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How to find a job in Dubai

Find a job in Dubai

How to find a job in Dubai

The job market in Dubai is competitive due to the number of foreigners attracted to living and working there. Dubai is expecting an economic growth of at least 5% this year. The economy is booming comparatively to recession infested economies of UK, Europe and America.

If you are eager to find a job in Dubai, be warned that it is not as easy as it seems. You have to face a lot of competition from expats all over the world.

Points to consider when starting your job search in Dubai:

Your CV or résumé.The word ‘CV’ is more commonly used in Dubai, although for Dubai employment purposes, CV or résumé are the same thing. Ensure that you have a strong CV that correctly represents your skills and qualifications. Do include your photo, nationality and date of birth. There are job listings in Dubai where they may ask for a specific gender, age and ethnicity. Dubai employers actually expect a two-page CV, unlike their Western counterparts who prefer one-page CVs. Write a great cover letter and include compelling reasons why they should hire you.

Recruitment process. Before you start searching for job openings, make sure that you understand the recruitment process in Dubai. After preparing your CV/résumé, do a bit of research on working and living in Dubai. It helps to know some background on the place that you want to work in. Go over some expat forums so you can get a feel of working in Dubai. Then, as you attach the job market, check out lists of recruitment agencies and double-check their reputation and legitimacy. You can also browse online for headhunters, executive search firms and hiring managers in Dubai.

Top careers in Dubai. In any growing economy, there are hot and cold industries. For example, the traditionally strong MEP job sector in Dubai is weakening due to slowdown in construction activities. However, there are abundant jobs in other fields. Hospitality jobs continue to boom. Food industry jobs are expected to rise dramatically this year. Retail banking jobs will experience growth in the next five years. Media jobs are also on the rise according to studies. Also, diamond and gold jobs have increased as the consumer market for these commodities are going up.

Using Social networks to find a job in Dubai: Using social network sites can help you land a great job in Dubai. The rise of social networks like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter has made getting a job you want much easier to achieve. LinkedIn is proving to be a prime tool for job search in mid-career to senior level work opportunities. You can use LinkedIn to join communities or groups where you get a chance to network with Dubai-based employers and showcase your expertise when the chance arises. Studies show that there is 1 in 5 employers in Dubai using LinkedIn, so it is definitely a good venue for your job search.

Be Vigilant, Alert and Informed. It is also very important to update youself with Dubai news, especially news in your preferred job sector so that you are aware of upcoming trends. Know how to spot job scams. Prepare your education and employment documents ahead of time — such as duly attested original transcript of records and your portfolio, passport, even your driver’s license and marriage certificates, if applicable. You can check the validity of a company’s trading activities, contact details and licensing thru the Dubai Department of Economic Development’s website.

Stay positive and be smart when finding a job in Dubai.

Check the latest jobs in Dubai here.

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The hidden costs of living in Dubai – Expenses, Rents and Fines

Cost of Living in Dubai

Dubai is projected as a tax free heaven, especially to expats that hail from countries with high tax rates. People, coming to Dubai, thought that can earn and save a lot so that they may retire peacefully after working some years in Dubai.

The reality is quite different. Dubai is not all glitter and there certainly is no free lunch. While there is no direct tax on the incomes earned in Dubai, there are number of indirect taxes, hidden charges and fees that result in very high cost of living and making it quite tough to survive in Dubai.

When you first arrive, there’s the cost of your medical, visa and work permit, for which your employer may or may not stump up (if you’re a trailing spouse, likely not). Then there’s your Emirates ID card, optional e-gate card, driving license, and, if your company doesn’t provide it, health insurance or government health card.

If you buy a car, there’s AED 385 to register it every year, the cost of a SALIK tag so you can drive on the main roads, and AED 4 every time you pass a SALIK gate.

With monthly rent payments still rarer than a rainy day, you may have to pay a significant chunk of rent upfront before you get the keys to your new home. And that’s before you consider the deposits you have to leave with utility companies just to get connected (AED 2,000 for water and electricity in Dubai – up to AED 4,500 in Sharjah); the high cost of water and electricity (it’s not unusual for a five-bedroom villa in an expat area to see monthly bills of AED 5,000); housing fees (five per cent of your annual rent); a home maintenance contract to keep air-conditioning running smoothly; the cost of an internet connection (AED 449 per month for 8MB broadband) and monthly landline and television connection fees.

If you have children, you can kiss goodbye to AED 30,000 to 80,000 per child per year (ranging from Indian to British-curriculum schools). As for health, a standard appointment with a GP in local clinic costs AED 200 a pop.

And now about the hidden costs of living in Dubai ….

Majorie van Leijen, in Emirates 24×7, has recorded real life examples of how such hidden costs of living are hurting expat life in Dubai.

Hidden costs of housing and renting out property in Dubai: A young Syrian who recently moved to Dubai started off in a shared living accommodation, where his payments included only the monthly rent and a fair share of the Dewa bill. Although this was convenient, he decided he wanted to have a place of his own, so he opted for a one-bedroom apartment.

“I estimated my budget and set my limits. I was able to afford an apartment for no more than Dh50,000 a year. It was not very hard to find. However, when I was ready to move, I realised I would need at least another three months to come up with the sum of money the first payment required – Dh12,800!”

Khaled’s one-bedroom apartment is rented for Dh48,000 per year, to be paid in six installments; Dh8,000 for the first payment. On top of that comes a five per cent deposit fee (Dh2,400) and a five per cent commission fee (Dh2,400) as the contract was mediated by a broker. He did not need to pay for service charges, nor for chiller charges, which are often billed separately by the developer. However, his Dewa bill includes a housing fee (five per cent of the total rent) and a sewerage fee, in addition to electricity and water consumption. On top of that, an internet, TV and phone connection will usually cost around Dh300-500.

Hidden bank charges and service fees: Banks and their fees are a big source of frustration for many UAE residents. Credit cards, although offered free-of-charge, are one of the main money-suckers and usually provide a charge-free period only. After that, there is a maintenance fee, late payment fee, over-limit fee, and standard annual fee. For loans, the list is even longer: there can be a processing fee, late payment fee, re-scheduling fee or property valuation fee. In case of insufficient funds on any account the bank can charge you a standing order fee. Furthermore, many banks throw fees for any kind of service: a new cheque book, card replacement, loan clearance clarification or any other statement required.

Mashreq Bank customers had to approach to the Central Bank to complaint about the exorbitant rates the bank was charging to them.

Hidden driving license charges:: A British expat in Dubai narrates how he paid Dh 8,500 for his driving license. “When I registered for a VIP driving course, I was told that I would pay Dh6,000 in installments, a deal for which I was willing to accept. I was never told that I needed to pay an extra Dh360 for the actual licence, and half-way through the course the highway exam was introduced, which required Dh400. Although some people were exempted from this fee because they registered before it was imposed, I was told that I had to pay for it.”

There are no standard rules for most of the transactions happening in Dubai. If there are rules, they are subject to abrupt changes, and updates are imposed without consultation with the thriving expat community, that makes the larger percentage of overall UAE population.

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Dubai — The Financial Sector and Social do’s and dont’s

Financial and Social Side of Dubai

When moving to Dubai, you’re moving to a part of the world that has a very different culture and customs from the West. Put a foot wrong and you can end up in trouble with the authorities or with the locals, depending on your misdemeanour.

Here are a few things you should know to make sure this doesn’t happen.

The Financial Side

One of the most attractive things for an expat living in Dubai is that there’s no income tax. You may, however, still be liable to pay tax to your country of origin. If you’re planning to stay in Dubai long term, apply for a residency permit and you can avoid this.

Becoming a resident of Dubai means you’ll have to pay council tax. If you own a property and rent it out, you’ll be liable to rental tax.

Naturally, you’ll need to open a bank account in Dubai. To do this, you’ll require a residency permit, a letter of no objection from your employer or sponsor, and a salary certificate. You may want to take out a personal loan for big expenses such as a car or your child’s education (education in Dubai is expensive). The good news is that you don’t have to do all your personal banking with one bank to take out a personal loan in the UAE.

Starting a Business

Dubai is a terrific place to start your business. Set yours up in one of the emirates free zones and you’ll be exempt from paying taxes or customs duties. As part of this drive to encourage international trade, the authorities also lifted foreign businesses’ obligation to share ownership with a UAE national.

One of the other perks is that there are no restrictions on recruitment or sponsorship, making it easier to expand and promote your business.

The Social Side

Fairly conservative dress is best when you’re in in public. Men should avoid wearing shorts, and women shouldn’t wear clothes that display their shoulders or the top halves of their arms. If you’re going to the beach or spending a day by the pool, you may want to walk around in them elsewhere in the area. Keep them to the beach and pool.

Likewise, you should behave conservatively in public. Avoid showing affection to your other half in public, especially if you’re not married. Members of the opposite sex should resist the temptation to flirt with each other.

Needless to say, drunkenness isn’t approved, and if you wish to buy alcohol you must have a licence. This licence is only be valid in the emirate that granted you it.

Other things to watch out for are the use of audio equipment and powerful cameras. You may need a licence for them, so check with a UAE embassy in your country of origin before leaving.  One last thing is that if you decide to pay for something by cheque, be sure you have the money in your account to cover it. Not only is a bounced cheque embarrassing: it’s illegal and can land you in prison. Ouch!

As you can see, while you go about your business in Dubai, perfectly innocent things you’d do at home can be misconstrued, frowned upon or even constitute a criminal act crime. Follow these tips to stay on the straight and narrow, and you can enjoy a relaxing expat experience in Dubai.

Click here for more information on do’s and don’ts in Dubai.