UAE expats earning less than Dh5,000 a month live
Percentage How many people in the UAE are a part of these categories? According to Johnraj, an estimated breakdown for the working population of the UAE, is as follows: Dh1,000 and below: 30 per cent Dh1,000 — Dh2,000: 20 per cent Dh2,000 — Dh3,000: 15 per cent Dh3,000 — Dh4,000: 15 per cent Dh4,000 — Dh5,000: 12 per cent Dh5,000 and above: 8 per cent While the cost of living is at the higher end, we take a look at how people working in the above income brackets manage their budgets, considering house rent, school fees, shopping for groceries and settling utility bills.
Range: Dh1,000 to Dh2,000 Kenneth Anikpe, a Nigerian national working as a cleaner in Dubai, manages to save Dh500 every month, despite his low salary.
Range: Dh2,000 to Dh3,000 Felix Gitonga, a Kenyan national working as a mechanical engineer in Dubai, is one of five siblings in his family and helps them all financially.
Gitonga said: «My three elder brothers are also working in Kenya, but I feel it is my responsibility to help my parents. I send at least Dh800 to them per month. Apart from that, I spend between Dh400-Dh600 on food every month.»My company provides me with accommodation and transport.
» Range: Dh3,000 to Dh4,000 Regina Victoria Lagapa, a Filipina national working as an aesthetician at a salon in Dubai, finds it tough to save money at the end of the month, due to her responsibilities.
» Range: Dh4,000 to Dh5,000 Mubashira A., an Indian national working as a lab technician at a school in Sharjah, is currently supporting her family of four, including her husband and two children, one of them being of school-going age.
Range: Dh5,000 — Dh6,000 Fatima, who works at an engineering firm in Abu Dhabi and whose full name is withheld on request, has two school-going children.