Cost of Living in Dubai

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

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 35.00 AED 19.89-60.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 245.00 AED 140.00-450.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 30.00 AED 25.00-35.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 45.00 AED 30.00-52.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 45.00 AED 35.00-55.00
Cappuccino (regular) 18.59 AED 10.00-27.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 4.25 AED 2.50-11.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.60 AED 1.00-5.00
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 22.29 AED 15.14-37.85
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 4.55 AED 2.72-8.16
Rice (white), (1 lb) 3.01 AED 1.81-5.44
Eggs (regular) (12) 9.49 AED 4.80-18.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 17.24 AED 9.07-45.36
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 12.54 AED 5.44-20.41
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 18.62 AED 11.34-36.29
Apples (1 lb) 3.46 AED 1.81-4.54
Banana (1 lb) 2.72 AED 1.81-4.54
Oranges (1 lb) 3.08 AED 1.81-5.44
Tomato (1 lb) 2.37 AED 1.36-4.54
Potato (1 lb) 1.73 AED 0.91-2.72
Onion (1 lb) 1.50 AED 0.91-2.45
Lettuce (1 head) 6.26 AED 3.00-10.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.18 AED 1.25-3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 60.00 AED 35.00-110.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 15.08 AED 6.00-30.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 17.57 AED 7.00-40.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 22.25 AED 20.00-26.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 5.00 AED 3.00-8.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 300.00 AED 200.00-380.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 12.00 AED 5.00-12.50
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 3.70 AED 2.57-8.05
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 30.00 AED 20.00-55.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 7.76 AED 6.81-10.41
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 90,000.00 AED 70,000.00-115,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 71,021.13 AED 65,000.00-80,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 649.49 AED 424.79-1,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.50 AED 0.25-1.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 354.88 AED 300.00-450.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 293.01 AED 150.00-500.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 117.92 AED 50.00-200.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 41.50 AED 35.00-55.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 2,190.71 AED 1,200.00-4,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 41,369.12 AED 25,000.00-60,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 209.25 AED 75.00-400.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 189.85 AED 100.00-350.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 326.66 AED 200.00-500.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 320.56 AED 150.00-600.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 5,789.34 AED 4,500.00-8,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 3,839.06 AED 3,000.00-5,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 11,407.27 AED 8,000.00-18,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 7,871.32 AED 5,833.00-13,106.50
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 1,289.51 AED 929.02-2,322.56
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 799.23 AED 557.41-1,199.99
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 10,954.21 AED
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.28 3.00-6.00

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100 Comments so far
A on Oct 22, 2020:
Hey, 15K AED is good to move to Dubai? with 2 kids and a wife? is it enough to make standard living and some savings?
Ashish Enakhiya on Oct 20, 2020:
I am offered a job of 14000 AED per month for Dubai location. It's jus me and my wife as a family. Is it a decent salary to move to Dubai for us? Approx. how much will I be able to save?
@Ohi on Oct 10, 2020:
30k in Dubai as a single will give you a good mid class life.
There’s no city centre in Dubai, just get a good modern Studio or 1bhk in area nearby work office.
Now you can rent a 1bhk for even less than 40k AED a year.
A good midclass life on a whole will set you back 16k a month all inclusive with rent, groceries, lavish lifestyle and traveling
Ohi on Sep 29, 2020:
Is an average monthly salary of 30,000 AED sufficient to live in the city centre and still have enough savings. Anyone with details of what the standard expenses would be for a single working in Dubai?
Gues on Sep 23, 2020:
None here has given what would be a great salary for a family of 4. 40000AED per month with two school going kids with 3 or 4 bed room house/flat and a car with comfortable lifestyle. I might be getting almost similar salary in London but tax gain should not be wasted in spending more. I'd expect to save more or double if possible.
Okunola on Sep 08, 2020:
Hi, am a driver here in Nigeria, am planning to move to Dubai 4 greener pastures, please can I get any offers as a cab driver, am coming alone.pls advise, thanks.
Rock on Aug 30, 2020:
Hi, I’am offered a job for a salary of 60000AED, while moving to Dubai with my family , we are 6 persons as a family. Is it affordable?!?
Kavitha Kathiravan on Aug 29, 2020:
Hi there. I am working as senior analyst in india for past 1year. Totally I own 1.11 years of experience in supply chain. Also I have completed by MBA part time. Please tell me how much monthly pay should I expect when I go to dubai to seek job in early 2021. Please response.
Thanks in advance
@Jai on Aug 24, 2020:
Depends on your current lifestyle and qualification in India.
With 10k to save a chunk out of it you should probably live in a shared flat and use public transportation: is that good for you?
It can be also a stepping stone to get into UAE market and then search for a better opportunity, but don’t expect big chances while the economy is in the current state, due to Covid salaries are depressed
Jai Nalwa on Aug 24, 2020:
Hi, i am a category manager for an e-commerce market place in India. I am being offered 10k AED a month for a similar role in Dubai, should i take it?
Anonymous on Aug 07, 2020:
As a westerner wiith good experience try to not accept nothing below 25k AED a month + benefits, otherwise is not worth moving from USA.
Mind that as an American you’ve to file for tax return to FATCA.
Now due to Covid and layoffs salaries are low due to oversupply of talents.
If possible try to apply for American companies that have offices in Dubai, otherwise the other international or local big players like Emirates, Noon, Careem, TikTok, Oracle, Emaar, ...
Mae on Aug 05, 2020:
Hello there! Mae from Chicago! I will be moving to Dubai in the beginning of September 2020. Born and raised in the Philippines but has a US passport and a US degree holder. I have a friend there where I can stay temporarily.
I have 3 years experience working in US Human Resources as a generalist.

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

Thanks in advance!
Real Estate on Jun 26, 2020:
About 1BHK rents:
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.
Anonymous on Jun 21, 2020:
9k is borderline low class in Dubai, if you’ve a kid better to take home in Sharjah.
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
@anonymous on Apr 13, 2020:
UAE didn’t sign the 1951 convention on refugees, so they don’t have obligations over refugees, btw they implemented a 1 year visa for people from war zones.
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.
Anonymous on Apr 13, 2020:
Can someone explain why refugees don't come to Dubai? They have the same Arab culture.
Maybe it's because Dubai don't want refugees? But then why Europe should take those people since it's different culture?
JEBB GARCIA on Apr 07, 2020:
Good day!

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.

Thank you.
BETSIE BAHRU on Feb 28, 2020:
Hello everyone,
Im looking for a job in dubai, How do u think i should apply for one?
Any recommendations?
I have a bachelor's degree!
Please send some tips and hints, Thanks.
Brian McCourt on Feb 27, 2020:
Looking to move to Dubai. Need to understand what the monthly salary average is for a senior logistics professional.

I'm.british

Thanks
Anonymous on Feb 16, 2020:
Hi!

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.
Amary on Jan 24, 2020:
Hi!

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?
Albertraj on Jan 20, 2020:
Hi one of my friend wants to work in dubai with 2250 aed per month with accomodation.Is it advisable or what will be his minimum monthly expense apart from accomodation.
@Leon on Jan 14, 2020:
Survive yes, but nothing more.
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
Leon on Jan 08, 2020:
I was offered a position as a Technical Support Specialist for a salary of 11 000 AED pm.

Would I be able to survive there?

Im coming from South Africa.
test on Dec 26, 2019:
<h1>How much do you need for a job in dubai</h1>
#doudou on Dec 23, 2019:
hi all im offored 41k as a doctor .. is that ok for a single girl there and i want to live in new dubai shopping and i have to save money too . please give me some advice ?
Kallesh R S on Dec 13, 2019:
Sir I am from India , I finished engineering in civil branch . Now am fresher , I am interested to job in dubai...please suggest me any vacancy is there in dubai and how much salary they give me ??
arecoy on Dec 08, 2019:
Hi all.. hope anyone can advise if this is a good offer a not for me in engineering industry.
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.
Anonymous on Dec 07, 2019:
#char
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.
Anonymous on Dec 07, 2019:
#Muniy Prasaath

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.
Anonymous on Dec 06, 2019:
#Simge Yılmaz

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.
ansha on Dec 03, 2019:
hi,i am an architect.
i am planning on moving to Dubai, can someone pls tell me the salary of a junior architect in Dubai.
Simge Yılmaz on Nov 11, 2019:
Hello,

I’m offered 1700 AED. Accomodation and transportation are covered by company. Is that enough for single person to live decent?
R on Nov 02, 2019:
I’ve been offered a job as a store manager, with a 9000/1000 aed per month.

With free accomodation in share/guest house, medical insurance.
Not sure about transportation.
Is it a good offer?
Muniy Prasaath on Oct 23, 2019:
I have been offered 4000AED for IT Auditor without food and accommodation. I am a single person. Is this the good salary to go ahead ?
Char on Oct 18, 2019:
Hi friends..

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.
Anonymous on Oct 09, 2019:
Bachelor minimum 5000
Married atleast 15000
Family with kids 25000
Minimum .....
Anonymous on Oct 07, 2019:
Hi
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

Thanks
Rishi
Ghulam Mujtaba on Sep 25, 2019:
Please confirm that salary of 6,000AED is sufficient for a single person in Dubai?
Transportation and Accommodation is included in this salary.
Ajm on Sep 24, 2019:
Dear #Vishal, Entry salary for accountants are from AED 2500-3500. Depends upon your experience you can grab around AED 5,000-7,000 if you have at least 5-6 years of post qualification experience.
Anon on Sep 17, 2019:
The spread sheet in the first comment is superb! Even though it`s old the numbers are still more or less correct. I used this this before moving here and it gave me a very good idea of what to expect and how to budget. I also suggest going on dubizzle and looking at house prices to give you an idea of what it costs to rent in differnt areas.

https://britishexpats.com/forum/middle-east-60/worth-guide-costs-vs-income-uae-qatar-762609/
Vishal Kumar on Sep 13, 2019:
I Am a b. com student from Amu india and a good speaker off englsh and a basicaly telly accountent related joab i want so what will expect my sallery ?
Louis on Sep 11, 2019:
I am applying for a job as a videographer/content creator and they asked me what my salary expectations are. I am working in Ireland at the minute and have 5 years international experience, what should I ask for?
Anonymous on Sep 09, 2019:
I have been offered a job with sallary 10000 aed per month and free accomodation.is this a good offer?
#Fox on Sep 07, 2019:
the worst country to live with family is UAE .. everything is expensive.
Umesh on Sep 06, 2019:
i have job opportunity in dubai as Account officer 5000 AED (PM)+ 1500AED Airfair allowance every two year once, free transportation from Apartment to Company and free Education to my child(3year old) and -750AED deduction PM for sharing accommodation. i have 13 years experience in Finance and accounts in India.
kindly advice its worth offer ? what about other mininum expenditure for per person. finally what is my net saving per month in AED ????
Sam foulkes on Aug 29, 2019:
I am moving over to Dubai as a PT and my salary is 10k minimum with exception to rise, is this viable for a single person having to provide my own accommodation and cover bills and food and everything else in between? thanks
@sama on Aug 27, 2019:
Try to get something close to 20k, not less.
Don’t settle for less, social mobility is not easy in Dubai tech market
#Sama on Aug 27, 2019:
Im a computer science graduate and I am certified aws solution architect with 2 years experience I just arrived in dubai. What salary should I expect. I have dependants back in my native country. Thanks
At br on Aug 16, 2019:
@Brittain those numbers are in AED not usd... 1$ = 3.67 AED .
More like you would spend 3500$ a month and you need at least a salary of 7k$ NET
MohAk on Aug 10, 2019:
HI

I have an opportunity to work in dubai with a salary 14000 AED, I have a wife. This offer is along with car and 1 ticket per year, is it good?

Regards.
PREETHI on Aug 09, 2019:
I have an opportunity in dubai with 5500 AED per month(1400000 Rs PA) along with accommodation!! is this sufficient for a single person along with savings?
Dim on Aug 05, 2019:
I have an opportunity with 2500eur per month.accomdation free and 1ticket yearly free for my country.is this a good offer?
Anon on Aug 04, 2019:
I'm a software engineer, having about 9 years of experience. I'm being offered a salary of AED 14000. Is this a good offer. I have a family of three, and our kid is going to school.
TA on Aug 03, 2019:
Although it slowed down, salary dump is a constant move in certain industries of the city due to fierce competition; in engineering now they’re poaching a lot from Eastern Europe creating the “UK effect “. It heavily depends on the company btw
@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 SIMON on May 30, 2019:
Hi,

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:
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?
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 food......is 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

Thanks
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:
Hi
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.