Top 10 Things A Job Seeker in Dubai Should Know!
1) VISA and Passport:
All expats require a Passport and a work VISA valid for a minimum three months to enter the UAE. The work VISA and the permit will be arranged by your employer if you have a job beforehand in any of the emirates. Moreover, if you are an expat resident working full time, your spouse can easily gain a work permit for a part time job.
The currency in UAE is Dirhams (Dhs) also known as AED (Arab emirate Dirham) which is divided into 100 fils. You can find Money exchanges all over the UAE in various shopping centers and malls.
3) Working hours:
Working hours in the UAE are nine hours per day (8.30 am to 5.30 pm or 9 am to 6 pm). People typically work 47 hours per week in the UAE.
According to a survey, the average salaries in the UAE are:
– Engineering Sector: 25,000 Dirham per annum
– Finance Sector: 55,000 Dirham per annum
– Real estate sector: 35,000 Dirham per annum
– Facilities management: 40,000 Dirham per annum
– Healthcare Sector: 55-80,000 Dirham per annum
– Information Technology: 20,000 Dirham per annum
5) Vacations while working:
Every employee working in this region is usually allowed 30 calendar days of leave per year. These generally account for 22 days of paid vacation. However, employees are not entitled to a paid sick leave during the probation period. Once you complete this period a full-pay sick leave can be claimed for 15 days per year.
6) Pay entitlements:
There are various pay entitlements like End of service gratuity which are provided to an expat working in the UAE. An employee working for more than one year is entitled to claim ESG payments, which are 21 days’ salary for each year of the first five years of service and 30 days’ salary for each additional year of service.
7) Tax and Tipping:
A major reason why a number of expats are able to comfortably enjoy their salary is the absence of any kind of tax whatsoever. The UAE is tax free. However, you may find a lot of hotels and clubs adding a 10-15% service charge on the bill, therefore tipping isn’t necessary. If a service charge is not included, you can add 10% to the bill and pay accordingly.
8) Cost of living:
The cost of living in majority of the cities in the UAE has fallen to a great extent during the last one year. According to the Mercer cost of living survey, no cities in the UAE featured in the top ten most expensive cities across the globe.
Moreover, the accommodation cost in the region are reducing, not only in the UAE, but across all of the middle-east. However, expats living here will have to pay a hefty amount, in case they want to go for luxury goods or international brand names.
With ample modes of public and private transport available, commutation is quite convenient in the UAE. Bus services like Dubaibus in Dubai and Mowasalat in Sharjah provide the civilians and other people with a comfortable and cheap conveyance alternative.
A metro project has been started in Dubai to make transportation much easier and comfortable.
With 21 airports in the country, air services are also quite efficient in the country. However, Dubai International and Abu Dhabi international airport stand as the biggest ones in the region.
The UAE is one of the safest places on the globe. With stringent laws and strict norms placed in order, the UAE also claims to have the safest and most secure international travel industry.
However, you can keep few things in the mind like ignoring unwelcome comments, avoiding swimming alone at public beaches, not wearing revealing clothes away from the beaches or resorts etc., to keep yourself .