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BDD 18th Mar 2017 14:46

Housing in Dubai
 
Hi guy's

My wife has been offered a job in Dubai with a housing
allowance of around 20000 UAE. What's the best place
to live, and would 20000 UAE cover it.

Thanks,

BDD

ScamArtist 18th Mar 2017 14:51

20000 per month or per year?

BigGeordie 18th Mar 2017 17:22

Propertyfinder.ae is the website you want.

lospilotos 18th Mar 2017 17:43


Originally Posted by BDD (Post 9710738)
Hi guy's

My wife has been offered a job in Dubai with a housing
allowance of around 20000 UAE. What's the best place
to live, and would 20000 UAE cover it.

Thanks,

BDD

20000 would get your wife a locker at a gym, if that...

I'm assuming you're missing a zero at the end in which case she could get a decent 2BR apartment in a good location.

harry the cod 18th Mar 2017 21:10

BDD

Assuming 200k, this will get you a reasonable place throughout Dubai, nice 3 bed villa slightly out of town or a good 2 bed, 2 bath apartment in Marina or downtown. It should also cover some to all charges depending on location. DEWA (Dubai Electricity & Water) is not cheap for expats and watch out for hidden expenses and fees. You can currently buy a very nice 4 bed villa just outside of Arabian Ranches community for around 3 million. If you can stump up 30% for the deposit plus another 6% for fees and commission, what you pay in rent will give you an unencumbered villa within 10-12 years.

EK Captains get slightly less than that allowance, (circa 190k per annum) but if you're without kids, it will do fine. If you're here long term, it might be worth buying as prices are slowly dropping and there's plenty of incentives available to buy but a 6-12 months rental would be my advice to get a feel for the place and where you might want to live first.

Big Geordie offers the best advice!

Harry

Big Enos Burdette 18th Mar 2017 21:22

Buy in dubai??
You'd be better off going to Vegas and putting it on black.

Cantbebothered 18th Mar 2017 23:22


Originally Posted by BDD (Post 9710738)
Hi guy's

My wife has been offered a job in Dubai with a housing
allowance of around 20000 UAE. What's the best place
to live, and would 20000 UAE cover it.

Thanks,

BDD

You are joking right? She will be able to rent a bunkbed space to share it with 16 other lower wage people in the same flat. Since you typed 20 000 twice I am assuming this is not a typo so I would tell your wife to just say no. Dubai is a tough place to survive and even worse if you are underpaid

BDD 18th Mar 2017 23:32

Sorry guys, I did leave out a zero.

Thanks for all your help!!

BDD

pfvspnf 19th Mar 2017 07:04

Rents are falling , you can probably get a mansion in mirdiff for that price range

Callone 19th Mar 2017 09:17

Cedre Villa DSO
 
From 160000 to 175000 town house and twin villa maintenance included.
Refurbished as new.

GenevaFlyer 19th Mar 2017 17:06


Originally Posted by Desert snake (Post 9711238)
Just as an extra bit of info. Be aware that your wife cannot sponsor you for a residency visa.
Men can sponsor their wives, but not vice versa.
You would have to get a job yourself to stay here, otherwise you would need to leave the country every month to come back in on a visitors visa.

Some corrections here:

- Women can sponsor their husband, but only in specific job categories, or earning categories (I know a local VP who is sponsoring her husband, and she is not in teaching or nursing)

- If you are European (from the Schengen zone), the going back and forth rules have become more complicated, as it is now 90 days out of a 180 day period (based on the reciprocal rules with the Schengen zone).

- In terms of living, you can get a 2-bed townhouse in JVT for 150K, DEWA will have 5% of that as taxes. Springs will run you between 150-180K (although you can splurge to 220K too)

GenevaFlyer

BDD 19th Mar 2017 23:36

Thanks again guys.

Desert Snake, I work in Doha so I think it would be ok. I hope!!!

Big Geordie, thanks, that's the website I was looking for.

BDD

AIMINGHIGH123 5th Jul 2019 08:22

I understand at EK now you can only take the housing allowance if you buy, if you go into company accommodation you then can not leave?

Looking at the buy option what sort of place and where would be good with a budget of say 1.8-2 million AED?

Initially with just an FO salary, what mortgage would be possible?
Wifey has a few job contacts but unsure what the housing allowance would be.

felixthecat 5th Jul 2019 08:41

1.8 - 2.0m will get you a nice apartment in a reasonable area or equally a 2-3 bedroom townhouse in a reasonable area. The problem is currently it will cost you around 33% of the purchase price for the minimum deposit and associated purchase fee’s.

You can move out of company but only of you buy, you cant move out to rent.

AIMINGHIGH123 5th Jul 2019 09:53


Originally Posted by felixthecat (Post 10510135)
1.8 - 2.0m will get you a nice apartment in a reasonable area or equally a 2-3 bedroom townhouse in a reasonable area. The problem is currently it will cost you around 33% of the purchase price for the minimum deposit and associated purchase feeís.

You can move out of company but only of you buy, you cant move out to rent.

Thatís good to know that would actually make it easier than doing everything in one go.

HOOROO 5th Jul 2019 11:07

EK Family Accommodation
 
Hi There,

Just wondering if anyone is in the know or has an opinion about what would be the best company accomodation for a family with a toddler. I understand that as a family I will mostly likely be placed in Meydan Heights or Meydan South. Does anyone have any idea what place is better or what the pros and cons are for both?
Cheers


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