What Is the Average Salary in Dubai?


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According to a 2008 study by the UAE Ministry of Economy, the average household income in the United Emirates, of which Dubai is the second-largest city, was AED 11,241.20 a month. Around 14 percent of this money was spent on food and drink, with around 40 percent reserved for housing and utility payments.

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According to 2015 exchange rates, the United Arab Emirates Dirham is the equivalent of around $0.272 in United States money, meaning that the average worker in the UAE earns only around $2,450 each year.

Arriving at a median figure is misleading as salaries in the UAE vary substantially depending on gender, education and nationality. This results in a much larger disparity than in western nations, with manual laborers and workers from Asian and African nations often paid far less than their western counterparts.

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