Dubai is one of the most-loved destinations on the planet, for both travelers and expats. Due to its abundance of history, art, and music, its productive economy, its first-rate infrastructure, and its high quality of life, workers around the world know of the many benefits that the Emirate offers for those who are able to make a career there.

However, that also means that it should come as no surprise that the job market is incredibly competitive, which can be disheartening to realize if you are intent on finding your dream job there.

Too many people spend a significant amount of energy on attempting to create a sustainable life there, and it can often feel like a rat race that no one can win. After all, you are facing other qualified people who also are intent on making Dubai their kingdom.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, there are a few different ways that you can make the process a whole lot easier and more enjoyable for all parties involved. If you are still willing to change your life and fulfill your dreams, read on for three ways to prepare yourself for a career in Dubai.

  1. Sign up with UAE job sites.

Regardless of whether you currently live in Dubai or are looking to move to the Emirate in order to further your career, one of the best ways to ensure that you stay up-to-date with the possible opportunities is to sign with UAE job sites.

For those people who don’t have any former connections in Dubai or the UAE, then job boards can be a massive help.

By signing up and engaging with these dedicated job sites, you can connect with the newest relevant job openings, examine career opportunities, receive industry insights and strengthen your professional network.

To be successful on these job boards, then you need to ensure your resume is up-to-date and contains appropriate keywords so that potential employers can also find you.

Additionally, sign up for alerts from firms that you are interested in working for, and solely inquire about positions that you are sincerely interested in and are qualified for. Don’t waste people’s time! That is not a good way to network.

  1. Reach out to a recruiter.

Recruiters are often used by those who are looking to further their career in Dubai because they make it a lot more efficient and enjoyable.

Why is that?

Well, it is their job to remain up-to-date on available positions, and they usually know of opportunities before they even become open. Due to their strong contacts in Dubai’s top firms (in a wide range of industries), these recruiters know a good position when they see one, and they will be looking to match you with the right fit.

  1. Attend conferences to expand your network (and your mind).

Professional conferences are a fantastic way to expand your network all around the world — especially if you are looking to break into a new industry or part of the world.

If you are looking for a job, or just want to start networking with other professionals, then signing up for a conference is a surefire way to make it happen.

Attending conferences not only ensures you continue learning new skills, but it also opens you up to other innovations and ideas that are occurring within the industry. It also signifies to potential employers that you are committed to growing, learning, and staying at the forefront of the industry — all of which will make you stand out from the competition.

This is also a way for you to stay inspired, to stay motivated, and to surround yourself with other people who get “it” and what you are doing and working on.

So, spend some time this week researching conferences and invest in yourself to advance your career.

Have you ever tried looking for jobs in Dubai? What are you finding challenging about making it happen? Let’s talk about your thoughts and experiences in the comments below!


David Mackenzie, a recruitment professional with over 20 years’ experience in the field and a record of entrepreneurial accomplishment, is Managing Director and Head of HR at Mackenzie Jones. As the Group MD, David is responsible for the overall direction of the Mackenzie Jones Group, including Mackenzie Jones, MumsAtWork, MENA Solutions, Simply Digital and ThinkTech.

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