Working in Dubai

For those hoping to find employment in Dubai, some excellent online resources include:


There are also several recruitment agencies with good reputations available to assist job hunters in their quest for employment. These include:

  • Claredon Parker
  • Kershaw Leonard
  • BAC
  • Michael Page
  • Manpower Middle East

To avoid scams, it is always advisable to do some research into a recruiter’s reputation and methods before using their services. Any agency that require a registration fee should be avoided.

Once a person is officially hired, a contract will be signed with the employer. Contracts can either be limited or unlimited. A limited contract is set for a definite period of time which should not exceed four years. Renewal is not guaranteed. If either party breaks a limited contract early, he or she may incur penalties. An unlimited contract is renewable. After the probationary period (typically 3 to 6 months) an unlimited contract may be terminated by either party as long as there is valid reason and 30 days notice is given. Employment may be terminated during the probationary period without notice or compensation. A basic contract should include salary, job title, start-date and any allowances (if offered) including medical cover, transportation, housing, repatriation coverage, and vacation time. Labor contracts must be in both Arabic and English. While Arabic is the official language of the UAE, an English contract is included for the expatriate workforce who may not understand Arabic. For those working in a Free Zone the rules may differ.

The employer will act as the employee’s sponsor. Employment visas are valid for two to three years. The work week is typically 40 to 48 hours and overtime is common in some industries. During Ramadan (the Muslim holy month of fasting) the work day is shortened to six hours by law.