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5 Reasons to Work in Dubai

  • by: Adrian Mansfield
  • On: 1, Nov 2019
3 min read

As one of seven Emirates in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the city is known for modern architecture, luxurious lifestyles and an exciting nightlife. Here are our five reasons to work in Dubai.

1. Quality of Living

The region’s tax system means that individuals can potentially earn a salary 100% free of tax, leaving far more income to enjoy the world-famous shopping experiences. Those registered as residents also do not have to pay stamp duty or taxes on rental income, capital gains or inheritance. Those who have worked in the region for over two years will receive an end-of service benefit – 15% of your annual salary – when your current role comes to an end.

In the 2019 Quality of Living Survey, Dubai was the Middle East’s best location for high quality of living, and 74th in the world. The high scores are due to political and social environment, business opportunities, education, healthcare and recreation. The steady increase of international investments, revolutionary infrastructure plans and economic prospects is sure to see the Emirate continue to rise in living standards.

2. Travel to Nearby Countries & Cities

With the United Arab Emirates positioned at the heart of Western Asia, residents and tourists are well-placed to travel around and experience the plethora of different cultures and histories of the region.

Working in Dubai offers the opportunity to visit other incredible countries around Asia, which include:

· The Six Other Emirates – Explore the UAE’s six other less well-known but equally stunning cities, including the history and heritage of Sharjah, the bountiful beaches and mountains of Fujairah and stunning countryside of Umm Al Quwain

· Egypt – Marvel at world-famous monuments such as the Sphinx, River Nile and Great Pyramids and travel thousands of years into history to the time of the Pharaohs

· Saudi Arabia – Visit the birthplace of Islam, wild deserts, and the bustling city of Riyadh

· India – Only a two-hour flight away, a trip to India could see you explore the Himalayas, Mughal Empire sights, a wealth of temples and internationally renowned food and yoga festivals.


3. Job & Career Opportunities

Out of a population of 9.2 million people, expats make up over 80% of the total population. The UAE experiences major labour shortages, and therefore proactively creates new and exciting job opportunities for those looking to move abroad. Dubai has a vast range of jobs across Aerospace & Aviation, Engineering and Construction. The region is particularly welcoming to entrepreneurs, so opportunities in start-ups are on the rise.

As a younger economy, the United Arab Emirates is fast-growing and has the potential for continual prosperity over the next few decades.

4. Diverse Culture

Such a high percentage of expats and migrant workers make for a location that is diverse in cultures and experiences. The UAE’s residents originate from over 200 countries, giving it one of the world’s highest population of immigrants. In addition to expats from the West, the region is also home to many individuals and families originating from India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Yemen. English is widely spoken and understood, meaning that inside and outside of work, individuals of all backgrounds can communicate and socialise easily.

Following the continuously rising standard of living, Dubai is fast becoming known as a centre of luxury. Extravagant leisure options and frequent public events, as well as internationally renowned shopping districts make the city synonymous with luxury and appreciation of the finer things in life.

Dubai’s Arabic heritage informs its rich culture of historic traditions. Islamic festivals include prayer, celebratory meals and events at Eid Al-Fitr and Mawlid al-Nabi al-Sharif (the Prophet’s birthday), and its influences are responsible for a wealth of architecture, music and cuisine.

Emirati life centres around families and hospitality: you can always be sure of a warm welcome when meeting new people. The Muslim religion also encourages charitable giving, with the Qur'an frequently mentioning the need to feed the poor and supporting travellers and the less fortunate.

5. Benefits & Working Culture

Living overseas could see you working shorter hours: the UAE’s Labour Law states a maximum 8-hour working day for those in the private sector and nine-hour day for those in retail, hotels and restaurants.

Like the rest of the world, the UAE is investing in employee engagement, however the Emirates are working even harder to attract workers from overseas. Many employers in Dubai offer benefits to all staff, including:

· Up to 30 days’ holiday per year

· Health insurance

· Free airline tickets to visit employees’ home countries every year

· Bonuses

· Housing allowances

· Flexible working hours

· Education grants, funds or allowances

Whilst working practices and employer expectations have for the past few decades differed across geographies, work-life balance is increasingly recognised in the Emirates and business leaders are heightening efforts to improve staff wellbeing, happiness and retention.

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