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Expat Advice: Working in Dubai, UAE

Sep 25, 2018


La Mer in Dubai

A South African who worked as a dolphin trainer in Dubai talks about taking the plunge and moving to Dubai, obtaining a work permit, receiving cross-cultural training.

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?

Tourism is the main industry and career opportunities in hospitality and tourism are most commonly available. The entertainment industry is booming, and a lot of places are opening up in preparation for the 2020 summit so jobs are available. It seems to be possible too to get in at entry level and move up through the ranks of a company if you get in with a good company.

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

I worked as a dolphin trainer for 5 years in Dubai and absolutely loved it. As it was my dream job, I searched for it and applied via a website.

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

Most companies provide the work permit upon hiring you. It is part of the contract usually and the employer is responsible for applying and providing it.

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

The company provided a lot of on the job training, some of which were dedicated to teaching its employees about the local customs and what to expect when dealing with the local community.

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

Go for it! Get your CV out there, take the plunge and do it. It is an amazing experience and well worth the change. It can be difficult dealing with the cultural differences but a great way to expand ones horizons.

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