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Old 21st April 2011, 09:32 PM
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Hello everyone,

Wonderful board we have here with tons of information, I've been following the salary threads in particular to get an understanding of what I should expect from my future Dubai job.

To give a little background, I work here in Houston as a Senior Internal Auditor, have approximately 8 years of experience [both internal and external auditing (E&Y)]. Still working on my CPA though but anticipating to complete it this year.

So my company is starting operations in Dubai (Jabel Ali) and I've been interviewing for the Accounting Manager position. I've been informed that now I only need to discuss the details with our HR folks in Europe since they also are responsible for ME region, which is next Friday, April 29. I've also been informed that I'll not be going there as an Expat but as a local employee, but will get the regular allowances (don't know which ones though). So in order to get ready for my meeting with HR I need some help from the experts here as to what I should be asking for.

Difference between being a local & expat
Salary - I currently make $85K - what's reasonable for Dubai
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School - Have 2 boys - 3 yrs and 8 months
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I think I've put down all the relevant information to make it clear if not please let me know and I'll add it. I'll really appreciate any help in this matter
I have no clue what the company means by 'local' since they are saying they'll give you all the 'expat' allowances.

Anyways, besides your basic salary you'll need to ask a full housing allowance, utilities allowance (come companies will give, some others won't), school fees FULLY paid (they are expensive), yearly return ticket for the family, health insurance for the family, relocation expenses, transportation allowance to get you a car.

See the sticky 'read before you post' for an idea on the cost of living, and Dubizzle for rents.

Can't comment on what is a fair salary for the position you describe though.

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Hi guys,

I have applied for a position in Dubai and I was told that the package offered is of UAE 19,000 per month.

I am a single person, only going to bring my little dog with me from the UK.

Do you think it is affordable to live on that salary?

Also, can you advise me on how much are the average expences is UAE currency such as 1 bed apartment, utility bills, car rental, petrol, food, going out, clothing.

I know each is different, but I am sure you will have an idea of how much a single person will be spending for basic necessities.

Thanks in advance to all.

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I have no clue what the company means by 'local' since they are saying they'll give you all the 'expat' allowances.

Anyways, besides your basic salary you'll need to ask a full housing allowance, utilities allowance (come companies will give, some others won't), school fees FULLY paid (they are expensive), yearly return ticket for the family, health insurance for the family, relocation expenses, transportation allowance to get you a car.

See the sticky 'read before you post' for an idea on the cost of living, and Dubizzle for rents.

Can't comment on what is a fair salary for the position you describe though.
Thank you for responding!
I don't know either that what exactly they mean by LOCAL - my guess is that since I'll be on payroll of the local entity and not my USA company they are referring to me as local. I looked at the sticky thread but still need help with some basic numbers, I'll appreciate if someone can help me with average allowances figures so that when I negotiate with them I would know what's the least I should ask for.

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Thank you for responding!
I don't know either that what exactly they mean by LOCAL - my guess is that since I'll be on payroll of the local entity and not my USA company they are referring to me as local. I looked at the sticky thread but still need help with some basic numbers, I'll appreciate if someone can help me with average allowances figures so that when I negotiate with them I would know what's the least I should ask for.
Housing Allowance will depend on what standard of housing you expect (there is no average). Look on Dubizzle to get an idea of what you can get for your money. (prices quoted are annual rents). School fees - you need around 40k per child, depending on their ages. Check school websites for fees. You should ask for 1/3rd more than your current gross wage + Housing allowance + School fees + Flights home for all the family + all relocation costs + Medical Insurance for all the family. Ask them to throw in a car as well.

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Is the following good package to live comfortable life in Dubai

Wage - 2,000,000 AED per year
House Allowance - 250,000 AED per year
Car Allowance - 72,000 AED per year
School fees
Health insurance (think I must make part payment)
Golf Club
Flight home

Thank you

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Hi guys,

I have applied for a position in Dubai and I was told that the package offered is of UAE 19,000 per month.

I am a single person, only going to bring my little dog with me from the UK.

Do you think it is affordable to live on that salary?

Also, can you advise me on how much are the average expences is UAE currency such as 1 bed apartment, utility bills, car rental, petrol, food, going out, clothing.

I know each is different, but I am sure you will have an idea of how much a single person will be spending for basic necessities.

Thanks in advance to all.
I have same situation and my monthly rent for a nice 1 bed place is aed 6000 (I pay quarterly) living expenses can be as cheap or expensive as you like average trip to supermarket is 350 AED per week, water+elect 700 per month , net+tv 350 per month etc you get the idea


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Having had such helpful responses to my thread regarding whether to choose Dubai or Australia it seemed this would be a great way to add some clarity to the financial questions surrounding that decision - at least from the Dubai perspective...

The offer for my husband's Licensed Aircraft Engineering post (he's expected to work a 42 hr wk);

Basic - 16,000 AED pm
Accomodation - either provided by the company (to incl all utilities) or a 'utilities' allowance of 11,950 AED pm
Transport - 1,150 AED pm
Education costs - upto 34,000 for primary child per academic yr (we've one 8 yr old son)
Medical - category A insurance; employee covered by company, family (premium paid by employee)
Concession travel - employee & family; unlim Cat A (subload)/Cat C (firm) tickets on EK routes
Annual leave - 42 days

How does it sound? (sounds very tempting at first, but the more I read , the more I'm not so sure!)

Do you think we'd be better off financially to accept the company accommodation or to take the money and find our own place (which will the require us to sort out the additional utilities costs?)

If I apply for a teaching post that includes a remuneration package do I have to essentially pass up the elements covered by my husbands package or will the school/agency provide the cover by way of an alternative benefit, (e.g.) more money for furniture or increase in education allowance for my son?
I have 11 years teaching experience in the UK within primary schools, I'm wondering what sort of salary I might be able to attract working full or part-time (0.5) in a British primary school in Dubai?

Sorry about the long list of questions - it was just that you were all so helpful last time!!!!

Many thanks in advance!

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The spot is for a perm Enterprise Architech in Dubai.

Base = 60k / month
Bonus = 15 to 20% per anum
Tuition = 3 kids
No accommodation provided
Relocation package avail. But not sure about details.

I am married with 6 kids 2 of which aren't in school...

Is this a good package or should I negotiate for more?


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To JAPAN...
are you sure you have your numbers right ?

if yes, then you're most likely the one with the BEST salary on this board
(no offense intended to anyone !!)

seriously....2 Mio AED......If you don;t want to challenge the Sheikh's with your humble residence then go for it

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