Thanks for the useful info chaps (chapettes!)
My own personal worry if I did move to Dubai, would be the apparent lack of choice/control over where you ended up living. Very nice of the company to provide the diggs, but if you don't like it for any reason, it sounds like you are a bit stuck....
with that said however, there doesn't seem to be many people saying that they join, but find their own place and use the allowance the company gives them to help finance the mortgage.
Am I missing something here, or is this a non-starter which is why you hear so little about it.
Personally, that would probably be the only real option for me if I was to seriously consider moving out there to LIVE !!