Wondering if anyone has experience with being recruited to Dubai as a restaurant professional from abroad (USA), or knows about the Benefit packages one can be offered for educated and experienced restaurant workers?
Lots of questions...
About us: We are a husband and wife team, both with Bachelor's degrees and over ten years of restaurant/catering experience. Both with years of experience as Servers (Waiter/Waitress), and and as Managers, each with 1 year of bartending experience.
I also have a Sommelier certification, and would love to get hired for that position, but it looks like the certification they look for in Dubai is the WSET... Anyone know about this? I am certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers...
We are both qualified to hold Entry-level management positions, i.e. Assistant Manager, or my hubby has 1 year of Bar Management experience and could go for that (or Head bartender)... But we are thinking to just apply for Waiter/Waitress or Bartender positions to have less commitment and responsibility since we'd be adjusting to being in Dubai. (Haven't even been there yet!)
But who, knows, maybe we should just go for the higher salary....
Looks like with basic salary, tips, and service charge (don't know why tips and service charge are considered separate there, does anyone know?), we could each shoot for making 4,500 - 5,000 AED per month. Does that sound reasonable?
Any ideas on what benefits we can expect to be included? And we are basically seeing from jobs posted online that we can expect to make about $1,000 USD per month. Doesn't seem like much, but if you get an apartment (or apartment allowance), meals on the job (and perhaps additional food allowance), transportation to and from work thrown in (perhaps laundry too), we could make out ok.
But we'd like to be able to SAVE while in Dubai too. At least $1,000 USD per month. Anyone know if this sounds possible?
Packages offered also include the plane ticket to Dubai, 1 every year or 2 home... 30 days of more of vacation time (are you free to take it whenever you want?)
Are you likely to get Medical & Dental Insurance Coverage? Is it required for employers to provide at this point?
Does anyone know about the typical accommodations offered to restaurant workers? If they are legit?
And how many hours a week is considered full or part time? I've read up to 54 hours/week! Yikes! In the Us you can be considered full-time, and get away with only 30...
Also, we are concerned about these labor laws. On the "Unlimited" contract, which we would go for, can you really walk out free and clear with 30 days notice (like in the US), and get your NOC no problem more than likely? And do you HAVE to work an entire year first to make sure you don't get banned? Wondering what the assurances are if we get hired abroad and sponsored by an employer, but for some reason would like to change employment.
Lastly, can anyone recommend good places for US expats to work? Companies that take care of you well and are flexible?
Thanks so much for your help!