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im new here...and im looking for some info regarding salaries compensation...

im applying for dubai...application is for CSR @ Fitness First Dubai...

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1. Salary (Range from how much to how much)
2. Benefits
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...Just inquiring if you have any ideas...thank much...

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helo...

im new here...and im looking for some info regarding salaries compensation...

im applying for dubai...application is for CSR @ Fitness First Dubai...

i wanna know:

1. Salary (Range from how much to how much)
2. Benefits
3. Expenses
4. Cost of Living
5. Life in Dubai....

...Just inquiring if you have any ideas...thank much...

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Hi - I have an offer but they are wanting to tax equalise me - so they deduct the tax which would otherwise be payable if I was back home. I know this is sometimes done for expat postings but does not sit well with me considering Dubai is tax free.

Do people know if tax equlisation is common for posting in Dubai?

Also no hardship allowance is being paid. Is this common for Dubai?
Maybe I've been kept in the dark and fed on magic mushrooms......what the hell is tax equalisation. I've lived and worked in Dubai, and never met this anomaly. Whatever you may/may not be taxed in your home country, has no bearing in Dubai, as it is "tax free" as you state.

Unless the UAE has re-written their employment and financial structures, I think somebody is trying it on. Its not unusual tho for Mr Maktoum to change policies overnight to accommodate facilitating his "dream".

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Maybe I've been kept in the dark and fed on magic mushrooms......what the hell is tax equalisation. I've lived and worked in Dubai, and never met this anomaly. Whatever you may/may not be taxed in your home country, has no bearing in Dubai, as it is "tax free" as you state.

Unless the UAE has re-written their employment and financial structures, I think somebody is trying it on. Its not unusual tho for Mr Maktoum to change policies overnight to accommodate facilitating his "dream".
Tax equalisation is a real thing if the corporation is based in another country (especially UK), since Dubai is not considered a hardship posting anymore. They take into account the amount that will be tax free and decrease the salary so the employees in the UK see roughly the same take home pay. Just as an American pays no taxes on the first about $90k and has a $57k housing allowance also tax free but he must pay taxes to the US on everything past that. Dubai does not have any additional taxes so it is "tax free" but if you are a citizen of another country you still have to abide by your home country's tax code.

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Tax equalisation is a real thing if the corporation is based in another country (especially UK), since Dubai is not considered a hardship posting anymore. They take into account the amount that will be tax free and decrease the salary so the employees in the UK see roughly the same take home pay. Just as an American pays no taxes on the first about $90k and has a $57k housing allowance also tax free but he must pay taxes to the US on everything past that. Dubai does not have any additional taxes so it is "tax free" but if you are a citizen of another country you still have to abide by your home country's tax code.
And the reverse is to for tax equalization. If, for example, you are transferred to a country that will require a higher tax burden than your own, they should "equalize" up so that you are roughly whole in general.

In UAE, as it is tax free, companies will use this in reverse to lower your compensation. Their point to make is if it was the other way around, you would want your compensation raised. Fair point, but I would say it is the cost of the company to place me in the desert far away from my family and friends...eat it!

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I just have a general comment about shifting to a new place where a better package is being offered. You should spend more time asking about the place you are going to move to and talking to the people you are going to work with especially your manager rather than be worried if your package is good enough.

Moving to a new place is always a challenging thing. You should be in particular careful with organizations that are just kicking off having no strategy setup yet, no policies or procedures and more importantly no fixed organization strcuture. Such organizations can be very chaotic, changes take place very often with deadlinespushing you hard and may cause undesirable outcomes if you are not careful.

Also, where a very attractive package offer is being floated, I find it very strange why some people miss asking more detailed questions about their actual work and what they will be involved in. Guys, where you get paid more, u have more responsibilites and extra hours to work so do ask whatever you want before you sign the actual contract and leave your old employer.

How much is too much is very much on the individuals way of life and life style and more often than not, it will never be enough. I always ask myself " In the end, will I be happy working with the organization and love doing what I am doing ? " and money is just another variable of the equation and not THE ONLY variable

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I have registered at this forum few days back and have been reading some posts.
I must say that this is a fantastic forum and very helful.
My wife and I are looking to move to Dubai in August this year with our 2 kids.
I shall be visiting Dubai in early June for the first time for an intevriew.
shall keep all posted if I get a job offer

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I have received the following offer for a position in the academic sector (non-faculty). I am a single woman, no children, and my financial responsibilities in my home country are minimal (approx $250 USD per month). I should also mention that I would be in Abu Dhabi, not Dubai.

I would appreciate any feedback with regard to this offer. Also, if anyone thinks I should negotiate, can you suggest what I should say/how I should phrase my request?

Thanks in advance for any advice.

AED 17,995 per month
Unfurnished accommodation (Hotel accommodation and a meal allowance for a period up to six nights would be provided upon your arrival in the UAE )
Relocation allowance of AED 30,000
Annual travel tickets (or cash in lieu) to and from (Country of Origin)
44 working days of annual leave
Free Health coverage
Children education
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Hello,

I have received the following offer for a position in the academic sector (non-faculty). I am a single woman, no children, and my financial responsibilities in my home country are minimal (approx $250 USD per month). I should also mention that I would be in Abu Dhabi, not Dubai.

I would appreciate any feedback with regard to this offer. Also, if anyone thinks I should negotiate, can you suggest what I should say/how I should phrase my request?

Thanks in advance for any advice.

AED 17,995 per month
Unfurnished accommodation (Hotel accommodation and a meal allowance for a period up to six nights would be provided upon your arrival in the UAE )
Relocation allowance of AED 30,000
Annual travel tickets (or cash in lieu) to and from (Country of Origin)
44 working days of annual leave
Free Health coverage
Children education
Repatriation allowance
You need more than 6 nights accommodation on arrival. You will not be able to rent an apartment until you have your Residence Permit and you will need a local cheque book account to pay post dated cheques for your rent (which you also cannot get until you have Res Permit). This will take 1-2 weeks minimum. Are you bringing your furniture over? that will take 4- 6 weeks. If buying here, there is no way you can source, order and take delivery in such a short time - it just isn't that efficient here.
18k a month? do-able,but not great. I wouldn't come half way around the world for that but that's my personal opinion.

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You need more than 6 nights accommodation on arrival. You will not be able to rent an apartment until you have your Residence Permit and you will need a local cheque book account to pay post dated cheques for your rent (which you also cannot get until you have Res Permit). This will take 1-2 weeks minimum. Are you bringing your furniture over? that will take 4- 6 weeks. If buying here, there is no way you can source, order and take delivery in such a short time - it just isn't that efficient here.
18k a month? do-able,but not great. I wouldn't come half way around the world for that but that's my personal opinion.

Wandabug - Thank you for your reply. The base salary is 1/3 more than I earn in the U.S. (after taxes) so there is some appeal to me. U.S. citizens are tax-exempt up to $91,000 USD (approx.), but tomorrow I meet with a tax consultant to help me with the numbers. Do you have any suggestions for how to negotiate? It is a non-profit sector, so I don't know how much negotiation is possible, but any suggestions are appreciated.

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