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First off, I'm very grateful for forums like this. Getting feedback from expats is VERY gratifying... Being fairly ignorant, I was listening to the headhunter explain the offer while sagely acknowledging and trying to sound as though I was on top of the details.

I think I failed to impress.

My background: I'm an IT Architect, I have 15+ years experience and was recruited for a job in Dubai. At first this was related as a full time role, but now is long-term contract. I'm not pleased, but given the nature of IT these days - I'm not sure there's much difference.

Anyway, the offer is for 32,000 Dir ($8700) / month. My last salary in the US was $130K. I'm not thrilled with the offer, but given the "tax free" status of Dubai, I'm not as certain. It's also with Emirates, which is attractive. I'm single and don't need a foo-foo car, but want to live in a cool area near grocery stores, restaurants, and entertainment. Two questions:

1) Overall thoughts on this offer?
2) What are reasonable expectations for a "high-end nerd"?


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Anyway, the offer is for 32,000 Dir ($8700) / month. My last salary in the US was $130K.
So unless you're unemployed right now, could you explain to me how does 104k look more attractive than 130k?
I bet it's going to be the T word, just don't forget that you're never T-free, no matter where you are.

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So unless you're unemployed right now, could you explain to me how does 104k look more attractive than 130k?
I bet it's going to be the T word, just don't forget that you're never T-free, no matter where you are.
I am unemployed right now, got caught up in budget cuts. But the t word definitely has a lot to do with it. Also it IS a good opportunity, Emirates is a good and growing airline, and it sounds like it could be a unique and fun.

But the number is low enough it gives me real pause. I'm interviewing enough that im sure I'll find something in the new year. I'm looking at it for the adventure factor as much as anything...

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Hi this is my first post on this website and hope to get some good information. I am currently living in London and looking to move to Dubai in the near future. I have started to look at salaries and living expenses but was hoping to get some more specific details.

I am a 27 year old male, married with no kids. I work in the retail sector and currently earn 36k with usual holidays etc.

I am looking to get a role as store/brand management. What sort of salary and package I should be expecting?

In terms of relocation packages, what is usually included?

Apologies if I have missed any information. Appreciate any advice you guys can give.

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Hello,

I am a 21 year old American currently in the interview process for a position with a scrap metal/metal manufacturing firm. The first year would be an apprenticeship type of program, and future employment would be conditional on my performance.

They have asked me to provide them with salary expectations. How exactly do I approach this? Should I be giving a single sum, or should I also discuss any benefits like a housing allowance, etc.?

Any help is greatly appreciated!

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First time posting here, but there is a possibility I may be getting an offer to move from New York where I currently work to Dubai.

Current Position
Industry: Media/Advertising
Title: Associate Director
Salary: $120K
City: New York City
Years Worked: 5
Personal Status: Single, no kids or debt

I'm trying to get an idea of:

1) What a comparable salary to $120K in NY is to Dubai in AED
2) Do companies every pay in USD and should I push for this?
3) What should I expect/negotiate for based on the new position which is a lateral move

I'm trying to get a feel for what I should expect or negotiate towards in advance of my first offer.

All help is appreciated.

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First time posting here, but there is a possibility I may be getting an offer to move from New York where I currently work to Dubai.

Current Position
Industry: Media/Advertising
Title: Associate Director
Salary: $120K
City: New York City
Years Worked: 5
Personal Status: Single, no kids or debt

I'm trying to get an idea of:

1) What a comparable salary to $120K in NY is to Dubai in AED
2) Do companies every pay in USD and should I push for this?
3) What should I expect/negotiate for based on the new position which is a lateral move

I'm trying to get a feel for what I should expect or negotiate towards in advance of my first offer.

All help is appreciated.

Thanks.
Hey Mate,

Let me know how you get on with it.

I have a similar level of experience to you (manager pushing for AD atm), am at Carat UK looking to move over next year.

Keep in touch!

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Hi,

I would be interested for searching a job in Dubai in IT area.

I am graduated in Computer Science (Western Europe) and experienced (15+ exp)

in IT data warehousing and business intelligence with Oracle RDBMS.

I am also married and I have a daughter (5 years old).

Questions:

1) What would be a good offer for considering relocation to dubai?

2) Where I can search job offers (social forum, company corporate websites...)?

3) What are the "best" companies for an expat in my sector (airlines company, banks,....)?


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Joshbone, I came from the Netherlands two months ago where I made 115k USD gross as an Account Manager. Now I am on a lower salary here though it ends up much higher when comparing net to net. I get about 95k USD here + housing USD 48k + car + school which ends up being a better deal than what I had. Am now responsible for sales in Middle East. I get two thirds of my salary paid in EUR and one third in AED which is what I use for living here.

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Joshbone, I came from the Netherlands two months ago where I made 115k USD gross as an Account Manager. Now I am on a lower salary here though it ends up much higher when comparing net to net. I get about 95k USD here + housing USD 48k + car + school which ends up being a better deal than what I had. Am now responsible for sales in Middle East. I get two thirds of my salary paid in EUR and one third in AED which is what I use for living here.
you are actually on a larger package, not a smaller package.

Add the whole lot together......

Netherlands GROSS is smaller than UAE GROSS by your figures above.

I advise all prospective people coming here to ignore allowances etc, and look at the TOTAL monies. THEN compare cost of living, THEN you'll see if it's a good deal.

bet you didn't get a housing allowance back home.... Therefore you should add the 48K into the base number for a true comparison

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