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go for a year alone and if you get extended ask for school and housing? uprooting your whole family for a years contract sounds rough
Fully agree, but living without the family for a year is going to be very hard. I was thinking about 6 months and then evaluate with the feedback from the employer. Doesn't give any guarantees, but still.

Aside from this "emotional" argument is the financial. Is this a viable proposal?

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My full package is 25,000AED per month. I am 27 and work as a media consultant for a small company in Media City. What are your thoughts on this?
You are a 27 year old looking at what would be a 93,000 USD per year (a tax adjusted wage, conservative I admit). And you are asking for advice ?

BTW it's a media consultant gig and not an investment banker gig.... What kind of advice do you want ?

Anything like that available to you in the U.S of A ??
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Hi,

I have a proposal of 60.000 Dirham per month.

I have to pay everything from that.

It's a contract for a year which may be converted to a permanent contract after the year.

I have a wife and three children below 12. Education is important so they should attend a good school.

I think I will need two cars (nothing fancy) and a house with a garden and if possible a pool. The garden should fit a trampoline :-).

Will I be able to have a comfortable life with that i.e. go out for dinner once a week, 1-2 holidays a year.

Many thanks for your feedback.

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ironically, I was talking to a friend of mine last night who has been offered a similar deal, with one of the big retail outfits here, the only differences being his monthly all inclusive is 68k and one car he can select from any one of their showrooms from the brands they carry...

offered package is nothing to sneeze at, and you can definitely make a go of it... even if you were to look at the most expensive schools for your kids, two cars, a maid, eating out at higher end restaurants as well as a villa...

how much you end up spending on each will dictate how much you can save... it will come down to how you prioritize your expenses... is it a big deal for you if you don't drink 21 year Chivas at the Burj al Arab, will the regular 12 year stuff at the Marriott be good enough? I have done both. and for two people one time it cost me 8k for the first, and 900 for the second...
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Fully agree, but living without the family for a year is going to be very hard. I was thinking about 6 months and then evaluate with the feedback from the employer. Doesn't give any guarantees, but still.

Aside from this "emotional" argument is the financial. Is this a viable proposal?
slightly depends on what you are used to.

yes, 60,000 'all in' is a good package, even with 3 kids.
It is do-able, and you could save 10,000 / month, if you are sensible. But you will need to be sensible.

that said, it is also very very easy to blow the lot half way through each month.

you big problem is the timescale.
My advice is not to bring the family until it is definitively more than a year that you will be here.
The costs of relocating, and then leaving, and the paperwork pain that goes with it is not worth the hassle for the whole family. it will be nearly 3 months until all is sorted, and then its time to think about leaving!
you will end up saving nothing, and never feel that you have settled or relaxed.

Come alone, get a small 1 bed place, cheap, and do a year with your nose to the grindstone.
Save a bundle of cash, and that will pay to sort everything out when the time comes.

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I have been offered a package and would like to know if it is decent or if I should try to negotiate to get a little more.

My basic monthly is 16000 AED, accommodation allowance is 6666 AED monthly, Flights are 1504 AED monthly and 1000 AED general allowance monthly.

total package is 25,170 AED per month.

does this seem like a decent package.

I will be living in Abu Dhabi and my girlfriend will be coming too, she will be trying to get a job but obviously it might take a bit of time. will we be able to survive comfortably on this.

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Hi,

I have been offered a package and would like to know if it is decent or if I should try to negotiate to get a little more.

My basic monthly is 16000 AED, accommodation allowance is 6666 AED monthly, Flights are 1504 AED monthly and 1000 AED general allowance monthly.

total package is 25,170 AED per month.

does this seem like a decent package.

I will be living in Abu Dhabi and my girlfriend will be coming too, she will be trying to get a job but obviously it might take a bit of time. will we be able to survive comfortably on this.

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yes, perfectly liveable for two people...
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Hi,

I have been offered a package and would like to know if it is decent or if I should try to negotiate to get a little more.

My basic monthly is 16000 AED, accommodation allowance is 6666 AED monthly, Flights are 1504 AED monthly and 1000 AED general allowance monthly.

total package is 25,170 AED per month.

does this seem like a decent package.

I will be living in Abu Dhabi and my girlfriend will be coming too, she will be trying to get a job but obviously it might take a bit of time. will we be able to survive comfortably on this.

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yes, it's liveable, yes, try and negotiate for more! (what's to lose?)

you've read the rules regarding girlfriends and co-habiting?
just checking!

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yes, it's liveable, yes, try and negotiate for more! (what's to lose?)

you've read the rules regarding girlfriends and co-habiting?
just checking!

Thanks for that. yes, we know all the laws. We are planning to get married before we move. Its something that was in the pipeline but this job has changed a lot.

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You are a 27 year old looking at what would be a 93,000 USD per year (a tax adjusted wage, conservative I admit). And you are asking for advice ?

BTW it's a media consultant gig and not an investment banker gig.... What kind of advice do you want ?

Anything like that available to you in the U.S of A ??

Well I have started working since I was 20 (full-time) while balancing my school tuition. So, on paper, my CV is better than that of my peers.

My question is because the rents are so expensive and I am planning on saving up at least 10,000 a month. Note that I might not stay for long as I applied for scholarship next year, so I am also trying to reduce my setup costs as much as I can until I know whether or not I will be permanently based here.

Cheers,

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Well I have started working since I was 20 (full-time) while balancing my school tuition. So, on paper, my CV is better than that of my peers.

My question is because the rents are so expensive and I am planning on saving up at least 10,000 a month. Note that I might not stay for long as I applied for scholarship next year, so I am also trying to reduce my setup costs as much as I can until I know whether or not I will be permanently based here.

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As has been mentioned in other posts, as long as you are sensible and don't get lured into the glitz and glamour that Dubai has to offer, saving 10K AED per month can be done...

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