The cost of living in Dubai is quite pricey. You need to be smart to be able to save for your family back in the Philippines and some for your self.
If free accommodation is not part of your benefit as an overseas worker, it is important to know these things on finding an accommodation in Dubai:
○ Rental contracts in Dubai have a fixed term of one-year. Remember, the landlord is not allowed to make unreasonable rental increases until the end of the contract.
○ If you are to rent for a longer term, a valid residential visa is required.
○ Generally, the mode of payment is via issuance of one to four cheques. The fist cheque should be payable at the start of the contract and the remaining cheques are post-dated.
○ Make your cheques payable to the registered owner and not to an agent not unless they have a valid POA or Power of Attorney. Check the name of the registered owner on the title deed or the sales contract.
○ Check if the apartment is DEWA-connected (Dubai Electric and Water Authority). You can pay your DEWA bills online, at any petrol stations, and other places.
○ Expect to have a chiller fee. Air conditioning system in Dubai is centralized and every apartment is charged on top of other utilities.
○ Apartment in Jumeirah and Dubai Marina are pricey because of its closeness to the beach. The DIFC is considered central and fashionable place. The Arabian Ranches is also considered high end. The less expensive locations are The Lakes, The Meadows, and The Springs.
For added information about living and working in Dubai, read: OFWs Cost of Living in Dubai.