16 June 2020

Tell you all about Dubai prices & Living cost! 두바이 물가에 대한 고찰

(After I had lived in Dubai over a few years) 몇년 살아본 주민 생각.

  Dubai Prices are expensive than Chicago and definitely than Seoul Korea. Maybe some parts of goods would be cheaper than these major cities but the average costs for living in Dubai is much more expensive. 
  To explain about Dubai prices and the living cost, I should tell you my living style and backgrounds. First, I have two kids, one secondary and one primary student. They do not require any specific education or advanced care for normal living. Sometimes I bought some gift especially Christmas, and 1-2 times per quarter when they did something very good or family events. My kids don't have any additional education or extra education like an extra class for sports, golf or learning instruments (except a couple of years in Korea, one tutor had taught piano my daughter, will explain detail expenses for that). Annually, we used to travel to other countries, but smaller amounts of money used than Dubai even we travelled London, Rome, Naples, Vienna, Oman (of course). 
  Anyway, the summary of living cost for 4 people family is as follows. 

- House rent: 100,000AED per year (Cheapest one in Dubai, Check dubizzle.com. You can see all types of property prices) 
- Utility: 770 - 1200AED DEWA (Water + Electricity + Municipal tax... Usually, much more electricity consumed during summer season) 
- Car Insurance: 2000 AED per year per car (Compact SUV) 
- Car maintenance: 2000 AED per year per car (Engine oil 400-500AED 2-3 times and minor repair included) 
- Driver license: 400AED per year 
- Other taxes or fee: 500AED per year 
- Gasoline: 200AED per month per car 
- School: International School & mid range in Dubai 70000 per year per kid 
- Grocery: 2500AED per month (Check the YouTube I added the link in below, you can see the actual prices in Spinneys store in Dubai)
 - Home internet: Slowest plan 400AED per month with 20mbps. We have two mobile phones. 
- Mobile: 100AED per month per phone with 2G data
 - Restaurant or food delivery: 1000 AED per month 
- Additional expenses: 1000AED (Cloths, Camping gear, Parking fee, Cosmetics, Laundry and so on) 

For 2car, 2kids, average monthly living cost is 27277AED (appx. 7426 USD per month) If we move to a smaller apartment (currently, we are living a cheapest and smallest townhouse in almost edge of Dubai), maybe we can save more from rent and utility bills. We even only take monthly baths to save water. Of course we are taking a shower every day :-) 
 As we know, Dubai, UAE does not put income taxes on my payslip but actually the living cost is much more expensive than other countries globally (much more expensive than Tokyo, Seoul and Chicago). So I think the remains and savings are almost the same as if I lived in a tax free country. However, the different culture, high racism situations, non-English speaking country (here is an Arabic speaking country), Children's education quality, extremely hot weather make it difficult to live here. 
 I know here you can find the most luxurious infrastructure in existence and a diverse population, but here is a very small city and over 70-80% of people are from India and Pakistan. The other 5-7% of the population are from other countries with most of them coming from other middle eastern countries such as Egyption-Canadian, Lebanese, Afganistan-American, Indian/Pakistan-American, Indian/Pakistan-Canadian and so on.
Frankly, Dubai is not a diverse country. Here is one of the nicely built Arab cities. So, personally, I think this country is more like a large beautiful city in India with huge deserts.

Check the additional information YouTube: Dubai Prices in Spinneys Dubai 

English media search information for Dubai, Abu Dhabi, UAE - 두바이, 아부다비, 아랍에미레이츠에 관한 영어 뉴스 및 정보 검색 등

English media search information for Dubai, Abu Dhabi, UAE 두바이, 아부다비, 아랍에미레이츠에 관한 영어 뉴스 및 정보 검색 등 One of the issue to live in Dubai, maybe in Abu Dhabi, in UAE is English news for this region. I know, many of information said this country is using English and Arabic as official languages, but actually, Arabic is a standard and translated version of English is the secondary one. Also, as an expat or a foreigner, some times I concerned about some military or political tensions in this region. Then, of course, I looked some news about the situation. But the problem was where can I see the news? which news can I believe? (Sorry, this country is not a democracy and freedom of speech country) So, I want to share what I saw and where checked news. 1. Daily news [Newspaper]/Gulf News: I had subscribed printed news but it was my mistake. Some times they didn't deliver (or someone stolen) and very expensive. You can read general and daily announced information such as changed rules, road closures and so on. Nothing bad news about the middle east. Only shows good news first and something officially announced. (https://gulfnews.com) But still it is a good media to check daily updates. [Newspaper]/Khaleej Times: My opinion is the same as Gulf News. But sometimes this news media shows faster updates than Gulf News. (https://www.khaleejtimes.com) [Radio] Dubai Eye 103.8mhz: This is the most and the only clear and nice English speaking news radio in Dubai. You can listen in Dubai city, but hard to listen clearly in some parts of Abu Dhabi and suburban of Dubai area. However, I couldn't hear "bad news" about UAE or middle east politically. The channel is focusing on general news, economy and cultural things. For more information (https://www.dubaieye1038.com) If some cases I really need to check the region situation or issues in global, I watched BBC UK news and CNN through YouTube. That was the only and best option to hear actual NEWS. 2. Global/Political issues [Internet Updates]/BBC UK: Of course, it is one of most trusted media in Global, but also time differences are only 3 hours between Gulf and London. So, if some cases happen, I recommend checking the BBC first. [Internet Updates]/CNN International: If some cases between Arab countries and the US, CNN is the fastest way to check the information I think. [Internet Updates]/Al Jazeera This media would be an alternative way to check the Gulf issues information. https://www.aljazeera.com 3. General TV Buy internet TV set top box from your country which can be installed VPN services. I know VPN is prohibitive to use in this country but no one had an issue because of this. I think All of home internet services including home TV services (I tried to save money without TV plan, but no way), but could not check the program schedules, some times they changed channel numbers, re-broadcast one day later, most of them are Arabic channel (they said ??? English channel included but some times they are using English except SD quality CNN. Even NGC is Arabic). So, the best option is an internet TV set top box with VPN application. 4. Other information Use Reddit. Dubai has two major channels, /Dubai and /DubaiCentral. Usually, I'm using both channels, but if some post is not good news related to the politic or any minor prohibition, /Dubai removed the post. So, check both of them.