How to get job in Dubai! – 2018 UAE Job Market


The United Arab Emirates : (UAE; Arabic: Dawlat al-Imārāt al-‘Arabīyah al-Muttaḥidah), sometimes simply called the Emirates (Arabic: al-Imārāt), is a federal sovereign absolute monarchy in Western Asia at the southeast end of the Arabian Peninsula on the Persian Gulf, bordering Oman to the east and Saudi Arabia to the south, as well as sharing maritime borders with Qatar to the west and Iran to the north. The country is a federation of seven emirates consisting of Abu Dhabi (which serves as the capital), Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al-Quwain. Each emirate is governed by a Ruler; together, they jointly form the Federal Supreme Council. One of the rulers serves as the President of the United Arab Emirates.

There’s a common misconception among the mass Dubai is not a country. It is one of the state of United Arab Emirates.

Things to Consider before Landing in Dubai for Job Hunt :

In my opinion you want to rule out the following months and then decide which other months fit around your schedule. If you’re going to try and find a job in Dubai you need to be on the ground and it will be costly to book flights and hotels unless you have family and friends to stay with.

Here are the dates to avoid when searching for a job as most decision makers will be out of town:

  • Ramadan (Holy Month): May/June
  • The UAE almost comes to a standstill in Ramadan when it comes to hiring, there’s still work being delivered by companies but hardly ever a decision made regarding recruitment.
  • Christmas/New Year: End of December / Early January.
  • Obviously most expats take time off at Christmas to travel home and in my experience around this time decisions get postponed until the New Year. A lot of people away travelling during this period of time and recruitment processes internally definitely slow down. It’s only a week or so here, not a deal breaker if you’re in town.
  • June / July / August – Peak Summer.
  • The time between September to February is the best time for job search without feeling the intense summer heat and humidity. Also schools reopen and people, UAE citizens and foreigners, company MDs sometimes may take vacation in the months of June to August and this period UAE faces its peak summer temperatures ranging from 45 C to 52 C.



UAE Job Market Statistics :

Top 10 UAE industries hiring in 2018:

  1. Retail
  2. Hospitality
  3. Hospital and health care
  4. Food and beverages
  5. Marketing and advertising
  6. Civil engineering
  7. Construction
  8. Education management
  9. Airlines/aviation
  10. Information technology and services


Top ten jobs in 2018:

  1. Director
  2. Project manager
  3. Owner
  4. Sales executive
  5. Accountant
  6. Managing director
  7. Project engineer
  8. Sales manager
  9. General manager
  10. Supervisor





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