dbxsoul wrote:the awnser is no.
the uae is a male run culture, the husband is considered the bread winner and main sponsor of the residency visa; they do however make exceptions for women who are in what they consider "special proffessional persons".
these include women who are medical doctors, teachers or other highly qualified engineering persons who are required in the country. the minister of labour has the right to add and deduct these labour catagories depending on the requirements of the country at the time. they (the femal spouse) may apply for and sponsor their spouses as the main residency sponsor. these are exceptional cases and have to be autherised by the department of immigration.
While I agree in general with the above post, I do know of a lady that works for a large bank in Dubai and her husband who doesnt work, is indeed 'piggy-backing' on her husbands visa.
I think as Dubai is expanding, things may be on a 'case by case' basis. Certainly if your wife is going into a highly paid job, it may be worth speaking to your prospective employer and their PRO, who may be able to advise you further.