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New Post 11/3/2008 3:01 PM
User is offline Craig Brown
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travelling to United Arab Emirates/ Dubai 

Has anyone here worked in UAE, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, etc.

How did you find the job, what recruiters etc.  Did you go then look for work or seek work from your home country.

How was the experience?

Any advice?

New Post 11/3/2008 6:35 PM
User is offline Jarett Hailes
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Re: travelling to United Arab Emirates/ Dubai 

Hi Craig,


Just curious - are you thinking that this area will be relatively untouched by the global slowdown and are thinking of looking for work there?  I've thought and heard similar things, although I am sure they are getting a flood of applications at the moment given the layoffs / hiring freezes occurring.


Myself I haven't been (yet), but have looked online at various recruiting sites over time.  I'd suggest you start with generic Google searches, then talk with recruiters in the area directly and ask for references of Western workers who have worked with them. 

New Post 1/22/2009 12:53 AM
User is offline Anna
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Re: travelling to United Arab Emirates/ Dubai 

I have heard generally that Dubai is slowing down like the rest of the world... expats are leaving due to jobloss.

I'd be interested if anyone knows what the BA job market is like though.


New Post 1/22/2009 2:20 AM
User is offline KJ
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Re: travelling to United Arab Emirates/ Dubai 


Consider this: the petro dollar has taken a dive, not so long ago its was almost $100 a barrel, now its much, much less. So I guess the people in United Arab lands feel the pinch in very much the same way as we all do; afterall its a world economy.

Having said this, I did enquire about opportunity in Dubai and there are still some good jobs to be had. On the down side is the price of accommodation, which is exorbitant.

All the best!

Warm regards,



New Post 5/26/2009 9:12 AM
User is offline fizz
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Re: travelling to United Arab Emirates/ Dubai 
Modified By fizz  on 5/26/2009 11:24:12 AM)

Hi Craig, 

I'm currently working in Dubai as a Business Analyst and have been doing so for the past 6 years or so. During this duration I have always held the title of a BA (or some variation of it such as BSA, IT BA etc) and can tell you that Dubai is about as badly affected by the global crisis as most Western countries are. A lot of expatriates (that is, those who are not indigenous) have left or are leaving. This includes many of my peers who were made redudant along with me a couple of months ago (our company decided to rid itself of the entire IT Department and let the parent company's IT crew take things over). 

I was lucky enough to find work this month but had to make compromises in salary and couldn't be very choosy with the only offer that was made. Having been very active in the job scene recently, I can tell you that there are very few jobs in Dubai at the moment - most companies have either scaled back or are exercising a hiring freeze. Abu Dhabi on the other hand is a bit more stable because it was less leveraged and relied mostly on its (not borrowed) finances. It seems Doha, in Qatar, seems to have become the destination of choice for many now leaving the city.

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