How to Find Jobs as an Expat in UAE?

Lakshya Singh Lakshya Singh
Jul 10, 2020 3 min read
How to Find Jobs as an Expat in UAE?

Finding a job abroad can sometimes prove to be a daunting task but it also depends on you and the kind of effort that you put to your hustle. Most people love looking for jobs in the Middle East. Moreover, Dubai is a budding job market where there is always large requirement of expatriates. So, here are a few things that you need to know before making that final application. This guide will help you know the most important steps and information to find jobs in UAE.

In UAE, the most sought after jobs include statistical analysis, data mining, public policy, international relations, algorithm design, web architecture, SEO & SEM marketing and UI design. But did you know that each of the seven Emirates is governed by its own ruling family? It is also worth noting that customs and beliefs do vary within the seven Emirates. Β 

Most of the large firms in the UAE appear to have been structured like those in the though in rare cases. It is worth noting that most families run the show which means that they are the ones who are making investment decisions. The following are some of the basic things including visas, sponsorship, where to look for jobs and interview tips that are needed especially if you are looking for expat jobs in UAE.


You must have a valid passport and a visa if you will be staying in the UAE or any Arab country. For business travelers, they are required to hold a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date they arrived.

The tourist passports must also be valid for a period that is at least three months from the date of arrival. The only way one may be denied entry is he or she is from Israel.

Also Read: How to Find a Perfect Job and Get Job Satisfaction

The Citizens of Gulf Cooperation Council countries don't need a visa to enter the UAE, all they need is a passport or national ID. Remember that expat jobs are hard to find so you have to work extremely hard in order to get them.


Processing of a visa is a bit complicated and the traveler’s requirements may vary depending on where one comes from. Most countries normally obtain their visas at the point of entry which is a good thing as it works perfectly for them.

In case you need a visa, it is prudent that you contact the Embassy or consulate of the UAE for specific information about visas before you plan on your trip lest you make a fatal mistake that would be hard to reverse.

There are visas that stay for up to 30 days but this will depend with your nationality. Β Do not worry in case your visa expires as you be given extensions to stay or a tourist visa when you arrive.

You may apply for the following types of visa:-

  1. Business
  2. Tourist

Depending on the type of visa that you apply for, the following could be some of the requirements

  • You should have a valid passport that is endorsed for travel to the UAE.
  • Two visa applications
  • You also need two identical passports.
  • And a letter from your employer explaining the purpose of your work.

Business visas

These are applied through a business related sponsor such as your employer. You should also know that single-entry visas are mostly valid for a maximum of 30 days after the date of issue. Multiple visas also has a similar model the only difference being that it is valid for 6 months.

Also Read: How to Get a Raise at Your Job?

Apply for Jobs Online

To get a better idea of what companies are hiring in Dubai and other parts of UAE, is the best place to start applying for jobs.

Some other good sites for finding jobs and internships in UAE are as follows:

  • Dubai Task
  • Khaleej Times Jobs
  • Dubizzle
  • Naukrigulf
  • Indeed
  • Laimoon
  • LinkedIn
  • Gulftalent
  • Efinancial Careers
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