How can I survive in Dubai

Experience in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from Amr

What is it like to live in Dubai? Would you recommend it How is the city like?

I can describe life in Dubai in one word, which one luxury is. In order to live comfortably, independently and save a little for the future, you must have at least a salary of more than € 4000. However, if you earn less than this amount you will still be able to survive and save. But it all depends on what lifestyle you lead. The rent takes very much into account the average wage of € 2,500. Owning a car is compulsory. I believe that in a city like Dubai, the metro doesn't get to all the squares, it only covers the main streets / areas, you can't just walk everywhere. In addition, there are great distances between the main areas of cities, some of which are connected by highways, and it would be dangerous to just walk from one to the other. There are cool beaches and resorts. You will find here one of the tallest towers in the world, the strong> Burj Khalifa, the desert and the famous palm beaches, as well as the famous Atlantis Hotel.

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In short, it's an incredible experience for a couple of years if your salary allows you to try the expensive life a little and save a little. I don't recommend it for the kids to grow up as the school costs are too high (not covered by the employer), but neither do you make it your second home for too long.

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How is student life in Dubai?

You spend time in malls for video games and movies, coffee and lunch, some activities on campus like soccer and tennis, safari trips and camping in the desert and lots of beach activities like jet skiing and Water parks like the popular Wild Wadi, next to the famous Burj Al arab hotel.

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How much does it cost to live in Dubai?

It is expensive because the rent does not include most of the utilities of the apartment. For example, a single apartment between 20 and 30 m² costs 800-1000 €. Other costs like food and transport add up to around 1000 € more or less depending on the student lifestyle.

Remember, you cannot use a bike. It's either taxi, or bus University buswhich one is best.

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Is it difficult to find accommodation in Dubai? Can you give us any advice?

Finding an apartment in Dubai is not difficult at all, but dealing with property rental companies can be a bit stressful at times. Since most are looking to sell or rent quickly, they will ignore conditions such as cleanliness, insect control, equipment, and so on. I had a bad experience when I got an apartment with a broken heater and stove that I was not informed about. I really struggled to get it fixed later. I had to leave my job and hunt down the landlords and agencies to get it done. Therefore, take a look at the apartment yourself and do not trust a word from the landlord. My second piece of advice is look for furnished apartmentsto avoid the stress of bringing in all the furniture when moving in. My final advice is to buy a leather couch if you have an unfurnished apartment and avoid exporting cotton products as much as you can because they are a real money waste. Finally, if the university can help you find accommodation, this is the best option.

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what is the food like? What are your favorite dishes?

They have an international cuisine. The Arabic, for example, is very popular and especially the Levantic food (similar to the Lebanese and Syrian), the Asians and Indians come second as the majority of the population is Asian, Indian or Filipino. There are also fast food restaurants like KFC, McDonald's, Subway, Pizza hut and many more.

I have a lot of favorite dishes, some of these are Hummus,

Mutabbal, Baba Gannoj, grilled kebab dinner, chicken with potato platter and many traditional Syrian dishes such as Syrian dishes such as eggplant platter, mixed vegetable platter, as well as grilled and fried kebab.

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Which places would you recommend to visit in Dubai?

The new city center of Dubai, where you can see the fountains of Burj Dubai and visit the tallest tower in the world, Safari trip and camping at Madinat Jumeirahwhere there are many bars and restaurants to go for a stroll at the marina on the beach where there are also many famous restaurants and cafes like Real Madrid cafe or Jumeirah Palm are in the Atlantis hotel, Dubai shopping center, which has an aquarium and ice rink. There is also the famous indoor ski track in the Emirates Mall.

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Is it good to eat out in Dubai? Can you tell us your favorite restaurant?

It's an absolutely great experience, but not cheap! It depends on your favorite place and how often you eat. My darling is Bab Sharqi, a restaurant in Al Barsha 1 behind the Emirates shopping center next to the Centro Rotana Hotel. It serves inexpensive and tasty Syrian food.

Is the nightlife good in Dubai? Where are good places to go?

It's good, but also expensive, as drinks aren't cheap here. For example, the minimum price for a bottle of beer is between 10 and 13 euros.

As far as prices are concerned, you have to 360 at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Mahiki Clubwho have favourited Palm like Atlantis also has a lot of clubs.

Going for brunch with friends would be nice too (I recommend it). Barasti Beach Bar has a great atmosphere during the weekend, Madinat Jumeirah also has many bars and clubs where you can jump from one to another like Pacha Club, Left Bank.

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What advice would you give to future students coming to Dubai?

It would be a great chance to study and live in an international city like Dubai for the chance to acknowledge the city's rapid growth and be a part of it. Going to Dubai to study and find a job there a few years later is one great chance to develop your ability. Take advantage of the opportunities and life experience that the city offers and meet people from other cultures. But remember to save some money, live nice but in a smart way!

I have tried to be as honest as possible in describing the things I have learned while living here for the last ten years.

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