4 Reasons Why You Should Work in the UAE
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been a popular destination for professionals seeking a new career for many years. The two most popular destinations for expatriates in the UAE are its capital, Abu Dhabi and its most populous city, Dubai.
The UAE has attracted people from far and wide and many of the cities have more non-nationals than nationals – 85% of those living and working in Dubai are non-citizens, making it very culturally diverse and providing those who are looking for a change to Western life with an enriching experience.
Every professional looking to relocate abroad has a different set of reasons why they want to make the move, but there are a number of commonalities, which we have investigated below. So, here are the 4 top reasons why you should work in the UAE.
The UAE has a fantastic year-round climate that rarely drops below 20 degrees celsius. Topped with beautiful sandy beaches and lukewarm water, it provides dream-like weather for many north of the hemisphere.
The UAE is also perfectly placed for those that like to travel. With new flights added all the time, commutes to incredible destinations are becoming much quicker and cheaper than ever. Phuket is now a 3 hour flight away, the Seychelles are just over 4 hours away, Kenyan safaris can be explored within a 5 hour flight and skiing in Lebanon is just under 4 hours away. Ever wanted to explore the Egyptian pyramids? Well a flight from Dubai will take you just over 3 hours – your weekends will never be the same again.
The lifestyle varies slightly between Abu Dhabi and Dubai, mostly due to the differences in population, size of the cities and infrastructure. Abu Dhabi is one of the world’s largest producers of oil and the majority of expatriates within the city are involved in that industry. However, Abu Dhabi was not designed for so many people living and working there, and with a population of 920,000 people it is a very busy city. Driving can be difficult during peak hours and finding a parking space can be an impossible mission. On the other hand, Dubai was built in a way that could be up-scaled easily and efficiently, meaning that whilst there is a population of just over 2.1 million, the city is much better suited to these numbers. Furthermore, Dubai’s economy is no longer reliant on the Hydrocarbon sector, and the financial, industrial, tourism and IT sectors have taken the top spots.
Dubai offers a much more well-rounded lifestyle and set of experiences for expatriates relocating, including for young families, and as a result the quality of living is very high. The cost of housing is relatively well priced for the size, build quality and location of the apartments and houses. Dubai is also a very safe city – there are many gated communities, however there is little danger outside the walls. An overall tolerant and friendly city, Dubai has much to offer in the way of quality of lifestyle for expatriates, and with a very large expat community, it is a very diverse and multicultural city.
From the point-of-view of your career, working in any new country or city will look great on your CV and serve your experiences both professionally and personally very well. However, a career move to the Middle East, and the UAE in particular, will look very impressive on your CV. Any future employers will be impressed by your wealth of experience in a foreign location such as the UAE.
Due to the number of expatriates working in the UAE, the networking possibilities are very high and many expats say that their time in the UAE provided them with a large network of very close business contacts (many of which became close friends) who have helped them in furthering their businesses and / or future employment possibilities.
With the recession of 2008 / 2009 well behind us and many of the business and legal issues resolved, Dubai is a very stable country with a growing economy, one based on industries other than the oil and gas industry.
The UAE does, of course, offer one major financial benefit to expatriates – no income tax! Coupled with salaries that are oftentimes better than in Western countries, expatriates find it is much easier to save money, pay off existing debts and when they do decide to head back to their native countries they return with large savings.
Due to the incredible wealth of both Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the cities and their infrastructure are very well built and this is immediately noticeable. Heading back to Western countries can really highlight how much more the UAE has to offer such as metro, cleanliness of the streets and the build quality of modern buildings. Fortune magazine and CNN stated in 2007 that Abu Dhabi was the richest city in the world and the 67th most expensive city for expats in the world.
Whilst it is no longer common place to find yourself being offered a large incentive package for relocating to the Middle East, especially the UAE, this is no longer an issue for most expatriates as the quality of life there is very high. In a recent blog article we discussed expatriate incentive packages and whether or not they were a thing of the past, and you can read it here.
There are many reasons why the UAE is a great place for expatriates looking for a new career and lifestyle, and with cities such as Abu Dhabi and Dubai it isn’t hard to see why.
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