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10 Things Every Expat Working in the UAE Should Know

Working in the UAE is like a dream come true for a lot of people today. The country welcomes a number of expats in the country and the number substantially goes up each year. There are a few things that every expat working in the UAE should know.


The center of Middle-East’s economic hub is the UAE. The free trade zones and harbors play an important role in attracting foreign companies and professionals to come and settle in the UAE. But the work culture, etiquettes and the everyday life in any of the emirate of the UAE is a little different than other parts of the world. Here religion plays an important role in defining the way you live in any of the emirate. Islam plays a major role in every aspect of life including the work environment and business etiquettes.

Most of the expats that look forward to work in the UAE prefer to work Dubai or Abu Dhabi which have a more open environment than rest of the emirates.


What attracts the expats towards the UAE?

The prime reason that attracts the expats to the UAE is the investment and employment opportunities that exist in the positively growing economy. The UAE has a liberal and open-minded society when compared to rest of the Middle-East countries. The UAE is a home of thousands of expats that includes Americans, British, Indians, Chinese and Europeans. The Emiratis make only 10% of the total population of the UAE which means that the number of expats settling there is more. Therefore, the expats tend to find the emirates a comfortable country to stay and work in.

The tax-free salaries and the number of job opportunities bring the UAE on the top of the list of expats who are willing to work abroad. The chances of finding a well-paying job and getting a better standard of living is high.


Essential things that every expat in the UAE should know

Working in the UAE is no doubt a lucrative and an attractive offer that is difficult to reject. But before making the decision, it is important to know the positives as well as the negatives of working in the UAE. Let us go one by one.

Things to Know!


The UAE has positivity in its air and a lot of expats witness success and a better standard of living while in the UAE. Here is why moving to the UAE is a good choice to make.


  1. The UAE has one of the most favorable business environments and a land of opportunities that is committed to become one of the successful international business center
  2. It is a mélange of expats from multiple nations and varied backgrounds, therefore making it easier to find someone of the same nationality
  3. The quality of life and the luxury make the UAE a comfortable place to live and work in
  4. One of the major reasons why expats should consider moving to the UAE is its tax free salaries
  5. There is no scope of boredom in the country. You are sure to have a great time whenever you are off work. There is always something new to do, try or taste in the UAE.

Well, as they say every coin has 2 sides. Similarly working in the UAE has some cons to it that an expat must be aware of. Here are 5 not-so-good things about the UAE that you should know:


  1. Dubai, where most of the expats settle has a higher cost of living where a major part of earnings can go into rent, school fees and other basic necessities of life
  2. The laws in the emirates are too strict and sometimes adhering to every law becomes difficult for an expat, which might create problems for him
  3. The UAE has a very different business etiquette where personal conduct has a major role to play where the business partners find it rude if the names and titles are not pronounced correctly
  4. The weather may not be promising for a longer period with a lot of humidity and dryness in the year
  5. The government banns a lot of things that it finds inappropriate or offensive to the religious, moral and cultural values of the UAE.



Before taking the final call


Before taking the final call of whether moving or not, you need to do an extensive research about the pros and cons of working in the UAE. The pros and cons can differ according to a specific industry that you might be seeking to work in. The UAE with emirates like Dubai and Abu Dhabi has great potential in terms of job market and growing economy. If you can overcome the negatives, then living in the UAE promise to give you an enriching experience.

Author Bio: Akansha Arora is a professional writer and blogger. She is happy to pen down her views for various domains like career advice, real estate, matrimony and more that interest her. Follow her at akansha.arora2112@gmail.com



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