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Guide to Working in Dubai

  • by: Jennifer Robinson
  • On: 3, Jun 2019
3 min read

Want to work in a country that’s known for luxury and plenty of job opportunities? Here’s our Guide to Working in Dubai.

Accommodation – How Much Does It Cost to Live in Dubai?

As one of seven Emirates in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the city is known for modern architecture, luxurious lifestyles and an exciting nightlife.

Out of a population of 9.2 million people, expats make up 7.8 million, with Emirati Nationals constituting 1.4 million. The UAE experiences significant labour shortages due to its population size and can therefore offer new and exciting job opportunities.

The cost of living in Dubai will vary across the city. However, here are the average rents and bills to help you plan your budget:

· Studio Apartment Accommodation – One month’s rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the city centre would be 6,078.71 AED (£1,312.47).

· Suburban Accommodation – One month's rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the city’s suburbs would cost around 4,053.36 AED (£875.17).

· Monthly Utility Bill – Utilities for one month for 2 people in an 85m2 flat will cost around 641.97 AED (£138.61).

Transport – How Can You Get Around?

The city’s public transport system provides buses, water buses, monorails, trams and the metro.

The Dubai metro is considered as one of the most modern and cost-effective public transport systems in the world. The Green line has 20 stops running from the Etisalat region to Dubai Creek and the Red line has 28 stops running between Al Rashidiya and the UAE Exchange.

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

  • The Six Other Emirates – Explore less well-known but equally stunning Emirates, including the heritage of the capital Sharjah, the beaches and mountains of Fujairah and the protected countryside of Umm Al Quwain.
  • Saudi Arabia – Visit the birthplace and spiritual home of Islam and explore the country’s vast deserts.
  • Egypt – Experience historical world wonders like the River Nile and the Pyramids.


Emirati life is very much geared around families, with marriage and children being the bedrock of society. Hospitality plays a key role, especially to strangers or newcomers. Islam is highly important to society. Muslims see the Qur’an literally as the word of God, and it issues very specific moral guidelines, dealing with all aspects of daily living.


The UAE Federal Government does not impose taxes on the wealth of companies and individuals. However, if you are earning an income in Dubai, but are a tax resident of another country, you may be liable to declare your income
and pay taxation on it. Those who move permanently to the UAE and are out of the UK for a full tax year may be able to
earn a 100% tax-free salary.


The official retirement age was increased by one year in 2019, which is only for country nationals. The retirement age for UAE nationals, which was 48 years, will be raised by one additional year, making it 49 years of age. However, in order to be eligible to receive their full pension benefit, Emirati employees must also have accrued 20 years’ continuous service prior to their retirement.


Education covers the levels of primary, secondary and collegiate. The school system in the region is no different from the education system in the United Arab Emirates. There are many public and private schools catering to Emiratis and expatriates. 

The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) supervises all schools, institutes, vocational institutions, adult and special needs centers, day care centers and government and private universities in the Emirate.

Things to Do in the UAE

  • Burj Al Arab - Dubai's Eiffel Tower

  • Dubai Museum - the city's main historical museum charts the region's rapid evolution

  • Burj Khalifa - a stunning example of architecture and engineering, with two observation decks on the 124th and 148th floors and a restaurant on the 122nd

  • IMG Worlds of Adventure - the world’s largest indoor theme park.


  • Hello = مرحبا) marhabaan)
  • Yes = فعلا نعم) nem fielaan)
  • No = لا) la)
  • Thank You = جزيلا شكرا) shukraan jazilaan)
  • Goodbye = السلامة مع) mae alsalama)
  • Sorry = آسف) asif)
  • You're welcome = السعة و الرحب على)ealaa alrahab w alsiea)
  • How are you ? = حالكم كيف) kayf halakum)
  • Well = حسنا) hasananaan)

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