dubai jobs & employment

Dubaií's booming economy attracts millions of job seekers. Dubai does not impose taxes; therefore, a personís net income is higher in Dubai than anywhere else in the world.

It is not that easy to find employment in Dubai. The competition for lucrative positions is high in Dubai where 80 percent of the population comprises foreign expatriates. Moreover, emiratisation overshadows a job seekerís chances of employment. Emiratisation encourages the employment of educated UAE nationals not only in the public sector but also in the private sector. It is no wonder that more and more expatriates are being replaced by UAE nationals, who also get a plumper salary.

It is advisable to come to Dubai with a job in hand. However, it is not easy to get a job from your home country. Many people come to Dubai on a visit visa in search of a job. This has its own advantages because employers prefer to hire a person who is actually in Dubai and is available for an interview rather than take the risk of employing an unseen person. At the same time, you need to be very lucky to find a job before the expiry of your visit visa.

You had better know a few facts before taking the plunge and beginning your job seeking adventures. Most expatriates are temporary workers, who leave the county when their job contracts expire. It is next to impossible for a foreign expatriate to own property in Dubai or get a UAE citizenship.

Do you want to be your own boss? Dubai offers excellent opportunities for self-employment; however, you will have to start your business with a local partner who has the majority holding.

Do you wish to stay alone in Dubai or bring your family along? A family sponsorship visa is available only to a qualified person who can earn above Dhs.4,000. An unskilled person without a degree will find it difficult to earn even Dhs.2,000 per month.

In Dubai, your work becomes your life. An average working person spends two to four hours in the traffic on the way to the office and back. The little time that is available after going to work, being at work, and coming back from work is just sufficient to eat and sleep. So, it is better to opt for a straight shift.

If your decision to work in Dubai is firm and unshaken, it is time to start your job hunt in earnest. There are several reputed recruitment agencies to help you. Research an agency well before seeking its help. There are many fraudulent agencies that make false promises and strip you of your life savings.

A goldmine of information is available for online job seekers. A few of these populare sites, such as Dubai Jobs,,, and The best way to watch out for jobs in Dubai is to keep an eye on dailies, such as Gulf News and Khaleej Times. These dailies also have an online employment section. Job recruitment Web sites, set up by certain groups of UAE companies, such as Emirates Groups and Etisalat, will also be of immense help to you.