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I would really appreciate any help. My husband, I and our 2 children (2) and (6) are looking to relocate to Dubai on 1st December.
We are struggling to get a good view of day to day living costs for a family. We have an offer of employment and their list of costs (obviously keeping the salary down) does not seem to tally with what i am reading on sites. We will both be working so will need school/nursery/help with childcare after school etc.
Please can anyone help?
Also on another note my older son has a different name from the rest of us (previous marriage) will this present any problems in Dubai?
Many thanks
Lisa
 

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Hi Lisa

Think it would be easier to give you feedback if you could let us know what the list of costs are that the compay gave you.
 

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Is the company giving you housing allowance? how much?
Is the company going to pay for school?
For after school, have you thought about getting a maid/nanny? Nanny will only cost you between 800-1800aed a month depending on nationailty you choose.
Is the company going to give you allowance for transportation for children to and from school./ If not you can get a taxi service to do this for you.
Is the company giving you a car allowance?

For the child with a diffrent last name, sorry I can not help you with that. In america you have to get a letter signed by the court with previous spouse allowing you to take the child out of the country.
 

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Is the company giving you housing allowance? how much?
Is the company going to pay for school?
For after school, have you thought about getting a maid/nanny? Nanny will only cost you between 800-1800aed a month depending on nationailty you choose.
Is the company going to give you allowance for transportation for children to and from school./ If not you can get a taxi service to do this for you.
Is the company giving you a car allowance?

For the child with a diffrent last name, sorry I can not help you with that. In america you have to get a letter signed by the court with previous spouse allowing you to take the child out of the country.
Many thanks for your reply. We are not getting any allowances just a basic salary hence the need to ensure we can afford to live. Can you help with average weekly shopping bills for a family of four?
 

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well, my family of 4 spends about 700$ a month on groceries. Is that the type of shopping you are asking about?
If you arent getting a home allowance I wouldnt do it. Go on dubizzle.com and search for 3-4 bed villas and you will know what I mean. They will go anywhere from 150,000aed-350,000aed for a nice villa in a nice location. Thats a year. And most want one 1 check up front, some are nice and will take 2-3 checks.
 

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I suppose it doesn't matter whether you are getting a housing allowance or not if your basic salary is enough to cover everything. One thing which is very expensive is school fees here. Don't know unfortunately how much - someone else may be able to help. You would certainly need to ensure your basic could easily cover these with two children.
 
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