How Much Does Maid Service Cost in Dubai

How Much Does Maid Service Cost in Dubai?

Are you tired of keeping up with the chores at home and taking care of the kids? Or perhaps your schedule is too busy and demanding that you don’t have time to clean?

Maid services can help you with tasks like cleaning, doing the laundry, washing the dishes and even watching over your kids, so you can free up some time for more important things!

That said,here’s everything you need to know about how much maid services cost in Dubai:

The Cost of Maid Services

The Cost of Maid Services
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In Dubai, the average cost of a part-time maid service is between $5 to $10 per hour and the monthly salary of a full-time live-in maid is between $408 to $ $817.

This rate may also vary depending on the type of services that you need from the maid. So the first step would be to determine what work you need to have done.

Part-Time Maid Services

Part-Time Maid Services
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Part-time maids are employed by a maid agency, so you only have to pay the fixed rate stated in your contract and not worry about other charges.

You can hire a part-time maid for a one-time job, a monthly schedule or any specific arrangement that fits your needs.

Here are some of the most common services that can be done by a part-time maid in Dubai and their corresponding costs:

Routine Home Cleaning

This service covers general cleaning tasks such as dusting, vacuuming the floors, wiping down surfaces and tidying up the house. Some maids will also wash the dishes and do the laundry as part of their home cleaning service.

Home cleaning rates will depend on the number of hours you book for the service:

2 hours$14 per hour
3 hours$11 per hour
4 hours or more$10 per hour
Additional cost for cleaning materials$3 per hour

Deep Cleaning

This is a more detailed cleaning job that includes removing stains, cleaning hard-to-reach surfaces, scrubbing down floors and steam cleaning carpets and furniture.

Deep cleaning rates will depend on the size of your home:

1-bedroom apartment$114
2-bedroom apartment$143
3-bedroom apartment$228
4-bedroom apartment$286
5-bedroom apartment$371
2-bedroom villa$228
3-bedroom villa$286
4-bedroom villa$371
5-bedroom villa$486

Home Cleaning and Sanitization

This involves thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting every part of your home, especially those surfaces that are prone to germs like door knobs and handrails.

All your furniture, upholstery, mattresses and carpets will also be fully sanitized using government-approved products and equipment.

Rates will vary depending on the size of the home that needs to be cleaned and sanitized:

1-bedroom apartment$100
2-bedroom apartment$114
3-bedroom apartment$128
4-bedroom apartment$157
5-bedroom apartment$200
2-bedroom villa$153
3-bedroom villa$171
4-bedroom villa$200
5-bedroom villa$228

Additionally, you can have your office clean and sanitized for $143 for 500 square feet of space.

Carpet Cleaning

This includes deep cleaning your carpets to get rid of dust, dirt, stains and allergens.

Carpet cleaning costs will depend on square footage and the cleaning service that you need:

Shampoo CleaningSteam CleaningShampoo and Steam Cleaning
$4 per square meter$7 per square meterStarts at $41

Sofa and Mattress Cleaning

This involves deep cleaning, shampooing and steaming your sofas, couches and mattresses to get rid of dirt, dust and bugs that could cause allergies and other health risks.

Rates for sofa and mattress cleaning will depend on the size of the furniture and the type of service that you need:

Type of Sofa or MattressSteam CleaningShampoo and Steam Cleaning
1-seater armchair$14+VAT$21+VAT
2-seater sofa$27+VAT$41+VAT
3-seater sofa$41+VAT$62+VAT
4-seater sofa$55+VAT$82+VAT
5-seater sofa$68+VAT$102+VAT
Single-size mattress$27+VAT$46+VAT
Queen and King size mattress$54+VAT$73+VAT

You can also have your pillows shampooed and steam cleaned for $7 plus VAT.

Laundry Services

You can book for maid service to do your laundry that includes washing, folding and ironing. You can also arrange for dry cleaning services for a separate cost.

Laundry service rates will depend per 70x50cm bag that can fit up to 20 shirts:

Wash and FoldIron OnlyWash and Iron
$13+VAT per bag$19+VAT per bag$27+VAT per bag

Pool and Water Tank Cleaning

This service covers deep cleaning the pool and treating the water to make sure that it’s safe for use.

Your water will also be tested to make sure that it meets the right PH and chlorine levels. In addition, your filters will be maintained to keep the pool clean.

The average cost of pool cleaning service is between $95 and $122 plus VAT per month where your pool will be cleaned twice a week.

Pros and Cons of Part-Time Maid Service


  • You only pay an upfront fee.
  • You don’t need to pay for the costs of hiring a maid and providing allowances aside from the salary.
  • You can book maid service only when you need to.
  • You can maintain your privacy, especially if you’re not comfortable with strangers in your house.


  • You can’t choose the same maid every time you book a maid service.
  • If you need regular maid service, hiring a part-time maid is more expensive than a full-time one.

Full-Time Maid Services

Full-Time Maid Services
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If you need help at home full time, you have the option to book  full-time maid service.

A full-time live-in maid will have an average monthly salary of $545 to $953 while a full-time live-out maid will be $953 to $1634.

A full-time live-in maid will live in your home and she will be responsible for the tasks listed on the contract like cleaning, doing the laundry, cooking and even babysitting.

On the other hand, a full-time live-out maid will be responsible for the same tasks, but she will live in a different accommodation that will be paid for by the employer.

Full-Time Maid Services
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There are two ways to hire a full-time maid. You can work with a recruitment agency to find a maid for a fee or you can find one in your home country and bring her to Dubai.

If you choose to work with a maid service agency, you’ll expect to pay an initial recruitment fee of $4,084 for a live-in maid.

This will cover the one-time finder’s fee, fulfilling the maid’s requirements and flying her into Dubai.

For a live-out maid, you need to pay a recruitment fee of at least $1,225. You may also be required to pay an additional refundable deposit for an annual contract.

On the other hand, if you choose to hire a maid from your own country, you need to meet these requirements first:

  • You need to be a family. Single individuals are not allowed to sponsor a maid from another country.
  • Your accommodation should be at least a two-bedroom apartment or villa to be suitable for an additional member of your household.
  • Your family must earn at least $1,634 per month.
  • You need to be financially secure enough to provide for the maid’s needs since she will not be allowed to take on any additional job.

The Cost of Bringing a Maid Into Dubai

If you meet all the requirements to hire a maid from your home country to Dubai, you must prepare for these expenses:

Fitness test$89
Visa fee$1,389
Refundable deposit (This will be returned to you after the maid leaves the UAE)$545
Medical test and other service fees$408
Government health card$82

Submit your visa application to the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) website and wait for approval.

After that, you’ll also need to factor in plane ticket costs depending on where your maid is coming from. 

Other Costs to Consider

Your expenses don’t end after your maid arrives in Dubai. As the sponsor, you’re responsible for the needs of your maid.

If you’re hiring a live-in maid, you should give her room to rest and sleep. But, if you opt for a live-out maid, you need to pay for her accommodation.

You also need to pay for her food and other household expenses.

Medical insurance is also required for all domestic helpers in Dubai and that can range between $1,361 to $2,723 per year.

The government also requires employers to sponsor the two-way flight tickets of their maids once every two years.

On average, you’ll be spending $22,900 when hiring a full-time maid.

Pros and Cons of Full-Time Maid Service


  • You always have someone to assist you with daily chores and taking care of the kids.
  • You get to know your maid better and build a good working relationship with her.
  • You don’t need to find a babysitter every time you have something important to go to.
  • It’s cheaper than hiring a part-time maid if you always need help at home.


  • You might find it uncomfortable to have someone else live in your house.
  • You’ll be responsible for almost all of your maid’s expenses.

How to Find a Reliable Maid in Dubai

How to Find a Reliable Maid in Dubai
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Since you’re spending a considerable amount of money to hire maid service in Dubai, it’s only fitting that you also know these tips to find the right fit for your needs:

  • Determine your needs first.

Before you can start considering whether you need a part-time or full-time maid, you need to determine your needs first.

Do you need a maid just for cleaning your house every week? Or do you need help with the kids every day?

Make a list of your needs, so it’s easier to narrow down your options later on.

  • Look for credibility.

If you’re hiring part-time maid service, you need to look for a company that has already made its name for the quality of its service to customers.

Ask for recommendations from family and friends, so you know what your best options are for agencies.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for a full-time maid, make sure that you do extensive research on the applicant’s background and experience.

This will allow you to determine if you can trust the maid and if your expenses will be worth it.

Don’t rush into hiring someone just because you badly need help. Remember that you’re paying a lot of money for the maid, so take your time in selecting a candidate.

  • Look for accessibility.

This is especially true if you’re hiring part-time maid service. Find a company that’s in your neighborhood or somewhere near.

Doing so will not only help you save valuable time but will also avoid any hassles during cleaning day.

  • Compare rates first.

Rates will vary depending on the agency or company that you’re working with. 

Keep in mind that an expensive company doesn’t always guarantee the best quality service. 

So, make sure to compare rates first along with their inclusions to know which one is the most worth it.

  • Read contracts thoroughly.

Whether you’re hiring part-time or full-time maid service, you need to make sure that all the details of your contract are correct.

Be specific of your expectations and don’t forget to make changes if you deem necessary before committing to any maid service.

It’s also very important to consider the pros and cons of choosing a part-time or full-time maid service.

Again, your decision will depend highly on your needs, lifestyle, living setup and of course, your budget.

Know exactly what you need, review these costs and ask for advice from family and friends who tried maid service before.

This will help you make the right decisions when it comes to hiring the right maid service for your needs.