What age do you become legally financially independent in the Middle East?

November 14, 2022

Hey, you—yeah, you reading this—are you over 22? If so, are you financially independent yet? Meaning, you pay for yourself, all the way...?

If not, did you know that most Americans, at least, think you should be by the age of 22? In reality, though, only 24% are at that age.

Now, we know that financial independence is a little different in the Middle East, given it's common for most people to live with their parents until they get married, meaning rent and basic household expenses are covered. Traditionally, though, people don’t tend to kick up a societal fuss when men move out of their parents’ households and take on financial responsibilities even before they get married. In today’s modern times, though, women have also started to move out of their parents’ houses when they go to university or start working.

There’s no legally-binding answer as to when you should look to be financially independent out in the Middle East. But, if you’re considering it, here are three things you could keep in mind to be financially independent:

  1. Look into opening a bank account to help manage your finances
  2. Get a virtual card to pay for things in a more secure manner
  3. Figure out how much income you need to at least cover your living expenses, and ensure you have sufficient sources of income to cover them!

Good luck on your journey to becoming a fully-sustainable person. We’re here to support you when you need it!

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