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I have received an offer of AED 14000/month(all inclusive) to be based out of either Dubai or Abu Dhabi locations. I am a Senior S/W engineer(Oracle consultant) with 4+ yrs of experience.

Could you please let me know the cost of living in these two cities and if this a good salary to start with?

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Oracle sell your services for $1,500 a day.

Go figure.

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Hi,

I have received an offer of AED 14000/month(all inclusive) to be based out of either Dubai or Abu Dhabi locations. I am a Senior S/W engineer(Oracle consultant) with 4+ yrs of experience.

Could you please let me know the cost of living in these two cities and if this a good salary to start with?
Are you going to be based here as an individual/bachelor or do you have family (wife/kids) who will be living with you. If you are moving here alone, you will be able to manage on a very minimal scale in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Although rentals have gone down in Dubai, they are very high in Abu Dhabi and a major portion of your salary will be spent on it.

If you have school-going children, then AED 14,000 will not be enough to manage in either city. School fees are very high out here and add to that the fact that you will need to rent an apartment, you will be cutting it a bit too close.

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Hi,

I have received an offer of AED 14000/month(all inclusive) to be based out of either Dubai or Abu Dhabi locations. I am a Senior S/W engineer(Oracle consultant) with 4+ yrs of experience.

Could you please let me know the cost of living in these two cities and if this a good salary to start with?
With housing allowance etc ?
A guy at your level in the US earns 130 k USD. That's 40k aed...accommodation here is expensive as are schools. Plus why would u work for a towelhead in the middle of a desert so there needs to be a premium..50% is a good number. That takes you to 60k aed.
Someone offers u 14k aed, ask them to go s***** themselves.

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If you get accommodation or a housing allowance, then yes, you could live comfortably on that. If you are also supporting a family, then, maybe not.

If you are having to pay for your own accommodation then you will struggle, in Abu Dhabi there is little under 100k per year and that has to be paid fully in advance (the full 12 months). Dubai is certainly cheaper for accommodation (eg you will get a nice apartment for 60k) and landlords there are more flexible with regards to the number of payments.

Expect to pay about 2500 per month for a decent (but not flash!) car, fuel is very inexpensive (I get about 450km in my 4x4 for 100 Dirhams), eating out can be expensive, and alcohol is often ridiculously priced in restaurants.

Many people do commute from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, but the driving can be erratic at times (putting it mildly) and the drive can take anything from 1 to 2 hours depending on the area of Dubai and Abu Dhabi you travel between.

Hope this helps.

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A guy at your level in the US earns 130 k USD. That's 40k aed...accommodation here is expensive as are schools. Plus why would u work for a towelhead in the middle of a desert so there needs to be a premium..50% is a good number. That takes you to 60k aed.
Someone offers u 14k aed, ask them to go s***** themselves.
That's why companies outsource....

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He did mention that his salary is all inclusive. And being from the same country as him, I have to say, his salary is not really based on his qualifications but rather the place where he originates from. Let's face it, salary scales in this country differ based on nationality and based on our nationality, he probably won't go too far negotiating for a AED 60K salary per month.

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A guy at your level in the US earns 130 k USD. That's 40k aed...accommodation here is expensive as are schools. Plus why would u work for a towelhead in the middle of a desert so there needs to be a premium..50% is a good number. That takes you to 60k aed.
Someone offers u 14k aed, ask them to go s***** themselves.
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'towelhead' ? Kindly refrain from using terms like that here. If in doubt see the forum rules.
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I know, I thought the term was "raghead"!

Let's face it, if people don't even know the local (sic) terminology.....

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Are you going to be based here as an individual/bachelor or do you have family (wife/kids) who will be living with you. If you are moving here alone, you will be able to manage on a very minimal scale in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Although rentals have gone down in Dubai, they are very high in Abu Dhabi and a major portion of your salary will be spent on it.

If you have school-going children, then AED 14,000 will not be enough to manage in either city. School fees are very high out here and add to that the fact that you will need to rent an apartment, you will be cutting it a bit too close.
Hi Pamela,

I am single. I was told that I should be able to get a single bed apartment for AED 4000 and my total monthly expenses wouldn't exceed 7000 AED(including house rental). Is this a realistic estimate?

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