Tips For Working And Finding Work In Dubai

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Nov 06, 2007
hi dxb soul,
my wife is coming on my sponsership. is it legal if she works under my sponsership? also i have dubai visa. can she work in sharjah?

if she can work, what wil happen to her job if i change job terminating the my previous employers work permit'residency visa?

Is it more advantageous for her to have a seperate residence(job) visa without my sponsership? do she need to exit the country for taking one?

Thanks

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Nov 06, 2007
my wife is coming on my sponsership. is it legal if she works under my sponsership? also i have dubai visa. can she work in sharjah?

yes, she can remain under your residency sponsorship, but has to get labour sponsorship and a labour card from her employer.

most employers would prefer that she would move onto their residency sponsorship, as the annual renewal costs to the company are much higher if she stays under your residency.


if she can work, what wil happen to her job if i change job terminating the my previous employers work permit'residency visa?

before you can terminate your residency visa you have to cancel the sponsorship of any dependants that you may have under your sponsorship (wife, children, domestic servant etc.)

Is it more advantageous for her to have a seperate residence(job) visa without my sponsership? do she need to exit the country for taking one?

yes, personally i'd say so. it means if you loose your job and were forced to leave the country (until you were able to get another position), your wife would be able to stay on. she does not have to leave the country, there is a processing fee that her employer can pay to have the visa processed without leaving and re-entering the country
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Dec 13, 2007
thanks dbxsoul, i wish i read this post weeks before.
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Dec 29, 2007
Sir,
My friend resigned and cancelled his visa after 29 months of service from a Dubai based company as Engineer. He left the company in good terms. Now he is working with a company in Abu Dhabi on 6 months service visa which will be expiring on March 3,2008. Now kindly clarify the following
1. How long will it take for my new company to get an employment visa for him
2. Can they apply for the Employment visa during the Ban period.
3. He left UAE after canceling the previous visa on Aug 15,2007. ie his ban will be over by Feb 15,2008. Based on this will the new company can apply for the employment visa after this date.
4. For applying the employment visa did he has to go out of UAE or during the service visa period and after the expiry of ban, will the company can apply
5. And how long will it take to stamp the residence visa after entering UAE on Employment Visa
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May 16, 2008
i'd like to ask if we can send resume's online even if we are not yet there?

is red ribbon really necessary? tnx...
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May 16, 2008
hi there,
yes, send a cv/ resume through in the interm, you have nothing to loose by doing this and everything to gain.

red ribbon?
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Wow ! May 22, 2008
This is allot of useful information. I am thankful that you posted this information. I am a Private Investigation Agency (specializing in electronics) wanting to relocate my agency to Dubai, any suggestions..
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Jul 11, 2008
Thanks very much, a great read and some really useful information.
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My situation Aug 03, 2008
Hi. Thanks, that was very informative and well set out.

I just wanted to ask a couple of question which are specific to my situation.

I have completed my final year of BA hons Marketing with Advertising degree from a London university. I have only my dissertation to submit in April and will then graduate with a 2.1 degree.

I am also self teaching myself Adobe CS3 softwares; Photoshop, Indesign, Flash, Dreamweaver and Illustrator.

I would like a role in marketing communications or advertising in either a strategic planning or creative capacity, ideally a bit of both, use research and statistics to plan communication campaugn and then create would be my ideal job.

What are my prospects in Dubai? I know salaries vary, but what is the minimum I should expect? Should I expect more or less than what I can get in London? Is 14-20,000dh per month plus 100,000 for housing allowance an unrealistic expectation?

Thanks in advance.
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Aug 03, 2008
When were you planning on coming to Dubai?

As you are only graduating in April 2009 I assume that this is when you will be receiving your certificate soon after - as you will need the attested copy to be legally employed.

Technically you could be employed on your secondary school certificate (again I’m assuming that you were educated in the UK), the downside to this is that legally you could be employed as an office assistant at a media/ marketing company, however there are all kinds of complications that could make life miserable for you if the job didn’t work out – so I would advise against it. Rather be employed on your qualification with the correct job description and title.

What I would like to suggest is that you use the time between now and your graduation to get as much practical work experience under your belt; this means that you could have about 10 – 12 months worth of experience to add to you CV. Use the opportunity to work on as many and wide ranging campaigns as you can, even if you have to do this at a nominal salary.

Frankly speaking and without wanting to dampen your spirit, the salary (and perks) you are looking for would require at least 2 – 3 years experience on top of the qualification. Some employers even prefer to take staff with a lesser qualification, but more “real world” experience. With little or no experience the best you could expect to earn would be in the region of 7 – 14k per month and accommodation (if you are lucky of 60 – 80k), quiet rightly as you pointed out it would be determined by the employer and size of the company.

What I really want to convey is to get as much practical experience as possible, intellectual capital is invaluable and has no price!
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My situation Aug 03, 2008
dbxsoul wrote:When were you planning on coming to Dubai?

As you are only graduating in April 2009 I assume that this is when you will be receiving your certificate soon after - as you will need the attested copy to be legally employed.

Technically you could be employed on your secondary school certificate (again I’m assuming that you were educated in the UK), the downside to this is that legally you could be employed as an office assistant at a media/ marketing company, however there are all kinds of complications that could make life miserable for you if the job didn’t work out – so I would advise against it. Rather be employed on your qualification with the correct job description and title.

What I would like to suggest is that you use the time between now and your graduation to get as much practical work experience under your belt; this means that you could have about 10 – 12 months worth of experience to add to you CV. Use the opportunity to work on as many and wide ranging campaigns as you can, even if you have to do this at a nominal salary.

Frankly speaking and without wanting to dampen your spirit, the salary (and perks) you are looking for would require at least 2 – 3 years experience on top of the qualification. Some employers even prefer to take staff with a lesser qualification, but more “real world” experience. With little or no experience the best you could expect to earn would be in the region of 7 – 14k per month and accommodation (if you are lucky of 60 – 80k), quiet rightly as you pointed out it would be determined by the employer and size of the company.

What I really want to convey is to get as much practical experience as possible, intellectual capital is invaluable and has no price!


Thanks for the concise, to the point and honest feedback. I will now be looking for work experience opportunities until my graduation and would even consider working for free, if it adds invaluable experience to my Cv. Assuming that upon graduation I have several months experience, I think that 14k dh plus 60-80k dh would equate to around £30k in the UK, this would be a decent salary, even with the extortionate taxes and cost, and would allow to live well in the UK. What about in Dubai? Obviously not Ferrari money, but I would hope for a nice 1 bed apartment, and a decent car eg 1 Series or Gulf, not really into the flashy clubs and bars or the comfort shopping.
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Entry Level Job in Dubai Aug 06, 2008
Hi dbxsoul

Thank you for all of your postings and helpful insight.

I am now a student in the US and will graduate with a BS in Business Management on December 19th. I am very interested in working in Dubai.
What do you recommend I do to find an entry-level position in Dubai. what are some recruitment firms for entry-level positions. I have some professional experience as a real estate agent for a year and i worked at a restaurant helping with management as a bartender for 2 years while earning my degree. I am 23 years old and I speak arabic and english very well.

could you please tell me when I should start looking for a job? and how much i should expect to get paid? what are my chances of finding a job?

your response is of great value to me as I am trying to take the first step in my professional career.



Thank you for your time
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Re: My situation Aug 09, 2008
moejoe wrote: Obviously not Ferrari money, but I would hope for a nice 1 bed apartment, and a decent car eg 1 Series or Gulf, not really into the flashy clubs and bars or the comfort shopping.


Have a look at the posting below I did on the Cost of Living, there is a web link in the article to one of the local newspaper "classifieds" sections, here you'll be able to pull up some of the info you’re looking for regarding rental and vehicle prices. The shopping is something else; if you’re a gadget freak you’ll never save any money living in Dubai
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Re: Entry Level Job in Dubai Aug 09, 2008
Attalla wrote:Hi dbxsoul

Thank you for all of your postings and helpful insight.

I am now a student in the US and will graduate with a BS in Business Management on December 19th. I am very interested in working in Dubai.
What do you recommend I do to find an entry-level position in Dubai. what are some recruitment firms for entry-level positions. I have some professional experience as a real estate agent for a year and i worked at a restaurant helping with management as a bartender for 2 years while earning my degree. I am 23 years old and I speak arabic and english very well.

could you please tell me when I should start looking for a job? and how much i should expect to get paid? what are my chances of finding a job?

your response is of great value to me as I am trying to take the first step in my professional career.
Thank you for your time


Hi there,

First off I should make something quiet clear (and I say this with the best intentions), Dubai doesn’t market it’s self as a proving or training ground for fresh graduates; on the contrary, some of the regulations actually count against people looking for short-term employment (as well as vacation jobs).

Doing business in the Middle East is fairly demanding and cut-throat at times; in many instances companies cannot afford to put “green” staff on the firing line as it can cost them financially. New graduates are often naïve and too trusting and readily taken advantage of, heck even seasoned business people are often taken for a ride in Dubai!

Business in the UAE is extremely money focused and everything is focused on profit. In a modern “western” economy money is only one aspect of business, the long term training and investment in the well being of staff is also largely factored into the “over all business strategy”. In the UAE you are a contract worker, a number on the payroll and there is definitely no interest in developing your skills for when you leave the country (unless you are a UAE national). Most employers in the UAE are of the opinion that they are buying your skills, talent and intellectual property, they are paying you for the use of these things and that is as far as the contract extends.

Partly, for the reasons above there are no agencies specifically dealing with entrance positions, so your best option would be trying to get an agency that is more focused on business or managerial placements.

The practical experience you have definitely counts in your favour, any experience does; how you present it on your cv is the crucial issue. Your restaurant and bartending experience needs to be looked at, the core issues of the job extracted and highlighted: customer skills, working as part of a team, handling money, fiscal responsibility, service orientation etc. etc.
Salaries are normally related to qualification and experience; local employers prefer “local knowledge” and normally people with local knowledge are already employed by someone else.

A big plus in your favour is being conversant in Arabic.

Some regional business advice is: never let your guard down, never take your eye off the “ball”, always make sure you know where the money is coming from or going to irrespective of the client, always get a deposit, you will be able to count the number of people you can trust implicitly on one hand, never play your full hand – always keep something in reserve. Lastly, don’t be soft or you’ll get walked on.
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Great Info Aug 26, 2008
Hi Soul,
My partner and I are looking to move over to Dubai ASAP, and the info you have posted is very helpful, thanks.
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