Res­i­dents look to down­size as cost of liv­ing goes up in the UAE

7 Days in Dubai - - PUZZLES -

“We ‘down-sized’ in 2009 mov­ing to Shar­jah, and have never ‘up­sized’ since. Just as well re­ally, be­cause our salaries have barely in­creased since 2010, and if any­thing we con­sider our­selves lucky to have stable jobs. School­ing and rents aside, the re­ally shock­ing in­fla­tion can be seen in the cost of a sim­ple ‘food shop’ at our lo­cal su­per­mar­ket. In 2010, I was able to fill a trol­ley of ba­sic gro­ceries (fruits, veg­gies, meat, milk, bread, etc, etc) for a lit­tle over AED 300/- week, that same weekly trol­ley of gro­ceries for the same fam­ily of four touches the AED 1,000/- mark now. I am con­fi­dent that I am echo­ing a sen­ti­ment felt by a great many peo­ple here of all na­tion­al­i­ties, and for us it’s got to the stage now where we can­not main­tain it any more. We have al­ready put the wheels in mo­tion for our re­lo­ca­tion home, be­cause it is point­less for us be­ing thou­sands of miles away from home when each month our salaries are spent be­fore they even hit the bank. I think many peo­ple here – like us – need to face up to the fact that the party’s over, and it is time to sober up and go home.”

THAT’S LIFE...

“I to­tally agree that house rent and ed­u­ca­tion are two main rea­sons to leave UAE es­pe­cially school fees.I can­not un­der­stand on why KHDA per­mit school to in­crease their fees each year. And know the good per­for­mance schools are be­com­ing too ex­pen­sive. “

MINTSAIEE

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