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Hi there, since my last post I have now been offered the job in Jumeriah, Dubai and would love to hear your views and advice.
I am a single female 19 from the Essex, I'm currently a swimming teacher for a private swim school..
In Dubai I will be working for L'Atelier Aqua fitness as an instructor. This is a new company who isn't open until mid September. They want me over in Dubai as soon as possible.

They have offered me....
10,000AED per month
Flight from London to Dubai
Accommodation for the first 2weeks
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Pay for my visa and health insurance
27 days off per year

I am looking to rent my own place either a studio or 1BR apartment, after reading many posts and threads I understand that it isn't the best money but any more advice would be appreciate.

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Is on the low side but it will all depend on how well can you manage your expenses. Getting your own studio or 1bh may not be realistic though, but have a look at Dubizzle. Also I doubt you'll be able to save any money on that salary.

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I took a look at the cost calculator over at Casual Expat and while that says I would be fine, I wanted to get more responses from actual people living in Dubai.

I have almost 3 years experience in marketing and I have been offered the following:

15,000 AED all inclusive package
7,500 in Relocation allowance
Dubai Healthcare scheme
1 Return flight per year
24 days holiday in first year, rising to 30 in second year

I am 25 years old and single. I am not looking to live an extravagant life. The position would be good for my career and I want to make sure this package would allow me to live comfortably (not having to worry too much about money) and to be able to save a little every month.

Is this doable?

I look forward to your replies.

Thanks.
Looks ok for someone young like yourself with 3 years of experience. You may be able to save a little but it will all depend on how careful you are with your expenses. The only thing is you may want to ask them what exactly do they men by 'Dubai Healthcare scheme' . If this means they'll just get you a healthcare card then that only entitles you to emergency care at some public hospitals so you would have to make arrangements for private healthcare.

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You will have to find low priced housing, otherwise it is no fun.
Thank you for your feedback, should I ask for an extra 2000dhs as they aren't giving me a housing allowance?

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Is on the low side but it will all depend on how well can you manage your expenses. Getting your own studio or 1bh may not be realistic though, but have a look at Dubizzle. Also I doubt you'll be able to save any money on that salary.
Thank you for your reply. My employer has advised me to go into room sharing to start so I can save some money for my own place and know where I want to be. I'm looking in business Bay Area.
As this is a new company that will be starting in September, I don't know ehether to ask for a little more?

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Thank you for your reply. My employer has advised me to go into room sharing to start so I can save some money for my own place and know where I want to be. I'm looking in business Bay Area.
As this is a new company that will be starting in September, I don't know ehether to ask for a little more?
If you don't ask, you definitely will not get any more...
Doesn't hurt to ask.

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If you don't ask, you definitely will not get any more...
Doesn't hurt to ask.
Exactly. Worst case they say no.

And I agree that a flat share may be a more feasible option for you. Lots of western expats sharing flats, have a look in Dubizzle.

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Hi bro ,
How much money an individual can earn while working as real estate agent with organisations like Better Homes , Coldwell Banker , Ken and Smith etc ?
Which is the best real estate broker of them to work with?
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Hello everyone,

I have been exploring various options on how to land a job in Dubai and realized that the best market entry strategy would be to transfer internally through my firm. I work for one of the BIG 4 firms in their management consulting area and have started the transfer process. As part of this process, I know that the local firm will have to hire me and from what I understand, they may not exactly match my base pay here in the US due to the "we don't have income tax here in UAE" logic and that I get paid a lot for my role here. However, this may not be financially viable for me (considering that I still have to pay US taxes & I have a mortgage) unless they offer me a decent living allowance.

So my question is if there is a general rule of thumb when companies offer a living allowance (specially if the base is being low-balled)? I have seen them to be 50% of base pay. What should I expect lets say if my base salary is a USD 100K (or AED equivalent), USD 50K?

I have been advised by a couple of colleagues who have worked in the Dubai firm on a similar transfer that I should aim for 110% of my base pay here - e.g. if I make USD 100K here then I should aim for a total package of USD 110K there. This is not great but its reasonable.

A little about myself. I have almost 10 years of consulting experience in process and operational improvement here in the US primarily focusing on the financial industry. It'll just be my wife and I moving over there. I am only looking be in a decent 2 (maybe 3) bedroom apartment close to downtown and I will probably end up getting a decent used car. I am not into much else in terms of spending.

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Hello everyone,

I have been exploring various options on how to land a job in Dubai and realized that the best market entry strategy would be to transfer internally through my firm. I work for one of the BIG 4 firms in their management consulting area and have started the transfer process. As part of this process, I know that the local firm will have to hire me and from what I understand, they may not exactly match my base pay here in the US due to the "we don't have income tax here in UAE" logic and that I get paid a lot for my role here. However, this may not be financially viable for me (considering that I still have to pay US taxes & I have a mortgage) unless they offer me a decent living allowance.

So my question is if there is a general rule of thumb when companies offer a living allowance (specially if the base is being low-balled)? I have seen them to be 50% of base pay. What should I expect lets say if my base salary is a USD 100K (or AED equivalent), USD 50K?

I have been advised by a couple of colleagues who have worked in the Dubai firm on a similar transfer that I should aim for 110% of my base pay here - e.g. if I make USD 100K here then I should aim for a total package of USD 110K there. This is not great but its reasonable.

A little about myself. I have almost 10 years of consulting experience in process and operational improvement here in the US primarily focusing on the financial industry. It'll just be my wife and I moving over there. I am only looking be in a decent 2 (maybe 3) bedroom apartment close to downtown and I will probably end up getting a decent used car. I am not into much else in terms of spending.

Thoughts?
I think that the advise of your colleagues is about right, you should probably even get a bit more. If they do not offer you that you have to start calculating an compare your total financial picture at home vs budget here. I believe that US citizens have to pay taxes abroad, so also take that into account.

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I think that the advise of your colleagues is about right, you should probably even get a bit more. If they do not offer you that you have to start calculating an compare your total financial picture at home vs budget here. I believe that US citizens have to pay taxes abroad, so also take that into account.
Yes, we need to pay taxes on income over $97,600 to support our government so it can read my emails and listen to my phone calls

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