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Working in United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates leads the world in net migration rate, indicating that it is the favoured choice for individuals wishing to work aboard. The tax-free salaries, use of English as a business language, modern infrastructure, lots of sun and beaches make the country an attractive prospect.

Even though the huge difference between salary levels in UAE and most developed countries no longer exists, they are still significantly better. What really makes UAE attractive is the high standard of living and the fact that the income is not taxed. This means that for workers from UK or Australia there is roughly and additional 30% additional take home pay.

Construction and oil are the largest sectors, with job potential for science, technology, mathematics, and engineering specialists.  Commercial property is another field that has employment potential as does publishing and tourism industry.

In order to be able to work in the country you will need to get a work visa, which is acquired with the help of an employer. People going to UAE in search of jobs, will have to go back to their country of origin when they have found employment and wait until their new employer files for visa and residency permit on their behalf. Once the work visa and residency permit are approved, they will then reenter the country and take up the employment. Individuals who do not abide by the country’s laws, get deported and black listed for several years.

Some high level executive positions can be obtained remotely. Generally it is best to set up interviews, and then visit the Emirates for the interview. This indicates to the employer how serious you are and they need to hear what you have to say. Also employers are very fearful of ‘runners’.


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