Tips For Working And Finding Work In Dubai

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advise needed please Apr 11, 2009
Can anyone give me some advice on the following situation?

my friend has been offered a fixed term job with a company forming part of Al Futtiam Group. can anyone shed some light on the reputation and reliability of this group please?
would you change jobs from a secure position in your country to this in Dubai keeping in mind the current financial situation. in order words will she be taking a great risk in accepting this job with regards to job security.

package in the region 25k + rent allowance + car

any help will be greatly appreciated as friend really confused at the mom

thank you for all the invalueable information given throughout this forum

dooddubai
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Apr 12, 2009
25k + extra's is pretty decent at the moment considering the current down-turn. al futtaim is quiet stable, although it consists of a number of component businesses, some would be doing better than others at the moment and all are managed independantly.find out how much the "extras" are that are on offer - and get them to commit this to paper (so that is can be evaluated as part of the "package")
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Apr 12, 2009
thank you so much for replying dxbsoul - we have been reading your input in this forum and all your information is of excellent value!!
especially for people who have never been to Dubai.

extra allowance approx 115k annually for rent and another 65k one time payment for furniture

furthermore there is a clause prohibiting work for 12 months after termination of employment is this common practice?

what is the longest term of contract normally accepted by employers?

is contract normally renewed or could they give her just one term and send her out?

again thank you for your contribution and replies

best regards
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Apr 20, 2009
115k would get you a nice 2br apartment at the moment; rentals are down at the moment and landlords more willing to negotiate.

65k is a good amount to set up furniture and appliance wise, at the moment there is also a lot of second hand odds and ends being advertised (dubizzle.com and others) as a good number of expats have already left (or are in the process of leaving).
Be aware though, if your friend decides to leave before the contract term is complete they will be obliged to repay a pro-rata amount of the remaining rent and furniture allowances to the company! Basically the furniture allowance would be amortized over the three year contract period and the rental over a one year rental period.
Restraint of trade clauses are not uncommon, although they have to be included in the official contract to be enforceable. The employer is a large employer in the UAE, I’m pretty certain their contracts will be air-tight.

Contracts are normally 3 years and re-newable on re-negotiation, this is because the residency visa is only valid for three years - hence the two normally run concurrently (residency and labor).
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May 15, 2009
Hi everyone,

I've been working as hotel porter in London for 2 years now.The company I work for will open their new hotel in Dubai in the next year,therefore I'm seriously considering to move to Dubai but I dont know much about Emirates in terms of wages or cost of living.Someone told me dont even try unless they offer you 10.000AED per month.The only thing I know that apartments are expensive but food,public transport etc. are fairly cheap compare to London.
Please if anyone could help me what to do I would be really thankful.
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May 22, 2009
southwestfive wrote:Hi everyone,

I've been working as hotel porter in London for 2 years now.The company I work for will open their new hotel in Dubai in the next year,therefore I'm seriously considering to move to Dubai but I dont know much about Emirates in terms of wages or cost of living.Someone told me dont even try unless they offer you 10.000AED per month.The only thing I know that apartments are expensive but food,public transport etc. are fairly cheap compare to London.
Please if anyone could help me what to do I would be really thankful.


as a hotel porter you could not expect to earn anywhere near 10k per month! you would have to set your sites on a position well above that - middle to upper hotel management to get that kind of salary.

check what benefits your company will offer that may help offset expenses - rent free accomodation etc...

you need to get all the facts before you can evaluate your offer
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Jun 03, 2009
Hi

I am new to this forum, I am considering looking for a job in dubai, currently leaving in the UK . I have 2 years software testing experience, but I have generally noticed that most jobs are around oil plants and construction in dubai. Any Ideas where to be looking, or what the demand is for software testing?

Many Thanks
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Jun 27, 2009
humble09 wrote:Hi

I am new to this forum, I am considering looking for a job in dubai, currently leaving in the UK . I have 2 years software testing experience, but I have generally noticed that most jobs are around oil plants and construction in dubai. Any Ideas where to be looking, or what the demand is for software testing?

Many Thanks


Humble
comapring with other sector Dubai is not strong in software development side, look out the job portals in dubai and see this type of positon is advertised, as a recruitment consultant i can say that isoftware testing is not a demanding job in dubai
good luck
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Jun 28, 2009
We cannot deny the Recruitment agencies role in hiring process in UAE. Most of the companies work with recruitment agencies to get the right talent
Updated list of Recruitment agencies in UAE- June 2009
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Jun 28, 2009
Hope this site will help you for your jobhunting in UAE
list of Recruitment agencies in UAE, Sample CVS, Cover letters, Interview advice,Labour law

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Jul 23, 2009
Hi, I really need some clarification. I work for a small company who will do anything to make things difficult for you. They provided me with a visa under the condition that I work for them for two years, if i don't finish my contract I am required to pay for my labour card/visa fees. I cannot afford to pay them (they will ask me for something between 4,000 - 8,000).
If I give them one month's notice, they will just withold my salary and state it's what I owe them. So i'm just going to tell work (just after the next payday) that I need to go home. I will give them my labour card and then fly back to the UK. I have absolutely no debts or ties so i'm not worried about anything other than work. I know I will get a labour ban but I'm just scared they can find a way of banning me from the UAE for not paying back these visa costs, can they? I am also worried that i will have a problem when I come back to Dubai at the end of December for a visit. Please help me!!! Thanks
RachSmith
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Aug 04, 2009
I am looking for positions in Dubai but have found that agencies require me to pay a fee before they will put me forward for a vacancy. Is this the norm in UAE?

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thinkingaboutdubai
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Aug 07, 2009
thinkingaboutdubai wrote:I am looking for positions in Dubai but have found that agencies require me to pay a fee before they will put me forward for a vacancy. Is this the norm in UAE?

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nope it's illegal I think
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Relocation to Dubai Aug 07, 2009
Hi

Does anyone know if companies in Dubai are still willing to pay for relocation fees and visas? I know with the recession everyone is trying to avoid costs, but was just wondering if it is still possible.

I am living in South Africa and looking for work in events.

Thanks
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Aug 20, 2009
I am planning to work in Dubai, but i am uncertain becoz these would be my first time, i am registered safety officer from the Philippines i am also experience massage therapist and a mathematics teacher. please help me look for a job.
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