Tips For Working And Finding Work In Dubai

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Aug 27, 2008
Hi there,

First off- excellent post, was extremely helpful

I will be completing my honours in Investment Banking on 15 Nov this year and I'm planning on going to Dubai in December.

I read some of the responses you gave the other graduates on this post where you state Dubai possibly isn't the easiest place to find a job for graduates... Does this just apply to Dubai or the entire UAE?

Thanks in advance

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Job offer in Marketing/IT Aug 30, 2008
Hi everybody,

A great forum, useful information, I just wanna have your opinion about a job offer in Dubai.

The position is marketing project manager in charge of middle east and africa, They need someone with marketing and Information Technology background, with experience at least 2 years and fluency in French/Arabic/English.

I fulfill all there requirements, I have 2 bachelor degree ( Higher business studies and Information technology) and a master degree in information technology. I have almost 3 years experience.

What do you think will be the adequate salary, I wanna ask for a reasonable one, I'll be relocated to Dubai with my wife.

Thank you in advance.
chitaurus
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Oct 30, 2008
i am a civil engineer from india . i have 1.5 years experience in multistoreyed construction . is there any opening for me in dubai.
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I am looking for career advancement Nov 01, 2008
hi All,
I am reading this forum from past few days. I am planning for my career advancement over there. Now i have very good knowledge about there. Thanks to forum and its members.
Atul
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Nov 03, 2008
Great...!!!! This is a very valuable information for jobseekers.

Im a Software Test Engineer working currently in India ,and searching for Software Testing openings in Dubai .

Do you have any list of recruitment agencies that recruit software people from india ?
What will be the process ?
jjm
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Nov 05, 2008
Hey all. Great info! It's really appreciated...

I did have a question about my situation that I did not see addressed in previous posts.

What is the best course of action for someone looking for a job in Dubai, but that is unable to move without an offer on the table?

My situation is a financial professional with 3 years experience and advanced degrees, born and raised in the USA. I've been over to visit and have no reservations about relocating long term / permanently. I require little to no relocation assistance, and plan on learning Arabic as soon as I have an offer to relocate.

However, I find myself in a paradox. To find work in Dubai, I need to move there, but to move there, I need money, but to get money, I need to find work in Dubai.

My current position is very demanding, and I am unable to take a 30 to 60 day vacation to find an opportunity locally.

I have been doing the internet and phone search to network as much as possible, but am having trouble getting beyond general inquiries to actual interviews. I am able to fly over at a moments notice for a face-to-face interview, but am unable to get that far.

How should I proceed? Is there a recruitment agency based here in the US that I could work with, so that the preliminary interview process goes smoother? Should I be targeting companies that have a presence both here and there, so that they may be more willing to interview me locally? Is there a website that caters specifically to people based outside of Dubai to help them market themselves to the correct opportunities?

Sorry about 1 question running into about 10, but I really appreciate all the help!

-Mike
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Nov 14, 2008
Hey all. Great info! It's really appreciated...

I did have a question about my situation that I did not see addressed in previous posts.

What is the best course of action for someone looking for a job in Dubai, but that is unable to move without an offer on the table?

My situation is a financial professional with 3 years experience and advanced degrees, born and raised in the USA. I've been over to visit and have no reservations about relocating long term / permanently. I require little to no relocation assistance, and plan on learning Arabic as soon as I have an offer to relocate.

However, I find myself in a paradox. To find work in Dubai, I need to move there, but to move there, I need money, but to get money, I need to find work in Dubai.


Mmmmm. Interesting, but I don’t see why you would need money as a prerequisite to moving to Dubai?
Sure you may need a little to ship the odd item, but you can’t be contemplating packing up your entire house and shipping it over??? You may also need a little capital to keep you going while you looked for work, if you chose to come across on a visit visa and look for a position.

My current position is very demanding, and I am unable to take a 30 to 60 day vacation to find an opportunity locally.

Ha-ha, what you have here is a leap of faith. You either have to resign from your current job, make a clean break and move to Dubai in the hope of getting a job, or stay where you are and hope that you will get a firm offer prior to making the move.

I have been doing the internet and phone search to network as much as possible, but am having trouble getting beyond general inquiries to actual interviews. I am able to fly over at a moments notice for a face-to-face interview, but am unable to get that far.


Persistence. I’m afraid I can’t be more encouraging than that, you have to bear in mind that there are literally thousands of people at any one time trying to find work in Dubai (which is really no bigger than a small American city).

How should I proceed? Is there a recruitment agency based here in the US that I could work with, so that the preliminary interview process goes smoother? Should I be targeting companies that have a presence both here and there, so that they may be more willing to interview me locally? Is there a website that caters specifically to people based outside of Dubai to help them market themselves to the correct opportunities?


No idea about American companies, there are a few UK based companies that have regional offices in Dubai though.
Sorry about 1 question running into about 10, but I really appreciate all the help!

Another fair comment that I picked up on the forum in the last week was someone pointing out to someone (also looking for a vacancy in finance), that because of the recent upheavals there are now a lot of highly experienced and qualified financial people looking for work; a lot of them look at the middle east because of the excess of disposable capital – thereby putting pressure on the local job market by virtue of supply and demand.
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Nov 18, 2008
Ok well I'll keep at it then. Thanks for all the info and I appreciate the help!
Mdmaiorano
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Dec 15, 2008
any body knows about almira group of companies.. is it fair .. or...
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Re: Tips for working and finding work in Dubai Jan 12, 2009
I would like to express my gratitude for such help. I have one question according to attested diploma in secton "" What doc-ts to bring" it means that my diploma should be attested in the Ministry of Education in my country, if so do you know how? I am planning to go to Dubai in two weeks and it will be very helpful to know.

Thank you in advance.

Ilya
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Jan 12, 2009
Hi there Yes, contact the UAE consulate closest to you immediately, ask them for the Attestation process for you country as it varies from country to country.

Normally you will need to take it to your countries Department of Education as well as the Department of Foreign Affairs. The documents then have to go to the UAE consulate (if you do not have a UAE consulate in your country you can take it to a consulate of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as well).

Do this immediately as the process can take some time. You need to attest your highest educational qualification or highest tertiary qualification. You cannot be employed in the UAE without attested documents!
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Re: Tips for working and finding work in Dubai Jan 12, 2009
stackbelsk wrote:I would like to express my gratitude for such help. I have one question according to attested diploma in secton "" What doc-ts to bring" it means that my diploma should be attested in the Ministry of Education in my country, if so do you know how? I am planning to go to Dubai in two weeks and it will be very helpful to know.
Thank you in advance.
Ilya

Have your Transcript of Records&Diploma attested in your country first,each country has different procedure in attesting their papers so you have to ask help from your countrymen.
note: Documents will be attested here again in UAE.
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Jan 21, 2009
Perfect information...

Just one query, if my partner looks for work on a visit visa, and finds a uitable position (touch wood), would she be able to reside with me in my apartment, or under law is she required to have her own residence?

Info is greatly appreciated.

Cheers

Johnlee
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Jan 21, 2009
Hi there, depending on which side of the fence you stand it is either a black and white issue or a very grey issue.

The law of the land is clear, no "co-habitation" outside of marriage. This is strictly enforced among the local Muslim population; although the penalties are harsh for both Muslims and non-Muslims caught contravening the law in this regard.

The practicalities are... There are more expats than UAE nationals, while the law of the land applies to everyone living here; there is an unwritten aspect of "latitude" with regards to expats and certain of the laws.

There are literally tens of thousands of people doing exactly this. The police will only follow up if they receive a complaint in this regard, and then they have to do something and will and will normally pay you a visit.

The main thing is, if you are going to do it, then be prepared to accept the consequences; don’t draw attention to your self, your situation or embarrass your neighbours by you actions.
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Feb 20, 2009
hi All
im in first year in business school and looking for an internship in dubai in marketing fields for 4 or 5 months starting im july 2009.
thanks.
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