-278.21
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,886.90 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.21 0.82-1.50

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Last update: July 2019
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100 Comments so far

#@Vijay Rana on Jul 05, 2019 :
it depends how you wanna live as a tourist in Dubai, you have offers for every standard.
If you wanna live in a shared dormitory in Deira and eat in cafeterias you can get by spending 80 AED a day with food and transportation, if you wanna stay closer to the tech companies areas and have a proper hotel you need way more like 250 AED a day at least, this counting that this season is low season and hotels are very cheap compared to the rest of the year.
That said, is a very quiet period for Dubai job market, not very easy to find jobs even for highly qualified engineers.
#@Laila on Jun 09, 2019 :
I think you need a total house income of at least 50k
#LAILA SIMON on May 30, 2019 :

What does a Senior Fashion Designer earn a month?
How much would I need to earn to sustain my family of 4. My kids are 10 and 11-My kids would need to go to an international school
#Riasat masih on May 30, 2019 :
Hi guys I want visit to Dubai from Pakistan Please expense for me my wife and two children under 12years
#@Anonymous on May 29, 2019 :
That’s very low for a software engineer if you’ve already experience.
You should earn at least approx 25k, otherwise explore the opportunities in western countries since your job is in high demand worldwide
#Anonymous on May 29, 2019 :
Hi, I've been offered a job for a Software Engineer, in Dubai. The company is offering AED 13.5k per month, and no accommodation, food and travel. All will be on me. Please suggest whether this is a sufficient with a little amount of savings involved, or not.

Thanks in advance!!
#Sravan Kumar on May 29, 2019 :
Hi, I've been offered a job for a Security Engineer, in Dubai. The company is offering AED 13.5K per month, and no accommodation, food and travel. Please suggest whether this is a sufficient with amount of savings involved, or not

Thanks in advance!!
#Mahe on May 24, 2019 :
Hi, am released an offer which is quite reasonable but no one has directly spoken to me yet, it was just mail communication even was to take resume then offer was released, am drafting mails to them even to which no responses, As per the offer am asked to incur visa and travelling expenses then i can claim once i report in office. They confirm that it is as per labor norms. I was routed to immigration consultant to get the progress done. By exploring the sources in web seems genuine but i dont have POC to assist or to get confidence. Can i initiate the process by paying the amount please?
#Bowl on May 23, 2019 :
@Hussein barely worth only if both your kids are not in school age and you’ll move back to uk once they’ll be in school.
School fees for 1 kid in British primary school are at least 50k a year.
#T.Hussain on May 23, 2019 :
Hi all.
I have been offerred a salary of 27000 per month in abu dhabi. No accomadtion and no schooling allowance for my kids. I have 2 children and my wife. Is this worth moving for?
I live in the UK.
Thank you
#Amit on May 17, 2019 :
I have got an office with 5500AED per month. And the accommodation is provided by the company. Is it enough for a couple?
#Swarnendu on May 16, 2019 :
I got an offer from a steel manufacturing organisation at Jebel Ali Free Zone with shared bachelor accommodation.........with monthly salary 3700 AED.......without it possible to go there.
Please suggest.
#Priya on May 15, 2019 :
My husband has been offered 18000 AED per month. Is this enough for a couple and 2 year old kid to have a good life in Dubai?
#Abhinav on May 03, 2019 :
Expenses for a couple living in the new Dubai in a 1bhk and enjoying their lives are approx 12k a month, so considering that you need to save I wouldn’t advise to move for less than 20k
#Joseph Muriuki on Apr 29, 2019 :
All what i think is the cost of living is alittle bit high compared with Doha Qatar,if only the basic monthly wedges were to be consinderd a little bit high it could be reasonable and worthwhile.
#Narayan Rao LS on Apr 23, 2019 :
Thank you for information i an 62tr very energetic abd active interested in a job as agricultural advisor or Hortuculrural officer minimum salary 15000 dinars per month plus accommodation,company transport abd other facilities I am an advisor to agricultural university research people also pl inform if u can do something
#JESSIE on Apr 23, 2019 :
Hey guys,

Been offered a position for 13,000 AED per month
Can someone tell me if that is enough for the below

1) Rent - 1BDRM apartment (furnished)
2) Utility bills
3) Food / Shopping
4) Saving on the side

#Anonymous on Apr 08, 2019 :
@Prriyam don’t!!!!!
What’s the point of leaving your country and move faraway from your family and friends to leave in 5 in a room, commute 4 hours a day and eat trash? This is valid not only for Dubai but for any city for instance...
If not that you’re running away from war ... but if you’re from the subcontinent don’t move for less than 20-25k
#@Annonymous_J on Apr 05, 2019 :
@Annonymous_J yes 45-50k is definitely very good in Dubai but mind that just primary school for the kid is like 50k a year
#Annonymous_J on Apr 04, 2019 :
Can someone provide response to my queries posted on March 20?
#XaXa on Mar 30, 2019 :
@Ryan I don't know, for me 22000 AED/Month question is still open.
#Prriyam on Mar 26, 2019 :
is 3k - 4k enough for a single person staying in dubai....where accommodation, comp. will take over it, only fooding are required?
#Ryan on Mar 25, 2019 :
to XaXa how can i tell can someone please answer my question
#@Jeff on Mar 24, 2019 :
AED = Arab Emirates Dirhams, the UAE Currency

1 USD = 3.67 AED
#Jeff on Mar 23, 2019 :
I’m a tool and die maker making 30$ per hour. What would that be in Dubai ?
What does AED stand for?
#XaXa on Mar 23, 2019 :
@Robert, @Annonymous_J, @Ryan you have offer from same place
#Annonymous_J on Mar 20, 2019 :
The salary range mentioned in my post is monthly.
#Annonymous_J on Mar 20, 2019 :
I am offered a job in Dubai with salary range from AED 44k - 48k that includes basic, housing, transportation and annual return airfare for three (me, my spouse and a kid). Is this enough for a family of 3 to live with good standards and be able to save money?
#Ryan on Mar 19, 2019 :
I have been offered a role as a lead software architect with 33000 plus 9000 accommodation plus 3000 transportation total 45000aed per month with tickets insurance bonus. I am looking to move with my mrs and two kids. Is this salary enough for family of 4 to live with good standards.
#@Robert on Mar 18, 2019 :
That’s a very good contract for a senior lead engineer, not easy to get similar wages if you’re not a manager.

It depends with which city you want to compare, mind that the salaries in Dubai are all net (no income tax) and that cost of life could be compared with London or Singapore
#Robert on Mar 17, 2019 :
I have received a contract to sign for a job offer in dubai,
I want people from Engineering background to evaluate the condition of this contract and advise me if this is a reasonable contract , because I almost take nearly 75% of the same in my own country >
Total compensation : AED 45,000 per month
Basic Salary : AED 33.550 per month
Housing Allowances AED: 15,950 monthly
Transportation Allowances 3,300 per month
Cost of living monthly AED 2,200
Other include Tickets and health insurance

please advise
#Mariam on Mar 16, 2019 :
Is 10,000 AED monthly net salary is suitable for living in Dubai for a single person willing to live in a studio alone? The office is in Jumeirah tower.. The cost for accomodation will be provided by the company for AED 3K only.
#@ED on Mar 13, 2019 :
If 75k is the monthly salary that’s a super salary and you’ll be the king of the city.
If that’s yearly don’t think about stepping into Dubai for that salary
#ED on Mar 11, 2019 :
I have offered 75K AED i am not sure if it will keep my life standards in Dubai. I am single but like to have night life and drinking. Role is marketing manager.
#Boss on Mar 03, 2019 :
Forget the comments about failed expats here below that accept slave salaries,

For Dubai don’t move for less than 25k like you would do for London or Silicon Valley, with at least those money and no kids you can have a good life in UAE
#Anonymous on Feb 24, 2019 :
Is a salary of 6500 AED per month (accommodation covered) enough in Dubai, for a single person?
#Emmy on Feb 20, 2019 :
For Single hardworking young man at the age range of 25-27years old and a Degree holder (BSc)
#Emmy on Feb 20, 2019 :
Really in a search of company to work for that will pay 25k AED/Month and do take care of VISA and apartments
#Jay on Feb 12, 2019 :
I am considering an offer of AED 18,000/MONTH. I will be moving to Dubai with my wife and 4 month old baby. My salary in Mumbai is INR 110,000/MONTH. Is 18k/month a good salary for us to live a good life in Dubai?
#Andy on Feb 10, 2019 :
Hello, I am considering an offer for 8000 AED per month. Is this enough for a single person with no kids?, looks like the companny is not giving any extra thing such as rent, living place or meals. The only thing included is the health insurance. I would like to go and save some money in order to, after, travel around europe or middle east.

As well, I am a dancer in my country (the job I mentioned before is not in that field), is it possible for me to work like during nights or so on? in that case how much extra do you think that is possible to get?
#@Adams on Feb 01, 2019 :
Because many people come from undeveloped countries and have no other choices, since the rest of the developed world sans Canada closed the gates to immigration.
If the company doesn’t provide accommodation for a single with no kids you need to earn at least 20-25k
#Adams N on Jan 31, 2019 :
All the posts here are scaring. Can someone tell me if a Pharmacist with a wife and 2 children survive in Dubai on a salary of 10kAED. Is it possible to pay for rent, feeding and transportation from 10kAED? Are their other allowances that are attached to the salary? Can someone talk to me. Perhaps there is something i am not getting right here. Monthly salary of 10KAED!!, while rent is above 6KAED for 3 BR, feeding more than 8KAED for 4 persons etc. Then why do people leave their countries and work in Dubai?
#Ben on Jan 30, 2019 :
Hello Guys!

All the comments are very useful, thanks.

I was approached for a Dubai based job in Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) for salary of about 12K AED for Housing, Meal and Transportation. Company handles Insurance, Bonus, Air Ticket and business Trip fees. I am coming from sub-sahara africa and am alone to come in Dubai.
I kindly need urgent advices about the followings:
- With this salary, How much do you think I can save per month after all the expenses?
- Can I find a cheap 01 bedroom not far from my office location? What about the cost?

I am supposed to spend more time out of Dubai, based on the job profile, like about 02 weeks per month.

Thanks for your help, I am supposed to give feedback latest at 11 Am GMT.
#Bow on Jan 30, 2019 :
I work as an experienced software engineer with mostly south Asian colleagues, none of us earn less than 25-30k a month in our company. Tech leads go close to 40k, managers ofc more.
Many British managers in Dubai earn 80k+
#Anonymous on Jan 29, 2019 :
i am surprised by reading below comments and i am feeling that you people are discussing about some other planets. as i know that the unskilled labor wage in uae is around 1k-2k per month and for skilled you can assume double , clerical job holders are getting around 3k to 6k per month based on experience, on some managerial position salary is between 7k to 15k per month. ( For Asians )
#Mex on Jan 24, 2019 :
Despite there’s a neighborhood named Downtown, Dubai doesn’t have a concept of city center, is organized in different neighborhoods one far from the others, where the hoods in the south are the most expensive and those in the north are the cheapest. Areas in the south like Barsha Heights now have 1bhk for even less than 5k AED a month as the market value dropped in the last years.
The wine price is indeed wrong, considering a Prosecco DOC as a mid-range wine in Ajman you cannot find for less than 45 AED a bottle, and Dubai has x2 the prices of Ajman for alcoholics.
Jeita is a mid-range restaurant ( no street food or cafeteria) and you can have 3 courses for approx 100 AED; same with several desi/arab restaurants in Deira
#marco on Jan 23, 2019 :
I think price as shown are very underestimated.
Meal for 2 people in mid range restaurant (3 courses) is at least 150-200 each pax.
Wine at 30 AED? Dream on.
Primary school now is around 50000 year.
Where is the apartment in city center at 8500 AED for 3 bedroom? In Downtown???? Seriously? For that price you get, if you are lucky, a single bedroom apartment.

Please delete the value from 10 years ago.
#Anonymous on Jan 16, 2019 :
@Saif, what are benefits other then salary? is there any schooling ?
In Dubai School will cost you between 35000 to 50000 AED ( Average School) per year per child.
Apartment rent are down you can check from many web sites online.
If company is offering schooling, family medical, family VISA, bonus plan , family air ticket then its a good salary for family with 2 kids. I dont understand what do mean by upper middle class.
##Saif on Jan 12, 2019 :
Hi i have a job of 30KAED in the same bank where i am in Pakistan. I have 2 kids one is school going and other one is 6 Months old.Kindly tell can i enjoy an upper middle class life in DUbai in this salary offer. My preference to live in Jumera area apartments.
#Chi on Jan 08, 2019 :
I got offer 11k aed. Transport and accommodation will be taken care of by the company will I be able to save or not?
#Abdul Basith on Jan 01, 2019 :
Hi, Everyone I got an offer 8K please can any one explain me how much living cost in Dubai for two person with one kid.I'M from India and how much I can save.
#Priya on Dec 27, 2018 :
I am getting an offer of 12000AED. I have a family with one kid. Will i be able to save something if ii take up this position.

Air tickets,Health Insurance and Child education will be provided by company.

Suggestions pls
#NADEEM Khan on Dec 09, 2018 :
Hey Guys

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

rent is very high

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please help me...

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

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

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

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

other benefits include:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Asian/Indian/Pakistan - Paid less compare to the West??