Published: 03-11-17



Ok! So, if you’re ready to jump into Dubai’s budding job market for example or Eg. Any Part of the world this also might help you, Anyway, where should you start? This guide will run you through the most important steps and information, including visas, sponsorship, where to look for jobs and interview tips.

1. Get the right visa 

If you’re planning to work in Dubai, you’ll need a work visa. The good news is, if you’re employed by a Dubai company, they’re pretty easy to obtain. Because a work visa is required, it’s easiest to head to Dubai after you’ve been offered a position. That being said, it’s possible to enter the emirate on a visitor or tourist visa for your job search and then transfer your visa status once you’ve found employment. 

Most visitors to Dubai aren’t required to obtain a visa ahead of time; one will be issued to you upon arrival. 

Citizens who don’t need a visa for 90 days 

Job seekers from the following countries are allowed to remain in the UAE for 90 days after their arrival before leaving the country or applying for a work visa:

Austria 

Belgium 

Bulgaria 

Croatia 

Czech Republic 

Cyprus 

Denmark 

Estonia 

Finland

France 

Germany 

Greece 

Holland 

Hungary 

Iceland 

Italy 

Latvia 

Liechtenstein 

Lithuania 

Luxembourg 

Malta 

Norway 

Poland 

Portugal 

Romania 

Slovakia 

Slovenia

Spain 

Sweden 

Switzerland 

Citizens who don’t need a visa for 30 days 

Citizens from the following countries also don’t need to get visas in advance, however visas issued on arrival will only be good for 30 days. That being said, citizens of these countries may extend their visas up to 60 days:

Andorra 

Australia 

Brunei 

Canada 

China 

Hong Kong 

Ireland 

Japan 

Malaysia 

Monaco 

New Zealand 

Russia 

San Marino 

Singapore 

South Korea 

United Kingdom 

United States 

The Vatican 

While these tourist visas are a good way to enter the country in order to perform your job search, it’s critical that you either get a work visa, provided you find employment, or leave the country when your visa expires. Note: If you’re caught working on a tourist visa you can be jailed or fined and deported. 

The good news is, once you find a job, the visa process is largely out of our hands. Outside of having to provide your employer with some documents, like your passport number, they’ll take care of the entire sponsorship and visa process for you. The not so great news is, your job isn’t entirely done. 

2. Get your health and labor cards (Emirates ID) in UAE

While your work visa is being processed, you’ll need to submit your medical records, passport copies, photo, job offer letter and visa application to the Department of Health and Medical Services. You’ll also have to get a blood test to rule out diseases like HIV, Hepatitis AbC and tuberculosis. At the moment, the UAE doesn’t allow foreign carriers of those diseases to reside in the emirates. Once you pass all the tests you’ll be issued a health card, which is mandatory for foreign workers in Dubai.

You’ll also need a labor card which involves sending your passport photo, employment contract, entry visa, medical records and your employer’s labor licence to the Ministry of Labor. 

Finally, you’ll need a residence visa, which is issued by Dubai’s General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs. You’ll need to go in person, where you’ll fill out a form, provide your passport, medical records, health certificate, original entry permit, passport photos, a copy of your labor card and the receipt from your labor card processing. 

And that’s it! With your work visa, health card, labor card, and residence visa in hand, you’re all set to legally start working in Dubai. 

3. Know your job market 

While the emirate’s overall financial health becoming stable, not all job markets are ready to bounce back. That being said, there are some areas that are expecting to blossom in preparation for Dubai’s hosting duties at expo 2020. Some markets where job-seekers might find success include:

Legal 

Finance 

Marketing 

Procurement 

IT 

Hospitality 

Telecomm 

Tourism 

* Many of the above sectors are performing so well that salaries are expected to continue to rise. LinkedIn’s MENA Recruiting Trends 2017 report goes into further detail, noting that job-seekers looking to take on the following roles within those sectors have the best chances of finding employment in Dubai : 

Operations 

Sales (This is a good one many people who have highly paid salary are from sales, commission  we talking)

Engineering  (is the best one, any part of the world)

Business Development 

Marketing 

4. Check out the big companies 

There are some companies that are well known in Dubai for their rigorous hiring and excellent standing as places to work. The top 10 of those businesses include retail chains THE One, Splash, Estee Lauder and Hilti Emirates, media giant Omnicom, IT specialists EMC², Hilton Worldwide, Al Futtaim Group, Emirates, Etihad, Landmark Group, DHL, Weber Shandwick Professional services and FedEx.

5. Apply online 

To get a better idea of what companies are hiring in Dubai, bayt.com, afuturewithus.com(al futtaim),landmark group, a favorite among Dubai job-seekers, is a good place to start.

Some other good sites for finding jobs and internships include: 

Dubai Task 

Linkinads .com (it's obvious but we're doing our best to provide you a good info in searching Job in UAE), and we dont collect payment from it. Our website is Open-Source. However, if you wanted to donate that's welcome :)

Khaleej Times Jobs

Dubizzle

Naukrigulf

Indeed

Laimoon

LinkedIn

Gulftalent

Efinancial Careers

Some great sites that are specific to finding internships include: 

Dubai Minds (High school student placement) 

Internsme

GoAbroad.com

6. Consider a recruiter 

Many Dubai businesses hire through headhunters. Working with an agency is very common, and is still the best way to procure a job within the emirate. Some of the best reviewed agencies include:

Jivaro Partners (marketing & communications jobs) 

ESP International (conferences, events, hospitality)

MCG & Associates (PR, publishing, marketing & communications jobs)

Robbert Murray (development, construction, engineering & public sector jobs)

BAC Middle East (engineering, marketing & management jobs)

Note: If decide to work through an agency, look for companies that take commission on the employer’s end, not yours. Be wary of recruiters that collect high fees from job-seekers: these tend to be scams. 

7. Work on your CV 

The single most important tool in your job search will be your CV / Resume.

Dubai’s job market is extremely competitive, and on average a recruiter will only spend six seconds checking out your resume. It’s important to avoid major CV pitfalls, like using buzzwords. “I’d rather see applicants present themselves in a more unique way, supported with facts such as targets realised, projects worked on, among others,” said Annalinde Nickisch of The Thought Factory in a recent interview with The Gulf News. Monster offers a great resource for CV tips and advice for those looking for a little more help. 

8. Network 

Dubai is known for hiring internally and among employee-referenced candidates/referrals. If you know someone inside the company, you’re up to 6.6% more likely to land the job. If you can’t get to Dubai for networking events, you can still network. Not only are there plenty of online communities and social media networks, you can also find specific “online job fairs” to help with the “who-you-know.” Be friendly but not too much.


Other Tips for Job Seekers 

Craft your online persona. If a recruiter Googles you and only finds your old Facebook/MySpace pictures, you’re unlikely to find a job. Not only should your social media networks be professionally tailored or made private, but you should also boost your SEO by creating an online resume, filling out job seeker profiles on websites like LinkedIn and Bayt, and publishing and sharing material relevant to the industry in which you’re seeking a job. The more experienced you seem in a google search, the more likely you are to stand out from the pack.


Don't be unprofessional with your Social Media Account Eg. Facebook, don't post drunk in the bar, or being wild person, etc.. that will disappoint your future HR employer, please take note about the local culture some behaviour are not acceptable,

Don’t apply for jobs you’re not qualified for. Just because you’re excited about a company doesn’t mean you should apply to jobs that aren’t a good fit for your skills. Not only do these applications not typically result in a “way in,” hiring managers tend to see scattered applications as a sign of a candidate who doesn’t know what they want and lacks direction. 


Be patient. It takes time to find a job anywhere in the world, but Dubai’s job market is particularly competitive. On top of the talent saturation, hiring in Dubai tends to be seasonal, meaning most recruitment takes place from January to March and almost completely stalls during the holy month of Ramadan and the hottest months of the summer. It’s not uncommon for your job search to take six months to a year-- so hang in there!


Enjoy! and God Bless...


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