Dubai more than doubles min salary to sponsor family

Emirate says it made surprise increase in new minimum monthly salary for visas to sponsor family due to increased living costs

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Dubai has reportedly more than doubled the minimum salary required to sponsor family members to live in the emirate.

Expats must now earn at least AED10,000 ($2,722) per month to apply for visas for dependent families members including wives and children, according to local media reports.

The previous minimum was AED4,000 but immigration officials reportedly said that was no longer sufficient to support a family amid rising rents and living costs in Dubai.

The increase quietly came into effect last week and has shocked many low-paid workers, most of whom come from South Asian and African countries and work on construction sites or as maids and shop assistants.

It is not clear whether the new rule applies to only new sponsor applications or also renewals.

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Posted by: Viren Amara

The UAE is a blessed nation. Its blessings come mainly by its ability to bless a basket of nationalities and their extended families by providing lively hoods and not other resources like oil. What the nation and its leaders and also employers should be careful about is that There is a fine line between blessing and organized slavery. I am sure the great fore farther of this country understood this. Whatever benefits got from organized slavery is very temporal as against when you bless you attract eternity which will never cease to amaze.

Posted by: Ameerah Fawziyah

I think it will be better to increase the security/qualifications of people who are coming here as tourist specially from Asian country who are entering UAE on a tourist/visit visa which is then looking for a job and grab a very low salary to save their residency and stay here.

It is not fair to those people who lived and worked here for years to compete with newbies and get an offer of AED 2500 (all in package without insurance) for 7yrs of experience working in the UAE.

If the government will look after this, then employers will not bargain the salary with the applicants and employees. And also if upon submitting the employment contract will be manually checked and reviewed, will be a big help for maintaining the minimum salary.

Dubai is a nice place to live and work but I think it is also great to take care of the workers who's giving a big contribution to make it one of the best destination all over the world.

Posted by: Marco

We live in a global business environment. If someone else is willing to do a job for 2500 dhs, they will definitely be preferred over someone asking for 5000 or 10000 for doing the same job. If there are people living on 2500 or even less, there is no reason why others cannot do the same while living and working in the same city.

Posted by: turk971

Ooopss. No need to panic, and I quote the recent article published today "Major General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, director of General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai, categorically denied reports published earlier on Sunday". So there you go folks, you can all relax now.

Posted by: Marium Siddiqui

I think the government should improvise making DUBAI a HAPPY place. The labourers are the people who build the country, in times of happiness and despair everyone needs to be close to one another. They earn less, work hard in the scorching heat.... Men, especially fathers who work for their families deserve some gain.

We are a Muslim country, we should make a mark for them before Ramadan and if we make it happen, others will follow.

Happiness is not all about money, for money is something but not everything.

Posted by: abusidra

UAE going the Saudi way now. Not a practical, friendly step. If families are here they will earn here together and spend here thus boosting Dubai economy which thrives on tourism mostly.

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