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Hi there.

My name is Helene, nice to meet you.

I wanted to join the forum as I am relocating to Dubai in 2 weeks after numerous business trips to the UAE in the past.

I have accepted employment with a monthly salary of 18,000 AED and I will be supplying my own accom.

So far, my flight has been booked/paid and my employment visa is almost sorted.

I have also booked/paid myself into a hotel for the first 14 nights.

I am planning on bringing £3000 with me (17032 AED equivalent).

Within the first 14 days whilst I am in the hotel, I am going to look for a room to rent within an apartment long-term.

Will this spending money be enough for me to cover living expenses for the first month of my life in Dubai?

I am looking to rent a room in Business Bay or surrounds for around 4,000/5,000 AED per month.

I am sure the 17032 AED will be able to cover any security deposit/fees for property and living costs.

Please correct me if I'm wrong? :)

Also, I have some friends in Dubai but not many - I'd love to meet some new people so please let me know if you'd be happy to become friends with me...

Helene
 

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Sounds like a plan and that amount should tide you over easily, just watch the initial socialising costs.

If you renting a room then usually there is no outlay or fees as these are sublet and covered by whoever name is on the contract. It's common to be asked for a month up front but that should be all.

Best of luck
 

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Why is your employer not providing you with a month's hotel stay, or at least two weeks as a minimum?

I can't imagine someone offered you a job and expect you to fund everything from day one.
 

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Sounds like a plan and that amount should tide you over easily, just watch the initial socialising costs.

If you renting a room then usually there is no outlay or fees as these are sublet and covered by whoever name is on the contract. It's common to be asked for a month up front but that should be all.

Best of luck
Thank you for your advice. :)
 

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Why is your employer not providing you with a month's hotel stay, or at least two weeks as a minimum?

I can't imagine someone offered you a job and expect you to fund everything from day one.
It wasn't something I negotiated. I was just keen on getting the basic I wanted, to be honest. My flight is paid for at the company's expense and I managed to get a good hotel deal for £500/14 nights so I don't mind. :)
 
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