Dubai is one of the main cities of the United Arab Emirates, and is one of the best cities in the world where you will find very good opportunities for a good salary.
That is why I have prepared this guide to work and live in Dubai, so that you know everything you have to do to get a job in one of the most fascinating and developed cities in the Middle East. It is also not uncommon moving to Dubai from the US , however there are some rules that you should know before going in Dubai.
Requirements for working in Dubai
To work in Dubai, it may not be necessary to speak Arabic, but a good level of English is essential.
The main requirement, apart from English, is to have a work visa. For this you need a company that sponsors you, i.e. that hires you and processes your employment permit. They only do this when they really need someone with a certain profile that they can’t find among the local population and emigrants that they already have.
Types of work in Dubai
There are more foreigners than locals in Dubai, and the vast majority of the immigration it receives is from developing countries that provide cheap labour, especially in the construction sector. Pakistanis, Indians and Filipinos are the most abundant nationalities in this city.
For Westerners there are also job opportunities with much higher wages, but always in skilled jobs and leadership positions.
The most demanded professions in which foreigners are hired and with good salaries are the following:
- Interior Designer
- Hotel Director
- Call Center Agent
Working for an airline
In Dubai, as I mentioned earlier, there is a high demand for pilots and other aviation-related professions such as flight attendant.
The main aviation companies in Dubai are FlyDubai and Emirates.
Working in hospitals
In the world of medicine there are also a large number of vacancies. One company that recruits nursing professionals is MediLink Dubai.
Salaries in Dubai
If you have a qualified job, you can earn a big salary in Dubai.
Here are some examples of salaries in the professions where foreigners are most in demand:
- Pilot, about 16.000€ per month (pilot course of airplanes)
- Hostess in Emirates, between €1,700 and €2,500 per month for 80 flight hours plus accommodation
- Doctors, between €4,000 and €15,000 per month
- Architect, between €7,000 and €11,000 per month
- Engineer, between €6,500 and €14,000 per month
- Hotel director, between €7,500 and €10,000 per month
- Bilingual telephone agent, about €2,500 per month
How to find a job in Dubai
To look for a job in Dubai the best thing is to do it through the internet, in specialized portals where you can find offers that fit your profile.
As it is the company that has to process the visa to work, if they are interested in your candidacy and you are in your country, they carry out the whole selection process through Skype and even in many occasions they pay you the one-way ticket and the first weeks of accommodation.
If you have contacts in this country that already work in your sector, the internal referral is always the best option to find a job in this city.
Curious things about life in Dubai
Before you go to live in Dubai there are several things you should know, as it is a totally different culture from the western one and there are many things that could shock you.
- You can’t live with your partner unless you’re married.
- Sexual relations outside of marriage are not allowed, under penalty of imprisonment.
- You can’t kiss and show affection to your partner in public.
- There are no taxes on natural persons. If you are a resident in the UAE, your salary and any other income you receive, such as for the rental of real estate, are completely tax-free. Yes, taxes are paid on some things such as hotel stays, restaurants and alcohol.