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Posted by lorettakw
on 30 May 2019

Hello, my husband is in the interview process of getting a job in Abu Dhabi. We are a family of 5 (couple with three young kids) from Australia. The offer looks like it'll be 50,000 Dirhams a month, which is obviously great, but nothing has been offered about housing, schooling, etc. The only extras mentioned were his flight over (not ours) and basic health insurance for him. 

I know Abu Dhabi is not the 'hardship destination' it once was, so I've heard salary packages aren't as extensive nowadays, but is it normal for no housing or schooling allowances to be added to the salary? He will try and negotiate this if offered the job, of course, but just seeing others' thoughts and experiences.

Thanks in advance.

cjposta on 28 Jun 2019

The salary is obviously very good but with 3 children I can't say you'll be saving a lot because schools are quite expensive if you want a good one. So he could ask for school allowance and you'll be fine.

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