Working in the UAE

The UAE comfortably leads the rest of the world in the net migration rate, proving that it is by far the first choice for professionals from a range of industries who want to work abroad. Although it was originally oil reserves that kick-started the region's economic boom, two decades of diversification have seen the UAE expand to become one of the most highly developed, fastest growing economies in the world.

The boom in sectors such as construction and financial services, coupled with changes in the laws of foreign ownership, have seen many of the world's leading companies look to establish themselves in the UAE, most notably in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. This is turn has led to excellent career opportunities in a number of industries for professionals looking to relocate to this region. The benefits of working in the UAE include tax-free income, a high standard of living and a warm climate.

Dubai in the United Arab Emirates has become one of the best options for professionals wanting to live and work abroad. There are many booming industries and sectors in the region, leading to excellent opportunities in a number of fields, including financial services. The quality of life for those opting to work in Dubai can be far better than elsewhere due to it being completely income tax free.

At Morgan McKinley, our experts in professional services recruitment abroad can help you secure the position you want in a number of cities worldwide, including Dubai. If you are considering moving to work in Dubai from Australia, contact us for the best employment options and advice.

Living in the UAE – Fast Facts

  • Dubai has a population of almost 1.25 million, with a reported male/female ratio of 73/27.
  • The currency in Dubai is the Dirham.
  • Dubai’s Burj Al Arab hotel is the world’s only seven-star establishment.
  • Foreign nationals comprise up to 90% of the population with many global companies having offices there.
  • Dubai’s working week is typically between 40 and 48 hours.
  • UAE is a tax-free country.

Visa requirements in the UAE

You will require a visa to enter the UAE whether you are visiting for business or pleasure, or planning to live and work in the city. Visa options include visitor visa, transit visa or residence visa and labour card. You can find out more about visa requirements via the UAE Embassy website

Thinking about moving to the UAE?

If you are considering working abroad, international recruitment specialists Morgan McKinley can give you advice and guidance on a number of locations worldwide, including Dubai.

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