Working in Dubai
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Aug 24, 2013 2:38 PM Last Post By: Eqri
Oct 2, 2012 6:58 AM
Working in DubaiI'm looking at moving to Dubai to work in the structural engineering field.
I've got a few inquiries before I commit.
Is it easy to find living quarters after I arrive?
Is it easy to switch jobs in the event I don't like where I'm working?
I'm a singer songwriter, are there places for local expats to play their stuff or is it all simply massive over the top stuff like rhianna?
Lastly, perhaps most importantly, I'm single, and at the expense of sounding shallow, what's the nightlife like (and the talent)?
Oct 2, 2012 11:11 AM
1TBH, this is a travel forum and your questions would be better addressed to an expat forum e.g. dubai section of expatforum.com
1) Yes easy to find somewhere to live post arrival - try dubizzle.com
2) It's not easy to switch jobs if you don't like it - the visa is sponsored by your employer and transferring to another employer is not straightforward, although it does happen.
3) Plenty of places if you want to perform as a singer - live music with smaller acts is big in Dubai. Try the Peanut Butter Jam sessions at Wafi City once a week, if this is no longer running then there are other options.
4) The nightlife is excellent, but it much depends on your age. As a single person in your 20s or early 30s you will have fun. Over 35 and it's not as good as a single person - there are not so many single people above that age, more families. It's a short term place, there are plenty of attractive people to have fun with, but they are from different cultures and forming enduring relationships (in my opinion) is harder than in your home country. Web dating sites are banned.
Oct 2, 2012 7:22 PM
21. No problem to find a place to live after you arrive.
2. I agree with dxb1969, it's not easy to change jobs. I think it is especially difficult if you try to move within the first two years of employment. Anyway, you might find it difficult to actually find another job in Dubai in that field of work. In terms of construction in the Middle East, there is more going on in Abu Dhabi and Qatar. Dubai is still fairly quiet compared to what it was like a few years ago.
3. Yes, there are places for this, but obviously not as many as in most Western countries.
4. The nightlife is OK, but again it might not be what you are used to in your home country. Also you need to remember that it is a Muslim country, and whilst it is not as strict as other countries in the Middle East, expatriates need to be careful about the way they behave. For example, it is an offense to be drunk in public. There have been stories in the past of expats coming out of bars appearing obviously drunk and being arrested by the police. You need to make yourself aware of these kinds of rules if you decide to move there.
Oct 13, 2012 10:15 AM
3dxb is right. It is very difficult to switch job, but as an engineer, you might have more recourse than a construction worker.
here is something I wrote after speaking with several foreigners working in Dubai.
http://www.richtrek.com/2011/10/life-in-dubai-for-foreigners-money.html (part I)
http://www.richtrek.com/2011/10/life-and-sick-torture-in-dubai-part-ii.html (part II)
I hope it illuminates for you what life might be like, at least as described by these people. Cheers
Oct 19, 2012 7:25 PM
I used to live in Dubai for 2 years. I wasn't in the engineering field, but I guess I can answer most of your questions.
If your company does not provide you with accommodation, it may be a little hard to find somewhere to stay that you can/want to afford. Accommodation in Dubai is extremely expensive and can take a huge chunk out of your salary. Although there is an abundance of vacant apartments, it may be hard to find one that suits you.
There is a lot of work out there, especially in the engineering sector, however, your employer is the one who organised your working visa. Once you cease working for this particular employer your visa ceases as well. That makes switching a little bit harder, but most employers can organise it on your behalf if they decide to hire you.
I assume you are male and that makes you very lucky. There are tens of thousands of BEAUTIFUL girls in Dubai. Nightlife in Dubai is a big thing and most bars and clubs are busy any day of the week. That makes it very easy to meet people.
Unfortunately the music scene is very mainstream, but there are a few venues that play alternative music. I know of a friend who used to play acoustic guitar at a hotel in Dubai. It was his hobby. I think he played it at the Rydges Plaza (they have an Australian Pub in there). It may be a little more difficult to find suitable venues to perform at than in other cities, but it is not impossible!
I have to disagree with Matt45. While it is officially an offense to be drunk in public, you will notice that past 10pm 90% of Dubai is drunk in public. Nightlife is huge, there are happy hours everywhere, alcohol is cheap and there are only a few cases where people have ended up in jail. But this can happen anywhere. You will need to respect the local culture, but you don't need to hide in your room. Dubai has a thriving party culture which brings millions of tourists to Dubai every year.
Enjoy! Dubai is not for everyone, but it is certainly a special place. I am glad I had the experience to live there!
Oct 20, 2012 2:41 AM
5I think I'd question a couple of the statements in the post above:
1) "Accommodation is extremely expensive" - It's a lot cheaper than it was around 2006/07. Rental values have fallen considerably since the 2008 crash. It very much depends which part of town you live in, what you're earning and whether you're looking to share or live on your own. 1 bed flats can range from AED30k p.a. to around AED100k+ p.a.
2) "Alcohol is cheap" - The only people who drink cheaply in Dubai bars are ladies on ladies nights, and cabin crew/EK staff with discount cards. Otherwise, you're usually paying around AED30 a pint, which is roughly US$8. Alcohol is taxed at 30%. That's not cheap by my standards.
Oct 21, 2012 9:30 PM
6#4 "While it is officially an offense to be drunk in public, you will notice that past 10pm 90% of Dubai is drunk in public."
This statement is misleading. I think you meant to say that 90% of Western expats drink alcohol in bars / clubs / restaurants at the weekends. That is probably quite accurate.
Oct 22, 2012 2:24 AM
7The statement isnt misleading - its just plain garbage.
I dont know which I find more offensive - the wilfull rhetoric-filled ignorance of #3, or the assumption of #4 that her peer group is the only part of the population of Dubai that exists or matters.
Aug 24, 2013 2:29 PM
I am 27 female, belongs from Pakistan..i am in last module of ACCA,completed M.A(ECONOMICS)MBA(FINANCE) and also teaching ACCA student in part time...dear i will be going Dubai for searching jobs in Banks..Presently i am working as Relationship Manager(SME-CREDIT) in Bahrain related bank but i need to permanently shift to UAE..Kindly suggest me the ways to shift with my family...
Kindly advice me... i m throughout Position holder student due to poor condition of country i am not able to utilise my abilities...
i have listened that it is very hard to find a job in Dubai but my frnd got very good job in Dubai...
Would i be a luckiest person to get a job?
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