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We asked people about the cost of living in UAE, they wrote...

"The cost of living in the UAE is generally high, with some areas having a higher cost of living than others. For example, the cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi tend to be more expensive than other parts of the country. The rental price for a nice 1 bedroom apartment in the UAE is typically around $1,500 USD per month, while a nice 2 bedroom apartment can cost around $2,500 USD per month. Eating dinner at a moderately priced restaurant in the UAE can cost around $20 USD per person," explained one expat living in UAE.

"The cost of living is fairly high. Schools are expensive, as is housing. A housing allowance is often included in an employment package though, and depending on your level of employment and the company you work for school can be included too. As far as groceries go, it depends on where you shop. There a lot of shops that cater to expats and hold imported products from the UK and the USA. There are certainly a lot of options. Expats make up the majority of the work force and so they are catered to very well," said another in Dubai, UAE.

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