Almost everybody in the civilized world has heard of Dubai. And I bet that you have less than six degrees of separation from somebody who works in the emirate. If you’re thinking of working abroad, then consider working here. Why should you choose to work in Dubai?
Money, money, money
With lower oil prices worldwide, you will be pleasantly surprised that the UAE economy is still expected to grow. That’s because the vision of their leaders went beyond oil – they have diversified. Business is booming and they are still hiring people. What’s more, Dubai provides one of the most competitive salary packages in the Gulf Cooperation Council region.
You don’t need to go through the wringer just to get a visa going to Dubai, unlike in other First-world countries. You can opt to visit the emirate as a tourist first to dip your toes in the water, so to speak. If you gain employment there, your employer is legally obliged to supply you with a visa. Getting around the city is not bad, either. Most of the people you encounter will most likely speak English. When I was in Dubai, what was funny is that I could speak to cashiers and people in the streets in Filipino as we were well represented there.
Culture and events
Some people will say that Dubai is overrated and does not have a culture of its own. Au contraire, I say. A visit to the Bur Dubai museum and the nearby Al Fahidi historical neighborhood will dispell that notion. If you’re not into history, you can check out the latest concerts from world-renowned artists, theatre productions, and whatever’s happening on social media – check #Dubai. “Nothing to do” is a term that you will not use here.
Community and religion
Another aspect of Dubai society is its migrant workers. They are leaving their mark in the city when they try to bring back to Dubai a flavor of their home. It’s easy to associate Dubai food with East Asian cuisine because of the proliferation of Indian dishes in restaurants. You will not feel like a stranger here when you see a bit of home in the streets. As for religion, people are very welcoming and tolerant of others. Anti-discrimination has even been made into a law by the UAE President himself, so you need not fear intolerance. Dubai truly is a city that you can make your home.