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I have been offered a job as a retail store manager in Dubai,

My total salary package is 22K AED per month,

I have over 15 years experience in retail management and have lived in the UK all my life.

I am considering moving with my wife and daughter ( 2 years old )

I have been offered the following benefits

- Medical care for myself, wife and daughter
- Travel back to the UK once a year
- 26 days holiday


I would like to live in a 1 or 2 bedroom apartment, my wife will most likely work part time. We would like to send our daughter to playschool 2-3 times per week.

Will this be a sustainable salary to live a comfortable lifestyle and save some money.

What sort of costs can i expect, rent, DEWA, taxi or occasional car rental for the day, groceries ( we will be eating at home most of the time )

I do not have any financial commitments in the UK.

I would be greatful for any advice before i accept the offer formally,

Thank You in advance
With 15 years of experience i don't think its a good offer. Most of that salary will be eaten up by housing and schooling fee as you don't seems to be offered any allowance for those.

If i were you i would ask them to add Housing and Schooling allowance. Otherwise i would stay in London.


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Dear all,

I have been offered a job as a retail store manager in Dubai,

My total salary package is 22K AED per month,

I have over 15 years experience in retail management and have lived in the UK all my life.

I am considering moving with my wife and daughter ( 2 years old )

I have been offered the following benefits

- Medical care for myself, wife and daughter
- Travel back to the UK once a year
- 26 days holiday


I would like to live in a 1 or 2 bedroom apartment, my wife will most likely work part time. We would like to send our daughter to playschool 2-3 times per week.

Will this be a sustainable salary to live a comfortable lifestyle and save some money.

What sort of costs can i expect, rent, DEWA, taxi or occasional car rental for the day, groceries ( we will be eating at home most of the time )

I do not have any financial commitments in the UK.

I would be greatful for any advice before i accept the offer formally,

Thank You in advance
Hi,
As suggested - not a great offer.
The other thing to consider is that part time work is not common here.
Companies want their people to work full time - normally 48 hours per week - often more and often spread over 6 days per week.
It won't be easy for your wife to find part time work and even if she does - it would be hard to earn more than the nursery/school fees.
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Thank you for the reply,

They have told me that 25% of the salary package is for housing/rent,

- I expect to pay around 80-90k AeD in downtown dubai, 7500 per month
- groceries and food 1500 per month
- travel - 600 per month
- schooling part time - 1800 per month
- bills/utilities - 900 per month

That's comes to 12400 per month in expenses
Plus an additional 1000 per month eating out occasionally

This will leave 8600 per month

Could somebody please adjust the above to align more realistically,

They will not give me a schooling allowance but my wife plans to work as a teaching assistant and admit our daughter into the same school, again it will only be for 2-3 half days so I don't imagine it to be overly expensive,

In respect to my position, they expect me to be in a senior role in a years time.

Again all advice is appreciated.

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Thank you for the reply, They have told me that 25% of the salary package is for housing/rent, - I expect to pay around 80-90k AeD in downtown dubai, 7500 per month - groceries and food 1500 per month - travel - 600 per month - schooling part time - 1800 per month - bills/utilities - 900 per month That's comes to 12400 per month in expenses Plus an additional 1000 per month eating out occasionally This will leave 8600 per month Could somebody please adjust the above to align more realistically, They will not give me a schooling allowance but my wife plans to work as a teaching assistant and admit our daughter into the same school, again it will only be for 2-3 half days so I don't imagine it to be overly expensive, In respect to my position, they expect me to be in a senior role in a years time. Again all advice is appreciated.
Hi. I have to agree with the above posts. Not a good package. For 80k a year you will not even get a studio in downtown. If you r looking at the outskirts of dubai u might find a 1 bedroom for 70 (if ur lucky) and for food for 3 people i would expect nothing less than Aed 3000. We r 2 adults and we r usually paying 2000 per month. For transportation i would not expect anything less than 1000-1500. Taxi if u live close to ur office will be at least Aed 30 per trip, thats 600 just to the office and back. In dubai u end up shopping quite a bit, even if u budget u would expect to spend 3000 per month, not because of anything but there is barely anything to do than go to the malls. I would seriously consider if its worth it.

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Even with your numbers I should be saving??

Again, most of the time we will eat at home,

Expect to walk to work hence downtown was the option to live

I've seen 1 bed apartments in downtown for 80-90 per year

What am I missing?

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Expect to walk to work
Its not London my friend. You want to walk to work in 50C heat. I don't think so

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Even with your numbers I should be saving?? Again, most of the time we will eat at home, Expect to walk to work hence downtown was the option to live I've seen 1 bed apartments in downtown for 80-90 per year What am I missing?
Even if you find an apartment for that price distances in dubai arent small. And like the above post says u wont wanna walk in this heat. Remember fuel is basically cheaper than water so the city isnt very walk friendly.

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if you can find a way to keep your rent low..as in go for a studio and dont try to fit any fancy things in there like a guy/pool etc. etc. then I think you should be fine. Your wife is at home, so at the moment you dont need day care unless she works in which case her salary would pay for it. Really, really shop around as much as you can to get the best possible rent and other than that welcome to the uae. Here is not easy and that is why people are warring you. It is expensive and hard to save even on reasonable looking salaries but at the end of the day if you dont come and try it you will never really know. We dont know your lifestyle or how you are your wife are used to shopping. People survive and save on less but it is not easy for most westerners to understand how...

also in your calculation please have a relocation budget, things are expensive here and you will have to buy a lot to be comfortable. think fridge, washing machine etc etc. If you dont have a car it is harder to get these things second hand and a lot of people sell you junk that they say "works fine"... It is a tricky place financially but if you really arent someone who tends to buy a lot then you should be okay.


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Even with your numbers I should be saving??

Again, most of the time we will eat at home,

Expect to walk to work hence downtown was the option to live

I've seen 1 bed apartments in downtown for 80-90 per year

What am I missing?

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if you can find a way to keep your rent low..as in go for a studio and dont try to fit any fancy things in there like a guy/pool etc. etc. then I think you should be fine. Your wife is at home, so at the moment you dont need day care unless she works in which case her salary would pay for it. Really, really shop around as much as you can to get the best possible rent and other than that welcome to the uae. Here is not easy and that is why people are warring you. It is expensive and hard to save even on reasonable looking salaries but at the end of the day if you dont come and try it you will never really know. We dont know your lifestyle or how you are your wife are used to shopping. People survive and save on less but it is not easy for most westerners to understand how...

also in your calculation please have a relocation budget, things are expensive here and you will have to buy a lot to be comfortable. think fridge, washing machine etc etc. If you dont have a car it is harder to get these things second hand and a lot of people sell you junk that they say "works fine"... It is a tricky place financially but if you really arent someone who tends to buy a lot then you should be okay.
Many Thanks for your reply,

Very useful information,

My plan is too budget as much as we can, we do not plan to shop a lot....even though the temptations in Dubai will be hard to resist for most. ( i work in retail so it wont be that hard for me )

In respect to housing, i believe and agree that i will really need to shop around, downtown will be too expensive ( silly of me to consider it ), i have spoken to a few friends and i have seen a reasonable apartment in Al Barsha for 70K.

I will use the metro to go to work, which will save me a lot of money.

At some point i intend to get a car, i have been told expense around 1000-1500 per month and i need to change my UK driving licence.

My wife and daughter will join me after approx 1 month, once i have settled the main things.

When my wife starts to work, she will cover the costs of nursery.

I spoke with my employer and they have a nursery which they can get me special rates.

So, the main thing is i will need to bite the bullet and tread carefully.

Thank You all again for your advice....ultimately i will only really know how much i can save and at the same time live comfortably when i get out there.
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Its not London my friend. You want to walk to work in 50C heat. I don't think so
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