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Old Sep 21st 2015, 5:58 pm
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I have just been offered a position in Dubai for a certain salary but in the contract this is broken down into base salary and allowances. I was wondering if I *have* to use the allowance or if it will be paid in a lumpsum each month? I don't want to spend the amount they have allocated for transport and housing; I would rather save the money. Any help!
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It is an 'allowance' paid monthly, so you can spend less, or more to suit yourself.

It would be unusual for a company to control what you spend on accommodation unless the accommodation is provided.

So save away. Good luck with the new position.
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Hi

I have just been offered a position in Dubai for a certain salary but in the contract this is broken down into base salary and allowances. I was wondering if I *have* to use the allowance or if it will be paid in a lumpsum each month? I don't want to spend the amount they have allocated for transport and housing; I would rather save the money. Any help!
It varies - I know of some companies who pay the rent directly to landlord/estate agent (so use it or lose it), some pay monthly in your salary and some pay a one-off lump sum each year.
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in general the housing allowance, transport allowance etc are just ways of reducing your end of service benefits. Those then only get calculated on your base salary.
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Be mindful that apartment/house rents in Dubai are among the most expensive in the world, so I wouldn't expect to save much, if anything.
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It varies - I know of some companies who pay the rent directly to landlord/estate agent (so use it or lose it), some pay monthly in your salary and some pay a one-off lump sum each year.
yep...true.

you need to establish with the company in what form the allowance is applied.
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Be mindful that apartment/house rents in Dubai are among the most expensive in the world, so I wouldn't expect to save much, if anything.

actually rent is coming down.....slightly
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