Cost Of Living In Dubai

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Re: Cost of Living in Dubai Nov 05, 2010
Wow...congrats on your statistics. I'm wondering if you've been through some of these stages yourself as it seems to me that you're writing from experience as well...Regards

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Re: Cost Of Living In Dubai Nov 05, 2010
Been there, done it and have a T-shirt.

About to move back on a new contract again, will revise and update the prices and information within the next 3 weeks.
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Re: Cost of Living in Dubai Jan 25, 2011
Wanted to edit the post, but seems it may be too long. I''m going to start posting amendments here:


Amendment: January 2011
Property rental prices still down, but stable. A reasonable studio apartment will cost anything between 30K (International City) and 44K (Motor City, TECOM). One bedroom apartment about 55K to 65K and a two bedroom around 85K. This may sound a lot, but comparatively speaking is about half of what you would have paid 3 years ago. Schooling remains about the same if not slightly higher.

Amendment: January 2011
Other costs that you need to take into account with renting!

When starting out renting an apartment (even buying) bear in mind the following “hidden” costs:

DEWA (Electric and water) deposit: 2,000AED
District cooling deposit: (as most apartment complexes charge separately for this): 1,000 – 2,000
Monthly district cooling charges: About 150 – 250 AED (on top of your electrical consumption)
Dubai Municipality housing levy: About 5% of the rental amount per annum (but normally included in the rent payments)
Estate agents commission – normally 5% of the rental value, although some are prepared to negotiate on this at the moment.

Phone/ Internet connection - Etisalat deposit (about 500) or
Phone/ Internet connection – Du deposit (about 400) depending on which service you are going to use.

Here come the crunch; these have to be paid at the same time that you fork over the cash for the first rental cheque. It may still be okay if you have stayed in Dubai before, but if you are new, coming up with the money can be a problem. To top it all, most banks will not even consider a personal loan or credit faculties’ until you have worked out your full probation period (with your employer)
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Re: Cost of Living in Dubai Feb 01, 2011
They say that living in Dubai is expensive. I have a friend who is in Dubai, and she really thank her mother that accompanied her there.
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Re: Cost of Living in Dubai Apr 08, 2011
So tell me if I get this straight, if I rent apartment for first time and for 1 month it would be:
Rent + Dewa deposit + District cooling deposit + Monthly district cooling charge + phone & internet + phone& internet deposit = big headache :shock: .So my question is do I get deposits back when 1 month ends or part is taken to pay bills?

Astonishing info on this topic btw :mrgreen:
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Re: Cost of Living in Dubai Apr 08, 2011
MikeSRB wrote:So tell me if I get this straight, if I rent apartment for first time and for 1 month it would be:
Rent + Dewa deposit + District cooling deposit + Monthly district cooling charge + phone & internet + phone& internet deposit = big headache :shock: .So my question is do I get deposits back when 1 month ends or part is taken to pay bills?

Astonishing info on this topic btw :mrgreen:


Hi there,

First off you'd be lucky to find a place for 1 month. Most rentals are a minimum of a year - normally not less than this. This means 1 month rental deposit and normally the first three months in advance - deposit refundable at the end of the lease.

If you were looking for a place for a temprary stay or for only a few months then I'd check the classifieds. There are still a number of "communal" places about - this is to say fair sized villas where a number of people share and pay a monthly rental. Normally the rent is "all inclusive" furnished, water, electricity, AC, cable tv and internet" price is normally more than what you'd expect to pay if you rented on your own.

Most deposts are refundable (DEWA, Etisalat, Du), although some like Du have a minimum period built into the refund clause - end the contract before then and loose the deposit.
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Re: Cost Of Living In Dubai Apr 09, 2011
Dbxsoul man, tnx for info.So what would you suggest if I got several job offers and need to visit Dubai to see if offers are legit(and maybe some job hunting on my own) and dont want to rent anything on long term,standard hotel?Reason for 1 month is I want to get to Dubai on visit visa(dont want to get ban if I dont like the job).
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Re: Cost Of Living In Dubai Apr 09, 2011
MikeSRB wrote:Dbxsoul man, tnx for info.So what would you suggest if I got several job offers and need to visit Dubai to see if offers are legit(and maybe some job hunting on my own) and dont want to rent anything on long term,standard hotel?Reason for 1 month is I want to get to Dubai on visit visa(dont want to get ban if I dont like the job).



Normally with a visit visa you have to provide proof of where you are going to stay - they don't always check, but are entitled to ask how you intend supporting yourself. For this reason you would probably have to check into a hotel. You could always check out earlier after a few days if you managed to find other accomodation.

If you have offers already the visit visa is the way to go; buy the same token to look for work your best option is to do it in person. Remember it is illegal to work here without a work permit/ labour card. In last week the department of labour sent out a reminder to all companies. They will impose the strictest fine on companys employing illegal labour - that is a 100,000 dirham fine and 2 years in jail for any employer who contrevens this.

Last time i checked a room in a communal place (pretty up market) was in the region of about 3,500 AED per month - this is all inclusive and was in a pretty good loaction and had a pool as well.

Check out hotel rates as well, some give better rates for longer stays than others (Golden Sands, Silver Sands etc.). In general you'd be looking at about 250 - 300 AED per day for about a 3 star hotel and up to 500 for a 4 star. You don't even want to know about 5 stars. On a months rental you could probably go down to about 200 per day
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Re: Cost of Living in Dubai Apr 15, 2012
Dubai or Abu Dhabi which is more expensie
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Re: Cost Of Living In Dubai May 14, 2012
i think both dubai and abu dhabi is just even . its how you spend your money.spend it wisely.
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Re: Cost Of Living In Dubai Jun 29, 2012
wow it is very good information my family is also moving to dubai so its good for thm
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Re: Cost Of Living In Dubai Dec 10, 2012
Very Good article. even with me being a category A , i still believe there is an important thing left out.

The ENVIROMENT !

The sandy air , lack of greenery(probably even oxygen) , extreme heat/radiation , living indoors and in mall , cant be good for you!

the human pysiology was designed to live in lush grean lands with fresh water streams. Living in an artifical enviroment for sure would bring the onset of Diseases and illness. if you dont believe me go to a nearby mall and look around at the people walking.

You have to consider this in the priicng , how much is your life worth ? does shaving a few years off your life worth it ?



so lets say ; average age of a human in US = 80 years ( but most cases i have seen in NA/Europe they live over 90 and some 100)

the average american human being is worth = USD 4.1million

that means , each year of a human being costs approx USD 51,000/-

average life of a person in UAE = 70 years

(above are averages from different sources )

We can assume that UAE will take away about 10 years off your life , so have to consider if Approx USD 510,000/- is worth it or not ?



Also your satistics drops significantly if you live nearby the Emirates Road or any other deathtrap routes in the UAE.



some thing to think about



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Re: Cost Of Living In Dubai Feb 02, 2013
With the global economy the way it is, I guess Category A & B people are finding themselves out of a job, or having to take a drastic cut in their paycheck. To avoid this, they turn to Dubai / Abu Dhabi / elsewhere in the Middle East, because the 'ZERO income tax' is very appealing. Most feel they'll spend a few years here, and then return back once the economy improves back home (wild guess!)
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Re: Cost Of Living In Dubai Mar 15, 2013
Wow! Its unbelievable. I thought the cost of living in Dubai is much higher than what I expected. That could be a good news for me. Thanks for this.
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Re: Cost Of Living In Dubai Mar 20, 2013
HI, What about abu dhabi accomodations
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