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Old 29th March 2013, 08:29 PM
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Originally Posted by jaanaq View Post
After I decided to move there myself, my company offered me a short term contract to set up an office for them in Dubai - we are currently negotiating the terms of this and am wondering how much I should ask for as housing allowace?

I am looking for a common % of total salary - they will not cover it all. Thanks.
You should check websites like JustRentals.com and PropertyFinder.ae in order to know how much is a rental here.

It is standard that the compensation package should include housing allowance, but not by % of the salary. Based on the short description of your project and responsibilities, you should ask for a minimum AED 120 thousand housing allowance for 1 year, or half for six months. Another option is that, if you are only staying 6 months, ask for a flat or residence-hotel.

In my opinion, in the UAE, housing allowance should not be negotiated as a part of your salary offer.

Hope I could help!


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