Working in Dubai Part I
Due to rapid development, Dubai has attract many job seekers from different nationalities. Popular fields are among other Accountancy, Information Technology, Interior Design, Real Estate, Hospitality, etc.
If you asked me, is it difficult to find a job in Dubai?? Well, I can say that as many other places in the world, hunting and finding a job is different experience from one to another person. Some say will find it easy, while some don’t.
Looking to job advertisement in local news paper in Dubai, I notice that some advertisements are not hesitant to mention preferable citizenships. For example wanted US/UK educated, or Indian/Arabic preferred. Some advertisements mention preferable visa status, for example : Husband or Father visa preferred. It means that the advertised company will not give sponsorship for the employee and prefer to hire candidate on husband or father visa.
To work in UAE, you are legally required to have a valid labour card. This can only be applied once you have residency. Employment/Residence visa provided by a company unless if you are under husband/father sponsorship. A person who wishes to find a job in UAE under visit visa (valid until 60 days with an extension for 30 day and required extension fee) should change to employment visa once they found a job.
If you wish to find a job in UAE, it will be wise to read rules and regulations applied. For example, there is a regulation that impose a six-month ban for employee who resign from the company before certain period of time, or there are regulation to govern changing a job, visa transfer, minimum income for sponsor family, etc. You just need to know these regulations.
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Dubai Sports City
Here is finally one of Dubai's newest crazy project-ideas, that may actually serve a purpose and won't just look good.
Dubai Sports City (DSC) is the world's first integrated purpose-built sports city.
The development costs are pegged at Dhs7 billion, and will include major sporting facilities and a large residential zone. This was all due for completion by 2007/2008 but has been majorly delayed but the global econimic crisis and the "bubble burst" of the Dubai property sector.
The city will be part of the 5 billion US Dollar "Dubailand" mega project and will cover 4.6 million square metres of desert... I wish they would just STOP with all of these massive projects! But whereever there's money to be made, the UAE will do it...
On the residential side, up to 1,200 family villas are to be built around an 18-hole championship golf course and plots of land will be sold to third party investors for the construction of medium rise buildings... well, that's the plan anyway...
Maybe this will help all the obese Arab youngsters to get off the sofa and on the field! Check this link for the increasing numbers of obese children in the UAE: http://www.writefix.com/writing/cause/obesity.htm On the sporting side, they are planning 4 stadiums: 1 for cricket, an outdoor multi-purpose site for rugby, football and track & field, an indoor multi-purpose stadium and a dedicated hockey centre.
There will also be training facilities and sports schools, including a Manchester United football academy, an ICC Global Cricket Academy and David Lloyd tennis school.
--> UPDATE April 2009: The Dubai Cricket Stadium is now open and operational. In May it has hosted matches between New Zealand and Pakistan. Click here for info: http://www.dubaisportscity.ae/articledisplay.asp?id=18
When I first read about Dubai it said that the city was a like a Hong Kong of the Middle East. And yes, we did find out that they have quite a lot of malls and you can find really good buys. I found a Wilson 120g squash racket for 280 Dhs (about 90€) at Lamcy plaza and this is normally like 175€ here in Norway. In almost all of the malls the prices was reduced because of the Dubai Shopping festival. We went to Lamcy plaza, Wafi mall, Bur Juman Center, Deira City Center. I think that the Deira City Center probably was the best one in terms of selection. Some of the places are more “up market” than others. One can normally tell this on the number of brand stores inside of the shopping mall and the number of nice cars on the parking lot outside the mall. Outside Wafi we came across a BMW Z8, BMW 840 and a Hummer. Now that is a car that is not seen very often
Another recommended place to go for clubbing lover. Drink and dance, or glancing at the party crowds or just enjoy the music.
But, well, party lover loves it and the clubbing fan can’t resist it.
Usually, at weekend night, this place becomes really crowd and hard to move.
(weekend in Dubai usually Thursday-Friday, even though some people have weekend on Friday-Saturday) In the week days, they offer a calm night with selection food for dinner.
Note: Guys usually charge AED 50-100 for entrance, including drinks. Ladies are free. No sneaker please
There are several starting points and several prices to this dinner, announced as one of Dubai's highlights. We bought it in our hotel, by the regular price (I think), with the advantage of transfers both ways.
The sights are not so gorgeous as expected, and the dinner is nothing special... as expected. Anyway, we had to dine each day, the quality was acceptable, it was different, and travelling in the air-conditioning along the river, comfortable enough to justify the price.