Expat Exchange
Free MembershipSign In
William Russell Health Insurance
William Russell Health Insurance

Expat Advice: Working in Dubai, UAE

Submitted by francesy


Dubai at Night

A former expat in Dubai warns about the risks of Dubai's lavish lifestyle - many expats end up in buried in debt as a result.

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Dubai

What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?

It depends really. The Oil & Gas give the best opportunities based on the salary and benefits offered, Real Estate / Construction were also main industries before the economic crisis. There are always job openings for the hospitality industry but usually do not pay as much, but these jobs are always the best entry jobs if considering to move to the UAE as the companies usually provide the accommodation, so it is easier to make a move from them rather than coming on a visit visa and then hunt job. Newspapers and websites are reliable and great tools in finding new jobs.

What type of work do you do and how did you find your job?

I was an Executive Assistant / Office Manager for an Oil & Gas Company.

William Russell's private medical insurance will cover you and your family wherever you may be. Whether you need primary care or complex surgery, you'll have access to the best hospitals & doctors available. Unlike some insurers, we also include medical evacuation and mental health cover in our plans (except SilverLite). Get a quote from our partner, William Russell.

How did you obtain your work permit? What advice would you have for others about work permits?

Obtaining work permit in Dubai is taken care of by the HR department. You just have to provide them your originals which will be returned back to you after the entire process.

Have you taken language and cross-cultural training courses to prepare for your assignment? If so, how have they helped you on the job?

English is widely-used. If you know French and Arabic, it is a great advantage since French is second language to some Arabic countries like Lebanon & Morocco. Some companies offer cross-cultural courses, but learning a language is something you usually need a lot of practice of and surely takes a lot of time.

If you were transferred abroad by your employer, were you guaranteed a job upon repatriation? What type of mentoring programs does your employer offer?

No.

What advice would you offer others about finding jobs and working abroad?

I have lived in many different countries and even now that I am based here in the US, I found living in Dubai the best and easiest for me. The only challenge I can think of and to consider if one is to move there is to have a more in-depth understanding of the culture and the religion. It is important to make a research firstly and to gather as much information as possible before making a decision. It is also important to keep in mind that although Dubai can seem to offer a lavish lifestyle, one shouldn't fall trap to this habit as a lot of the expats in Dubai end up buried in debts because of this.

William Russell Health InsuranceExpat Health Insurance

Get a quote for international health insurance from our partner, William Russell.
GET A QUOTE

William Russell Health InsuranceExpat Health Insurance

Get a quote for international health insurance from our partner, William Russell.
GET A QUOTE

Expats DubaiDubai Guide

Expats, digital nomads & retirees talk about what it's like living in Dubai.

UAE Index Dubai Index
An index of all of our site's Dubai information.

Expat Healthcare Advice in DubaiHealthcare & Health Insurance in Dubai

Expats in Dubai offer advice about healthcare, hospital visits, emergency rooms visits, finding a doctor and buying health insurance in Dubai.

Digital Nomad Life Dubai Living in Dubai

More about what it's like living in Dubai.

5-Tips-for-Living-in-Dubai5 Tips for Living in Dubai

Expats in Dubai will find one of the largest expat hubs in the world. With so many other people from other cultures, it's a location where just about anyone can find a comfort zone with the right frame of mind and amount of effort.

UAE Forum UAE Forum
Talk with other digital nomads and expats in UAE on our UAE forum - meet people, get advice and help others.

Contribute to UAE Network Contribute
Help others in UAE by answering questions about the challenges and adventures of living in UAE.

Expat Healthcare Advice in UAEHealthcare & Health Insurance in UAE

Expats in UAE offer advice about healthcare, hospital visits, emergency rooms visits, finding a doctor and buying health insurance in UAE.

Real Estate in UAEReal Estate in UAE

Real estate listings in popular cities and towns in UAE.

Pros Cons of Living in UAEPros & Cons of Living in UAE

Take off your rose-colored glasses and learn what digital nomads & expats have to say about the biggest challenges and the greatest rewards of living in UAE.

Digital-Nomad-Visa-in-DubaiDigital Nomad Visa in Dubai

Find essential information about the digital nomad visa for working in Dubai.

William Russell Health InsuranceExpat Health Insurance

Get a quote for international health insurance from our partner, William Russell.
GET A QUOTE

William Russell Health InsuranceExpat Health Insurance

Get a quote for international health insurance from our partner, William Russell.
GET A QUOTE

Expats DubaiDubai Guide

Expats, digital nomads & retirees talk about what it's like living in Dubai.

UAE Index Dubai Index
An index of all of our site's Dubai information.

Expat Healthcare Advice in DubaiHealthcare & Health Insurance in Dubai

Expats in Dubai offer advice about healthcare, hospital visits, emergency rooms visits, finding a doctor and buying health insurance in Dubai.

Digital Nomad Life Dubai Living in Dubai

More about what it's like living in Dubai.

5-Tips-for-Living-in-Dubai5 Tips for Living in Dubai

Expats in Dubai will find one of the largest expat hubs in the world. With so many other people from other cultures, it's a location where just about anyone can find a comfort zone with the right frame of mind and amount of effort.

UAE Forum UAE Forum
Talk with other digital nomads and expats in UAE on our UAE forum - meet people, get advice and help others.

Contribute to UAE Network Contribute
Help others in UAE by answering questions about the challenges and adventures of living in UAE.

Expat Healthcare Advice in UAEHealthcare & Health Insurance in UAE

Expats in UAE offer advice about healthcare, hospital visits, emergency rooms visits, finding a doctor and buying health insurance in UAE.

Real Estate in UAEReal Estate in UAE

Real estate listings in popular cities and towns in UAE.

Pros Cons of Living in UAEPros & Cons of Living in UAE

Take off your rose-colored glasses and learn what digital nomads & expats have to say about the biggest challenges and the greatest rewards of living in UAE.

7-Important-Tips-about-Healthcare-for-Expats-in-the-UAE7 Important Tips about Healthcare for Expats in the UAE

Expats and people moving to the UAE have lots of questions. Healthcare and health insurance are often on the list. Here are 7 tips about healthcare, health insurance in the UAE, having a baby in the UAE and more.

Guides to Cities in UAE
Abu Dhabi Al Ain Dubai Sharjah
Country Resources
Health Insurance Moving & Shipping More Resources

Copyright 1997-2022 Burlingame Interactive, Inc.

Privacy Policy Legal