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Living in the UAE is comparable to other major cities around the world. Accommodation is typically located in widespread central areas in high rise apartment buildings, villas (houses) and town houses. The buildings have recreational facilities, appliances and parking.

The table below provides a general guideline of two examples of median monthly cost of living estimates.

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Furniture shoppingAre you new to Dubai and wondering where to go for furniture? If so then take a look at our list of just some of the shops available in Dubai, click on the links to their websites and find out where they are before you start driving all over town.

Don’t forget to also look at the classifieds as there are many great bargains to be grabbed in the second-hand market too.

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White goods 2015When moving to Dubai it is worth noting that most rental properties come with the minimum or no white goods (cookers, hobs, refrigerators, washer/dryers) but usually it is not cost effective to ship these goods over as they are very cheap to purchase in Dubai.
If an apartment or villa is advertised with partial white goods it will be a built in cooker/hob.  The space allocated for cookers also seems to vary in properties Read more

carpooling 2015With the recent hike in petrol prices commuters are likely to turn to carpool schemes and use more public transport following the decision to hike petrol prices, however you need to register with the RTA to carpool. The online marketplace, which publishes studies on driver behaviour and the cost of transport, said sharing cars and using low-cost public transport such as Dubai Metro are likely to become more popular. Read more

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