Job Opportunities Are on the Rise in UAE


Job opportunities are on the rise in the United Arab Emirates. A recent Gulf News article states, “according to LinkedIn’s ‘Middle East and North Africa Recruiting Trends 2017,’ attracting new recruits will remain a key focus for organisations across the UAE and the rest of the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region.”

If you dream of going to Dubai on visit to get a job, then remember that the UAE job market is very competitive. Many people go there looking for a job and a better life, especially from developing countries. Therefore, finding a job quickly is very hard, especially a well-paying one, and the recruitment process takes time and needs patience. UAE is also more expensive than other Gulf countries (Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, for example), though job availability is higher in UAE.

Keep the following points in mind:
– don’t expect to find a job right away
– don’t overstay on your visa no matter what
– don’t trust any employer who promises that your work visa will be ready in a few days and keeps delaying delivery of visa
– don’t work without a work permit / work visa – it is illegal to do so
– don’t buy a visa from one sponsor and then work elsewhere – you are only allowed to work with the company that sponsored you (unless you get a work permit from the department of labor to work elsewhere, which you may be able to after two years only)
Get up to date information on everything. You may do so at the department of labor, immigration, or any immigration typing centers.
Stay safe and don’t take any risks. There are religious, legal, and cultural restrictions and certain things are considered taboo, so make sure you keep yourself informed about what’s allowed and what isn’t. If in doubt, ask from reliable sources. UAE laws are strict and noncompliance can get you temporary or lifetime ban (blacklist).

​For information about which skills are in demand in 2017, see Gulf News article

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How Can You Expect to Get a Job If You Can't Describe the Work You Do???


It is disheartening to see the number of people who can’t describe the work they do, not just in writing but even orally. How do you expect to pass an interview if you can’t articulate a description of the work you do?

The solution:
 Have a clear idea of what you want to say. In your mind. You should know what you want to say.
 Picture your day-to-day work (or what you need to do to accomplish your job objective from start to finish) and think of what you need to describe.
 Go over what you need to say.
 Rehearse out loud.
 Practice with a friend or in front of a mirror.

You should have a five minute description of your work ready.

To help you with preparing an effective description of your work, answer the following questions:
1. What do you do on a daily basis?
2. Who do you mainly deal with / communicate with to get your job done? Customers, suppliers, colleagues?
3. Think of your workday from start to finish and jot down everything you do from the moment you get to work to the end of the day. Go over it several times and then try to describe your main job duties orally.

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How to Make a CV


The first thing to do when you want to make your CV is to decide on the format. Choose a simple format. Not something too fancy. The format you choose should be appropriate for the place and profession. Some professions require a creative CV format (such as graphics designers’ and Web designers’ CVs) while for others, simpler formats are the right choice. (You can change the format later if you need to use a different one.)

Whatever format you choose, the information you enter should be in a clear and easy to grasp manner. Your CV shouldn’t be cluttered with too much information. All important details should be highlighted and clearly legible.
After you’ve chosen a CV format, decide on the job you’re applying for and find a job ad to tailor your CV to. Then enter relevant details into your CV showing how you qualify for the job, what skills and experience you have, and most important, what achievements you’ve made in previous jobs. If you’ve had major achievements or awards, make sure to highlight them.

Your CV should have details about your education and career training, certification, work experience, skills, and anything else required for the job (such as information about computer software you may have to use on the job).
Finally add personal details as required by your location. This includes contact details and other information such as languages you know and interests. What you include depend on what’s preferable for your location. You may add a photo to your CV if it’s required for the job you’re applying for. Additional items you might want to add to your CV include a link to your LinkedIn profile and online portfolio displaying your work.

Once done, review your CV to make sure there are no grammatical or factual errors and to ensure that the information is portrayed in an easy to grasp manner. Try to limit your CV to two pages, deleting extra details if required. The briefer your CV, the better. You don’t have to include every detail about your career history. Including only enough information to show that you’re qualified for the job you are applying for is the right way.

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What are the Prospects of Getting a Job in UAE?

The job market in UAE does not look good, with an increase in layoffs and a decrease in recruitment. According to Gulf News, “At this point, all indicators lead towards a more restrictive 2016 than observed in the second half of 2015. From the insight we have of the market up to this point, it seems to be concentrated in particular industries, mostly in banking and energy sectors, but also in semi-government organisations where funding is being reduced….Of course, those in high demand sectors such as digital and technology may well see lofty salary hikes as demand spikes.”*

So what can you do to increase your chances of retaining your job / getting a new job in this situation? Being an engaged employee will give you some job security. Engaged employees are employees that genuinely care for the organization and will go the extra mile to get the work done. As such, organizations know they can rely on them when there is a downturn. These types of workers will be the last to be let go.

Being in the top talent category also gives you job security. In addition, your chances of getting hired again are higher because headhunters are always on the lookout for top talents.

What about people intending to relocate to the UAE for employment purposes? If you’re not already in UAE, this may not be the best time to try to get a job in UAE. With the already high labor supply and a shrinking job market, the chances of your getting employment are very slim, unless you’re proven to be top talent. If you’re thinking of travelling to UAE specifically for getting a job, I would suggest delaying your trip until the job market improves.

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The Proper Use of Social Media

If you are a business, then you know the importance of social media for business success in current times. However, many people fail to use social media due to lack of immediate results. After trying for a short time using various platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and blogs, they give up,  thinking it is useless. Even if you get hundreds of real followers, if social media doesn’t result in sales,  it is regarded a failed attempt and a waste of time.  But the purpose of  social media is not to ​​​have an ​​immediate increase​ in​ sales, though it does over time. For most businesses​,​ social media marketing is a slow process that doesn’t seem to have effect initially, though some may claim phenomenal success. The actual purpose of social media are two: connecting with your target customer and creating brand awareness over time. ​

Social media lets you portray your specific tone and image to your target market. By having a unique voice in all social media communication based on the image you want to portray and the audience you want to reach, you can use social media to gain a loyal following and establish a strong bond with your target audience. People who are inspired by your content will connect with you and you’ll be able to communicate directly with them, listen to their views, and get insight on how to improve service, as well as advertise your business.

Thus, if you have a business and your social media posts don’t seem to result in immediate sales, don’t be discouraged and don’t give up. Continue to market through social media with content that inspires your target audience and down the line, you’ll build your business reputation, which will affect sales.

Written by Kokab Rahman, with assistance from Yasmina Koshel, social media marketing expert.

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​Kokab Rahman is the Founder of Radeya Global, which provides professional business services, career guidance and CV writing.  She has written articles and books on various topics including business, career, and language study. Her articles have been published in various publications including Gulf News, Emirates 24/7, Kansas Writers’ Association newsletter, and the Institute of Management Accountants Dubai Chapter newsletter. She also worked as editor of the IMA Dubai Chapter Newsletter.

Yasmina Koshel is one of the youngest entrepreneurs in the field of Marketing. Her passion led her into starting a Digital Marketing Freelance business where she helps companies develop their online identities and connect with their target audience using several Social Media channels. She previously worked with different industries such as hospitality, beauty, business and events and aims to expand further in the near future.​

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Unemployed? Here's What to Do to Improve Job Search Results

​Have you been unemployed for longer than 6 months?

​Having a long gap on your CV has a negative effect on your job hunting, especially if you have been unemployed longer than 6 months. To counter this, you need to show recruiters that you have remained attached to your profession. You can do this in several ways:

1. Get professional training / certification. If you are studying to get certification, include that information on your CV. By showing that you are studying, you remove the negative effects of being long-term unemployed. Professional training renews your skills and keeps you from forgetting vital skills needed to get the job done.

2. Provide freelance work on regular basis. You can use your freelance work as your current employment. By showing that you have stayed in touch with your profession despite being unemployed, you increase your chances of getting a job.

3. Do volunteer work. This is helpful especially if the work involved is related to your profession, but if not, still it helps in showing that you have used your time in a productive way and you have not lost your ’employee skills.’ Furthermore, employers are more likely to hire people engaged in volunteer work because volunteering shows a sense of responsibility.

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Entrepreneurship for Women of UAE

Starting one’s own business is a big step requiring a lot of courage and preplanning. The initial investment and the risk involved in setting up one’s own business can be a reason why fewer women become entrepreneurs in the region. Another reason is not having clearly outlined guidelines on how to proceed and the required support group. 

Women need to be educated that this is not only a possible venture but also one that is likely the more appropriate one, specifically for Muslim women who want to balance family life with a career and remain within Islamic limitations regarding gender segregation, hijab, etc. 

There are many benefits to starting one’s own business:

  • SMEs are the greatest source of new jobs. 
  • The ripe economic situation of UAE – and the Middle East – greatly makes today the best time to start your own business.  
  • There are lots of resources that make starting a business easier and less costly. 
  • Having your own business gives you the freedom and ease of maintaining a family alongside your career. You don’t have to sacrifice one for the other.
  • Having a business provides financial freedom.

Furthermore, with mobile technology and the internet, you can run your business from anywhere. 

  • Home-based businesses are becoming more and more popular every day. 
  • It’s easier and more feasible for women to run a home-based / online business.
  • There are countless websites that allow you to market and sell your products, such as and Etsy, so you don’t need a brick and mortar shop or even an online store.
  • You can easily ship products to customers using cash on deposit and “pickup and drop services” services such as is available from Aramex, so you don’t need to worry about setting up online payment gateways.
  • You can use other payment methods such as Al Ansari Exchange’s Cash Collection system.

And many more

Thus, it’s easier and more feasible for women today to have their own businesses and doesn’t require a large investment. So how should you go about doing it?

Here are a few tips

  • Your business should be set up around something you are good at / have experience with.
  • Find a niche that your product / service fills or a problem that your business helps solve.
  • Do your research to know the demand and marketability, including expected sales and costs.
  • Spend wisely and only on the necessary things. Avoid unnecessary spending at the start, such as hiring workers you don’t need.
  • Have a professional appearance, whether it is your flyers or videos or website, or product images. Lack of professionalism will keep sales down. 
  • Include advertising in your budget.
  • You don’t need a physical office or even a website – you can even use Facebook to market your product. It’s the information age and – especially in the more advanced nations – businesses with only an online presence or homebased businesses are accepted. There are many stories about great businesses started out from a garage (think Google). However, among less advanced people – who haven’t yet caught up to the advancement of the business world – this is considered unprofessional, and looked down at.
  • If your clientele belong to such cultures, then getting a physical business address is a good idea. Luckily you can do this more easily with virtual offices, business lounges, and other resources available to business people.
  • Don’t underestimate the importance of support from people who encourage you to follow your dreams. This can help you get through the difficult times that come along with running a new startup. Connect and interact with them frequently.

So, if you’re a woman – or even a man – with a great business idea and the entrepreneurial spirit, don’t hesitate to launch your own business.

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