How to get a job in Dubai: 8 steps
Looking for a job in Dubai? After the difficult year of 2020, things are looking up. According to the LinkedIn report “The Middle East and North Africa Recruiting Trends 2022”, the Dubai business will see new employment as a focus for 2022.
So, if you are ready to enter the developing Dubai job market, where to start? This guide will guide you through the most important steps and information, including visas, sponsorship, where to look for jobs, and interview tips.
1. Get a valid visa
If you plan to work in Dubai, you will need a working visa. The good news is, if you are employed by a Dubai company, it is very easy to find them.
Because a work visa is required, it is easy to head to Dubai after you have been offered a position. That being said, it is possible to put an emirate on a visitor or a visitor visa to search for your job and pass on your visa status once you have found a job.
Most tourists in Dubai are not required to obtain a visa in advance; one will be given to you when you arrive.
Citizens who do not need a visa for 90 days
Job seekers from the following countries are allowed to stay in the UAE for 90 days after their arrival before leaving the country or applying for a work visa:
Citizens who do not need a visa for 30 days
Citizens of the following countries also do not need to obtain visas in advance, but visas issued on arrival will be valid for only 30 days. That being said, citizens of these countries can extend their visas for up to 60 days:
While these tourist visas are a great way to enter the country to do your job search, it is important that you get a work visa, as long as you get a job or leave the country when your visa expires. If you are caught working with a tourist visa you can be arrested or fined and deported.
The good news is that once you get a job, the visa process is out of our hands. In addition to providing your employer with certain documents, such as your passport number, they will take care of all your support and visa process. The bad news is, your work is not complete.
2. Get your health and work cards
While your work visa is being processed, you will need to submit your medical records, copies of your passport, photograph, letter of assignment, and visa application to the Department of Health and Medical Services. You will also need a blood test to rule out diseases such as HIV, Hepatitis C, and tuberculosis. At present, the UAE does not allow foreign carriers of those diseases to remain in the emirates. Once you have passed all the tests you will be given a health card, which is the responsibility of foreign workers in Dubai.
You will also need a staff card that includes sending your passport photo, employment contract, entry visa, medical records, and your employer’s employee license to the Department of Labor.
Finally, you will need a residence permit, issued by the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs of Dubai. You will need to go in person, where you will complete the form, provide your passport, medical records, health certificate, initial entry permit, passport photographs, a copy of your work card, and a receipt from your work card.
And that’s all! With your work visa, health card, work card and residence visa, you are officially ready to work in Dubai.
3. Know your job category
While the emirate’s overall financial situation is becoming more stable, not all job markets are ready to go backward. That being said, there are some areas waiting to flourish in preparation for Dubai’s hosting operations at the October 2021-March 2022 expo. Other markets where job seekers can find success include:
Many of the above sectors are performing so well that wages are expected to continue to rise. The LinkedIn report for MENA Recruiting Trends 2017 goes into detail, noting that job seekers who want to take on the following roles in those fields have a better chance of finding a job in Dubai:
4. Look for big companies
There are some companies that are best known in Dubai for their hard work and good standing as workplaces. Top 10 of those businesses include The One, Splash, Estee Lauder and the Hilti Emirates chains, media giant Omnicom, IT EMC EM experts, Hilton Worldwide, Weber Shandwick Professional services, and FedEx.
5.There are a lot of job sites which provide jobs free of cost, My favorite is Gulf Career, Indeed
Some good job and internship sites include:
Khaleej Times Jobs
Some of the best sites for internships include
Dubai Minds (Institution of high school students)
6. If you decide to work with an agency, look for companies that take a commission at the end of the employer, not yours. Beware of high-paying employers: these are often scams.
7. One of the most important tools in your job search will be your CV. The Dubai job market is very competitive, and on average an employer will only spend six seconds checking your progress. It is important to avoid major CV pitfalls, such as using buzzwords. “I would like to see applicants present themselves in a unique way, supported by facts such as targeted, practical projects, among others,” said Annalinde Nickisch of The Thought Factory in a recent interview with The Gulf News. Monster provides a great resource for CV tips and advice for those who need more help. Network Dubai is known for hiring within and between employee nominees. If you know someone within the company, you have a 6.6% chance of getting a job. If you can’t get to Dubai for network events, you can still communicate. Not only do you have a lot of online communities and social networks, but you can also find “online activity shows” to help with “who-to-know.” More Job Seeker Tips Create your online persona. If the employer Googles you and only finds your old MySpace photos, there is no chance of you getting a job. Not only should your social networks be professionally or privately designed, but you should also grow your SEO by creating an online resume, filling out job search profiles on websites like LinkedIn and Bayt, and publishing and sharing relevant content in the industry when looking for a job.
8.If you appear to have more experience in Google search, you are more likely to stand out from the pack. Just because you are happy with the company does not mean that you have to apply for jobs that do not suit your skills. Not only are these applications less likely to cause a “login,” hiring managers tend to see scattered applications as a sign of a baptismal candidate who does not know what they are looking for and who does not have a guide. Be patient. It takes time to find a job anywhere in the world, but the Dubai job market is particularly competitive. In addition to the filling of talent, renting in Dubai is usually seasonal, meaning most hire takes place from January to March.
so stay tuned!