Summary of cost of living in Dubai, United Arab Emirates:
|Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant||40.00 AED||18.00-90.00|
|Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course||293.83 AED||180.00-550.93|
|McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal)||31.30 AED||27.00-39.00|
|Domestic Beer (1 pint draught)||45.00 AED||30.00-60.00|
|Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle)||49.00 AED||35.00-60.00|
|Cappuccino (regular)||19.08 AED||10.00-28.24|
|Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle)||4.10 AED||2.50-10.00|
|Water (12 oz small bottle)||2.30 AED||1.00-5.51|
|Milk (regular), (1 gallon)||25.77 AED||17.22-45.42|
|Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb)||5.01 AED||2.72-10.43|
|Rice (white), (1 lb)||3.44 AED||1.81-6.80|
|Eggs (regular) (12)||11.65 AED||6.80-19.20|
|Local Cheese (1 lb)||19.02 AED||9.07-45.36|
|Chicken Fillets (1 lb)||14.56 AED||6.35-25.40|
|Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat)||18.31 AED||10.89-27.22|
|Apples (1 lb)||3.87 AED||2.72-6.80|
|Banana (1 lb)||2.95 AED||1.97-5.44|
|Oranges (1 lb)||3.20 AED||1.81-9.07|
|Tomato (1 lb)||2.64 AED||1.36-5.44|
|Potato (1 lb)||1.82 AED||0.91-3.18|
|Onion (1 lb)||1.51 AED||0.91-3.40|
|Lettuce (1 head)||6.23 AED||2.00-12.00|
|Water (1.5 liter bottle)||2.19 AED||1.50-4.00|
|Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range)||65.00 AED||40.00-100.00|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle)||12.88 AED||6.00-25.00|
|Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle)||23.86 AED||8.00-49.00|
|Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro)||22.00 AED||20.00-27.00|
|One-way Ticket (Local Transport)||6.50 AED||4.50-10.00|
|Monthly Pass (Regular Price)||340.00 AED||210.00-360.00|
|Taxi Start (Normal Tariff)||12.00 AED||5.50-15.00|
|Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff)||4.83 AED||3.17-9.66|
|Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff)||30.00 AED||30.00-50.00|
|Gasoline (1 gallon)||12.27 AED||10.52-14.38|
|Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car)||100,000.00 AED||89,000.00-150,000.00|
|Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car)||77,756.83 AED||72,000.00-85,000.00|
|Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment||717.14 AED||450.00-1,300.00|
|1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans)||0.54 AED||0.15-1.00|
|Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)||344.76 AED||220.37-450.00|
Sports And Leisure
|Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult||268.47 AED||130.00-400.00|
|Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend)||132.50 AED||60.00-200.00|
|Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat||47.50 AED||35.00-60.00|
|Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child||2,712.94 AED||1,250.00-4,500.00|
|International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child||44,756.32 AED||25,000.00-70,000.00|
Clothing And Shoes
|1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar)||229.71 AED||80.00-450.00|
|1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...)||203.29 AED||80.00-300.00|
|1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range)||339.40 AED||180.00-550.00|
|1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes||329.07 AED||150.00-600.00|
Rent Per Month
|Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre||7,188.14 AED||4,500.00-12,000.00|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre||4,198.34 AED||2,500.00-7,000.00|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre||13,521.79 AED||7,850.00-20,000.00|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre||8,180.36 AED||5,000.00-16,000.00|
Buy Apartment Price
|Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre||1,312.75 AED||733.93-2,554.81|
|Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre||789.77 AED||538.83-1,207.73|
Salaries And Financing
|Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax)||15,850.30 AED|
|Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate||3.98||2.51-5.50|
Sources and References:
|Cost of Living in Ras al-Khaimah||62.60 miles|
|Cost of Living in Fujairah||80.82 miles|
|Cost of Living in Kalba||84.26 miles|
|Cost of Living in Abu Dhabi||94.68 miles|
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Dubai is one of the safest places to live in the world. It's multicultural with all different races living and working together with no issue. From Dubai, you can travel to almost anyone on earth with one to two flights max. There is food from around the world too. We also have religious freedom here and English is widely spoken. Whilst yes, Dubai has some LGBT+ issues, and press freedom to an extent and it gets very hot during the summer. I cannot imagine living anywhere else but Dubai.
Do not judge a place based on what others tell you. It is a desert utopia and like I mentioned LGBT+ issues, there are plenty of LGBT+ here that are loved and not punished.
Please kindly, not talk bad about Dubai.
My partner and I (unmarried) along with our kids (15yo and 1yo) and a cat are considering to move to Dubai.
My partner got a job offer from one of the airline with a salary of 45,000 aed basic + extra duty pay + educational cover + health care cover + travel allowance.
Will 35~40,000 aed be enough to cover to the usual monthly running cost of rent (3bedroom apartment, internet tv, electricity and other utilities, grocery etc)
Which area is family friendly that would not take more than 30mins tops driving to the airport?
Any insight would be helpful.
Now it states that the livingcost in Dubai is on an avg 14% cheaper than Amsterdam... Thats totally wrong when you have 1 or more childeren. Just the school fees are around 7000 aed a month. In amsterdam schooling is free and after they turn 18 it will cost roughly 1200-2000 eur annualy.
Correct me if I am wrong
Best is to run your own business or to work here for few years, get certifications and then move to western countries
Looking forward for a quick response.
My job offer is:
Title: Senior Robotics Engineer
Salary: 35,000 AED/Month
Travel: 27,400 AED/Annually
Leave: 22 days of annual leave
Education allowance: 30,000 AED/year/child up to 3 kids
Visa and medical insurance for self + spouse + 3 children
How is this on the salary spectrum in Dubai? Would there be an opportunity to enjoy living, going out in weekends, while making some savings?
I have interviewed with Mashreq Bank for Dubai location. What should be acceptable salary so as to maintain similar lifestyle in Dubai and save about AED 10K per month.
I’ve been offered a job at 25 000 AED per month. Family of 4 ( kids are 1 and 6). I’ll be moving from Johannesburg. Is that enough to sustain us?
My husband is a Land Surveyor, we hoping he will get something once we move and the total household income income will increase. How’s the construction industry in Dubai? He has over 10 years experience.
Will the move be with it or I should stay here and accept the counter offer from my employer in South Africa.
I may give you support in case you need to understand the average updated prices of the rent per month and price per square meter.
Your feedback will be appreciated. I don't want to live extravagantly but decently. I want to save at least $5000 Canadian a month while living in Dubai. Would it be possible to manage that?
I've been searching for at least a month and they're mostly around 4000 aed. As an architect and filmmaker with more than 7 years experience
Is this a good salary? Should I consider this proposal?
I have been offered a job from Dubai with a monthly salary of 19K AED. I have 7 years of experience and my current salary in India is 23 Lakhs fix. Is it a good move to move to Dubai?
- get experience first in Western countries, especially working in prominent companies, and then as a Senior specialist move to Dubai
- set a threshold that you think is good for a lavish life in Dubai and don't accept nothing below it, otherwise is not worth ... I would say if you come from a Western country (no matter your passport/background) don't accept nothing less than what you're already making GROSS before taxes in your current western country
There is no straight forward answer to this.
The main thing to calculate is :
Where are you from?
I am an indian origin guy in Melbourne.
Home is 14 to 20 hours for me, so benefit of dubai is that i can go home in just 4 hours and go once in a few months.
My friend gets 15k tax free which is similar to what i get after tax here.
If i were to move,
I gotta pay 5k to 6k for an apartment in dubai near my potential employers.
Whereas my 3 bhk house with 2 bathrooms here only cost 4200 aed.
Going to city centre is 35mins in train, which is just 600m away.
My kids can go public school here, but Australian school costs 7 to 8k aed per month.
I can't send them to other schools if certificate is not valid here in case i have to return. Second kid will have another 7k.
So this alone is 21k.
Add living expense then it would be 5k
26k is purely needed to live.
I am still an indian so my skin color and passport will never fetch that salary so i cant move to gcc.
Meanwhile i can make more here with my skills.
What you need to be carefull, as everywhere else in the world, is how you spend the money! There are lots of places to spend money in and how you manage that will interfere in your budget.
I'm a single man in the mid 30s.
Is it possible to find a girlfriend in Dubai on AED 15000 a month?
Should I go there as a single or find someone before moving? I have 30 days left
The first month would be paid for in a hotel to give me time to find a place etc
Would I be saving money each month on this salary?
Median is more like 5k.
Mid class starts from 20-25k
on property prices that are the same as another Muslim country like Kuala Lumpur. Fuel prices are the same and it is not such a rich country with a wealth of citizens. I estimate that the prices are a bubble due to the mediation of banks or entrepreneurs who lend naively expecting a high interest rate.
It is no coincidence that people from countries that are bankrupt are looking for work and are looking for the land of promise.
I estimate that money has gone to the Balkans and Asia is more reasonable in cost of living and real estate purchases.
No one answers who knows and everyone writes for a job search.
I have been offered a job in Dubai. The package is around 96000 AED annually. Which is 8000 AED/month plus incentives. I’m single moving from India. How’s the cost of living there ? I need to save atleast 30% for my debts in India. Is it advisable to move ? Kindly suggest. Looking for the best suggestion from you guys.
Thanks a ton
The same has been done in Thailand Bangkok where the cost of living is about 550 euros with the cost of buying an apartment in the center is 3500-4000 euros.
In Bangkok is the German bank Deutsch Bang with Chinese banks and Russian manufacturers who have even created real estate bubbles. Many Germans, Norwegians marry Thai fakes who transfer all their rights because the law forbids
They are crazy about what they buy or want to launder money from smuggling or drug trafficking. Thailand will lose the quality buyer. The same will happen in Dubai.
While the cost of living buying products is almost the same with differences of about 5% -9% in both Bulgaria, Serbia, Thailand the money you need to live has a huge difference.
If you want send me where you owe the price difference. I am not referring to very expensive areas of Dubai but to popular neighborhoods within the city center.
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There’s no city centre in Dubai, just get a good modern Studio or 1bhk in area nearby work office.
Now you can rent a 1bhk for even less than 40k AED a year.
A good midclass life on a whole will set you back 16k a month all inclusive with rent, groceries, lavish lifestyle and traveling
Thanks in advance
With 10k to save a chunk out of it you should probably live in a shared flat and use public transportation: is that good for you?
It can be also a stepping stone to get into UAE market and then search for a better opportunity, but don’t expect big chances while the economy is in the current state, due to Covid salaries are depressed
Mind that as an American you’ve to file for tax return to FATCA.
Now due to Covid and layoffs salaries are low due to oversupply of talents.
If possible try to apply for American companies that have offices in Dubai, otherwise the other international or local big players like Emirates, Noon, Careem, TikTok, Oracle, Emaar, ...
I have 3 years experience working in US Human Resources as a generalist.
Any tips you can provide in finding a job there?
I heard if you have a US passport, they can pay you a bit more.
Thanks in advance!
In Dubai there’s no concept of “city centre”, are all isolated neighborhoods with different standards and services.
There’s a hood named “Downtown “ but that just a name like another.
We can consider “city Centre” the most modern hoods: Barsha Heights has1bhk for 4K a month.
We can consider “outside city centre “ the old hoods: Al Barsha has 1bhk for 3k a month.
In general real estate prices are low now.
Things would change tho if you get at least a 10k job: 20k total move you barely into midclass and with a prudent lifestyle you can enjoy Dubai and still save a chunk, but mind education for the kid is very expensive.
<= 8k low class
20k >= 60k mid class
>= 100k upper class
Thing is that UAE needs a foreign population that is dynamic and replaceable: no welfare exploitation, no permanent residency, always on temporary visa that keeps the expats active in job positions; this makes impossible for a refugee to stay if not that is educated enough to get a job and keep it..
Also being Arab in Dubai doesn’t give you any privilege if not you’re khaliji maybe.
I'm a licensed Professional Teacher here in the Philippines, and has been teaching for 8 years, with a Masters Degree.
I am very much interested in teaching in Dubai, kindly enlighten me of how much does a Teacher earn there? Is there a difference from
a Govt school to a Private School pay scale? how much is the cost of living on an average for a single person, i don't drink and go for social gatherings, so typically my objective is to work and earn as much as I can.
Im looking for a job in dubai, How do u think i should apply for one?
I have a bachelor's degree!
Please send some tips and hints, Thanks.
If i am offered a job with a net salary of USD 6k or AED 22k per month.
Health /Medical covered by company only.
Kindly advise whether this is worth to accept the offer with my partners no kids and with some saving every month (USD 1k).
I have moderate lifestlye.
We were offered a job with a net salary of 20,000usd or 73,000AED per month net (combined income). The company will cover education cost for our 12yo to attend international school, private health care and other perks BUT accommodation is on us.
How much does a 3bed apartment within close proximity to the airport DXB would cost?
What are the other fixed running cost to live in Dubai?
Average grocery cost per month for a family of three?
How does this compare to Europe? We are currently based in Central Europe and with a monthly running cost of 7,000usd or 25,000AED we are living rather comfortably Very close to the city centre in a “residential family friendly area”. Does this setting exist in Dubai?
Midclass starts from 25k especially if you’ve a weatern lifestyle.
A studio in good area is 5k a month, monthly internet for home 350 aed, ticket for the opera 200 aed, a crappy pint of Heineken 45 aed, main course in mid range chain restaurant like Chili’s 80 aed.
There’s no welfare, so no point if you cannot save at least 40% of the salary
Would I be able to survive there?
Im coming from South Africa.
Basic 40000 AED
Utilities 18000 AES
Kids study allowances 104,000 per year
No accomodation & transportation allowances
Health & medical benefit covers for family
Please advise. Thank you.
Firstly with 7+ years of experience the salary is low especially. Please note the current family visa requires minimum salary of AED 4,000 or AED 3,000 plus accommodation. Education is extremely costly in dubai.i am not sure how old is your child but at this salary it would be difficult to afford schooling unless you get some education allowance. The salary should be at least 3 times your current salary in india to manage for your expenses and make some savings.
4000 Seems not so good salary for the role. I can share a simple math which I follow. Your salary post conversion should be three times you currently earn, since 1/3 goes into your expenses 1/3 is what you are already earning and the last 1/3 to make it worth working so far. Ofcourse it works if you have a simple to moderate life style.
Maybe, but you'll have an uncomfortable lifestyle on that salary. And judging it, the "accommodation" must be a bunk bed with 5 Pakistani and Bengali workers in one room.
i am planning on moving to Dubai, can someone pls tell me the salary of a junior architect in Dubai.
I’m offered 1700 AED. Accomodation and transportation are covered by company. Is that enough for single person to live decent?
With free accomodation in share/guest house, medical insurance.
Not sure about transportation.
Is it a good offer?
I am a Post Graduate with 7+ yrs experience in sales and marketing.
I have got opportunity to work in dubai as a sales person and package is somewhere between 3500 - 5000 is this right package and I am single mother as well. Shall i bring my child also with me? and what will be budge for me and child and how about education? I am from Indian moving to dubai will be of right decision.
Married atleast 15000
Family with kids 25000
I am joining as a senior sales personnel with a salary of 1.3 million aed. I have about 20 years of experience and moving from India. We are a family of 4 with 2 kids.
I wanted to know 2 things
- Is the salary of 1.3 mil for a 20 years exp good
- how much will I spend on living a good comfortable lifestyle and how much can I save
Transportation and Accommodation is included in this salary.
kindly advice its worth offer ? what about other mininum expenditure for per person. finally what is my net saving per month in AED ????
Don’t settle for less, social mobility is not easy in Dubai tech market