This article was written by Kim Cristian. Kim is a freelance writer specialising in all things expat. Having spent many years living and working overseas, Kim has built up the insights and experience for the expat advice found on her blog. People all around the world often harbour the dream of moving to start a new life overseas. For some, it’s the need to escape a dreary 9 to 5 and a cold climate that makes the warmer climes of a tropical location an expat hub. For others, it is the desire to make a fresh start on a continent known for sun, sand, new experiences and great opportunities. In 2018, the UAE continues to be an attractive destination for expats from across the globe. But how expensive is it to live in the UAE compared to Ireland A move to the UAE will allow you to earn more while exploring the Middle East. With the average monthly salary in the UAE coming in at approximately AED11,281 according to Numbeo, moving from Ireland to the UAE looks very attractive when compared with an average salary of approximately AED9,264 in Ireland – an almost 22% increase when working in the UAE compared to Ireland. For an Irish expat living in the UAE, we break down the cost of living:When compared to Ireland, renting a similar apartment in an “expensive” area of Dublin would see you paying more, with the price estimated at AED 9,484, and AED 7,509 for a furnished apartment in a normal area.After choosing your accommodation type and finding a place to live, there are other monthly or weekly expenses you will have to consider depending on where you live.We hope this information will help you in your plans to move to the UAE – now you have some honest tips and advice to make sure you are getting the best start to your move overseas. CurrencyFair specialise in being transparent and fair at all times – like when we are sending money overseas. See how much you can save when using CurrencyFair to exchange your AED.