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August 11, 2008 at 1:20 pm 7 comments

Ahlan Dubai… Welcome Dubai!


With so many Indians hopping the next flight to Dubai (or the UAE in general) to make their dreams happen, life would turn out to be a shocker here. The common problem for youth in India is that they want to make too much money in too little time. They are willing to leave India on the first offer from any other country of repute (or even without repute) without first considering the pros and cons. As for the millions of aspirants in India … guys, hold on. Do a self-assessment based on the under mentioned facts:

First, we don’t just multiply the AED salary into Rs 11 and convert the same into rupee earnings. That would be the first of the many mistakes you are likely to make. The conversion, if at all, should be done for savings and not gross earnings.

If you are married, consider the cost of family accommodation in the UAE and more importantly in Dubai. The minimum requirement of a one BHK (bedroom, hall and kitchen) flat would cost you a minimum of AED 5,000 per month anywhere in downtown Dubai. Then, add a minimum of 10-15% annual increments in rent. Don’t expect the salaries to rise by even half that %.

If you’re smart enough to realize that you can look for apartments outside Dubai (Sharjah, Ajman, RAK) to save AED 1,000-1500 per month in rent, please allow yourself three to four hours of commute each day. That would mean you would end up spending around 12-14 hours a days on job + commute. And you thought family life would be so much fun in Dubai.

Be prepared to shell out AED 100 for a routine check up with the doctors here. You are lucky if you don’t fall ill. But, if God forbids, you do get sick, you will end up having a big hole in your pocket, unless you have insurance.

If you aren’t used to summers in north India and the hail from places like Shimla, then you are in for a treat of a lifetime. Temperatures can run upto 45-50 degrees on a normal sunny afternoon and such days are pretty regular. Did I mention the humidity levels to be 95%?

You’re lucky if you don’t have children. Because if you have 2-3 children going to school, then add at least AED 12,000 (per annum per child) to the cost of living here in the UAE.

You may think that petrol here is cheaper and so would be the taxies. Try taking a cab from the airport to your hotel. The meter will touch AED 75-100 even before you make yourself comfortable in the Camry.

You might have the fanciest of all cars available here, but when it comes to parking, you might actually regret buying one. Imagine roaming around the streets of Dubai for an hour just to find a parking space, and it’s not even free. And don’t forget to display your parking ticket, or else a fine awaits you.

Last but not the least of all woes is a triple call rate to your loved ones in India. It’s Rs 30/minute from UAE to India, while Rs 8/minute from India to UAE. Do not think about using Skype in Dubai – it’s banned and illegal. Even sites like Orkut are banned here.

So if you are fascinated by the growing number of glam malls in Dubai, the ever-changing skyline, all the hype and glory that surrounds this place, the Bollywood stars flocking here every Thursday night, the fancy cars, BURJ DUBAI, BURJ AL ARAB, Dubai Marina, Jumairah … think twice.

Remember: what is yours is what you take home after a lifetime in Dubai. However, no matter how long you stay here, you will still be an expatriate … no UAE passport … no home.

And trust me. There’s nothing like home!

Note: This is only my observation.

Source: Frustrated Emails

Even then, Alhmdulillah, I am blessed to have my family over here with me, and that we’re living a comfortable life. 🙂

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. nadia  |  August 11, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    This is indeed the harsh reality of living in the City Of Gold.

    ~Thanks for the comment, Sweet heart

    Reply
  • 2. NZ  |  August 11, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    Very good article…I think this kind of article should be published in Newspapers in India..so that people dont into the trap and end up in a mess. The facts are accurate. I would add 1 BR for a 60K is also rare these days. It can easily go upto 75K (6250 per month) in far flung areas such as Ghusais. I would never consider Dubai at a salary less than 12,000 per month. And thats my advice to every Indian coming out here..Watch out..DO your homework..talk to someone you know who’s already been here! Also Traffic is a mess, Racism-Indians are always paid less than other nationalities.

    ~Thanks for your comments and thanks for stopping by 🙂
    YES, I do agree that whoever wants to come to UAE should do a homework to know it’s pros and cons
    .

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  • 3. Haleem  |  August 11, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    Hmm… I always thought Dubai as a cash-rich place where everyone drives a Merc. This sounds like any other cities.

    Doesn’t the government and/or your company help with the rent? What about tickets back to your home country? There were some recruiters here on our campus sometime ago and they said oil companies there give lots of tax free income and bonuses and tickets back to the home country and rent free housing.

    ~Salam,
    Thanks for your comments. Well……they are smart enough while making the employment contract, which includes the rent in the total salary. But believe me the pace of the rents in dubai is so high that the rent given to us is no where able to reach even for a half way:(. Regarding the Tickets, yes we are entitle for a return ticket once a year. There is no concept of free housing now a days as we are like paying taxes in terms of house rents which is almost 40%-50% of our salary, thats the hidden fact behind this tax free country.

    Reply
  • 4. Niyaz  |  August 13, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    wUFFFFFFFFFF!! i guess cost of living is touchin skyyyyyyyyy …

    thnks for the detailed report , vl sure helpful to all of us ….

    Reply
  • 5. Rufor  |  February 4, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Greatings,
    not bad…

    Thank you
    Rufor

    Reply
  • 6. Hobosic  |  March 16, 2009 at 3:46 am

    Hi,
    Ugh, I liked! So clear and positively.

    Thank you
    Hobosic

    Reply
  • 7. AnnaHopn  |  April 11, 2009 at 5:16 pm

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