Go Back  British Expats > Living & Moving Abroad > Middle East
Reload this Page >

Moving to Dubai soon - start up costs?

Moving to Dubai soon - start up costs?

Old Apr 30th 2014, 12:57 pm
  #1  
Just Joined
Thread Starter
 
Joined: Apr 2014
Posts: 2
dubaimover26 is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Moving to Dubai soon - start up costs?

Hi all,

I am moving to Dubai at start of July and I have a job which pays:

Basic: AED 20k
Rent: AED 9k
Transport: AED 2K

Plus 1 return flight home per year and med insurance for both me and my husband.

My husband doesn't have a job yet (fingers crossed ) he gets something before we go but if he doesn't, will the above be enough to support both of us, even if we basically do nothing fun until he gets something?

We want to rent in JLT or thereabouts (it's just the two of us and we want to eventually experience some nightlife buzz). I know the start up costs can be a lot, with the agency fee, deposit, DEWA etc. But can anyone advise on what we can expect to spend in our first month or so?

I'm particularly nervous of this 1 cheque for a year's rent issue... the whole reason we are moving is because we don't have that kind of money!

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Many, many thanks in advance!
dubaimover26 is offline  
Old Apr 30th 2014, 1:06 pm
  #2  
BE Vendor - Finance Specialist
 
Joined: Apr 2014
Posts: 48
CraigM is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Re: Moving to Dubai soon - start up costs?

Dubaimover26 - If your company is happy to give your rent allowance to you quarterly you will be able to find a great apartment in JLT for 108,000dhs p/yr, you can negotiate the amount of cheques you are required to pay up to a max of 4, any more is pretty unheard of nowadays. I would also recommend looking in Motor City, although further out, it is cheap and the buses I am told are regular.. 20,000 p/mth salary will be enough to live on as long as you are sensible, alcohol and eating out are expensive luxury's you may need to live without for a month or 2. You can easily rent a small car for less than 2000 a month, and in July they usually have some discounts running.... I hope this helps
CraigM is offline  
Old Apr 30th 2014, 1:13 pm
  #3  
Just Joined
Thread Starter
 
Joined: Apr 2014
Posts: 2
dubaimover26 is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Re: Moving to Dubai soon - start up costs?

Thank you very much Globaleye. I will definitely have a look at Motor City too. I just want to check that you think we can both survive on this salary for a while if we need to?

Thank you so much for your reply, it has really calmed me down a bit!
dubaimover26 is offline  
Old Apr 30th 2014, 1:23 pm
  #4  
BE Vendor - Finance Specialist
 
Joined: Apr 2014
Posts: 48
CraigM is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Re: Moving to Dubai soon - start up costs?

You're very welcome, good luck with the move Dubai is an amazing place, you will both love it!
CraigM is offline  
Old Apr 30th 2014, 1:27 pm
  #5  
BE Enthusiast
 
The_Citizen's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2012
Location: Dubai
Posts: 542
The_Citizen is a name known to allThe_Citizen is a name known to allThe_Citizen is a name known to allThe_Citizen is a name known to allThe_Citizen is a name known to allThe_Citizen is a name known to allThe_Citizen is a name known to allThe_Citizen is a name known to allThe_Citizen is a name known to allThe_Citizen is a name known to allThe_Citizen is a name known to all
Default Re: Moving to Dubai soon - start up costs?

You will be able to 'survive' no problem. You really need to negotiate your rent with the agent. Also some employers will help with the rent situation as well so it might be worth asking them.

With the package that you have put above you will be able to have a nice lifestyle in a good area but won't be able to save. If you can learn to live on your salary you can then just save your husbands earnings or just spend it on holidays!
The_Citizen is offline  
Old Apr 30th 2014, 10:11 pm
  #6  
Soupy twist
 
Joined: Dec 2004
Posts: 2,267
Eeyore has a reputation beyond reputeEeyore has a reputation beyond reputeEeyore has a reputation beyond reputeEeyore has a reputation beyond reputeEeyore has a reputation beyond reputeEeyore has a reputation beyond reputeEeyore has a reputation beyond reputeEeyore has a reputation beyond reputeEeyore has a reputation beyond reputeEeyore has a reputation beyond reputeEeyore has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Moving to Dubai soon - start up costs?

Originally Posted by Globaleye View Post
you can negotiate the amount of cheques you are required to pay
It's not really a negotiation, though, is it? All you can do is ask if the landlord will accept more than one cheque, and if they refuse (as they are increasingly doing), you just have to pay or walk away.
Eeyore is offline  
Old May 1st 2014, 12:42 pm
  #7  
Hit 16's
 
Bahtatboy's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2010
Location: Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine
Posts: 13,112
Bahtatboy has a reputation beyond reputeBahtatboy has a reputation beyond reputeBahtatboy has a reputation beyond reputeBahtatboy has a reputation beyond reputeBahtatboy has a reputation beyond reputeBahtatboy has a reputation beyond reputeBahtatboy has a reputation beyond reputeBahtatboy has a reputation beyond reputeBahtatboy has a reputation beyond reputeBahtatboy has a reputation beyond reputeBahtatboy has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Moving to Dubai soon - start up costs?

And when you "negotiate" with the landlord, insist on a "break-clause" that allows you to terminate the rental agreement part way through, usually with 1 month's notice and 2 months penalty: that at least gives you some protection if things don't pan out.

Good luck
Bahtatboy is offline  
Old May 1st 2014, 1:20 pm
  #8  
Big Member
 
NorthernLad's Avatar
 
Joined: Jul 2005
Posts: 3,841
NorthernLad has a reputation beyond reputeNorthernLad has a reputation beyond reputeNorthernLad has a reputation beyond reputeNorthernLad has a reputation beyond reputeNorthernLad has a reputation beyond reputeNorthernLad has a reputation beyond reputeNorthernLad has a reputation beyond reputeNorthernLad has a reputation beyond reputeNorthernLad has a reputation beyond reputeNorthernLad has a reputation beyond reputeNorthernLad has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Moving to Dubai soon - start up costs?

Originally Posted by dubaimover26 View Post
Thank you very much Globaleye. I will definitely have a look at Motor City too. I just want to check that you think we can both survive on this salary for a while if we need to?

Thank you so much for your reply, it has really calmed me down a bit!
Call me cynical, but I'd expect a PM then a phone call from Globaleye soon if the username is anything to go by.
NorthernLad is offline  
Old May 2nd 2014, 6:25 am
  #9  
BE Vendor - Finance Specialist
 
Joined: Apr 2014
Posts: 48
CraigM is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Re: Moving to Dubai soon - start up costs?

Hi NorthernLad, you will not be receiving a telephone call, if you already have received calls then I apologise. Some within the organisation will use cold calling to promote themselves, I do not. If people want to get in touch they are welcome, I do not need to chase business and beg people to become my clients...
CraigM is offline  
Old May 2nd 2014, 7:07 am
  #10  
Onwards and Upwards!
 
Johnnyboy11's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2010
Posts: 751
Johnnyboy11 has a reputation beyond reputeJohnnyboy11 has a reputation beyond reputeJohnnyboy11 has a reputation beyond reputeJohnnyboy11 has a reputation beyond reputeJohnnyboy11 has a reputation beyond reputeJohnnyboy11 has a reputation beyond reputeJohnnyboy11 has a reputation beyond reputeJohnnyboy11 has a reputation beyond reputeJohnnyboy11 has a reputation beyond reputeJohnnyboy11 has a reputation beyond reputeJohnnyboy11 has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Moving to Dubai soon - start up costs?

Originally Posted by dubaimover26 View Post
Hi all,

I am moving to Dubai at start of July and I have a job which pays:

Basic: AED 20k
Rent: AED 9k
Transport: AED 2K

Plus 1 return flight home per year and med insurance for both me and my husband.

My husband doesn't have a job yet (fingers crossed ) he gets something before we go but if he doesn't, will the above be enough to support both of us, even if we basically do nothing fun until he gets something?

We want to rent in JLT or thereabouts (it's just the two of us and we want to eventually experience some nightlife buzz). I know the start up costs can be a lot, with the agency fee, deposit, DEWA etc. But can anyone advise on what we can expect to spend in our first month or so?

I'm particularly nervous of this 1 cheque for a year's rent issue... the whole reason we are moving is because we don't have that kind of money!

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Many, many thanks in advance!
Boring, but sensible tips:

Be mindful that you will be UK Resident for UK tax and NI purposes on your worldwide earnings until 6th April 2016 at the earliest, however once obtained your non-residency status can normally be backdated to when you left the UK.

Usually there is no sickness cover from your employer, and if you are off sick you get no pay or allowances. Similarly there are little or no employment rights in the Middle East. So think about setting some savings aside each month as a precaution.

Don't forget to invest in a pension, as a guide half your age when you start and invest that % of your salary.
Johnnyboy11 is offline  
Old May 3rd 2014, 9:29 pm
  #11  
Soupy twist
 
Joined: Dec 2004
Posts: 2,267
Eeyore has a reputation beyond reputeEeyore has a reputation beyond reputeEeyore has a reputation beyond reputeEeyore has a reputation beyond reputeEeyore has a reputation beyond reputeEeyore has a reputation beyond reputeEeyore has a reputation beyond reputeEeyore has a reputation beyond reputeEeyore has a reputation beyond reputeEeyore has a reputation beyond reputeEeyore has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Moving to Dubai soon - start up costs?

Originally Posted by Johnnyboy11 View Post
Usually there is no sickness cover from your employer, and if you are off sick you get no pay or allowances
Really? Both the companies I have worked for here have provided sick pay. At my current company you can get up to 15 days' sick leave per year on full pay, then X number of days at half pay, and no pay after that.

So think about setting some savings aside each month as a precaution
I'm always amused when I see that it's recommended to have at least 3 months' salary set aside for emergency use, because nobody ever explains how you're supposed to save so much so quickly while also meeting your regular monthly outgoings and keeping some money for yourself to actually have a life. Most people I know will candidly admit they are saving little to nothing, and not because they're busy living a profligate Dubai lifestyle.
Eeyore is offline  
Old May 4th 2014, 7:17 pm
  #12  
Lost in BE Cyberspace
 
Joined: May 2008
Posts: 5,125
busybee2 has a reputation beyond reputebusybee2 has a reputation beyond reputebusybee2 has a reputation beyond reputebusybee2 has a reputation beyond reputebusybee2 has a reputation beyond reputebusybee2 has a reputation beyond reputebusybee2 has a reputation beyond reputebusybee2 has a reputation beyond reputebusybee2 has a reputation beyond reputebusybee2 has a reputation beyond reputebusybee2 has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Moving to Dubai soon - start up costs?

Originally Posted by dubaimover26 View Post
Hi all,

I am moving to Dubai at start of July and I have a job which pays:

Basic: AED 20k
Rent: AED 9k
Transport: AED 2K

Plus 1 return flight home per year and med insurance for both me and my husband.

My husband doesn't have a job yet (fingers crossed ) he gets something before we go but if he doesn't, will the above be enough to support both of us, even if we basically do nothing fun until he gets something?

We want to rent in JLT or thereabouts (it's just the two of us and we want to eventually experience some nightlife buzz). I know the start up costs can be a lot, with the agency fee, deposit, DEWA etc. But can anyone advise on what we can expect to spend in our first month or so?

I'm particularly nervous of this 1 cheque for a year's rent issue... the whole reason we are moving is because we don't have that kind of money!

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Many, many thanks in advance!
will your husband have to do visa runs each month then?
busybee2 is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Contact Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.