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Renting in Abu Dhabi

Hi there,

Can anyone on here explain to me exactly how renting in AD actually works. MY husband's future employer told him that you have to pay annually for the rent. The first year they apparently loan him this money, and spend the year repaying the loan. The following year though do you pay it again upfront? It seems like we would have been putting all our first year's allowance into the first year, and would not have yet been able to save up for the second year's allowance. This seems very confusing. I think my husband must have misheard.

Also, is it common practice there for Housing & Schools to be lumped into one's salary in UAE? Seems unfortunate companies don't just pay this for you. It all sounds a little convoluted. Please help!