Most people move to Dubai due to a new job opportunity. It might be yourself or your spouse that got a job in Dubai. Others visit Dubai in pursuit of a new career opportunity while on a tourist visa. No matter the circumstance, Dubai is all about business and there are some great opportunities here.
Many people come to Dubai to start their own business.
You will find a lot of online resources on how to set up a business. We have had great experiences with Creative Zone.
If you are thinking about starting your own business in Dubai one thing to understand is the concept of free zones.
Free zones in the UAE (sometimes called a free economic zone, duty free zone, tax free zone, trade free zone or free trade zone) allow 100% foreign ownership and have no taxes - usually guaranteed for 15 or 50 years. Each free zone has its own specific requirements regarding minimum office or warehouse space, and permitted activities. Companies outside the free zones require a local (Emirati) sponsor and allow maximum 49% foreign ownership.
Find more information on free zones here.
Remember, it is not necessary for you to choose a free zone within the same Emirate you are currently residing in.
If you are searching for a job, then you have work ahead of you. It takes time to get to know the job market in Dubai and you will find that the competition is stiff.
As most places in the world, LinkedIn is widely used in Dubai both for networking, connecting and job searches.
You will find that the labour law in UAE is a bit different than the Danish and European labour law. Some job adverts will be very specific down to gender, age and/or nationality, and this also needs to be reflected in your resume or CV.
You should also include your visa status - but remember if your spouse is your sponsor, he or she will have to give you a No Objection Certificate (NOC) and it might be worth mentioning whether you have this as well.
You can find some tips on how to write a CV for this region at Employment Tips
If you would like to familiarize yourself more about the Labour Law or need assistance with Labour issues, then visit offical website of MOL (Ministry of Human Resources & Emiratisation) or call 800+665
You will find all the big recruitment agencies represented in Dubai, but you might also want to consider looking up smaller business specific agencies, like agencies specialized in HR, Legal, Banking or Marketing. Remember, that legitimate recruiters receive their fee from the employer, and candidates should not be asked for any sign-up fee.