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Earn AED10,000 or stay alone

Earn AED10,000 or stay alone

The UAE is planning to impose a minimum salary requirement of AED10,000 for expatriates who want to bring their families into the country.

July 2, 2009 12:51 by

While the government has good intentions, we suspect that the decision may not go down well with many expatriates in the country. A significant proportion of the expatriates, especially those from the subcontinent, earn less than AED10,000. That may also hold true for people working in an emirate like Ras Al Khaimah, where the standard of living is much lower as compared to Dubai.

Also, what about those who have been working in the UAE for maybe 20 years with their families, and are earning less than AED10,000? Will they have to send their spouses and children home?

In a seemingly unrelated news stories published in May, the UAE had announced that it would grant expatriate property owners multiple entry visit visas to stay six months at a time in the country.

The visa however, required some conditions to be fulfilled; the property has to be residential, must be worth AED1 million (when bought), and, the owner’s fixed income must be at least AED 10,000 ($2,723) a month, or the equivalent in foreign currency.

Why AED10,000? Is that the distinguishing point to judge if a person is doing “well”?

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  1. Miles on July 2, 2009 1:27 pm

    this is fine, as long as they will consider joint income of husband & wife….

  2. Faryal on July 5, 2009 9:25 am

    Bad Idea… this will have direct impact on many business especially with the recession upon us. I know many expats here who have less then 10K salaries, but to when both husband and wife work it can reach 10k. Think about the institutes, directly connected to children and their needs which will be impacted.. Previously when the reduced the bracket for dependent visas they claimed that it was the emotional well being of expats here, so back to square one where it is who cares about expats?… Let’s see now Gross Domestic Spending increases or decreases,as all the money earned here will leave the country to the families in other countries. I see only profits for Money exchange companies now…

  3. VoiceZ on July 6, 2009 7:04 am

    Yes, if our salares are not sucked away by radar-gun-donning coppers on roads and the hundred other hidden taxes forcefully levied on denizens of Dubai in the form of knowledge and wisdom tooth fee, then perhaps we can even afford to live with our families with 10K.

    I guess the emirate is not just facing a global recession to tackle with, it has many domestic problems (forcing big time mergers unimagined 5 yrs back) that it should consider, before implementing rules appearing to come out of someones pillow case.


  4. Miles on July 6, 2009 8:06 am

    yes, i agree with Faryal, and i hope that what they called “humanitarian need” includes the emotion/situation of the children… is simple….who will take care of the children if both parents are here?

  5. Milton on July 16, 2009 8:08 am

    They just do not know how to deal with the crisis do they? It is not surprising, looking at the fact that they are increasing jail sentences for bounced cheques, these are innocent people that have lost their jobs and cant offer the bank any money no matter how long they are in jail. They need to wake up!!!

  6. Anupama on July 21, 2009 10:50 am

    All things considered, I have to agree with what the Government has done here! And I am not always their biggest support group. But if anyone seriously thinks they can continue to live in the Dubai of the 21st Century, especially post recession, with less than Dhs. 10,000 per month, well….they are going to have to struggle. This might be a good way of ensuring that those who are unable to manage, will at last be obliged to take a reality check and pack their bags to head back to more thriving economies in their home countries. One wonders at the ramifications, though…..will Dubai not eventually become a chic and elegant city, where there is only an upper crust of society, with no middle class and lower middle class? What will that mean for natural growth and evolution, which is the ambition of any thriving 21st Century Destination?


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