Working In Dubai
Dubai is one of seven states that make up the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Situated between Oman and Saudi Arabia the UAE borders the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf.
The UAE’s economy was once based around fishing and pearling, but the discovery of oil during the 1950’s quickly transformed the country’s economy. Sheikh Zayed, who has been the President of the UAE since its conception, has insisted on the reinvestment of oil revenues into the healthcare, educational systems and general national infrastructure. The development of the oil industry led to a large influx of foreign workers into the UAE, contributing to it currently having the fastest growing population in the world, of which over seventy percent is made up of foreign workers. As oil in the region has been estimated to last for only thirty more years, Dubai has successfully embarked upon a major diversification programme aimed at developing industries and commercial enterprises to replace oil as the predominate commodity of the states economy.
The climate in Dubai is sub-tropical and desert-like, enjoying hot weather and sunny blue skies all year. Rain is very infrequent, falling during winter, if at all. The average maximum temperature in January is 24°C and the average temperature in July is 41°C, when humidity is extremely high.
Dubai is recognised as the commercial and tourism capital of the UAE and is internationally regarded as one of the most sophisticated, futuristic and cosmopolitan cities of the world. In many ways Dubai is unique as it is an Arab society with the fastest growing foreign population in the world, and has effectively established harmony through ethnic diversity and liberality. It is a city with unrivalled levels of economic growth, architectural ambition and cultural diversity.
The experiences and attractions in Dubai are many and varied, including: a rich Arabic heritage, miles of immaculate white sand beaches, a lively nightclub and bar scene, and the allure of the surrounding desert. In 2003 Dubai was voted the safest holiday destination in the world by Conde Nast Traveller magazine, and is broadly considered one of the safest cities in the world with almost non-existent crime levels.
working in dubai
Dubai is home to an exciting, diverse and multi-cultural mix of young, dynamic and professional people, enjoying the unrivalled quality of life that Dubai has to offer, hence the fastest growing population in the world. More and more people are choosing to emigrate to the city for a better quality of life, outstanding employment prospects and to experience the very best of career opportunities and lifestyle.
One of the most attractive aspects of working in Dubai is that there are no personal taxes levied against income from employment. This means that if you work in Dubai you will enjoy and benefit from your entire salary and have considerably more disposable income than you are used to.
Working hours vary from industry to industry but are never exploitative and pay scales vary depending on the nature of the job. High-ranking jobs and industries attract significant salaries as well as attractive benefits. Issues relating to holiday entitlement, employee rights, overtime pay, sick and maternity leave are all well regulated, documented and strictly enforced resulting in employees’ welfare being well looked after.
Working in Dubai, you are likely to enjoy an excellent working environment with spacious contemporary office space, many dining opportunities and excellent transportation services. After hours the expatriate can enjoy the shopping, nightlife, sports, tours, water sports and recreational facilities.
Accommodation is fairly easy to secure and always of a very high quality. Since Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashied Al Maktoon (the Crown Prince of Dubai) granted foreign ownership property rights back in 2002 those who are enjoying substantial tax free incomes can now buy their own piece of the Emirate. Property in Dubai is an excellent commodity in investment terms as prices are rising significantly year on year.
Education in Dubai offers some of the highest standards worldwide, just as the medical facilities available in Dubai are some of the best in the world.
Christian Bassett recruits for the two leading luxury led Groups in the Middle East: The Al Tayer Group and The Chalhoub Group.
The Al Tayer Group was founded in the UAE in 1979 and currently represents some of the world’s most renowned branding, across several divisions: fashion, jewellery, automobile, perfume and cosmetics, publishing and business services. Al Tayer’s brand portfolio currently includes: Armani, Asprey, Bulgari, Prada, Gucci, YSL, Balenciaga, Emilio Pucci, Michael Kors, Jimmy Choo, Lora Piana, Sergio Rossi, Bottega Veneta and many more.
The Chalhoub Group was founded in Damascus in 1955 by Mr and Mrs Michel Chalhoub and currently manages over 200 brands across 13 countries. Branding includes: Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Dupont, Paul Smith, Ralph Lauren, Tods, Lacroix, Fendi, Celine, Marc Jacobs and many more.
Please feel free to contact our consultancy to request further information concerning the above two Groups, or to discuss job opportunities within them.
cost of living in dubai
The overall cost of living in Dubai is not unlike most European countries, but the general lack of taxation has a significant impact on the cost of certain items, e.g. cars. However, the cost of accommodation can sometimes be high, but is always of a high quality.
If you buy internationally branded foods and household products, you may pay slightly higher prices than in your home country, but there are plenty of cheaper locally produced alternatives that are of an excellent quality. Clothing can be expensive if you favour designer branding (although not peculiar to Dubai), although there is no need for winter clothing.
Wines and spirits are generally cheaper than in the UK, but slightly higher than the average European prices. Electronic goods are considerably cheaper than in Europe, mainly due to lower import duties.
Utilities, such as electricity, water and gas are subsidised by the government, which owns the majority of the services, resulting in low prices.
Your cost of living will obviously depend on your lifestyle. When you are negotiating a work contract, it is usual for your prospective employer to produce detailed cost of living figures, which helps you decide if the role is financially viable.
Average lifestyle monthly major expenses for a single person, couple and family with two children are shown below (numbers in brackets relate to the notes following the table).
monthly costs ($/£)
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- Rental costs for a one-bedroom apartment in a modern block, probably unfurnished, a two-bedroom apartment in a similar block and a two or three-bedroom apartment or a modest villa. Apartments might have air-conditioning included in the rent. Satellite television is probably provided but is unlikely to include all channels. A swimming pool and/or gym are usually provided.
- Doesn’t include luxury food items or alcohol.
- Includes electricity (and air-conditioning), water (and usually sewage if charged in conjunction with the water, as is normal) and an allowance for telephone charges.
- Includes entertainment, dining out, sports, newspapers and magazines but not holidays (air fares are often included in work contract terms).
- Includes running costs for an average family car plus third party insurance, petrol, servicing and repairs, but excludes depreciation and credit purchase costs.
- Includes private health, travel, car and contents insurance. Note that property is rented, so building insurance is usually unnecessary.
Lots of clothing is unnecessary in the region’s hot climate. Office wear for men is a shirt and tie, except for formal occasions.
It is also worth noting that the Groups that Christian Bassett work with in Dubai offer excellent additional perks: competitive basic salaries, profit-related bonus and commission schemes, joining and leaving air fares, free annual air ticket home, full health insurance, generous uniform and various discounts.