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Posted by RedPanda
on 20 Feb 2017
Hello dear friends, I got a job offer from one of the schools in Al Ain, but I am still thinking if it is a right decision to accept it. I am offered 8500 plus 2-bedroom shared accomodation, will this money be enough for living in Al Ain and for some savings.
thank you in advance.
Anonymous (not verified) on 21 Feb 2017
Hi Meagan, Thanks for your answer, I am moving alone, at first I thought that the money I was offered is quite OK, but now I am worrying a bit
Meagan on 21 Feb 2017
Hi RedPanda,

Will you be moving by yourself or with a family/partner?

It's always difficult to give someone advice on whether their salary is enough and how much they'll be able to save because everyone has a different standard of living and different spending habits. In general, though, the cost of living in Abu Dhabi is quite high. You can have a look at our Cost of Living in Abu Dhabi page for a rough idea of what it will cost to live there. At the bottom there's a table with common expenses which might be useful in drawing up a rough budget. You can find a more detailed version of this on websites like Numbeo and Expatistan.

Good luck!

Anonymous (not verified) on 27 Jun 2017
hi i offered 4000 AED and other allowences include food accom and transport is it is good enough to live in abu dhabi
Meagan on 28 Jun 2017
Hey there,

Since accommodation is generally the biggest expense for those living in Abu Dhabi, the fact that you'll have that taken care of for you will definitely work in your favour. Food and transportation would probably be the next biggest expenses, so it's good that that's covered too.

Are you single or do you have a wife/husband and/or kid(s) that will be moving with you? You didn't mention this so I assume you will be moving to Abu Dhabi alone, but if you do happen to have kids, for example, the cost of schooling can be high.

Apart from that, you should factor in the cost of entertainment and going out, as well as bills for things like internet and cellphone usage. It's also a good idea to find out whether you will need to pay for your own utilities or whether the company will be paying that as part of the accommodation allowance.

It does seem like a decent salary offer, but ultimately it's quite difficult to say whether it will be enough for you, because everyone's lifestyle, standards and spending habits differ slightly. It is also worth noting that in general, Abu Dhabi has a pretty high cost of living. I'd suggest having a look at our Cost of Living in Abu Dhabi page, and also checking out online cost of living databases like Numbeo and Expatistan. You should also consider the cost of flights to and from Abu Dhabi, both for the move and for visits home. 

Hope this helps. Feel free to get in touch again if you have any more questions.