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My husband has recieved offer of £48000 per month (inc housing, med ins etc..). Myself and our two kids (6,11) will join him in a few months. I am also a professional and will work, but I would like to settle kids first.

My husband will be located in Abu dhabi but we would like to live in dubai - can anyone suggest best location for schools and commuting? What schools should I be applying for? Does this package sound do'able for covering accom, living expenses & schools for the period I am not working.

Any advice would be much appreciated.
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Honestly? It will be tight. Presuming you want to live in a three bedroom villa, you're looking at 350,000 Dirhams a year (paid upfront, plus agency fee, plus security bond). Your kids are the same age as mine and their fees amount to 89K a year. (Not the most expensive school, but not the cheapest, either). This will be about 36K a month before you've even bought groceries or paid your DEWA bill. (3000 Dirhams a month on average in a villa). If you live in an apartment or if you're lucky enough to find a nice 3 bed in the Springs, this will keep your costs down, but in my opinion it would still be tight. Emirates Hills (Lakes/Meadows/Springs) might be your best bet in regards to villas and Discovery Gardens/Marina may be best for apartments. But it will still be a hike as the traffic towards Abu Dhabi in the mornings is a bit chaotic. Schools you can't really be too picky with, especially for your 6 year old. It also depends on what curriculum you're after. You could try Dubai British School, Emirates International School, Wellington International School, Regent International School, Dubai International Academy. These are all easily accessible to Springs/Meadows etc. and they all have websites. Best of luck to you. Sorry if I sound negative, it's just the way things are.

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I agree. It won't be fun to commute, and to live in Jumierah Beach Residences (JBR), or the marina, most 3 bedroom condos are from 250 to 350 per year. I would also strongly recommend a condo versus a villa, but that's just my opinion, and the JBR / Palm area are almost exclusively brits/ aussies / americans, so you can meet alot of people or families that you can hang out with.

JBR has more retail than the palm, but the palm isn't close to being done yet, and it's an awesome location.


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Your can also try finding an apartment in JLT (Jumeriah Lake Towers) where rents are not as steep yet. But it is a big construction site. You can find a 3BR apartment for something close to 250-260 but the apartments are really small and I hate going round and round in circles. When everything is completed in JLT the traffic will be really chaotic. If you are thinking of saving costs you may even thinking of renting something in Bur Dubai etc where rents are low but the commute is pathetic.

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My husband has recieved offer of 48000 per month (inc housing, med ins etc..). Myself and our two kids (6,11) will join him in a few months. I am also a professional and will work, but I would like to settle kids first.

Do you mean 48k aed plus housing and medical.

I can give you lots of detail and options if you clarify this. what about a car and fuel. also where in abu dhabi will husband work. let me know will give you some advice.

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My husband has recieved offer of 48000 per month (inc housing, med ins etc..). Myself and our two kids (6,11) will join him in a few months. I am also a professional and will work, but I would like to settle kids first.

Do you mean 48k aed plus housing and medical.

I can give you lots of detail and options if you clarify this. what about a car and fuel. also where in abu dhabi will husband work. let me know will give you some advice.
Pretty sure she means 48K Dirhams including housing etc, not PLUS housing etc.

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lol if its 48,000 pounds a month, she is set.

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It says alot when we question if almost 90,000 sterling tax free is a livable wage!!!!!!

The 2 big issues are school fees and housing.

Cars and fuel are relatively cheap, you can pick up a brand new V6 3 litre Ford Escape 4 by 4 for 11,000 pounds.

You could get a three bed apartment in TECOM or JLT for less than 200k.

Schools you have to plan on paying 100k for the year.

If you were planning on a top end V8 Land Rover and a Sea View in the Marina then you will be dissappointed unless you have good information on what you expect to be able to earn.

Are you clearing 1000 pounds a week - free money after cars, fuel, housing, bills, insurance, groceries, fees and any regular payments back home.

Seems little point to go home empty handed after 3 or 5 years.

Is the gratuity as per labour law or better? If you do not do 3 years you only get 7 days pay per year. If you do 3 to 5 you only get 14 days per year. only after 5 do you get full whack.

Is there performance pay?

Dubai does not need to be expensive but unless it is a career boost for the future you need to think carefully.

I know lots of people who just have credit card bills and watch alot of tv.

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am i getting her wrong? 48000 pounds per month? Thats tons of money....or is the annual salary?

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My husband has recieved offer of 48000 per month (inc housing, med ins etc..). Myself and our two kids (6,11) will join him in a few months. I am also a professional and will work, but I would like to settle kids first.

Do you mean 48k aed plus housing and medical.

I can give you lots of detail and options if you clarify this. what about a car and fuel. also where in abu dhabi will husband work. let me know will give you some advice.
Hi

Thanks for replying, the sign was habit! its 48000AEd per month apologies for the confusion.

Some people have recommended an apartment rather than a villa? Not sure where in Abudhabi but a friend suggested Dubai marina would be quite close, not sure if that is a family environment?? again any advise would be appreciated!

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