The Best Employers in the UAE

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It’s no secret that a happy work environment makes for more productive employees. Here are some companies in the UAE that go above and beyond to take care of the needs of their employees and to keep them happy, according to a study done by the Great Places to Work Institute (GPTW).

THE One
THE One reigns supreme as THE company to work at, a fact which is owed in part to the CEO’s vision and commitment. Having authentic and consistent support and involvement from the CEO when it comes to the engagement of employees is critical. THE One provides a unique and compelling social mission that its employees can get emotionally attached to, helping to motivate and inspire.
The company has set up “THE Onederworld,” a sustainable village community initiative. Through the programme, six classrooms of a brand-new school have been built in the Pimbiniet community in Kenya in conjunction with Free the Children, an international charity organisation.

2. DHL
DHL has won the Great Place to Work for award several times in a row. “DHL proved it puts its workplace initiatives on top of its strategic plans,” the institute said. The company has several people practices and policies that seek to inspire its staff to give their best. “Every aspect of the employee life cycle at DHL, from recruitment to retirement, is closely aligned with the company’s core values, its business objectives and mission of inspiring people to give their best – both in and out of the office.”

3. Omnicom Media Group (OMG)

OMG tries its best to make sure its employees enjoy a good work-life balance. It conducts human resources (HR) forums and allows employees to voice out any concerns related to their work. “OMG’s keen focus on work-life balance makes it stand out as a leading example of how organisations should integrate health and wellness into a company’s culture. OMG also enjoys genuine dedication and commitment from its senior leaders,” said the GPTW institute.

4. Hyatt
If you’re a new recruit and based outside the Middle East or UAE, expect to get a warm welcome upon arrival at the airport. “Hyatt’s culture is centred on its people. New joiners coming from outside the UAE are welcomed in the airport by their assigned buddies. Joining gifts are given to all employees,” said the institute.
On special occasions, such as birthdays, expect someone from HR to send a postcard and give the staff a call. Every month of June, Hyatt hotels around the world participate in a week-long event that seeks to make staff feel valued. During this week, UAE employees get to participate in Zumba classes, photography workshops, pastry workshops, treasure hunt, Iceland/Wild Wadi Waterpark outing, special breakfasts and ice skating, among many other activities.

5. Weber Shandwick
The company ensures that its staff feel they’re part of the team and that the management values how they feel. One of the many things it has done for its staff, the company has custom-built its reception desk to suit the height of its receptionist. “The Weber Shandwick Dubai office is branded with all of employee’s voices. From the plants chosen, to the imagery on the walls and even the bespoke welcome desk,” said the institute, “It chose to engage all team members when branding the company, bringing its motto of ‘engaging always’ to life.”

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How to make friends when you’re new to Dubai

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Moving to a new city or country is hard. Moving to a new city without friends is harder. Dubai is a wonderful city, but it can be a little intimidating when you don’t really know anyone there. Here are some ways you can rectify that situation and help you ease into living in this wonderful city:

Join a meetup
When you’re new in town, it can be really helpful to attend a meetup. Not only does this help you meet new people and make new friends, it also lets you find groups with similar interests. Whether it’s a professional networking event or a casual coffee morning, or something more unusual like a board game night, you’ll find it all on meetup.com. Other ways to make friends with others in your industry or those who share your interests would be through through social mixers, breakfast meetups and industry events.

Meet parents through your children/school activities
Children are often a great social magnet to meeting and making friends with other parents, through school runs, playdates, birthday parties and extracurricular activities. Try to make the effort to get to know the other school parents or offer to be class mum or organize a playdate in the park or a soft play area. These are all great ways to meet people and make friends with whom you can socialize, and have the kids make new friends too!

Volunteer for a cause
There are some very worthwhile causes in the UAE that could need a helping hand from you. You can volunteer your time and expertise helping a cause that is near and dear to you. There’s everything from general volunteering opportunities through to specific causes including the local animal shelters and helping kids with special needs and so much more. This is a great way to meet kind, gentle-hearted people who share similar interests.

Mingle with people you already know
You already know someone in Dubai. Maybe it’s a neighbour, maybe it’s a co-worker. While we aren’t advising you to leech onto their social circle in search of new friends, there are times when it could work out. Sometimes all you need is one connection into a group, and it can open up a new door to a potential friendship pool. So go ahead, dive right in!

Adopt a pet
An unusual solution, for sure. But if you can afford to take care of a dog and aren’t allergic, we recommend adopting a fur-baby when you move to a new home. Owning a dog will not only make it easier to meet your new dog-friendly neighbors, but it will also provide you with companionship during lonely times. Dogs can be a great conversation starter, making it easy to approach (and be approached by) neighbors and potential new friends. Studies also consistently show that owning a dog can lower anxiety, stress and loneliness while improving your physical health. Just make sure your apartment building allows large pets.

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2 bedroom apartments under AED 90,000 in Dubai

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2 Bedroom apartments are a favourite amongst mid-sized families in Dubai. If you’ve set yourself a budget of around AED 90,000 per month, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from, and can viably consider some of Dubai’s more pricier residential areas.

Jumeirah Village Circle

Green, lush, and very family friendly, there’s a lot to love about JVC. Situated just off of Hessa Street, it is close to the Dubai Marina, Dubai Internet City, Dubai Media City and JLT. There is hardly any traffic within JVC itself and to top it all, it has a dedicated bus service that is connected to Mall of the Emirates.

The neighbourhood is absolutely bursting with greenery. As of 2018, there are 33 parks in JVC, with more to come. Perfect if you’ve got kids or have larger pets.
Most properties here are less than 5 years old, and come fully equipped with swimming pools and gyms. Some even have play areas, saunas and badminton courts.
An average 2 bedroom apartment here will cost you between AED 75,000-85,000.

Sports City

Sports City is home to the International Stadium, the International Cricket Council (ICC) training academy, football pitches, golf courses and fitness centres. But luckily for residents, and somewhat confusingly for those new to Dubai, Sports City is also home to a variety of residential buildings, nurseries, schools, restaurants and other amenities.

Although it may seem like the outskirts, the neighbourhood is well connected to Al Khail road and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road.

There are a ton of restaurants in the area, and even more in Motor City (a 5 minute drive away), ensuring you will never go hungry.

Expect to pay between AED 70,000-100,000 for a 2 bedroom unit, although the facilities (and view) can vary drastically.

The Discovery Gardens

An affordable and self-contained community located in Jebel Ali, Discovery Gardens is ideal for families on so many levels. Relaxed, quiet and laid back, it offers plenty of outdoor space for kids to play, while colourful buildings give it a quirky, fun character. Several schools are within walking distance of most building clusters, such as DPS Dubai and Winchester School. The neighbourhood also has Chubby Cheeks Nursery and the Bubbles & Giggles Nursery for families with toddlers. The venerable Ibn Battuta mall may not be as glorious as Dubai Mall or Mall of the Emirates, but its unique architecture and layout make it a refreshing change from the usual.

You can find a good 2 bedroom apartment for around AED 85,000 here.

Dubai Silicon Oasis

This quiet community is also a relatively new one, which means you can usually expect all the facilities and amenities to be top of the line. There are several schools in the area, including GEMS Wellington and the Indian International School. Grocery shopping is a breeze, thanks to the neighbourhood Carrefour and Spinneys, as well as several smaller convenience stores. Fast Food restaurants such as McDonalds, KFC and Subway are all around for when you’re looking for a no-fuss bite, while a plethora of restaurants and eateries offer cuisines from every corner of the globe.

Nab yourself a 2 bedroom apartment here for between AED 65,000-90,000, depending on the facilities present in the building.

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Renting furnished vs unfurnished property

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Whether you’ve first moved to the city or are just looking for new options, you’ve probably considered the merits of moving to a furnished apartment rather than an unfurnished one. Both furnished and unfurnished apartments are common in the UAE and they save you a lot of trouble as they come equipped with furniture, basic kitchen appliances and tableware, bathroom etc.

This list will help you decide what sort of apartment is better for you.

The pros of furnished apartments

It’s easier to move
If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t like putting down roots, furnished apartments are perfect for you. This is the reason they’re especially popular in the UAE, with its highly transient population. Renting a furnished place means you won’t own most of the bigger items, and it’ll be easier for you to pick up and move on short notice.

It’s actually cheaper
Furnished apartments may seem more expensive initially, but then when you factor in the additional expenses an unfurnished place brings with it, things start to change. A cooking range, refrigerator and washing machine can cost a pretty penny. This way though, you’ll save money buying both furniture and the white goods.

Flexibility
Furnished apartments are a lot less restrictive when it comes to the contract. Most furnished apartments won’t require a year-long lease, since the landlords knowingly cater to those who don’t stay in one place for too long. If you’re not sure what your long term plans are, you’re probably better going after a furnished apartment. They’ll be willing to offer a shorter lease, and you don’t have to do such a big move for a place you’re only staying in for a few months.

The cons of furnished apartments

More expensive rents and security deposits
The landlord has invested in furniture and white goods, and the cost is partly passed on to the renter in the form of more expensive rents. It is an investment on the landlord’s behalf, after all. Chances are they will also demand a larger security deposit to protect from damage to their valuable furniture.

Liability
More furniture means more liabilities. In an unfurnished apartment, there is the risk that you might not get your security deposit back if your child scribbles all over the wall with crayons or if you were a bit too enthusiastic with the power drill. But in the furnished apartment, there’s a lot more to break. Torn upholsteries, scratched tables and broken chairs are all things you’ll have to carefully avoid if you want that security deposit back.

The décor isn’t yours
You’re going to have to make do with what you are given in a furnished apartment. Most furnished apartments let you hang art on the walls and add other personal touches around the place, but they won’t let you do much else. The look of the apartment is mostly determined by the landlord, so if you’re the sentimental type, it may be best to go for an unfurnished house.

No space for your stuff
You probably don’t have a lot of stuff if you’re looking at furnished apartments, but in case you do, remember you most probably won’t have a lot of spare room in a furnished home.

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What’s New with U.A.E Property Laws

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Keep abreast of the property market by staying up to date with the latest laws and news.

1. Investors with commercial property need to clear VAT dues

Investors must clear their VAT dues on the sale or rental of commercial properties before proceeding with any transfer of ownership, according to Gulf News.
However, taxes paid on the property’s expenses during a rent period can be recovered through the tax return of the tenant if he is registered and entitled to a refund. It is also possible to recover the entirety of taxes incurred on construction purchased according to the capital assets system, if the cost of the property is more than AED 5 million.
“With the exception of selling unrented commercial property and rental contracts for commercial units, all other property is either not subject to or exempt from the 5 per cent VAT rate on businesses,” said Khalid Ali Al Bustani, Director-General at the Federal Tax Authority.
“Owners who rent out their estates for residential purposes are not required to register with the Authority. All supplies that fall under an exempt category do not require registration in the tax system.
“Federal Decree Law No. (8) for 2017 on Value Added Tax and its Executive Regulations maintains the competitiveness of real estate investment.” The FTA also clarified that rented commercial property is not considered a supply when sold to taxable persons.

2. Dubai real estate agents can be fined AED 50,000 over telesales

Leaks, Pools and Air Conditioning – Whose Problem Is It? | Zoom PropertyReal estate brokers in Dubai have been urged to stop making unsolicited telemarketing calls or face up to AED 50,000 in fines.
The Dubai Police announced this during a seminar titled ‘Spreading the Security Culture among Real Estate Companies’ organised under the patronage of Major-General Mohammed Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of the Dubai Police, and in cooperation with the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA), the regulatory arm of the Dubai Land Department.

Marwan Ahmed bin Ghalaita, executive director of RERA, said any annoyance complaints from the public against a real estate firm or a real estate broker will be dealt with firmly, and they will be fined up to AED 50,000.
“Direct telemarketing through SMS, calls and WhatsApp is not allowed and is a violation of the law. People have been called by agencies even before they advertise their properties for sale. Some agents have also asked property owners if they wanted to sell the properties and they were surprised these agents had their details. All these are violations,” he said.
“The Rera and the Dubai Police aim to ensure that brokers adopt and follow the regulations and not merely use sales strategy by unnecessarily calling and annoying random people. Violating companies will be warned and fined for repeating their unlawful actions,” he said.
According to regulations, if any brokerage wants to do telemarketing and texting services, they have to seek permission from the RERA and also provide the list of customers. “Those who have complaints against real estate companies can go to the RERA.”

3. Dubai Land Department supports strategic alliance between the UAE and China

Process of filing a case with the Rental Committee | Zoom Property BlogThe Dubai Land Department (DLD) has played an important role in strengthening the alliance between the United Arab Emirates and the People’s Republic of China over the past decades by working with its partners to further attract Chinese investors, and to identify the investment opportunities available in Dubai and the UAE in general.
Her Excellency Majida Ali Rashid, Assistant Director and Head of the Real Estate Investment Management and Promotion Centre at DLD, said: “We recognise the importance of China as a trade and strategic partner for the United Arab Emirates, and we will be supportive of the Government’s direction and its policy to strengthen the relations between the two friendly countries. This will be accomplished by opening the investment horizons in Dubai to Chinese companies and individuals looking to benefit from the opportunities offered by the UAE due to its strategic location and advanced infrastructure.”
One of the latest initiatives supported by Dubai has been its successful participation in the ‘Chinese Luxury Property Show’ in Beijing. During the three-day event, DLD organized numerous meetings with senior investors from companies and individuals.
The department focused its attention on companies operating in real estate and hospitality sectors, where it met with officials representing Century 21 China, 5i5j, and CIREA, as well as with investment companies, including the business centre, the tourism university, and furniture companies and factories.

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How to have a hassle-free childbirth in UAE

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Having a baby far away from family and your home countries may not be ideal, but luckily the UAE has some of the best pre and post-natal care in the world, so you can rest assured that you and your baby will be well taken care of. However, all the state-of-the-art care and facilities can come at a hefty price, with prenatal care for the mother costing up to AED 6,000 and the birth costing as much as AED 25,000 depending on whether it’s a natural or cesarean delivery.

So it’s important to do your research and have a plan in place before deciding to have your baby in Dubai. This guide will help you have a hassle-free and pleasant pregnancy in the UAE.

Know the costs
This ventures beyond the cost of the pregnancy itself. It’s also important to know how much raising a child in the UAE is going to cost you.

Once you factor in antenatal classes, postnatal care and possible neonatal care, the initial bill can come up to AED 20,000-30,000. Luckily there are a lot of options for healthcare and insurance providers, so find a package which gives you exactly what you need.

The estimated cost of raising a child to adulthood hovers between AED 1.26 million and AED 2.52 million in the UAE, depending on which school and college you choose for your kid.

Pick your hospital well in advance
The most important part of the process is finding a hospital in which you want to deliver in. Start by comparing prices. There is a good choice of private and government-run hospitals in the UAE and the difference in cost can make a world of difference for those on a tight budget.
If you go for Dubai’s City Hospital or Welcare Hospital with a two-day stay in a private room, the costs involved would be in the region of AED 11,000. But if your birth is an instrumental delivery (with forceps or vacuum), this can bump up your outlay to AED 13,400, while a Cesarean costs AED 22,500. Abu Dhabi’s Corniche Hospital charges AED 10,000 for a normal delivery and from AED 10,000 to AED 14,000 for a Cesarean. At Sharjah’s Al Zahra Hospital, prices start at AED 6,900 for a basic normal delivery package with a one-night stay. A three-night stay will set you back AED 10,350.
For a more ‘no frills’ option, consider Dubai’s government-run Al Wasl Hospital. While by no means luxurious, its maternity unit has a great reputation and has delivered tens of thousands of healthy, squeaking babies since its inception.
Charges for a normal delivery package with a two-night stay in a shared ward costs AED 7,000. This rises to AED 9,000 for a private room, AED 10,000 for a Cesarean delivery in a shared ward or AED 12,000 for a private room. If you do choose a government hospital, make sure you register before the birth and that you have a health card.

Make sure your insurance is in order
Choose a plan from an insurance company, select a level of cover and purchase an add-on maternity plan that offers a specific level of cover.
In most cases, the normal pregnancy and childbirth benefits is up to AED 6,700, but some plans offer full cover for complications, while others are limited in such offerings.
The difference with corporate policies is that you usually have to accept the terms offered, which the employer has negotiated.
For those wanting to upgrade their corporate plans, they need to check if the scheme or employers will allow this. Alternatively, if a company-sponsored scheme does not include maternity cover, you can pay for this additional plan yourself. But remember, selecting maternity as a policy add-on does not ensure it is activated immediately.

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Choosing the right Internet Plan for your home

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Those new to the UAE may find the lack of choice between telecom operators and the high internet prices unusual. Domestic broadband internet in the UAE is among the most expensive in the Arabian Gulf and the country ranks only 55th worldwide for broadband affordability. This is likely because providers Etisalat and du compete for mobile-phone customers, but not for fixed-line internet users. Most areas are locked in with a single provider, so you cannot choose between the two.

There are still plenty of options to choose from when it comes to the mobile and internet packages themselves. Before you make a choice, you need to decide what your budget is, how much data you will use per month, and how important flexibility is for you.

Both Du and Etisalat offer a number of packages with various access speeds and types, including ISDN, ADSL, Wifi connection, prepaid internet, cable etc. It is also possible to get a joint cable TV and broadband package. The options can quickly become overwhelming.
One way to narrow your options is to be strict with yourself. If you don’t want something, and don’t need it, don’t get it.

Landlines may soon be a thing of the past with mobile phones completely dominating the market, but they are a part of the all-in-one packages. A possible benefit of landlines is that all local calls made from one landline to another are not charged.

Also think hard about how much and what kind of television you’re really likely to be watching. 500 channels is great, but how many are you really going to watch? With the advent of streaming sites like Netflix, fewer and fewer people are watching regular television.

How much speed do you need? The various e-Life deals offered by Etisalat, for example, come with different maximum download speeds, but the costs escalate as the download speed goes higher. Do you really need a 500Mbps download speed?

In practice, around 30Mbps is perfectly adequate for streamed content, but bear in mind that download speeds don’t always match what was being advertised, so to be sure, you could opt for 50Mbs to have a safety margin.

Remember you can always add and upgrade in the future. It’s easier to add than to subtract.

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Best places to buy a studio apartment in Dubai

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Studio apartments offer comfy living in the heart of Dubai for a very reasonable price, which is why they are one of the most sought-after type of apartments in the UAE. So, if you’re planning on investing in one, great choice! Here are some of the best areas for you to buy a studio apartment in Dubai.

Downtown Dubai
Home to world-class attractions such as the world’s tallest tower, Burj Khalifa, and one of the largest malls, Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai is the Dubai dream given physical form. For obvious reasons, properties here are highly sought after and already, on the face of it, quite expensive. On average you would need about AED 1 million to buy a studio apartment, although there are still options as low as AED 600,000, depending on the developer. Speaking of which, Emaar is probably the most popular developer for several reasons; it builds good quality units, has the financial backing to withstand recessions and other economic downturns, and it delivers on its projects – on time. Buying in Downtown would ensure that your rental income is good.

Business Bay
Wrongly regarded as the poor man’s Downtown, Business Bay has much to offer potential investors, such as good capital appreciation (as it starts from a lower base).
Dubai Properties is the main developer in the area, but there are many other private developers too. Prices for studios range from AED 600,000 to around AED 800,000. The area is being groomed as a fashion centre, with many designers seeking to set up shop there. Between its access to a metro station and being located right on Sheikh Zayed Road, Business Bay will remain popular, especially with young professionals working in Business Bay, Downtown, DIFC or even Dubai Design District.

Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residences (JBR)
The Dubai Marina has been developed by a variety of developers (albeit the primary one is Emaar), making for a diverse architectural landscape, while JBR was the brainchild of Dubai Properties. Both areas are major contenders for capital appreciation, given all the exciting new developments happening here. JBR’s The Walk and The Beach (a new beach-front attraction with licensed restaurants, cafes, a cinema and high-end shopping) are huge crowd pullers, and attract tens of thousands of visitors regularly. Prices for studio apartments in JBR depend on the view but start at about AED 1.2 million. Dubai Marina apartments average around AED 800,000 but can be found under AED 600,000 for lesser quality towers.

Palm Jumeirah
Dubai’s man-made wonder has aged gracefully. Properties on the Palm continue to appreciate, and will do so for the foreseeable future. Recent developments such as the Palm Mall have brought some much-needed shopping/retail facilities to the area. The Palm is also now connected to the metro system, thanks to the Al Sufouh tram which links up with the Palm monorail. Prices for studio apartments can vary dramatically depending on the age of the building, so you can expect to spend anything between AED 750,000 to AED 1.4 million on one.

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Can You Really Save Money in Dubai?

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There’s no doubt about the fact that Dubai is an expensive city. Many who come here to enjoy tax-free incomes are often confused when their savings are far less than what they thought they would be. Expenses can rack up quite easily in a city like Dubai, with all its temptations and attractions. But saving money can be done without changing your lifestyle too drastically. All it needs is a smart approach and certain tweaks to your lifestyle. Want to know how? Read on.

1. Try an ‘only-essentials month’
Challenge yourself to pay only for the essentials. Bills, groceries and transportation costs should be the only things you spend on this month, making sure you cut out on anything you don’t need. That means no dining out, no shopping and no trips out during the weekend. This savings tactic is intense but effective. Self-control is the key. Not only will it impact your overall savings, not eating out and relying on home-cooked food will also be good for your health. Also, adding public transportation to your routine will not just give your wallet a relief, it is environment-friendly as well (if you’re into that kind of belief).

2. Use an app that tracks how much you spend
It’s the age of the smartphone, and there’s an app for everything, including tracking your spending habits. Apps like Spending Tracker track your money weekly, monthly or yearly, depending on how much help you need with money managing, and produce reports with graphs and charts to help you visualize where your money goes. Some even have ‘budget modes’ so you can set a fixed budget amount to help you meet your spending targets. Once you can see your main areas of spending then you can easily adapt your spending habits.

3. Move out
Rents have been going down lately in Dubai, so it’s a great time to negotiate a rent decrease with your landlord. If it doesn’t work out, consider moving to a new house with a new landlord who is willing to offer lower rents. Do a quick search and you’ll be amazed at what you can get for your money if you’re willing to relocate to a new area. You’ll often find apartments larger than your current one or with better facilities for a much cheaper price. Fore more customized search, visit https://www.zoomproperty.com/

4. Compare prices online
There are comparison sites for almost everything these days. From school fees to car insurance policies and telecoms packages, you’ll find a local site that’ll allow you to compare products. Use these sites to your advantage when you’re looking at making a big expenditure, or signing on to a new contract. By doing this, you’ll get a better understanding of what’s available in the market, and you’ll be more likely to find the products which are right for you – and at the right price.

5. Consolidate your debts
Debt consolidation, also known as refinancing, is a loan you take out in order to pay off several other loans, even if they are from different banks. You can combine multiple debts into a single, larger debt usually with more favorable pay-off terms like a lower interest rate, or lower monthly installments. The theory behind consolidating all your debt is that one monthly payment for everything is easier to manage. Plenty of banks in the UAE offer debt consolidation loans, so if you find that you’re struggling to pay off multiple debts, it may worth doing.

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Top tips for job search in Dubai

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Living and working in Dubai is a dream for many, but getting a job here takes time, effort and patience. Follow these tips and tricks and with a little luck, you’ll soon land your dream job in your dream city.

Do your market research

Dubai generates thousands of vacancies on a daily basis, you just need to know where to look. Shortlist the jobs you like and start applying for them about 5-7 weeks before you land in Dubai. Most companies have a screening period of 2-4 weeks, so don’t wait till arriving in the UAE to apply, as you will be using up valuable days from your visit visa. Do your homework on the market (and particularly in your industry) before job hunting in Dubai.

Apply the right way

Finding a job is much easier when you apply the right way. Your CV is technically your first interview, so treat it like one. Tailor your CV and cover letter for the job you are applying to. Never send your CV without a cover letter, as it is considered bad form in the UAE. Highlight important, valuable and relative skills on the CV. Your visa status and the expiry date of the visa should also be mentioned. Use your references liberally. And most importantly, apply for a lot of jobs. A few may just come through.

Use social media

No one can deny the power of social media. Make a professional profile on LinkedIn and Facebook. Join recruitment groups as well as professional groups. Participate actively. Hiring through LinkedIn has become quite popular lately, with more and more recruiters opting for the sheer simplicity of the social media platform. These recruiters often peruse potential candidates’ as a litmus test, so make sure there’s nothing unsavory for them to discover.

Go through a recruiting agency

Companies often go through specialised recruiting agencies when seeking to hire new talent to save time and money, and only become directly involved after the recruiting agency has screened candidates. So it is important to register with some of these agencies, and to be in regular touch with them. There are a plethora of recruitment agencies in Dubai, so take your pick and play the field.

Build your network

People hire people. And they’re more likely to hire people they know. Attend networking events, conferences, trade shows etc to put your name out there and to build up your contacts in the UAE. In any given week, there are numerous networking events hosted by and for expats. This also gives potential recruiters a chance to see and interact with you outside a professional environment.

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