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Old 1st May 2017, 04:17 PM
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Hi Everyone

I have been offered a job at a university in Dubai with the following package

Salary 17700AED and 11800AED accommodation allowance per month and one return economy trip back to the UK per year.

we don't need children's education allowance but this has been offered as part of the package

Does this seem reasonable, I want to negotiate more as I am unsure if my partner will be work and they have not offered to cover medical etc.. for my partner.

Also we have a dog who will need to come so any opinions on where is dog friendly for living areas would be appreciated.

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Salary 17700AED and 11800AED accommodation allowance per month and one return economy trip back to the UK per year.
Are you sure ? Thats 360,000 per annum.

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Are you sure ? Thats 360,000 per annum.
our calculations are coming in at 354000AED per year which is equivalent to 75K per year (approx.)

(354000/4.74)

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Depends on what the job is, are you going to be the Dean, the janitor, something in the middle?

I'd be pushing for full family status, i.e. medical coverage for your wife included, but seems strange they would offer school fees but not that. Should be fairly easy to negotiate if you say you're happy to drop the schooling benefit - you can renegotiate that after 6 years if need be. See if they'll throw in a relocation allowance too to soak up some of the cost of shipping the pooch, they can only say no and I'm sure they're not going to be offended if you haggle.

For your budget and being dog friendly, you're probably looking at a small villa somewhere like The Springs or Mirdif (to name 2 of many possibilities) but it would really depend on the location of the university.

You'll probably want to push your wife to work too. You'll get by just fine on 29.5k/month but if she can bring in an extra 10-15k/month (she should get that if she's British and has some experience doing any kind of office work) you'll be living very comfortably. Plus it'll give her a sense of purpose and all that jazz.

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Depends on what the job is, are you going to be the Dean, the janitor, something in the middle?

I'd be pushing for full family status, i.e. medical coverage for your wife included, but seems strange they would offer school fees but not that. Should be fairly easy to negotiate if you say you're happy to drop the schooling benefit - you can renegotiate that after 6 years if need be. See if they'll throw in a relocation allowance too to soak up some of the cost of shipping the pooch, they can only say no and I'm sure they're not going to be offended if you haggle.

For your budget and being dog friendly, you're probably looking at a small villa somewhere like The Springs or Mirdif (to name 2 of many possibilities) but it would really depend on the location of the university.

You'll probably want to push your wife to work too. You'll get by just fine on 29.5k/month but if she can bring in an extra 10-15k/month (she should get that if she's British and has some experience doing any kind of office work) you'll be living very comfortably. Plus it'll give her a sense of purpose and all that jazz.

Thank you so much.

This is very very helpful to know, as you can imagine we are a bit clueless at the moment. They are only offering 3 years renewable contract. Is that normal, is there any chance for negotiation to increase it to 4 years.

Also, is standard of healthcare same/better or worse than the uk.

Once again thank you so much for your input.

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I wouldn't worry about the contract it's normal, if you're there 3 years there won't be any issues extending it. It can restrict you a bit if you want to leave before the 3 years are up, but also protects you at the same time. The usual alternative is an open contract where you both have 30 days notice. I wouldn't pursue a 4 year contract.

With regards to healthcare it's difficult to say. Some of the private hospitals/clinics are very good, their doctors are trained in Europe/US and is usually easy to get an appointment quickly if necessary. My experience of UK healthcare (NHS) has been very good, but I guess if you've been stuck on a waiting list for surgery for several months then got an infection while you were a patient, you may not feel the same way. It's fine here for fairly routine stuff but I think I'd be inclined to head back to the UK if a life threatening illness came along or anything requiring a complex diagnosis.

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our calculations are coming in at 354000AED per year which is equivalent to 75K per year (approx.)

(354000/4.74)
So not 354,000 per month as you originally stated then ?

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You say "partner". Does that mean you're not married? If so, that may be why he or she isn't part of the "package".

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You say "partner". Does that mean you're not married? If so, that may be why he or she isn't part of the "package".
We are married and have been for coming up 6 years

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