how to find a job in uae

How to find a job in the UAE, United Arab Emirates? A short guide

You are planning to move to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and therefore you are looking for a job.
In the UAE, some of the most popular jobs are in data mining, in international relations, in web design, and in User Interface (UI) design. 

The UAE is part of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Other countries part of GCC. GCC countries have an open borders policy among them therefore any citizen of a GCC country can work in another GCC country. 

So if you’re sure to work in the UAE this guide will help you. I show you the steps here about how to get the right visa, if you need it, and where to look for jobs. 

Apply for a work visa in the UAE 

Emiratis and UAE residents son’t need a work visa to work in the UAE. Also any citizen of a GCC country don’t need to apply for a work visa to find a job in the UAE. 
Everyone else will need a work visa to find a job in UAE. But if already you got a job offer in the UAE, with a company or else, then a working visa is pretty easy to get.
Therefore, the first thing you want to do, it’s to find some work and then you worry about what you need to do for a visa.  
For more information about visas check this article about requirements for a UAE visa

How to find a job in the UAE 

I’m going to list here the different options one can look into to find a job in the United Arab Emirates. I’m going to focus on what you can get online from abroad when you are not already in the UAE. 

Register on job portals  

You can find a job into UAE job seekers’ portals, those are authoritative websites about searching for work in the UAE, or countries around. These kinds of websites normally have hundreds of listings from different organizations working in the country.  
You can register for a free account on these websites. It can be long and tedious because you might need to provide login details for each one of the job websites you want to use.
After you sign, you want to keep looking for vacancies and keep up with the schedule of the new vacancies coming in. Sometimes,  you will even have to pay a fee to some job agency or career site. 

Job portals , in the UAE, come in two flavors: government job portals and private job portals. All the below websites are, at least, in Arabic and English.


Government job portals 

Federal Government job portal 
It is a federal authority for government human resources. You can create an account on the portal. Then upload your CV and apply for jobs. 

Tawteen Career Center  
The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) runs this portal. It provides a seamless, accessible, and smart e-platform to help you find your job.

United Arab Emirates Virtual Job Market  
The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) runs this portal. MOHRE has introduced a new edition of their online portal ‘Virtual Labor Market’. To encourage job seekers to submit their CVs and build their files both within and outside the UAE.  

Abu Dhabi Government job portal lets you apply to any available job vacancies listed by the Abu Dhabi government. 

Dubai Careers is a Dubai government job portal and app. You will be able to access, search and apply for jobs.

Recruitment platform for people of determination is a recruitment website for people of determination (disabled). It’s both for organizations and individuals. 

Private, and popular, job portals 

bayt is the Middle East (West Asia) and North Africa’s leading work portal. It links employment seekers with companies seeking to recruit. 

indeed UAE is one of the most popular website where to find a job in the UAE. 

open sooq lists advertisements offering jobs in the UAE. open sooq lists also new and used cars, apartments, real estate and more that can be found on the open market in the UAE. People can advertise for free so you can find jobs from individuals or small companies. 

dubizzle list jobs find properties, cars, or items for sale in any emirate. dubizzle is your leading free classifieds website in the uae to buy, sell and find anything. 

mourjan is the fastest classifieds site on the internet for job vacancies, real estate for sale and rent, cars for sale and more in the Gulf and the Middle East. 

naukri gulf is an online marketplace to attract top talent from companies. Work seekers can find in it their dream career. This platform has used been by millions of job-seekers from UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, and more. 

monster gulf is a worldwide job website. This is an online work tool for job hunters in Gulf countries. 

get that  is the rising news and listings channel in the UAE. get that is classifieds portal for jobs and candidates in uae. It talks about dubai cars, dubai properties, sharing accommodation and more. 

Google a simple google search can be a good start. Look for the kind of job you would like to do, for example, “Spanish tutor job in Dubai” or “Delivery driver in Abu Dhabi”. Use the language that you feel most comfortable speaking. Don’t stop at the first pages and go deep with your search. You’ll get an immediate feeling of what’s around and of which job websites are best suited for your needs.

Facebook Jobs can be also an option to start to see what’s around you. You can also ask around in the Facebook groups that are relevant to your profession, or your language or nationality, or just relevant to your wider interests. 

Search at online job fairs

A lot of job fairs are happening regularly in the UAE. Often they are particularly useful for fresh students. It helps them to concentrate on the field in which they will be establishing a career. And Career fairs also offer work-seekers.

Some of the job fairs in the UAE are Careers UAE and National Career Exhibition.  They are both open only to UAE nationals. 

The National Career Showcase is one of the university’s respected career activities. It provides national students with the best training and job opportunities.

Online and print media 

Most newspapers have a listing tab for job vacancies. The jobs vacancies get published in both online and print media. In the UAE newspapers are published in a variety of languages. English and Arabic are the commonly used languages. 

Below are the links to some of the UAE ‘s English newspapers section on classifieds:

Dubizzle is also available in print and it’s big website for classified job vacancies in the UAE.  

Waseet is also available in print. It is one of the most popular websites that specialize in classified job vancies. That allows users to search for their needs or offer them for sale on the Internet. 

If you are looking for a job from outside the UAE. You can search for jobs in the overseas jobs or similar section in the newspapers of your country.

Recruitment agencies

You should give your CV to UAE recruiting agencies which are approved. They will contact you in case your credentials and preferences open up a job.

Ministry of HRE grants licenses of recruitment agencies to UAE citizens only. 

Job seekers are not required to pay money to any recruitment agency. As the onus to pay such fees lies with the employers.

You can refer to the ministry to check for licensed companies or raise a complaint if needed. 

Look through websites 

You can also look through the careers pages. On the careers section of websites of organisations, you wish to join. 

Federal and local government entities announce job vacancies on their websites. You can apply through their websites. 

Yellow Pages and Business directories of the UAE government can be useful to find business in the UAE. 

Create an account on networking websites

Job opportunities posted on professional networking websites such as LinkedIn. Which also offer networking opportunity. You can look for similar websites. 

Tips on securing a job in the UAE

  • Start with an excellent cover letter and a completely honest resume. 
  • Stay updated on your CV. 
  • Be vigilant and check periodically. Don’t give up on halfway. 
  • Check the email ID you are receiving job opportunities from. It will represent the organization’s domain name. 
  • Do not pay. When you are being approached by a recruiting company or a recruitment department for money is most likely a trap. 
  • Learn to speak Arabic. It will be an asset to learn Arabic anyways. 
  • Keep updated on your place of research.
  • Be practical about your earning ability, try to understand what you can actually get.
  • Grow your grid.
  • Be aware of the region and its social and cultural importance.

Useful links

Building the perfect resume – Emirates National Development Programme
8 new ways to find a well-paying job in UAE – Emirates 24/7 
Resolution No. 1283 for 2010 on Licensing and Regulation of Private Recruitment Agencies – MoHRE 
Job search, regulations, employment process, contracts, rights, benefits, pensions and more 

That’s all about how to find a jobs In the UAE, United Arab Emirates. 


The above cover image is photo by Pat Whelen on Unsplash of Dubai in the UAE. 

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