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Expat Health Insurance News: Residents bemoan cost of living in UAE

Many residents in the UAE are struggling to afford basic costs of living, according to reports.

Speaking to Khaleej Times, residents explained that while the costs of buying and renting property have fallen, largely due to the near collapse of Dubai World in late 2009, the costs of basic goods and services have remained stubbornly high.

There has been little correction in salaries either, residents said, resulting in scenarios where homeowners are struggling to pay for groceries or their children's school fees.

"The prices of vegetables, flour and basic commodities have risen. Even the internet service is getting expensive. But the salary is still the same," said Pallavi Nigede, a 26-year-old expat who has lived in the emirates for two years.

Healthcare costs were also said to be a burden on low-salary workers, which may make expat health insurance an attractive way to avoid crippling doctors' bills in the event of accident or ill health.

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