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 the UK? 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 the UK to the UAE looks very attractive when compared with an average salary of approximately AED 8,738 in the UK – an almost 30% increase when working in the UAE compared to the UK. For a British expat living in the UAE, we breakdown the cost of living:When compared to the UK, renting a similar apartment in an “expensive” area of London would see you paying an estimated at AED 11,526 and AED 8,216 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 from the UK – 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.