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Old Oct 28th 2008, 7:58 pm
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Newlyweds running for cover - we're a young couple considering Dubai thanks to the Global Financial Crisis that seems to have crippled every western city including Sydney.

I'm in marketing / travel, husband in recruitment / sales - are we going to be making enough $$$ to offset the fact we left Sydney's stunning beaches and lifestyle?

Anyone know any good recruitment firms or companies to discuss job opportunities in above fields of work?
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Old Oct 28th 2008, 9:13 pm
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but have a search as there are loads of threads on the subject, as well as a pretty decent wiki to get you started...
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Old Oct 29th 2008, 11:00 am
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but have a search as there are loads of threads on the subject, as well as a pretty decent wiki to get you started...
Where is thie wiki?
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Originally Posted by tamarama View Post
Newlyweds running for cover - we're a young couple considering Dubai thanks to the Global Financial Crisis that seems to have crippled every western city including Sydney.

I'm in marketing / travel, husband in recruitment / sales - are we going to be making enough $$$ to offset the fact we left Sydney's stunning beaches and lifestyle?

Anyone know any good recruitment firms or companies to discuss job opportunities in above fields of work?
I am not sure if Dubai is really a place for making $$$; $ maybe but not $$$. It's all what you consider to be a lifestyle ... some people come here for a lifestyle ... so they don't make any savings.

On a positive side, it's only you two (I assume) so no school fees, no 3-4-5 bedroom villas to fit the family in; everything is cheaper ... I also find Dubai cheaper than Peryh, WA in terms of food, groceries etc. Plus NO TAX

Let me be corrected by others but most people I know in Dubai don't have maids back home, drive some old s#[email protected], go out far less frequently, and cannot afdford half things they can here. So it's not only really about trying to make mega bucks ... you may find the lifestyle even better here, parrticularly when you go back home and see again what you considered to be the best. I don't know Sydney that well ...

Also, you are coming in the time of the greatest crash in real estate to hit Dubai any moment (or so they say) so maybe you'll find some nice place dirt cheap. Just joking ... I would think that you should think of some minimum AED 150K (AUD 50-60K) per year for you two for accommodation; but if you both work ... should be easier.
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Newlyweds running for cover - we're a young couple considering Dubai thanks to the Global Financial Crisis that seems to have crippled every western city including Sydney.

I'm in marketing / travel, husband in recruitment / sales - are we going to be making enough $$$ to offset the fact we left Sydney's stunning beaches and lifestyle?

Anyone know any good recruitment firms or companies to discuss job opportunities in above fields of work?
you could do well yeah, probably not amazing unless you live somewhere a bit crap, I know a couple who moved to Sharjah, which is a ****in' hole and in a year they've saved over £30k.

We came to pay off debts, we bought a brand new jeep, I've got more clothes than I've ever owned, this will be my 3rd time home soon in a year and we're off to vietnam, 5 star hotels all the way, plus we have a nice villa - saying that guess how much of my debts I've paid off?

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up top, or links in the main ME forum...
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You can save money. I'm an American, a single, who came out here for both professional expertise and to save money.

Dubai is a great place to gain experience within your field. You will move up the ladder at a quicker pace than at home, gain exposure to greater levels of responsibility at a younger age, and depending on your field (I'm in architecture/planning), the opportunities to exercise your skills are extensive. The work here is genuinely creative and I can see a project go from the drawing board to completion in two years or less, whereas back in the States it would be years and years.

Then take the newfound experiences and return home to a better job!

Saving money is definitely possible, for it's all about the lifestyle you want. I live in a shared villa (and waiting for the day when the authorities find us and kick us out), I drive a Pajero, eat out a few times a week, travel, and I save half my income. Now, if you want your own place (not shared), spend money at the malls every week, hit the glamour restaurants and bars three-four nights a week, then you'll find that Dubai is indeed very expensive.

As it is, the two groups of people who save money in Duba are 1) the very highly paid, with lavish housing allowances and school fees for their kids, and 2) the young singles who live modestly (but still nicely, after all, I have maid service and a gardener at my villa) and sock away a good chunk of their income.

One warning, however, I really didn't start saving money until I had been here for four or five months. The outlay to set up life in Dubai is a bit high.
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You can save money. I'm an American, a single, who came out here for both professional expertise and to save money.

Dubai is a great place to gain experience within your field. You will move up the ladder at a quicker pace than at home, gain exposure to greater levels of responsibility at a younger age, and depending on your field (I'm in architecture/planning), the opportunities to exercise your skills are extensive. The work here is genuinely creative and I can see a project go from the drawing board to completion in two years or less, whereas back in the States it would be years and years.

Then take the newfound experiences and return home to a better job!

Saving money is definitely possible, for it's all about the lifestyle you want. I live in a shared villa (and waiting for the day when the authorities find us and kick us out), I drive a Pajero, eat out a few times a week, travel, and I save half my income. Now, if you want your own place (not shared), spend money at the malls every week, hit the glamour restaurants and bars three-four nights a week, then you'll find that Dubai is indeed very expensive.

As it is, the two groups of people who save money in Duba are 1) the very highly paid, with lavish housing allowances and school fees for their kids, and 2) the young singles who live modestly (but still nicely, after all, I have maid service and a gardener at my villa) and sock away a good chunk of their income.

One warning, however, I really didn't start saving money until I had been here for four or five months. The outlay to set up life in Dubai is a bit high.
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