Dubai is one of the most multicultural societies in the world. Only 20% of the population is Emirati, the vast majority of the remainder being expatriate workers. The imbalance is even more pronounced in the workplace, especially in the private sector where almost all workers are foreign.
Huge numbers of these workers are low income workers from the Indian subcontinent and the Philippines. They are mainly employed as construction workers, maids, cleaners, taxi drivers and in hotels and the tourism sector.
Dubai is also home to significant number of expatriate professionals, mainly from Europe and Australasia, and drawn by an enhanced quality of life. This website concentrates on this area of the city’s job market.
Employment in Dubai is governed by strict regulations and as with most things; working in Dubai does have a downside.
Dubai Online operates a free recruitment service for qualified professionals looking for jobs in accountancy, construction and IT.
Other good places to look for employment include the classifieds section of the local newspapers and specialist recruitment agencies. Many advise that the best way to get a job is to visit as a tourist and see if you actually like the place, at the same time knocking on as many doors as you can.
Presuming you are successful in your quest for employment, there are numerous factors to consider when relocating.