The average annual income of a European working in Dubai is AED382,000, while a labour camp worker on average earns just AED21,000 a year, according to a survey by the Dubai Statistics Centre.
The latest Dubai expenditure and income survey reveals that individual earners in European households on average have the highest incomes, followed by UAE nationals with an income of AED324,000, Arabs with AED198,000, and Asians with AED141,000.
It also shows that households in Dubai spend 11.29 percent of total consumption expenditure on food, drink and tobacco, and 42.95 percent on housing and energy.
While leisure, entertainment and education accounts for eight percent of consumption in households in Dubai, labour camp individuals spend just one percent on this category.
The report highlighted that nationals primarily depended on income from salaries, wages, and bonuses, which made up 43.1 percent of their total annual income, followed by rental income, which accounted for 29.2 percent.
Meanwhile, income from salaries, wages, and bonuses for Arabs, Europeans, and Asians made up 79.4 percent, 89.1 percent, 80.8 percent of their total income respectively.
At the same time, 99.9 percent of labour camp individuals’ income came from salaries, wages, and bonuses.
“Data provided by the household income and expenditure survey is considered as one of the most important statistical data for generating social and economic development plans and programs that aim to improve societal welfare,” the report said.
The sample size of the survey was 4,031 households, representing two percent of the total number of households in Dubai.
National households made up 1,208 of household surveyed, while 2,159 were non-national and collective households numbered 664.
The sample of labour camps consisted of 246 camps, or 3,005 individuals, representing 21 percent of the total 1,177 labour camps, with a population of 476,733 individuals.