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Are you interested in finding a job in Dubai? Expat.com brings you the information you need to begin your job hunt.

It can seem like a difficult task, looking for a job when you’re not even in the country or city. However, it does not have to be that daunting. The best way to find a job in Dubai is to look in the right places.

Companies will seldom respond to unsolicited job applications, so your options will be to find vacancies for which you can apply. There are various fields in which to work in Dubai. Some of the top in-demand jobs are civil engineers, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, accountants, and sales executives.

Securing employment

If you’re outside of the UAE, you can browse through job vacancies in online publications such Gulf News, Khaleej Times, or Emarat Al Youm, available in English. You can also check your local newspapers for ‘job vacancies overseas’ in the Classifieds section.

With technology, it is easy to use social networking sites like LinkedIn. If you already have a profile, search through your contacts to someone who can refer you to a company based in Dubai. You can also join groups, or do a search on the companies’ websites and browse through their careers section.

Another way to find jobs in Dubai is to register on government job portals online (e.g Dubai Careers). You can create an account for free and if you obtain a job there’s no need to pay a commission to any party. Some private job portals where you can search are Gulf News Careers, Bayt, MonsterGulf, Emirates 24/7, and NaukriGulf. Please check their terms and conditions as those may vary.

You may also wish to get some assistance by sending your CV to licensed recruitment agencies in Dubai. They will pair you up with the vacancies that match your qualifications, skills, and requirements. Please note that there are no fees should you land a job via a recruitment agency - these fees are usually settled by the employer.

Work permit

Work permits are issued by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) of the United Arab Emirates., sponsored by your employer. This work permit will allow an expatriate to enter the UAE for employment. This permit is valid for two months after the date of issue.

Once you’re in the country, the employer sponsoring you would then proceed to complete other formalities such as medical testing, obtaining an Emirates ID card, a Labour Card, and the work residency permit stamped on your passport within 60 days.The work residency permit is issued by the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) from the emirate where you will be employed.

If you have family members joining you, you will be eligible to sponsor them and bring them into the UAE once this process has been completed. If you are already in Dubai on a tourist visa, you will need to request a change of your visa status.

If you’re outside of the United Arab Emirates, note that there are Visa Service centres in various parts of the world. These have been set up by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. The aim is to expedite the process of work visas and to ensure that there is complete transparency between employees and employers. As an employee, you will be able to know your rights and other information pertaining to your job in your own language.

 Good to know:

To be eligible to work in Dubai, you must be sponsored by an employer.

It is illegal to work on a tourist or visit visa.

Your passport should be valid for at least six months after the date of entry in the UAE if you are to apply for a work permit.

 Useful links:

Dubai online job portal
General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai
The Official Portal of the United Arab Emirates Government
UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Visas
UAE Ministry of Human Resources & Emiratisation

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