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I'm really struggling to make the big decision to move over to Dubai. I have the contract but do not have the local knowledge to see what kind of life I would lead.

The basic salary, or cash benefit offered is :

153,000 AED per annum (12,750/Month)
145,000 AED Utilities ( 12,000/Month)
14,000 AED Transport Allowance (1200/Month)

The non cash benefits equate to 62,000 AED / Year
and include. Medical insurance, ticket home to UK, Annual leave.

What kind of lifestyle would that money provide? Looking at 2 or 3 bed apartment or villa and fairly decent social life, out couple times a week.

My wife will be commuting to work in the UK and will earn approx 150,000 AED per annum.

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Commuting to work in the uk? I believe your going to run into tax issues.

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I don't even know what you are going to be doing for work, but my thoughts are you are getting hosed. Ask for more in compensation.

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please share the type of work then we would be able to let you know if this package is good according to the job.. just to let you know with this salary you cant really make a the best living in Dubai specially with a wife ... if your single then you can at least manage with it

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I don't even know what you are going to be doing for work, but my thoughts are you are getting hosed. Ask for more in compensation.
That depends entirely on his experience and what he's going to be doing surely?

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Its depending on your expenses of your life and difference between your wife and you commuting to work.

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Commuting to work in the uk? I believe your going to run into tax issues.
SHE (his wife) will have tax issues.

If she has income arising in the UK and/or is carrying out this work in the UK, then she will be subject to UK income tax.
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That makes about 26K / month (cash) just from your salary. I dont know about the rest of you but according to me that is a good salary considering there are no jobs in Dubai or in UK but again it depends on what you will be doing and how many years of experience you have. The utilities part of your salary can easily cover Rent (3 bedroom - 2000sq.ft. apartment on the beach or a large villa elsewhere + all utilities and bills). that is if you want to live luxuriously. You can get a decent 2 bed apartment (1200 sq.ft. new with Gym and pool) now for AED 5-6K / month 10 min from the beach and minimize your utilities as well. If you dont have kids then you save even more as schools are expensive here.

Here is a breakdown of costs for 2 people living in a new 2 bed apartment + 1 Honda accord new car:

Rent: AED 5000-6000 (in new locations in Dubai)
Utilities: AED 1500 (approx) include the following:

[Telephone (monthly charge of landline: AED 15 / month) + useage approx AED 200/month
Internet: AED 250 (16 Mb/s line)(monthly)
Electricity + water: AED 450 / month (includes housing fees)
A/C: depends on where you live and size. In some areas in new Dubai, A/C is paid by landlord. Otherwise you will be paying approx. AED 300 / month
TV: AED 200-300 / month depending on package. ]

Car installments: AED 1800-2000 (purchase price of new Accord:AED 85000)
Car insurance (3000/yr) + maintenance (3000/yr) + fuel(3000/yr) = AED 750 / month

Average Daily spending on food = AED 200 for 2 people (which is a lot and can be reduced to half if cooking is done at home) = AED 6000 / month
Health expenses = AED 200 / month
Entertainment = AED 3000 per month (includes weekend activities bars, restaurants, nightclubs etc.)

Total spending per month = AED 19300 (approx). This is for 2 people.

Your combined household cash income is AED 38,500. You can still save AED 19000 per month together.


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That makes about 26K / month (cash) just from your salary. I dont know about the rest of you but according to me that is a good salary considering there are no jobs in Dubai or in UK but again it depends on what you will be doing and how many years of experience you have. The utilities part of your salary can easily cover Rent (3 bedroom - 2000sq.ft. apartment on the beach or a large villa elsewhere + all utilities and bills). that is if you want to live luxuriously. You can get a decent 2 bed apartment (1200 sq.ft. new with Gym and pool) now for AED 5-6K / month 10 min from the beach and minimize your utilities as well. If you dont have kids then you save even more as schools are expensive here.

Here is a breakdown of costs for 2 people living in a new 2 bed apartment + 1 Honda accord new car:

Rent: AED 5000-6000 (in new locations in Dubai)
Utilities: AED 1500 (approx) include the following:

[Telephone (monthly charge of landline: AED 15 / month) + useage approx AED 200/month
Internet: AED 250 (16 Mb/s line)(monthly)
Electricity + water: AED 450 / month (includes housing fees)
A/C: depends on where you live and size. In some areas in new Dubai, A/C is paid by landlord. Otherwise you will be paying approx. AED 300 / month
TV: AED 200-300 / month depending on package. ]

Car installments: AED 1800-2000 (purchase price of new Accord:AED 85000)
Car insurance (3000/yr) + maintenance (3000/yr) + fuel(3000/yr) = AED 750 / month

Average Daily spending on food = AED 200 for 2 people (which is a lot and can be reduced to half if cooking is done at home) = AED 6000 / month
Health expenses = AED 200 / month
Entertainment = AED 3000 per month (includes weekend activities bars, restaurants, nightclubs etc.)

Total spending per month = AED 19300 (approx). This is for 2 people.

Your combined household cash income is AED 38,500. You can still save AED 19000 per month together.

Thanks mate. That was what I was hoping for. Seems crazy that we would struggle to have a decent life on approx 6,000 UK pounds a month income. I've heard it is expensive in Dubai though.

As for work I would be working for Emirates in Customer Service Manager role.

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