Working in The UAE
What’s it like working in the United Arab Emirates?
- Average Working Hours:
Hours of work are usually 8 hours per day, 5 days a week. Friday and Saturday are the weekend days off.
There are 10 National holidays each year that change annually, according to the sighting of the moon. Most employees are entitled to at least two days’ annual leave for each month of service.
- Tax Rates:
There are no income taxes in the UAE.
- Typical problems encountered:
Expats are being replaced with UAE nationals in the workforce (Emiratization), as there is a high unemployment rate among national graduates.
- Improve your chances:
Graduates with Postgraduate qualifications, Specialist Skills or Work Experience will have a better chance of gaining employment. It may also be worth considering taking a lower paid job to break into the UAE employment market.
- Language requirements:
English is the language of business in the UAE, but candidates with good written and spoken Arabic are at an advantage.
- Working practices and customs:
Business dress is formal, with business men expected to weartrousers and a long sleeved shirt, while the women are expected to dress modestly.