Cost of Living in Dubai
While grandiose visions of tax-free wealth lures expats to the United Arab Emirates in droves, it is worth remembering that the cost of living in Dubai can still be high. The city ranks as one of the most expensive in the Gulf Region and is placed at 26th out of 189 cities surveyed in the Mercer Cost of Living Survey for 2015. This is a significant increase since 2014, where it ranked 67th, currently beating Abu Dhabi and Sydney.
There are no taxes on salaries or wages in Dubai, and sales tax is for the most part minimal. Despite the favourable tax climate, living expenses can add up, and many expats find themselves spending money on luxuries that they would not normally have splurged on back home. Accommodation, transport and education are the biggest expenses expats living in Dubai are likely to encounter. In the past, many expats have been able to reconcile these costs by stipulating subsidies and allowances in their expat contract, but nowadays these perks aren't as easy to come by. Still, expats should try their best to ensure inclusions if possible.