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I am thinking of moving to Dubai. I have lot of questions in my mind. It will be appreciated if any of the forum members can provide to answer to them.

1. I am expecting a salary of AED 360000. Please let me know much will be my living expenses in Dubai. I am married and I will looking for a single bedroom flat.

3. How is the work culture and job opportunuty in case I want to switch jobs in future. I am qualified CHartered Accountant.
Have you been offered a job with this salary or is it what you're expecting?

How much experience do you have?

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First, thanks for the reply.

I think perhaps you misunderstood the business travel expense portion. Naturally, that is covered by the company. It is not part of the package.
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This salary includes the assumption that I must cover my own housing, food and automobile expenses. Health insurance, business travel expenses, my initial flight and travel costs to relocate to the UAE and an annual flight back to the US are all on top of this.
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Hello everyone, I hope it's ok to post a question regarding a package offer in Abu-Dhabi in here.

I have been offered a university English teaching position in AD. I have a Master's Degree in TESL and 2 years of experience. I am single with no dependents. I have been given 5 working days to decide if their terms are acceptable and two days have already passed so please give me some feedback quickly!

The package is as follows:

SALARY

Total salary of AED 16,000/Month (Sixteen Thousand Dirhams only) divided as follows:
Basic Salary: AED 15,000/Month
Transportation: AED 600/Month
Utilities: AED 400/Month

ALLOWANCES

Furnished one bedroom accommodation will be provided to you at the university's residential premises.

Annual return ticket for yourself, spouse and three dependent children in Economy class, up to a maximum amount of AED 18,000/- from and to the nearest airport to your residence in the country of origin as to be stated in the contract.

Health Insurance for yourself, spouse and up to three dependent children.

END OF SERVICE PAYMENT

Upon completing one full year of service. The payment will be at the rate of one month basic salary for each year of service completed, plus a prorated amount for part of a year.

So... what do you think? Should I negotiate this? Is there something I should ask for that they left out?

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I have been offered a university English teaching position in AD. I have a Master's Degree in TESL and 2 years of experience. I am single with no dependents.
SALARY

Total salary of AED 16,000/Month
ALLOWANCES

Furnished one bedroom accommodation will be provided to you at the university's residential premises.

Annual return ticket for yourself, spouse and three dependent children in Economy class, up to a maximum amount of AED 18,000/- from and to the nearest airport to your residence in the country of origin as to be stated in the contract.

Health Insurance for yourself, spouse and up to three dependent children.

END OF SERVICE PAYMENT

Upon completing one full year of service. The payment will be at the rate of one month basic salary for each year of service completed, plus a prorated amount for part of a year.

So... what do you think? Should I negotiate this? Is there something I should ask for that they left out?
1. If you think you can negotiate, then why not! there is no such thing as a bad increase in salary
2. The package is essentially 16K AED p.m. + acco + medical insurance+annual travel - seems pretty standard to me esp. given the level of experience that you have. If I were you, I would take it. However, do keep in mind that 600 Dhs will not be enough to cover your transportation costs if you plan to keep a car. However, only with taxis it might be enough or you might need to top it up a bit. (from my limited experience of using taxis in AD, the distances are fairly short and the fares are low).
In terms of expenses, you would spend perhaps maximum 500 Dhs on TV + internet, 3-400 on utilities, 1500 Dhs on food (not including nights out), 2000 dhs if you have a low end car, 3-400 Dhs on telephone (obv. depends on your usage and usage of skype). Acco is by far the biggest expense esp. in AD which is taken care of.

All the best!

P.s.: Do check if the acco is shared or just for you. If it is shared, make sure that at least you have your room ! (I am sure you will, but never hurts to double check!)


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I am thinking of moving to Dubai. I have lot of questions in my mind. It will be appreciated if any of the forum members can provide to answer to them.

1. I am expecting a salary of AED 360000. Please let me know much will be my living expenses in Dubai. I am married and I will looking for a single bedroom flat. My work place will be some where near DIFD. It will be helpful, if someone can break down the expenses into- rent (furnished and unfurnished), food, local convenyance, maid, utility bills and I will like to go out for party once a month- nothing extravagant.
2. How much will I incur on relocation from India, basically what are the one time expenses will I incur once I reach Dubai
3. How is the work culture and job opportunuty in case I want to switch jobs in future. I am qualified CHartered Accountant.
Answer: Search the forum.
If you had an offer then yes 360,000 (all in) would be great + ask for medical insurance
Rent: 50-80K AED p.a. (unfurnished); food - 1500 Dhs p.m; transport - 1500-2500 Dhs (depends on whether you use taxis/hire a low end car/or buy a mid range car. You will need to spend some time, money and effort to get a driving license her); Maid - full time minimum is c. 1000 Dhs + visa fees etc. Part time depends on hours worked @25-35 dhs per hour; Budget 500 Dhs for a night out - 25-35 Dhs for a beer, and drinks are mostly in this price range (obv. higher if you go to a higher end place).
Now please tell us if you actually have an offer - the suspense is killing me

2 - depends on how much stuff you bring ! You can easily furnish a flat from a few thousand dhs (say 5) (Ikea) to tens of thousands of Dhs. You can also accummulate stuff gradually

3- work culture depends a lot on your manager (like all over the world) - though there is a higher number of unprofessional people in dubai. If you want to switch jobs in the future, a lot will depend on what you have done here + where you want to move.

P.S.: It must be a really slow day for me for having answered all these vague and lazy questions for someone who has made absolutely no effort to read up first befor asking questions!


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1. If you think you can negotiate, then why not! there is no such thing as a bad increase in salary
2. The package is essentially 16K AED p.m. + acco + medical insurance+annual travel - seems pretty standard to me esp. given the level of experience that you have. If I were you, I would take it. However, do keep in mind that 600 Dhs will not be enough to cover your transportation costs if you plan to keep a car. However, only with taxis it might be enough or you might need to top it up a bit. (from my limited experience of using taxis in AD, the distances are fairly short and the fares are low).
In terms of expenses, you would spend perhaps maximum 500 Dhs on TV + internet, 3-400 on utilities, 1500 Dhs on food (not including nights out), 2000 dhs if you have a low end car, 3-400 Dhs on telephone (obv. depends on your usage and usage of skype). Acco is by far the biggest expense esp. in AD which is taken care of.

All the best!

P.s.: Do check if the acco is shared or just for you. If it is shared, make sure that at least you have your room ! (I am sure you will, but never hurts to double check!)
Thanks for the advice! Any idea what my expenses would be for a cheap car?

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Thanks for the advice! Any idea what my expenses would be for a cheap car?
Rent: About 1700 dhs (you just pay for the fuel on top of this) for the cheapest car (e.g. Toyota Yaris)
Buy new: About 50000 for the same car as above. For a 3 year loan on this (50K), it will be about 1550 Dhs p.m. You also need to pay for insurance, registration, maintenance on top of this. So budget about 3K for one year. Obviously you will also have a resale value after you have driven the car
Old car: check dubizzle.com for prices.

If you are going to be here for more than a year, generally buying a car makes more sense than renting one

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OK Guys, sounds like this thread needs some kicking! here I go:

I'm moving to AD in few three weeks, and I have accepted the following offer:

Basic Salary: AED 13,000
Allowances: AED 16,750 (Total AED 29,750)
Housing allowance: up to AED 210,000
Medical insurance for self and family
30 working days annual leave

The post is with the government of AD, Grade 2 (if this means anything)
I've got 4 years of UK experience, PhD, MSc, and a BSc.
Married with no children.

How good/bad do you think this offer is?

Thanks.
Total package average. Note, that end of service benefits are usually based on basic salary.

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I'm from the UK, late twenties and single I been offered a job as IT analyst I have 9 years experience, the last 6 months have been awful and I have not been able to find a long term contract. This is for a perm role and i am contemplating whether or not i should to go for it? as the basic is not even half of what i usually get in GBP.

What they have offered me is:

Basic 19,000 AED /monthly
accommodation 140,000 AED ( this will be provided by company)
Furniture allowance of 10,000 AED
medical insurance - subsidised
32 days leave
end of service benefit
Car loan with no interests for 80,000 AED

I have heard horror stories of accomodation that it can be shared or at times not up to standard.

What would be the best way of negotiating or as an expat what is the average salary?

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