If you’re looking to travel to the United Arab Emirates to seek work, you are not alone. In fact, over 90% of the nation’s workforce is made up of foreign residents. Here are a few important facts for international job seekers in the UAE.
- Visa Needed. This probably doesn’t come as a surprise, but if you plan on entering the Emirates in order to work legally, you are going to need a work visa. Fortunately, these can be obtained fairly easily, especially for those who have a job lined up in advance. As a general rule, your employer will take care of most of the visa process if you are coming with a job that you have already been hired onto.
- Salaries Vary. The UAE is a unique job market in a number of ways, not least of which is the fact that the standard salary in the country can vary widely depending on the industry and the city in which you plan to work. If you are looking to learn more about typical salaries in the country, Payscale.com offers well-sourced information on such matters — here is a link to Payscale’s page on Dubai, which is by far the largest market for expat workers in the country.
- Vacation Time Available. Most workers in the UAE are allowed to miss up to 30 work days per year, with 21 of those days being paid vacation. This system comes in very handy for expatriate workers who wish to take part of the year in order to visit friends and family back home.
- Tax Free (Sort of). There is no individual income tax in the UAE, a notion that is very tempting for many people who enjoy keeping 100% of their earnings. Of course, it must be pointed out that other types of taxes such as sales and income tax do still apply, and some expatriates are still obligated to pay income taxes to their own nation of origin.
- Transportation Abounds. Although most cities in the Emirates are rather spread out, the country still has strong transportation infrastructure, which can be a big help for those who need to get around the city or around the country while working in the UAE.
- Multicultural and multi-linguistic. As mentioned in the opening paragraph, the workforce of the UAE is overwhelmingly comprised of foreigners, as is the overall population of the country itself. This means that the culture of the UAE, although quite traditional in some ways, is also full of multicultural communities. It also means that people of all language backgrounds have opportunities to find work — if you are reading this article in English, there is a good chance you could begin working immediately, even without Arabic, which is the official language of the country. (English is, in fact, the most widely spoken language in the nation.)
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