The long wait is over and our 245-page 2017-2018 Cost of Living UAE Report was published and is now available for purchase. As always we’re offering our Early Bird promotional pricing where if you purchase any time before November 30th, we will provide a $500 discount. Use the code COLUAE2018 to apply the discount when checking out your purchase.
As always, the goal of this report is to measure changes in the cost of living within the UAE, with each successive year. The Cost of Living UAE Report is now in its 15th successive year, initially published as the Cost of Living Dubai Report, back in 2003. As with all previous years we’ve published this report, we report on the main facets of living & working in the UAE:
What’s New in our 2018 Report
The two key differences from last year’s report are that we have reintroduced property freehold costs, which didn’t feature in last year’s report, and we have reintroduced our basic salary data. We still have our industry-specific salary reports for those requiring a more comprehensive window into remuneration as a whole.
Summary of Findings
There have been a number of developments from November 2016 to November of 2017. Both Dubai and Abu Dhabi are becoming more affordable, relative to other international cities, which also attract a large number of expatriates, particularly for those without children. Below are some of our key findings this year:
• Housing rental costs have decreased by approximately 5% over the past 12 months.
• The UAE has become a more welcoming place for doing business in 2017
• Household items are down but are likely to increase with the introduction of VAT
• The cost of education has increased throughout the Emirates
• High Season hotel prices are up has increased and Low Season prices are down
• Health Insurance costs are up 2+% for both individual & family insurance
2018 and Beyond
When it comes to technological advancements, the UAE has made their intentions crystal clear. The emphasis on investment in energy, transportation and automation cannot go unnoticed. With a new Minister for Artificial Intelligence, and heavy investment in automation and software, it’s not surprising companies like Amazon have decided to invest in the Emirates. Many of the Silicon Valley business owners see the UAE as a place to advance technologies they wish to introduce in their own nation and the Emirates is more than willing to remove any red tape required to incentivise them to do so. It’s truly a win-win.
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Bridge the Data publishes regional cost of living and industry salary reports within the Middle East. With over a decade of data accumulated on the cost of living and salary trends across the MENA region, Bridge the Data helps to close the gap between HR & finance personnel and the limitless data points they need access to, in order to accurately formulate their annual C&B adjustments and allowances.
Bridge the Data has over a decade of data, 30 individual reports on the cost of living and industry salary reports, in 30 cities throughout the MENA region, and has been helping more than 50 Fortune 500 clients make sound compensation and benefits decisions, each financial year.
At Bridge the Data, we seek to quantitatively track the cost of living in several Middle Eastern markets, thereby empowering firms with a clear and level playing field to attract and retain staff, wherever they have labour throughout the MENA region. As a small, but locally based organisation in the UAE, we truly hope you enjoy our report and we welcome any feedback you have.