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Working in Dubai: a comprehensive guide

As a leading business epicentre, Dubai offers exceptional opportunities for skilled professionals to grow their careers.

Finding a job in Dubai

Like in most international markets, prospective employees can make use of both online and offline resources for job-hunting in Dubai. Trusted job search sites providing comprehensive listings across industries include:

• Homegrown initiatives like Bayt and Laimoon
• Regional versions of portals like Monster Gulf, Naukri Gulf and Indeed
• LinkedIn, which is also among the most popular options for those seeking to network
• Glassdoor, which offers honest reviews of companies by verified employees

Additionally, recruitment agencies can play a pivotal role in helping expats find the right jobs. Through a network of experts, these agencies guide talent towards fulfilling job paths aligned with their skills, experience and expectations.

Popular recruitment agencies in Dubai

Employee benefits in Dubai

Working in Dubai comes with numerous benefits for employees. Health insurance is mandatory for all workers, no matter what category, and many companies also include transportation and housing allowances as part of salary packages. Employees may also be eligible for relocation assistance to move to Dubai, while some companies may pay for children's schooling fees.

Staff are legally allowed generous leave entitlements. This includes annual leave, sick days and maternity leave to guarantee a healthy lifestyle. Many companies will also cover the cost of plane tickets for expatriates to visit their home countries annually.

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Special visas

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SMEs and start-up support

From funding access to incubators and accelerators, see how Dubai supports its growing community of entrepreneurs, SMEs and start-ups.


Freelance permit packages

Dubai offers multiple freelance permit packages via platforms such as GoFreelance, FreelancerVisa, Dynamic Freelancer and more.

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