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About the United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates is an interesting country offering brilliant working opportunities to skillful and knowledgeable people throughout the world. Its flourishing economics and luxurious living and working conditions provide not only a promise of sure enrichment but also an unforgettable, exciting experience to those who come to seek employment in one of its organizations.

 

Major UAE Companies
Aabar Investments Abu Dhabi Aviation Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank
GASCO (Abu Dhabi Gas Industries Limited)  Abu Dhabi Media TAQA (Abu Dhabi National Energy Company) Abu Dhabi National Hotels
ADNOC (Abu Dhabi National Oil Company) ADPC (Abu Dhabi Ports Company) Air Arabia Al Dahra Agricultural Company
Al Ghurair Group Al Tayer Group Aldar Properties Alpha Data
Burhani Aramex Armada Group Dana Gas
Dar Al Khaleej Printing and Publishing du (Emirates Integrated Telecom) Dubai Bank Dubai Financial Market
Dubai Holding Dubai Islamic Bank Dubai Media Incorporated DP World
Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group LLC Emaar Properties Emirates Emirates Trading Agency
Etihad Airways Etisalat First Gulf Bank Information Systems Associates FZE
Julphar Jumeirah Group Liwa Chemicals Mashreqbank
Nakheel Properties National Bank of Abu Dhabi National Bank of Dubai NewBoy
Noor Islamic Bank Noor Takaful RAKBANK Saltflow, Inc.
Sharjah Islamic Bank SHUAA Capital Sorouh Real Estate Spacetoon
Tamweel The Emirates Group Thuraya Unibeton Ready Mix
Union National Bank Warid Telecom    

What Do You Need to Know about Working and Living in the United Arab Emirates?

The United Arab Emirates, with its unlimited petroleum resources, stable economy, booming infrastructure, high, tax-free salaries, and luxurious working benefits, has long been attracting job seekers. Job applicants flooding the country have also made job searching highly competitive. To rise above your competitors, you need to know precisely how a recruitment process in the UAE companies differs from hiring processes in other countries, and how the country itself is unlike other countries where you may have worked before.   

The United Arab Emirates differ from other countries in several respects – education, living accommodation, health insurance, visa requirements, traditions and public etiquette.

  • Education. Education is free and mandatory for all children from 6 years old. Local children can study for free at schools and universities. Rules are, however, different for non-UAE citizens: they pay fees for the education of their children. Public universities, run by the UAE government and monitored by the ministry of education, are not open to foreigners. While the UAE citizens can study both in public and private universities, only the second option is available for expats. Bear this in mind, if you come to the UAE with children or want to pursue a university degree in addition to seeking employment in a local organization.
  • Employment Opportunities. The lion share of the UAE’s wealth comes from natural resources. In addition to petroleum and gas, the country’s economy also relies on the blossoming of businesses in construction, real estate, tourism, and other sectors. It is exactly in these fields that job applicants find the best work opportunities. If you are wondering what companies are hiring most vigorously in the UAE, check out such reputed employers as Dar Al Riyadh, Al Raee Recruitment Services, Emirates Global Aluminum (EGA), to mention only a few of them. These companies are growing and always stand in need of new employees.

You can find the advertisement of job vacancies on these companies’ websites and in Arabic and      English newspapers. Motivated to bring highly skilled employees to the leading companies, the country also often organizes job fairs, where you can meet their recruiters and discuss with them your skills and job prospects. If you are offered a job, note that you will need to receive an employment contract issued by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization and signed by your employer and yourself. You will also need to have a valid passport, and so do your spouse and children, if they come with you. To be employed, you will also need to present certified transcripts of your educational qualifications.

Equally important is to obtain a work permit, before you embark on your career in the United Arab Emirates. It is usually provided by your future employer or sponsor. To obtain the work permit, your employer must submit the work permit application together with the letter of appointment and a copy of your passport to the General Directorate of Residence and Foreign Affairs.

  • Tests. Some companies will require you to pass tests as a part of their pre-hire assessment. The most popular tests that employers give to their job candidates are the Numerical Reasoning Test, the Verbal Reasoning Test, and the Logical Reasoning Test. You may also need to take the Personality Test, because the employers may want to ensure that you will not display counterproductive behavior such as pilfering, time-wasting, and gossiping. They may also want to see whether you will be a perfect fit for their company. JobTestsPrep has developed comprehensive PrepPacks™ containing the most accurate simulations of these tests. To assist you throughout the whole recruitment process and only with your tests, we have also added to our materials the interview kit. With it, you will equip yourself with the smart, winning answers to the most difficult interview questions. If you practice with our materials before you come to your tests and interviews, you will be more likely to create a lasting impression on your recruiters and land the job in their company.   
  • Work Permit. If you are seeking employment in the UAE, you need to receive a work visa. To come to the country for a visit is possible on a tourist or a visitor visa, which is valid for 30 days, but to work, you need to have a temporary work visa. This visa is valid for 90 days and renewable for another 90 days. If you want to work longer in the UAE and subsequently receive a residence permit, your potential employer or sponsor should apply for your work visa. Note that there are different types of work permits. Depending on the job you plan to do in the UAE, you may need a Work Permit for working in a private sector; or a Work Permit for working in a public sector that includes federal ministries and government entities. If you are investing money in some business in the UAE or if you work in partnership with other businessmen, you will need a Permit for working as a license holder. For employment as a servant or driver, you will need a Permit for working for an individual. It is crucial to keep in mind that the type of visa you will need to obtain depends on other factors as well, not only on the type of work you will do. Your nationality and individual situation are also taken into account when you apply for a work permit.
  • Living Accommodations. Living in the United Arab Emirates is expensive. Due to the influx of foreign workers, prices of apartments are constantly increasing. Other large expenses that you need to factor in when considering applying for a job in the UAE, are the education of your children and private healthcare. If you are weighing what accommodation to have, note that, according to the law of the country, you cannot purchase property there. But you can rent a wide range of properties from an apartment to a villa and a hotel apartment. Local brokers can help you find a suitable accommodation, once you arrive in the country.   
  • Healthcare. The UAE offers complete medical coverage to all its citizens. Foreign workers, however, need to have health insurance.
  • Public Etiquette. As an Islamic country, the UAE allows its non-Muslim residents to practice their religion. Yet the country’s authorities strongly recommend to foreigners to respect its traditions, customs, and rules. People are also expected to comply with the public etiquette of the country; that is, they need to dress up modestly, avoid showing affection in public, smoking, and using offensive language. Before arriving in the UAE, it is highly advisable to get acquainted with behavioral expectations in the country and follow them unflinchingly, when living and working in the country. 

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